Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, FMedSci HonFRCP HonFRSM HonFSB FRS Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is also Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and he holds honorary Professorships at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and the University of Warwick. From 2003-2007 he was Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council.

Professor Blakemore studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge and did a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After working for 11 years in Cambridge, he moved to Oxford as Waynflete Professor of Physiology in 1979, and from 1996-2003 he was also Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. His research has been concerned with many aspects of vision, development, plasticity of the brain and neurodegenerative disease. He has been a Visiting Fellow or Professor in the USA, France, China, Singapore, Italy, the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Professor Blakemore has been President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Biosciences Federation (Society of Biology). He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and writes about science for a general audience. He has won many prizes for both his research and his work in the public communication of science, including the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday and David Ferrier Prizes.


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