On the 24th April 2014 a Symposium was held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Blaschko Fellowships, and the life of Hugh Blaschko, FRS. The Symposium opened with an introduction by Professor Peter Somogyi: “20 years of The Hugh Blaschko European Research Fellowship”, followed by talks from Professor David Smith: “Hugh Blaschko: the man and the scientist”, Professor Hans Winkler (University of Innsbruck): “Looking back as a pharmacologist: Hugh Blaschko, chromaffin granules and drug markets”, and Professor Les Iversen, FRS: “Novel psychoactive drugs: Applied monoamine pharmacology”.
Eight previous Blaschko Scholars were present, from the earliest award (1994-1995) to the present, and talks were given by Drs Laura Conforti, Leah Herregen, Eef Hogervorst, Amy Pooler, Gabor Tamas, and the current Fellow, Gunes Unal.
The symposium was held in conjunction with the 10th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology. The speaker was Professor Zoltan Nusser, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, who gave the lecture “Molecular, functional and structural heterogeneity of central synapses”. The lecture also celebrated the founding of the MRC Unit 30 years ago, with the arrival of the memorial stone from Scotland placed next to the Unit Oak.
The day was concluded by Professor Antony Galione, Head of the Department of Pharmacology, and was followed by a celebratory dinner hosted by Linacre College for speakers and guests including HE Peter Szabadhegy, the Hungarian Ambassador to the UK, Dr Ruth Baker and HH Judge Ann Campbell (Trustees of the Blaschko Research Scholarship), Sir Bryan Cartledge, Principal of Linacre College (1988) as well as the current Principal, Nick Brown.
On the 24th April 2014 a Symposium was held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Blaschko Fellowships, and the life of Hugh Blaschko, FRS. A selection of the lectures are available below as videos. For 'full-screen' and other options, please click on the title in the top left of the player to view on YouTube.
Peter Somogyi, Unit Director, received the Semmelweis-Budapest Prize 2012 and delivered his lecture “Co-operative chronocircuits in the hippocampus of the brain” at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at 2.00pm on the 22nd November 2012. He has dedicated the 10,000 Euro prize to the setting up of the Stephen W. Kuffler Scholarship Foundation. Stephen Kuffler was a pioneer genius and an excellent mentor and tutor of talented students, several of whom went on to win Nobel Prizes. He founded the first department of neurobiology in the USA at Harvard University.
Alan Cowey (life), FRS, FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford and Honorary Associate of the Unit, passed away on the 19th of December 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer on the 24th of September. Alan was one of Peter Somogyi’s closest friends and past collaborator, a pioneer of visual neuroscience, an unflinching supporter of the Unit, a true gentleman and an example to us all as a scientist and as a person.
Acknowledging the survival of Professors György Buzsáki and Péter Somogyi to the tender age of 60, former Unit member Tamás Freund, Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, has organised a satellite symposium to the IBRO International Workshop (21-23 January 2010) at Pécs in Hungary. The symposium is free and has a spectacular spread of speakers of the great and famous type.
Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy delivered the 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology.
"Plasticity of GABAergic synapses: mechanisms and implications"
The 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on 3 March 2015 by Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich http://www.pharma.uzh.ch/neuromorpho
The Lecture was hosted by Professor Peter Somogyi.