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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 (Francis Crick medallist 2020) and Albert Cardona.

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.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open 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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