(ABGS 1955 - 1963)
Doug in the sixth form
Doug arrived at ABGS in 1955 from Aberaman Junior School. In the sixth form he
studied Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology and took A levels in 1963. In his
final year he was deputy Head Boy.
After school he gained a BSc in Zoology and Physiology from London University
before completing a PhD in the field of Neurophysiology at the University of Glasgow.
He followed this with two years as a Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University
of California. On returning from the States in 1973, he was at the Southern General
Hospital as Muscular Dystrophy Fellow until 1978.
However, Doug spent most of his working life in New Zealand. From 1978-98 he
was Senior Lecturer in the Physiology Department at Victoria University, Wellington.
He also started to work in the pharmaceutical industry and implemented his research
into the preservation of human organs for transplant. His contribution to organ preservation
research over two decades, and appointment as Patron of the New Zealand Muscular
Dystrophy Association in 1988, led to his election as a Member of the Royal Society
of New Zealand in 1997.
As well as his academic career, Doug has made a significant impact in the field
of organ preservation and transplantation in the private sector: from 1980 he has
been Chairman & Director of R & D, Res-Del Ltd, Wellington; from 1999-2006
President & Director of Technology, Res-Del International Ltd, UK; and from 2006
has been Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Aqix Ltd, based at Imperial College
BioIncubator, London. He also is a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Rayne Institute,
Kings College, London.
Doug returned to the UK in 1999 and now lives in Wapping. His wife Gaynor, née
Owens, is also from Aberaman, she lived in Clifton Crescent about 200 yards from
where Doug grew up. She attended Aberdare Girls Grammar School before Cardiff University,
(1964-67). Doug and Gaynor have one son, Giles.
Doug’s company website is at this address: http://www.aqix.com