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Awards, honours and media 2013

30 December 2013

Awards, Honours and media 2013



Thelma Lovick:
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Physiology and Pharmacology has been awarded a Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship at the University ofSão Paolo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.  Funded for 3 years by the CNPq, Brazil Program Ciência sem Fronteiras scheme, the fellowship will enable her to co-ordinate the study: "A translational approach to the neurobiological and hormonal determinants of premenstrual syndrome".


Judy Harris has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the journal Advances in Physiology Education from January 2014.


Media coverage for Neil Marrion and Emma Robinsons’ publication (

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Scottish Daily Express –


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Science Daily (US online news) -

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Phil Langton has been awarded the Faculty Award for Teaching and Learning in recognition of his work.

Mascia Amici has been accepted to be a member of the Advisory group for the Vitae South West and Wales Hub.


Graeme Henderson has been awarded the JR Vane Medal by the British Pharmacological Society in memory of the Nobel Laureate Sir John Vane. To mark the award Graeme has been invited to give a lecture entitled 'Inspirations' at the inaugural BPS Fellows’ Reception at the Royal College of Physicians in September 2013.

Judy Harris has received a major accolade on winning the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences Student Award for Outstanding Teaching, one of the new Golden Apple Bristol Teaching Awards being made for 2013.


Matt Jones has been appointed to the Wellcome Trust's Expert Review Group for Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience from 1st September. 

Elek Molnar has been invited to be an “Expert Panel member for European Commission call FP7: 2.2.1-4 “Patho-Physiology and Therapy of Epilepsy and Epileptiform Disorders”. Elek is also a Member of FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek: Research Foundation – Flanders) Interdisciplinary Expert Panel, Brussels.


eBiolabs is one of three teaching initiatives short-listed for the Teaching Excellence Award in the Guardian University Awards 2013: Congratulations to all those involved, let’s hope for more good news as the winner will be announced on February 27th

Media coverage:


John Crabtree in the news for his work on Schizophrenia:


Researchers, including Alastair Poole and Matthew Harper from the University of Bristol’s School of Physiology and Pharmacology, have uncovered a key process in understanding how blood clots form that could help pave the way for new therapies to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Julian Paton is in the news with a new technique that involves removing the nerves connecting the kidney to the brain has shown to significantly reduce blood pressure and help lower the risk of stroke, heart and renal disease in patients. The procedure, which has very few side effects, has already shown promising results in hard-to-treat cases of high blood pressure.


The strength and depth of Bristol Neuroscience was on display at the recent British Neuroscience Association meeting at the Barbican Centre in London.

Richard Apps, Zafar Bashir, Graham Collingridge, Stella Koutsikou, Stafford Lightman, Seth Love, Jack Mellor and Hans Reul all chaired symposia with diverse themes ranging from neurodegenerative diseases, through synaptic plasticity, to cerebellar function. Members of Bristol Neuroscience presented over 40 posters and those invited to speak in symposia included: Michael Ashby, James Hodge, Paul Howard-Jones, Matthew Jones, Stella Koutsikou, Stafford Lightman, Celine Nicolas, Hans Reul, Daniel Robert, Emma Robinson and Arturas Volianskis joining an array of national and international speakers.

See for a report.


Lucy Donaldson:
Lucy Donaldson: was on the BBC Food Programme on 18th March  - "Our changing taste"


Andy James:
Andy James and his collaborators are in the news this month for their work on atrial arrhythmias.

See press release for full details.

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