Professor Helen Galley

Where are the places you have been and the positions you have held?

I came to Aberdeen to take up a lectureship in 1995 and almost 25 years later I am still here! Before that I was at the University of Leeds, based at St James’s Hospital, where I did my PhD on zinc metabolism and became friends with Aberdeen when I visited the Rowett Institute several times during my PhD. When my personal circumstances changed and I was seeking a position as far away from Leeds as possible at a teaching hospital whilst remaining on the British mainland, the post in Aberdeen was ideal! I wanted to stay here and so I pursued internal promotions to first Senior Lecturer and then Professor rather than moving elsewhere.

What is your present research focus and has it changed?

I am a Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and my focus within this field is sepsis. My main interest focuses on the potential of melatonin as a novel therapy for sepsis but more recently this has expanded to other related areas including pain. My research has a very sound translational focus and involves both interventional clinical trials and laboratory based experimental work. I work with both clinicians and basic scientists.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

I have to confess I am a typical ‘imposter syndrome’ type person and find it hard to identify any ‘great’ achievements. I have simply done my job to the best of my ability.

Have you had to overcome any stumbling blocks

When I came to Aberdeen as a single parent with two children aged 5 and 9 it was a tough time. I had no family nearby and combining childcare and my career was a challenge on a daily basis. I compromised my career and the needs of my children in many ways -but they are grown up now