The Physiological Society announces new Chief Executive

The Physiological Society, a learned society for the promotion and advancement of physiology, today announces Dariel Burdass as its new Chief Executive.

The Society has around 3,500 scientists from over 60 countries. Since its foundation in 1876, it has boasted 20 Nobel Prize winners and its scientists have made key discoveries in biological systems and the treatment of disease.

Physiology is part of the life science sector that contributes over £50 billion per year to the UK economy. It is vital to modern medicine and underpins developments in healthcare, including in treatments for cancer, heart disease and dementia. This announcement comes at a key time for UK life science, as the sector navigates the implications of the Brexit vote and continued challenges to research funding.

Dariel Burdass - who is currently Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy and Communications at the Microbiology Society- takes up her new role in December. Having spent over 17 years in the learned society sector she brings a wealth of experience to The Society including, leadership skills, strategy development and implementation, and business acumen.

Commenting on her new appointment, Dariel Burdass said:

I am extremely pleased and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead this forward thinking organisation with a strong heritage into the next phase of its strategic development. The Society is hugely respected within the scientific community and I am looking forward to working with Council, Committees, members and staff to shape the future direction of The Society.

Commentating the announcement, Professor David Eisner, President of The Physiological Society, said:

“I am delighted to announce that Dariel will be the new Chief Executive of The Physiological Society. During these uncertain times for UK science, especially as we navigate changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU, we are fortunate to have found a proven leader with track record of communicating the importance of science to a wide audience. This extensive experience will be invaluable as The Society promotes physiology both in the UK and across the world. I am looking forward to working with Dariel as The Society plays a leading role in meeting the challenges ahead and ensuring physiology continues to flourish.”


Andrew Mackenzie, Head of Policy and Communication, The Physiological Society

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1. Photo of Dariel Burdass attached.

2. About The Physiological Society

The Physiological Society brings together around 3,500 scientists from over 60 countries. Since its foundation in 1876, its members have made significant contributions to our knowledge of biological systems and the treatment of disease. Its membership has included more than 20 Nobel Prize winners. The scientists who make up The Society have made many key discoveries, ranging from how our nervous system works, how our cells divide to the way in which reflexes alter human behaviour. These have advanced knowledge of biological systems and helped in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease.

The Society promotes physiology and supports those working in the field by organising world-class scientific meetings, offering grants for research, collaboration and international travel, and by publishing the latest developments in its leading scientific journals, The Journal of Physiology, Experimental Physiology and Physiological Reports

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3. Dariel Burdass Background

Dariel Burdass graduated with a microbiology degree, before training as a teacher. She joined the Microbiology Society in the late 1990s as Education Manager. Over the last 17 years she has progressed within the Microbiology Society to Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Communications. She has published several microbiology books.