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Three Neuroscientists based at Cambridge are named amongst the most influential figures in British science today.

Dr. Adrian Owen, Professor Steve O'Rahilly and Professor David Mackey are named amongst the 100 most influential people in contemporary British Science. The list, compiled by The Times, celebrates the first anniversary of its science magazine Eureka.

Adrian Owen is from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is cited for his work on neuroimaging which has allowed patients apparently in vegetative states to communicate.

Adrian, pictured right, commented on hearing the news:

"...I am delighted and surprised to have made the list. The Eureka initiative is an interesting idea and....has prompted much discussion about science in the UK and that has to be a good thing"

Steve O'Rahilly's is Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine and Co-Director of the Institute of Metabolic Science. His research focuses on the links between genetics and obesity and includes investigating the neuroendocrinology of obesity.

David Mackey's is Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Cavendish. He is the creator of Dasher, a machine-learning system that allows users to navigate using any muscular movement, their breath or gaze, and write using a continually unfurling alphabetical display. David is also currently Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Both David and Steve presented their research to a rapt audience at the 2009 Cambridge Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health Symposium.

Adrian, Steve and David appear on the list alongside former MRC chief executives Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (the new Vice Chancellor for the University of Cambridge), Stephen Hawking (Cosmologist here in Cambridge), Lord Martin Rees (Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College), amongst others. 

This is the first ranking of contemporary figures in British science.

Posted on 07/10/2010

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