Professor Christopher Fry
Professor of Applied Physiology School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol, UK
Professor Christopher Fry is a physiologist by training with a research interest in the physiology and pathophysiology of the urinary tract, in particular, to understand the physiological changes associated with benign urinary tract disorders. He trained in biophysics and obtained a PhD in electrical current flow through myocardium.
After two post-doctoral positions at the University of Bern and then at The National Heart and Lung Institute in London he obtained a faculty position at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School where he also developed an interest in lower urinary tract physiology, working closely with trainee and consultant urologists. Thereafter he moved to the Institute of Urology and Nephrology, UCL and during that time he was honoured to receive a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh for services to surgical training.
Thereafter, he moved to the University of Bristol, where shortly after joining Bristol he was Head of School for three years, learning how to ensure the success of a department within a university structure he has always enjoyed working on applied aspects of physiology, using fundamental aspects of cell and tissue physiology to understand the basis of conditions such as overactive bladder and the origin of sensory disorders arising from the lower urinary tract.
More recently he has been working on the origin of fibrosis associated with LUT disorders and elucidating cellular pathways to reverse this process. He teaches most aspects of physiology to science and medical undergraduates and postgraduates and advocates that a proper understanding of the basic aspects of the subject is essential for medical practitioners.