Centre for Inflammation Research

Dr David Dorward

We study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease using state-of-the-art imaging techniques. Our focus is on thoracic disease, specifically acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), Covid-19, and thoracic cancers.

Dr David Dorward

Academic Consultant Pathologist

  • Centre for Inflammation Research

Contact details

Group Members

  • Naomi Gachanja, PhD student
  • Philippe Potey, PhD Student

Research Overview

David's research explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease using a range of techniques, including cutting-edge imaging modalities, in two main areas: (i) macrophage and epithelial cell function in acute lung injury and (ii) Immune cell polarisation and engagement in the tumour microenvironment of thoracic cancers. David is Principal Investigator of the ICECAP consortium (Inflammation in COVID-19 – Exploration of Critical Aspects of Pathogenesis) a rapid response team investigating the key features of Covid-19.

Biographical Profile

David Dorward graduated with first class honours in pathology in 2003 and in medicine with honours in 2006.  He trained in respiratory medicine for 6 years before starting a PhD, which he completed in 2014.  He then trained in pathology with a special interest in respiratory disease and critical illness.

Other Responsibilities

Honorary Consultant Pathologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Principal Investigator, ICECAP


Sources of Funding

  • The Pathological Society
  • Chief Scientist Office
  • Medical Research Scotland
  • UK Research and Innovation

More information on funding at David Dorward's Research Explorer profile.