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Dr Emma Kidd  -  BSc PhD

Career Profile

I graduated with a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Bath in 1987 and then went to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Nottingham University to do a Ph.D. on the “Functional Adaptation of 5-HT Receptors” under the supervision of Prof. Charles Marsden. I was awarded the Gertrude Cropper Prize for the work carried out during the second year of my Ph.D. Having graduated from Nottingham in 1990, I went to Paris to work for two years as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr Michel Hamon’s INSERM-funded laboratory. In 1992 I returned to the U.K. to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and subsequently as a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate for Prof. Pat Humphrey in the Glaxo Institute for Applied Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology at Cambridge University. In 1999, I joined the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University as a lecturer and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2009, and promoted again to Reader in 2013.


Research Interests

Having started life as an in vivo neuropharmacologist working on anxiety and depression, I am now a cellular pharmacologist with interests in the physiological and pathophysiological roles of a number of receptor types (adenosine, ATP and trace amine) in the nervous and cardiopulmonary systems and in breast cancer. More recently, I have returned to my neuroscience origins and developed an antibody as a potential novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. I was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease from 2006-2007.


Scientific & Professional Service

The publication of our paper on our antibody as a potential novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease received much press attention when it was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease just before Christmas. I gave interviews on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Wales, ITV Wales and Swansea Bay Radio and my collaborator, Dr Eryl Liddell from the School of Biosciences gave an interview on BBC Radio Cymru. The research was highlighted on the University’s and the BBC’s website and also appeared on a number of other websites. It was covered in The Western Mail, The Sun and Cardiff University News and an article appeared in Advances Wales.  


Membership of Learned and Professional Societies