Kevin Fox#

Short laudatio by Ole H. Petersen#

Professor Kevin Fox is one of the world’s leading experts on plasticity mechanisms in the brain; specifically in the visual and somatosensory cortex (the Barrel Cortex). Kevin Fox and his group have been publishing frontier research papers regularly in this field over recent years and provided major parts of our current understanding of sensory processing, cortical development and cortical plasticity. Exciting recent results from the Fox laboratory show that a major post-synaptic protein known as CAMKII is crucial for plasticity in the barrel cortex. Furthermore, Kevin Fox has also succeeded in elucidating the way sensory processing is modified by experience (experience-dependent plasticity).

In addition to his original papers, published in top high-impact journals (Science, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS), Kevin Fox has also published a major monograph on the Barrel Cortex (Cambridge University Press 2008). In this advanced graduate and research level text, Kevin Fox explores three main aspects of the barrel cortex, namely its development, sensory processing and plasticity.

Professor Fox is one of the very few UK neuroscientists holding a major grant from the National institute of Health (NIMH - Conte Centre Collaboration). He is also the Principal Investigator of a large MRC Programme Grant (2010 - 2015).

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