Professor Helen Galley

Professor Helen Galley
Professor Helen Galley

Professor Helen Galley

PhD (Leeds, 1989), FRCA (London, 2010), FFICM (London, 2016).

Chair in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Accepting PhDs

About

Foresterhill Campus

Room 4.32, Institute of Medical Sciences,

Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

+44 (0)1224 437363 (direct line)

Biography

I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds in 1989 and developed an interest in free radicals and antioxidants, becoming involved in intensive care and liver transplantation research. I was appointed as Lecturer in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care in Aberdeen in 1995 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002, then Professor in 2010. My research interests focus on modulation of inflammatory and immune responses in the critically ill, particularly the use of melatonin as a therapy for inflammation and pain. We currently have two trials of melatonin running- DREAM-CP (melatonin for sleep disturbance in chronic pain) and DAMSEL-2 (melatonin as a treatment for sepsis due to community acquired pneumonia). In addition PhD students work in the laboratory investigating the mechanisms of the effects of melatonin using cell models.

I  was awarded the Sir Humprey Davy medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2002 and in 2011 was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. In 2012 I was also awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology by election and an honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine in 2016.

I teach on science courses and the medical (MBChB) course. My teaching areas are inflammation, particularly in relation to sepsis and the role of oxidative stress, and clinical trial methodology including ethics (I spent 12 years as Chair for the North of Scotland research ethics service). I have a strong interest in the role of women in in science and medicine and am co-lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Institute of Medical Sciences. I am also co-lead for the Immunology, Infection and Inflammation research programme.

I review for a number of journals and was an Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia for 10 years. I am now a Director and Trustee of the charitable arm of the journal. I sit on the Board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and am President of the Anaesthetic Research Society. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Medicine 
    1989 - University of Leeds 

External Memberships

Director and Trustee Member of the British Journal of Anaesthesia 

President of the Anaesthetic Research Society.

Member of the Board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia .

Prizes and Awards

2002: Sir Humprey Davy medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists

2011: Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

2012: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology by election

2016: Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine 

Research

Research Overview

Mechanisms of the inflammatory and immune responses in the critically ill and their modulation as potential therapeutic approaches, notably using melatonin. Use of melatonin as a therapy in patients with chronic pain and investigation of the mechanisms of its effects.

 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Biomedical Sciences

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Immunology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Clinical trials

Melatonin in doctors and urses working nightshifts (the MIDNIGHT trial  https://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN15529655)

Melatonin as a therapy for sepsis (the DAMSEL2 trial http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN70688534).

Melatonin for sleep disturbance in patients with chrnic pain (the DREAM-CP trial http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN12861060 )

Experimental and discovery medicine 

Antioxidant protection in mitochondria in chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain

Optimising translational capacity of melatonin administration for chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain

The effect of melatonin and 6-hydroxymelatonin on mitochondrial bioenergetics under conditions of sepsis

Metabolomic analysis after exogenous melatonin administration in healthy subjects

Effect of melatonin and its metabolites on key molecular pathways in sepsis

Interactions between melatonin and endogenous opioid peptide release 

Collaborations

Previous and current collaborations

Professor Mike Murphy, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge (mitochondrial antioxidants).

Professor John Beattie, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (zinc studies).

Professor Neil Gow, University of Aberdeen (candida and inflammation).

Professor Ahmet Hoke, Johns Hopkins University, USA (neuronal cells).

Dr Lesley Colvin and Dr Carole Torsney, University of Edinburgh (neuropathic pain).

Dr Ben Shelley and Professor John Kinsella, University of Glasgow (lung injury).

Dr Wenlong HUang (neuropathic pain).

Funding and Grants

Recent grants

British Journal of Anaesthesia/Royal College of Anaesthetists

Melatonin in doctors and nurses working nightshifts: the MIDNIGHT trial.

Metabolomic analysis after exogenous melatonin administration 

Antioxidant protection in mitochondria in chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (PhD studentship).

Double-blind randomised controlled trial of exogenous administration of melatonin in chronic pain (DREAM–CP)

Interactions between melatonin and endogenous opioid peptide release (PhD studentship)

Chief Scientist Office

Dose escalation study of melatonin in healthy volunteers- a potential treatment in sepsis (DAMSEL 1).

A pilot study of oral melatonin in patients with sepsis (DAMSEL 2).

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

MSc course co-ordinator.

Student selected component Year 1 and Year 4.

Lectures on MBChB and various BSc and MSc courses.

Publications

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