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Francis Crick Medal and Lecture

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture winner 2022

Francis-Crick-Serena-Nik-ZainalDr Serena Nik-Zainal

The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2022 is awarded to Dr Serena Nik-Zainal for enormous contributions to understanding the aetiology of cancers by her analyses of mutation signatures in cancer genomes, which is now being applied to cancer therapy.

Dr Nik-Zainal will receive a medal of bronze, and a gift of £2,000 at the associated prize lecture in 2022.

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The award

The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture is awarded annually in any field in the biological sciences. Preference is given to genetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in which Francis Crick worked, and to fundamental theoretical work, which was the hallmark of Crick’s science.

The lectureship was endowed by Sydney Brenner FRS in memory of Francis Crick FRS, the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. The first lecture was given in 2003.  The medal is of bronze, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

Nominations

Nominations are now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2021.  

Past winners

Dr Marta Zlatic was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture in 2021 and presented her lecture How we learn, predict and decide: the circuit basis of behaviour.

Dr Gregory Jefferis was awarded the Francis Crick Medal in 2019 and presented his lecture Love, smell and memory: exploring the brain circuits for learned and innate behaviour.

Dr Miratul Muqit was awarded the Francis Crick Medal in 2018 and presented his lecture Parkinson’s disease: decoding the mysteries of neurodegeneration.

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

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