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Four Cambridge Neuroscientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
Congratulations go to Andrea Brand, Nicky Clayton, Roger Hardie and Michael Hastings for their election to the Royal Society, on the 20th May, 2010, in recognition for their scientific excellence and contributions to society.
Andrea, Nicky, Roger and Michael join this prestigious Fellowship consisting of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland.
In total, for 2010, the Royal Society elected 44 new Fellows (including eight in total from Cambridge), 8 Foreign Members and 1 Honorary Fellow.
Professor Ray Dolan (University College London) and Professor Robin Murray (Kings College London) were the other neuroscientists elected to the Fellowship for 2010.
Following this 2010 election the Royal Society Fellowship now comprises more than 30 Cambridge Neuroscientists including last year's Cambridge Neuroscience recipients of the Award: Christine Holt, David Mackay, Wolfram Schultz and Karen Steel.
Nicky exclaimed, on hearing the news:
"I am over the moon. It's my dream come true!"
"One of the many benefits of Cambridge is that the university actively fosters intellectual curiosity and creativity, "thinking outside the box" so to speak. I feel very privileged to have worked in such a productive setting for the past ten years".
Roger Hardie (pictured left) is Professor of Cellular Neuroscience at the Department of Physiology Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge University. Roger is distinguished for his versatile and extensive studies on invertebrate visual transduction, which have transformed our wider understanding of cell signalling. In particular, his demonstration that the Drosophila trp and trpl genes code for selective calcium channels was the seminal observation that launched the TRP channel field, now a major part of calcium signalling and a focus of medical research. His subsequent investigations using these prototypical dTRP channels have been marked by elegant technological innovations, leading to groundbreaking and novel insights into the complex regulation of this class of channels by calcium and by lipid messengers.
"Naturally, I'm delighted, overwhelmed and not a little humbled by it. I was certainly fortunate to be in a relatively new field (circadian clocks) that really took off with the new tools provided by molecular neurobiology. One of the challenges now is to translate this new biological knowledge about clocks into something helpful for people's physical and mental health."
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Posted on 21/05/2010
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