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.