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Department of Pharmacology


David Bulmer studied pharmacology at the University of Manchester, and obtained his PhD in physiology (central processing of sensory input from the heart) with Prof Mike Spyer at University College London. Following post-doctoral training with Prof David Grundy on sensory function in the gastrointestinal tract at the University of Sheffield, David joined the Neuroscience & Gastrointestinal Centre of Excellence in Drug Discovery (CEDD) at GlaxoSmithKline as an electrophysiologist in the visceral pain group, progressing to lead a translational research group within the Immuno-Inflammation CEDD. David left GSK in 2009, joining Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on a Medical Research Council funded Skills Gap Award as a lecturer in Neurogastroenterology. At QMUL, David established a word class translational neuroscience group based on the use of human tissue to study the mechanisms of sensory signalling from gut in health and disease. A notable achievement of his group have been the development of “first in man” recordings and subsequent detailed characterisation of human visceral nociceptors. In July 2017, David joined the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, where he has quickly established a translational human tissue lab.


Key publications: 
  • McGuire C, Boundouki G, Hockley JRF, Reed D, Cibert-Goton V, Peiris M, Kung V, Broad J, Aziz Q, Chan C, Ahmed S, Thaha MA, Sanger GJ, Blackshaw LA, Knowles CH, Bulmer DC. (2016) Ex vivo study of human visceral nociceptors. Gut EPUB
  • Hockley JR, Boundouki G, Cibert-Goton V, McGuire C, Yip PK, Chan C, Tranter M, Wood JN, Nassar MA, Blackshaw LA, Aziz Q, Michael GJ, Baker MD, Winchester WJ, Knowles CH, Bulmer DC. (2014) Multiple roles for NaV1.9 in the activation of visceral afferents by noxious inflammatory, mechanical, and human disease-derived stimuli. Pain. 155(10):1962-75.
  • Bulmer DC and Grundy D. (2011) Achieving translation in models of visceral pain. Current Opinion in Pharmacology 11(6):575-81.
Associate Professor
Dr David  Bulmer

Contact Details

+44 (0) 1223 3 34047 / Lab 3 34021
Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
Visceral, pain, nociception, translational, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease