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Francis Crick Medal and Lecture

Complete Electron Microscopy reconstruction and connectivity of all neurons in the Drosophila larval brain. Image courtesy of Michael Winding, Marta Zlatic and Albert Cardona.

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture winner 2020

Dr Marta ZlaticDr Marta Zlatic

The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2020 is awarded to Dr Marta Zlatic for discovering how neural circuits generate behaviour by developing and disseminating definitive techniques, and by discovering fundamental principles governing circuit development and function.

Dr Zlatic will receive a medal of bronze, and a gift of £2,000 at the prize lecture at a future date.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

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 are now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2020. 

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Past winners

Dr Gregory Jefferis was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2019 for his fundamental discoveries concerning the development and functional logic of sensory information processing

Dr Miratul Muqit was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2018 in recognition of his research on cell signalling linked to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease.

Professor Simon Myers was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture in 2017 for transforming our understanding of meiotic recombination and of human population history. 

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


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