International Advisory Council

Prof. Colin Blakemore Chief Executive, Medical Research Council Colin Blakemore

Colin Blakemore, FMedSci, Hon FRCP, FRS, is a Waynflete Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and he became Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council in October 2003. From 1996-2003 he was Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford. Colin Blakemore studied Medical Sciences and Experimental Psychology at Cambridge and completed a PhD at the University of California in Berkeley. His research has been concerned with many aspects of vision, early development of the brain and plasticity of the cerebral cortex. His prizes and medals from medical and scientific academies and societies include the Robert Bing Prize from the Swiss Academy of Medical Science, the Prix Netter from the French Acad é mie Nationale de M é decine, the Gregg Medal of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, the John P McGovern Science and Society Medal from Sigma Xi, the international Alcon Prize for vision research and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for furtherance of the public understanding of science. He has been President and Chairman of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Biosciences Federation. Colin Blakemore is a frequent broadcaster on radio (including the 1976 BBC Reith Lectures, Mechanics of the Mind) and television (including the 1982 Royal Institution Christmas lectures on the senses, and The Mind Machine, a 13-part series on brain and mind, broadcast on BBC2). His books for the general public include Mechanics of the Mind (for which he won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science), Images and Understanding, Mindwaves, The Mind Machine, Gender and Society and The Oxford Companion to the Body. The Royal Society have described him as “one of Britain’s most influential communicators of science”.

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