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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

Ferrier Medallist 2017

Professor Christine Holt FMedSci FRS

The Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2017 is 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.

The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000 and will be awarded in March 2017.

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 triennially given on a subject related to the advancement of natural knowledge on the structure and function of the nervous system.

Past winners

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.