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Ferrier Medal and Lecture

Red and blue marked regions represent sectors of dopamine rich ventral tegmentum and substantia nigra that express a reward and effort teaching signal (reward and effort prediction errors) respectively. Credit Tobias Hauser

Ferrier Medal and Lecture winner 2019

Professor Ray Dolan FMedSci FRSProfessor Ray Dolan FMedSci FRS

The Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2019 is awarded to Professor Ray Dolan FMedSci FRS for his work charting the brain activity related to fundamental aspects of human conduct and behaviour.

Professor Dolan will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,000 at the associated prize lecture in spring 2020.

The award

The lectureship was created in memory of the neurologist and psychologist David Ferrier FRS (PDF), and was first awarded in 1928. It is given on a subject related to the advancement of natural knowledge on the structure and function of the nervous system. The medal is of bronze, is awarded biennially and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. 


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2019. 

Past winners

Professor Christine Holt FMedSci FRS was awarded the Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2017 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 Prize Lecture 2013 for his pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience, especially on the role of the hippocampus, and the mechanisms supporting memory and cognition.

Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci FRS was awarded the Ferrier Lecture 2010 for his outstanding research on vision, the early development of the brain and the plasticity of the cerebral cortex.

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

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