Professor Alun Millward Davies FRS
Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Alun Davies is one of the world’s foremost developmental neurobiologists whose elegant innovative research has transformed our understanding of how neurotrophic factors regulate key aspects of neuronal development. He is responsible for many of the major discoveries and fundamental concepts in the field, including neurotrophin independence, neurotrophin switching, neurotrophin autocrine signalling, the relationship of sensory modality to neurotrophic factor requirement, neurotrophic factor receptor identification and characterization and the discovery of fundamental control mechanisms regulating neuronal survival and the growth of axons and dendrites. Time and again, Davies has described novel developmental mechanisms and predicted the correct model explaining his discoveries.