Hello, I'm James McIlroy BMedSci (Hons Physiology), FRSA
I'm a graduate physiologist and final year medical student with considerable experience in start-up and early stage biotechnology and social ventures. I'm very keen to connect with likeminded people, please reach out to me
Over the course of my intercalated degree I furthered my knowledge in basic scientific research and experimental design. I also developed a particular interest and fascination with the microbes that live within our gut, the neurobiology of obesity, and the neurophysiological effects of recreational drug consumption.
My dissertation was titled 'Evaluation of a Potential Protective Role for Cannabis Against MDMA-Induced Neurotoxicity in Human Recreational Users'. I performed an in depth literature review on how cannabis and MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) can affect the human brain and body. I graduated from Edinburgh in June 2015 with an upper second class degree and then returned to medical school in Aberdeen two months later after being awarded a Robert Nicol Scolarship for academic excellence.
I pushed through the entirety of fourth year balancing my medical studies with other extra curricular activities, which took a lot of focus and determination. In July 2016 I passed my final medical school exams with merit and then elected to take a leave of absence after being awarded an Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
I progressed the company alongside my studies for two years before going full time in September 2016. This was challenging, medicine is a demanding degree and biotech startups work in a tightly regulated and highly complex science-driven world. Over this period I raised significant amounts of capital from grants and business competitions, built the team to eight people, led the company through an equity round and established a number of pilot trials for our product offering.
James is the only medical student to be awarded a prestigious enterprise fellowship at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
One of the youngest Elected Fellows of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
James is also a guest lecturer at the University of St Andrew's.