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Prof David Attwell
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Appointment
  • Jodrell Professor of Physiology
  • Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography

David Attwell studied physics as an undergraduate in Oxford, and then did a PhD in neuroscience with Julian Jack. After a post-doc in Berkeley with Frank Werblin, he came to UCL.


Biography 


DEGREES 


 Oxford 1974    B.A. Physics   1st


 Oxford 1975    B.A. Physiological Sciences   Upper 2nd


 Oxford 1979    D.Phil.   Electrical properties of membranes


POSITIONS HELD


1974 ‑ 77           Medical Research Council Scholar 


                          University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford


1977 ‑ 79           Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, Oxford


1979 ‑ 80           Science Research Council Post‑Doctoral Fellow,


                          University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.


1980 ‑ 81           Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, Oxford


1981 ‑ 88           Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University College London


1984 ‑ 89           Henry Head Research Fellow of the Royal Society


1988                  Reader, Department of Physiology, University College London


1991                  Professor, Department of Physiology, University College London


1995                  Jodrell Professor of Physiology, University College London


Research Summary

For details of my research, please visit my lab webpage :  

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/departments/neuroscience-physiology-and-pharmacology/people/professor-david-attwell

 PRIZES AND AWARDS
1974                  Scott Prize for Physics: Oxford University Prize for best 1st in Finals
1979                  Gotch Prize: Oxford University Prize for best thesis in Biological Sciences
1986                  Sharpey Schafer Medal of the Physiological Society
2000                  Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences
2001                  Fellow of the Royal Society
2010                  Medal of Australian Physiological & Pharmacological Society
2011                  Kenneth Myer Medal, Australia
2016                  FENS-Kavli award for mentoring neuroscientists  
2016                  Member, Academia Europaea
2016                  Fondation Ipsen Prize for Neuroenergetics
2018                  Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2019                  Highly Cited Scientist, Web of Science (in top 0.1% of scientists)
2020                  Annual Review Prize Lecture of the Physiological Society

Teaching Summary

I organise the 4 year PhD in Neuroscience at UCL, and give undergraduate lectures. I was Vice-Head of the Graduate School, the body overseeing graduate education at UCL, was on UCL's Council and am now on the Governance Committee of Academic Board. I occasionally teach on international subject-specialist teaching programmes, e.g. on Ion Channels, the Astrocyte School, or teaching programmes related to brain energy supply and use. 

Academic Background
1979   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1975   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
1974   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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