Council

Our Trustees are legally responsible for the overall governance, management and policy, ensuring that the charitable objectives for which it has been set up are met. The Trustees are also the Directors of The Society. Council meets around four times a year. Elections to the Council take place each year, and any Member is eligible to stand. Council members are elected to serve for a period of four years. The current size of the Council is 17. Meetings of the Council are chaired by the President. 

Logged-in Members can access details of those sitting on Society committees and, via the Member Portal, a directory of staff members. See also Past Officers of The Physiological Society.

David Eisner, President

University of Manchester

David Eisner is the British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiac Physiology in the University of Manchester. Previously, he worked in University College London and the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His research focuses on the regulation of intracellular calcium in cardiac muscle and he is interested in both normal physiology and also in the alterations that lead to cardiac arrhythmias. He gave his first communication in 1977 and became a Member of The Physiological Society in 1980. He has served as its International Secretary and as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Physiology. He feels strongly that physiology has a key role, not only as an important subject in its own right but, also, as a key discipline linking basic science to clinical medicine.

Bridget Lumb, President Elect

University of Bristol

Bridget Lumb graduated with a BSc (1978) and PhD (1982) from the University of Birmingham. Bridget’s research focuses on CNS mechanisms of pain and fear. She presented her first communication to The Society in 1983 and has been a Member of The Society since 1990. Bridget’s experience of Higher Education started as a technician in the Physiology Department at Nottingham University in the 1970s and latterly at Bristol where she has worked in the Department of Physiology (now Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience) for the last 30 years. Bridget’s experience spans a broad academic arena such as membership of editorial boards (including Deputy Chair of Experimental Physiology), grant awarding bodies, and Council membership of The Physiological Society. As its scientific Meetings Secretary, she became the first female executive committee member of the Society in 126 years. She has also been a Member, and chaired several of The Society’s committees, including its Education Committee and the Animal Legislation and Welfare Committee.

Frank Sengpiel, Honorary Treasurer

Cardiff University

Frank Sengpiel is Professor of Neuroscience at Cardiff University. Previously, he worked in the Laboratory of Physiology at the University of Oxford (where he obtained his DPhil) and at the Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology near Munich. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Society of Biology. His research focuses on plasticity of the visual system and disorders of binocular vision, particularly amblyopia. He became a Member of The Physiological Society in 2001. He has served as convenor of the Neural Development & Plasticity special interest group and as Theme Lead for Cellular & Integrative Physiology. He was elected to Council in 2017.

Sue Deuchars, Chair, Meetings Committee

Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology

Sue Deuchars is a Reader in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds, recently returning to full-time work after working part-time for 16 years while her children were growing up. Sue previously worked at the Royal Free Hospital, London, as a postdoctoral fellow after being awarded her PhD in 1993. Her research focuses on spinal circuitry involved in autonomic control and how stem cell proliferation and differentiation may be modulated within the spinal cord. She clearly remembers her first oral communication to The Physiological Society as a nervous PhD student, when voting still took place to accept or reject an abstract. Sue has enjoyed being a member of The Society since 1990 and has served as a convenor of the Cardiac and Respiratory Special Interest Group and a Theme Lead before becoming a Trustee. She takes her role as an Equality and Diversity champion very seriously.

Lucy Donaldson, Chair, Policy & Communications Committee

University of Nottingham

Lucy Donaldson will become the Professor of Sensory Physiology at the University of Nottingham in August 2017. Previously she worked at the University of California Davis, the University of Leicester, and the University of Bristol, UK. She holds degrees in Dentistry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh. She is a physiologist/neuroscientist/pharmacologist with a research focus on sensory neuronal function in health and disease, running an active research group investigating chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain, and human taste perception in health and disease. She has been a Member of The Physiological Society since 1999, and has served as a SIG convenor, Society Representative, a Trustee, and is the current Chair of the Policy and Communications Committee. She is also co-founder of a University of Nottingham spin-out drug development company Exonate Ltd.

Sarah Hall, Chair, Education & Outreach Committee

Cardiff University

Sarah Hall a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Cardiff University. Her research career centred around cardiac cell physiology and ion channel regulation. In recent years, she has developed a strong interest in education and spent much of her time designing, developing, and delivering teaching and learning activities for undergraduate students.

Rachel Tribe, Chair, Membership & Grants Committee

King's College London

Rachel Tribe trained as a physiologist at the University of Sheffield and gained her PhD at UMDS, London. Currently, Rachel is a Reader in Women’s Health at King’s College London where she heads up an active and well-funded research team of scientists and clinicians. Her work focuses on translational research aimed at tackling preterm birth and other pregnancy-associated conditions. Her specific research interests include uterine smooth muscle physiology/pharmacology, the innate immune system in pregnancy, and the identification of biomarkers for prediction of preterm birth. Rachel has been a Member of The Physiological Society since 1996. She became a Trustee in 2013 and is Chair of the Membership and Grants Committee and a co-Trustee lead for ‘Equality and Diversity’ within The Society. She is committed to the promotion of physiology through teaching and research, and the active engagement of schoolchildren and the wider public in The Society’s activities.

Deborah Baines, Chair, Publications Committee

St George's Hospital Medical School

Deborah Baines is Professor of Molecular Physiology and Joint Head of the Centre for Immunology and Pathology in the Institute of Infection and Immunity at St George’s, University of London. She is also Course Director for the MRes in Biomedical Science and a member of the Higher Education Academy. Previously, she worked in University of Dundee and University of Bristol. Her main research interest is the regulation of ion and solute transport across the airway epithelium and how hyperglycaemia promotes respiratory infection in patients with chronic lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She has been a Member of The Physiological Society for 15 years and presents regularly at meetings. She currently serves on Meetings and Membership & Grants committees where she helps promote physiology as a discipline and the support of early career scientists working in the field.

Philip Aaronson

Guy's Hospital, London

Phil Aaronson is a Reader in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Kings College London. His current area of research focuses on the involvement of reactive oxygen species and hydrogen sulphide in signal transduction in vascular smooth muscle. He became a Member of The Physiological Society in 1984. He is currently a Trustee of The Society, as well as a member of the Finance and Education and Outreach Committees. In these roles, he hopes to help ensure that the Society continues to play a key role in supporting physiology, and physiologists, in the UK.

Guy Bewick

University of Aberdeen

Guy Bewick graduated with a BSc in Zoology and Animal Physiology from the University of East Anglia in 1979. He completed a PhD in 1986 investigating the regeneration of nerve-muscle connections in the Department of Physiology, King’s College London with Dr David A Tonge. He was appointed to a Lectureship in Biomedical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, in 1994 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001. His research interests are in synaptic plasticity, neurodegeneration and mechanical sensation. Guy became an Affiliate in 1986 and then Member of The Society in 1996, and has been a Trustee since 2015, serving on both the Membership & Grants and Nominations Committees. He also represented The Society as a judge in STEM for Britain.

Holly Shiels

University of Manchester

Holly is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Physiology at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on cardiac physiology in ectotherms and the mechanisms which maintain or adjust heart function in a changing environment. Such knowledge has applications to cardiac health and disease and in predicting how organisms, populations, ecosystems and natural resources respond to environmental change and stressors. For further details, look at Holly’s research and publications and find information on the Shiels Lab here.

Federico Formenti

King's College London

Federico Formenti is a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology at King’s College London. Federico obtained a PhD in biomechanics from Manchester Metropolitan University under the supervision of Professor Minetti, and a DPhil in physiology from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professors Robbins and Dorrington. Federico worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford, and as a lecturer at the University of Auckland. His research spans from exercise physiology and biomechanics, to human responses to hypoxia, and intensive care. Federico has been a member of The Physiological Society since 2009, when he was elected as Affiliate Representative. He joined Council in 2015, and is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee.

Graham McGeown

Queen's University of Belfast

Graham McGeown is the Dunville Chair of Physiology at Queen’s University of Belfast. He qualified in Physiology and Medicine before completing his research doctorate on lymphatic function. His research now focusses on the control of the microcirculation, especially as it applies to the retina and diabetic retinopathy. This work relies on molecular, electrophysiological and Ca2+ imaging techniques to explore microvascular physiology and pathophysiology using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. He became a Member of The Physiological Society in 1990 and has previously served as its Honorary Treasurer. He believes that physiology, as the study of function and how it is integrated within living things, is crucial to the understanding of both health and disease.

Rachel McCormick, Affiliate Member

University of Liverpool

Rachel McCormick is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on skeletal muscle ageing, with a particular focus on the dysregulation of miRNAs in the ageing process. She became a Member of The Physiological Society in 2013 and was voted to be Affiliate Representative in 2015. She also serves on the Educational and Outreach Committee and is a member of the Physiology News editorial board.

Mathew Piasecki, Affiliate Member

Manchester Metropolitan University

Mathew Piasecki is a Research Associate in Musculoskeletal Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his PhD within the same institution, investigating frailty and its association with the age-related loss of skeletal muscle motor units. His current research has continued with this work, and also investigates the effects of life-long exercise on neuromuscular form and function. He has been a member of The Physiological Society since 2010, when he joined as an Undergraduate Member. Mathew is currently the Affiliate Representative and Chair of the Affiliate Working Group. He feels strongly that early career researchers are the future of the field of physiology, and should engage with The Society wherever possible for the benefit of both.

 

Graham Dockray

University of Liverpool

Graham Dockray is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Liverpool. Previously, he was Head of the Department of Physiology, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His research focuses on gastrointestinal function and in particular on the physiology of regulatory peptides and their role in signalling to the central nervous system. He gave his first communication to the Physiological Society in 1972 and became a member in 1974. He has served as Chair of the Committee (the forerunner of Council).

 

Charlotte Haigh

University of Leeds

Charlotte Haigh is an Associate Professor in Human Physiology at the University of Leeds. Coming from a background of research in molecular endocrinology and renal physiology, Charlotte now focuses on student education and public engagement. Charlotte was appointed as the academic lead for public engagement at Leeds two years ago and spends time promoting the benefits of engagement to researchers, as well as continuing to design innovative ways of engaging students in her teaching practice. She has been a Full Member of The Physiological Society since 2007, being an Affiliate Member prior. Charlotte currently serves on the Education and Outreach Committee where she hopes to help inspire the physiologists of the future.

 

Elizabeth Sheader

University of Manchester

 

 

Stefan Trapp

University College London