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David Grundy is Professor of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.
He graduated in Physiology from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, in 1975. He then migrated north to the University of Dundee to take up a postgraduate scholarship to study vagal mechanism controlling gut function with Joe Davison. In 1978 he moved to Sheffield, to work as a research fellow with Tim Scratcherd, and was appointed as a lecturer in 1980. In 1987 Professor Grundy was awarded a prestigious Wellcome senior fellowship and was appointed to a personal chair in 1999.
Professor Grundy’s approach to the study of gastrointestinal regulatory mechanisms is from a neurophysiologcal standpoint. He is best known for his work on visceral sensory mechanisms. He was awarded the Janssen award for Basic Research in the Digestive Sciences in 1999.
Professor Grundy is currently editor of "Neurogastroenterology and Motility".
He is a Guest Professor in the Surgery department at the University of Tubingen, Germany. In addition, he is a member of the scientific council of the Pavlov Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Professor Grundy is married to Ruth, and they have three teenage sons.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- It wasn’t a conscious decision. At school my ambition was to become a forensic scientist. I would imagine myself arriving at the scene of a crime that I would solve through observation and reasoning. Scientific research has essentially the same elements and is less messy.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Looking back on the intercollegiate physiology course in London in 1975, I now appreciate how privileged I was to be taught by Bernard Katz and Andrew Huxley.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Joe Davidson gave me a bunch of papers when I joined him in Dundee for my postgraduate training. They were the start of a lifelong interest in gut sensory mechanisms.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- That science is a lot of fun.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Missed opportunities rather than big mistakes. If the question were, "Would I do things differently?" I would say "Maybe, maybe not"!
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- Playing blues guitar with Eric Clapton.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Failing my 11 plus exam.
- How do you relax?
- On a mountain bike in the Peak District, or re-hydrating in one of its many great pubs.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Football, but as a participant rather than a spectator. I joined The Academicals when I moved to Sheffield in 1978. I still play in the old boys’ reunion matches, but unfortunately these often coincide with the start of the AGA. If GastroHep.com has any influence, could they arrange for the AGA to be put back a week?
- What is your best place in the world?
- It is not where you are but who you are with that is important for me.
- What is your favorite film?
- It changes with my mood: the extremes being "The Blues Brothers" and "Midnight Cowboy".
- What car do you drive?
- Two wheels good, four wheels bad! I have a commuting bike, a mountain bike, an "off-road" tandem and a 1935 Velocette MSS 500 that I believe to be the oldest on the road. I have a beat-up Vauxhall estate that the boys use more than I do. I drive so infrequently now that my wife says that I am a liability
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- A Gibson Les Paul copy.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "'Tis, A Memoir" by Frank McCourt.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Anything that promotes cross-fertilization between basic research and clinical science gets my support.