In his role, Dr John S. Young leads a research group developing new technologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of urinary symptoms.
Following a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology with year-in-industry at the University of York (1996–2000) and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (2000–2004), Dr Young has undertaken post-doctoral work at the Universities of Oxford (2005–2007; 2008–2009), Nevada, Reno (2008) and Surrey (2009–2012). He was then awarded an Age UK Research into Ageing and Rosetrees Trust Research Fellowship (2010) before joining the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science (2012). In his time at Portsmouth, he has led projects towards the discovery of urinary biomarkers for the diagnosis of bladder diseases; currently being developed into a diagnostic test for the point-of-care setting (i.e. GP surgeries, pharmacies and nursing / care homes).
Despite the prevalence and impact of urinary symptoms, many sufferers do not seek help when symptoms first occur; perhaps because the age-old taboo associated with urinary symptoms. Dr Young has been working with a leading manufacturer of incontinence products to address this stigma and to sign-post patients and their carers to support services.
Dr Young is passionate about the value of education, including its role in continuing professional development. Before joining the University of Portsmouth, he has taught medicine and associated clinical disciplines at the Open University, the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Surrey.