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  • Sir Colin Blakemore
  • Sir Colin Blakemore

    Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses in the School of Advanced Study, University of London

    Fellow of the Royal Society

    BiographySir Colin Blakemore is Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses in the School of Advanced Study, University of London; Emeritus Professor Neuroscience at Oxford; and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at City University of Hong Kong. He worked in the medical schools of Cambridge and Oxford for more than 40 years and from 2003-7 was Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council. His research has focused on vision, development and plasticity of the brain, and on neurodegenerative disease. Colin has been President of the British Science Association, the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Society of Biology. He is a member of 12 scientific academies, including the Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and his honours include the Ralph Gerard Prize (the highest award of the Society for Neuroscience), and both the Faraday Prize and the Ferrier Prize from the Royal Society. He has been involved in scientific advice to government and in public communication about science, with almost 1,000 TV and radio broadcasts and frequent articles in the press.