Professorial Lecture Series 2017-18: Professor Mark Williams

17 October 2017 6pm

Location: Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, CF37 1DL

Audience: Public

Cost: Free of charge, although registration required

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The University is pleased to extend invitation to alumni for the latest lecture in the 2017-18 Professorial Inaugural Lectures Series. 

The latest lecture introduces Professor Mark Williams, Professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education. 

Breathing:  Exploring its Rhythms and Mechanisms

The philosophy, biology and pathology of Breathing from the Ancient Egyptians to the Space Race of the 20th Century is visited, before Professor Williams begins his own journey into his research on breathing, starting from an exploration of the unique characteristics of water breathers, through the mathematical modelling of the mammalian breathing cycle, to the quantification of breathing patterns in humans, and then finally onto the constraints imposed by age, health and respiratory disease.    A review intertwined with personal insights into Professor Williams academic career and times. 

Professor Williams, gained his BSc Applied Biological Sciences, at Bristol Polytechnic in 1978, and his PhD in Physiology from the University of Dundee in 1988.  In the same year, he was awarded a prestigious Max Planck post-doctoral Scholarship in Göttingen, Germany.  This was followed by the award of a Green College Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University in 1989. Here through several rounds of grant funding and based at the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics and then the Nuffield Department of Medicine he developed his current interests in developing lung function assessment technology and the analysis of tidal breathing patterns.  He moved to the University of South Wales (then the University of Glamorgan) in 2000, where he has continued expanding his research interests into breathing and the development of respiratory technology.  He was awarded his Chair in Cardiopulmonary Science in April 2017, whilst a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

The University of South Wales' Inaugural  Lecture Series profiles the academic excellence of the University’s professorial staff, and brings leading research and thinking to the wider community. All lectures are free to attend and open to all, and an informal light buffet and refreshments are provided after each lecture, giving guests the chance to network.

If you would like to attend this or future Inaugural Lectures, please RSVP to Mrs Carol Hopkins or telephone Mrs Carol Hopkins, Tel: 01443 482 763 or e-mail: