Journal Editors

David Paterson - Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of PhysiologyDavid Paterson

David is Professor of Physiology at Oxford University and Fellow of Merton College, positions he’s held since 2002 and 1994, respectively. He completed his doctoral studies in physiological sciences at Oxford as a scholarship winner from the University of Western Australia. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 2003 (now the Society of Biology) and the Royal Society of Medicine in 2005. 

David’s research is in the area of cardiac neurobiology. His team’s work looking into the neural causes of cardiac arrhythmia is recognised internationally and is funded by the British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and BBSRC. His studies have been published in The Journal of Physiology, Circulation Research, Hypertension, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, and Trends in Neuroscience.

David has a long association with The Physiological Society. In addition to his five years as Editor-in-Chief with Experimental Physiology, he delivered The Society’s GL Brown Prize Lecture in 2000.

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Paul McLoughlin - Editor-in-Chief, Experimental Physiology

Paul McLoughlin

Paul is currently Professor of Physiology and Head of Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University College Dublin. He obtained his degree in medicine from University College Dublin in 1983 and undertook his doctoral studies at St Thomas’s Hospital London, gaining his PhD from the University of London in 1993.

Paul’s special interest is the the vascular biology of the lung. His research focuses on the key mechanisms in the development and progression of lung diseases such as adult respiratory distress syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and cystic fibrosis. His group are working to identify novel therapies through the exploration of these mechanisms, and their work on the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension is recognised internationally.

Under his five-year tenure, Paul plans to maintain the journal’s focus on original, integrative physiological research and reviews, whilst developing new areas such as genomics, bioinformatics and imaging, which offer novel insights into physiological mechanisms.



Sue Wray - Editor-in-Chief, Physiological Reports

Sue is a Professor, and former HoD, of Physiology at the University of Liverpool. She trained at UCL where, having studied connective tissue, she shifted to smooth muscle function and its links to metabolism, using what was then the novel technique of biomedical NMR spectroscopy. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (ad eundum).

Sue’s research is the field of smooth muscle physiology and pathophysiology, going from the molecular through to translational. A key research programme is focussed on the mechanisms that lead to myometrial contractions and why in too many labours these go awry. Other areas of interest are vascular smooth muscle signalling pathways and disease and the effects of infection on ureteric function.

Sue has been a Member of The Society since 1984, has been on its committee (council) twice and was the Joan Mott Lecturer in 2006.

As the first Editor-in-Chief of Physiological Reports, Sue will work to establish the journal’s place in the physiological community and fulfil its remit as an open access journal publishing quality, peer reviewed papers in all areas of physiology.