Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Human Bio-Energetics Research Centre, Crickhowell, Powys, UK
Professor Ward gained her DPhil in Physiology from Oxford University in 1974. Following two years as a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at Liverpool University, she moved to the University of California at Los Angeles, becoming Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology in 1988. She returned to the United Kingdom in 1993, first to the Department of Physiology at the University of London’s St George’s Hospital Medical School, then to South Bank University as Chair of Sports Science and, in 1998, to the University of Glasgow as Director of the Centre for Exercise Science and Medicine. In 2003, she was appointed to the Chair of Sport and Exercise Science and Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Leeds, and then Emeritus Professor in 2007. Her research interests include the control of ventilation, pulmonary gas exchange and muscle energetics during exercise in health, altered environments and disease, and she has some 180 publications on these topics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the European Respiratory Society and, by invitation, the European College of Sports Science. She is immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the “European Journal of Applied Physiology”; previously served as Chair of the Pulmonary Circulation, Gas Exchange and Exercise Group of the European Respiratory Society; and is a consultant for Xtreme Everest 2 (www.xtreme-everest.co.uk), a collaborative venture between Duke University USA, the University of Southampton and University College London. She presently operates a research and educational consultancy.