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Ferrier Medal and Lecture

Growth cone (tip of growing axon) showing polarised mRNA translation (red) nearest to signal gradient on right. Credit K-M Leung

The award

The Ferrier Medal and Lecture is given for distinguished contributions on the structure and function of the nervous system. The lectureship was created in memory of the neurologist and psychologist David Ferrier FRS (PDF). It was first awarded in 1928 and is now given biennially.

Past winners

The Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2017 was awarded to Professor Christine Holt FMedSci FRS for pioneering understanding of the key molecular mechanisms involved in nerve growth, guidance and targeting which has revolutionised our knowledge of growing axon tips.

Professor John O'Keefe FMedSci FRS was awarded the Ferrier Lecture 2013 for his pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience, especially on the role of the hippocampus, and the mechanisms supporting memory and cognition.

See full list of all past winners of the Ferrier Medal and Lecture.

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