Nigel Webster is Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and has his clinical work based in the intensive care unit of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He graduated from Leeds University in Pharmacology and Medicine and Surgery and undertook initial clinical training in Leeds. He then completed his PhD which examined the roles of toxic oxygen derived molecules and antioxidant status in a respiratory condition seen in critically ill patients on intensive care. After a 3 year spell at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park in Harrow he returned to Leeds and then in 1994 moved to Aberdeen. The medical school at Aberdeen was one of the last in the UK to have a Professor of Anaesthesia - but the first to have one with an interest in intensive care. Research interests are in aspects which relate to outcome from intensive care and include studies of the genetic factors, nutritional status and energy requirements and utilization. Many novel approaches to the treatment of the critically ill patient have resulted from this work including drug therapy as well as artificial mechanical devices to support failing organs. He also has an active interest in the ethics of research particularly in the critically ill and sits on the Scottish A Research Ethics Committee which assesses applications for research being undertaken in those patients without the capacity to consent for themselves.