Peter P. Somogyi#

Peter P. Somogyi
Membership Number:2655
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 1985 - to date Associate Director, later Co-Director, then Director of the M.R.C. Anatomica Neuropharmacology Unit, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford
  • 1983 - 1985 Senior Research Fellow, (25 months)Department of Human Physiology, Flinders Medical School, South Australia
  • 1980 - 1982 Visiting scientist as above (4 month/year)
  • 1978 - 1979 Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, (18 months), Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford
  • 1977 - 1978 Departmental Demonstrator, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford. Supervisor: Dr A.D. Smith
  • 1976 - 1983 Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1st Department of Anatomy, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1975 - 1976 Junior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1st Department of Anatomy, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary. Supervisors: Dr. J. Hámori, Professor J. Szentágothai

Fields of Scholarship
  • Brain
  • Cerebral cortex
  • Synapse
  • Receptor
  • Neuronal network
  • Neurotransmitter
  • Electron microscopy
  • Hippocampus

Honours and Awards

  • 1976 & 1977: First Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for Junior Scientists
  • 1982 M. Lenhossek Prize of the Association of Hungarian Anatomists and Embryologists
  • 1984 Charles Judson Herrick Award of the Association of American Anatomists
  • 1990 Honorary Doctorate, Jozsef Attila University, Szeged, Hungary
  • 1991 Krieg Cortical Discoverer Award of the Cajal Club, American Anatomical Society
  • 1995 Yngve Zotterman Prize, Physiological Society, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1996 Professor of Neurobiology, Oxford University
  • 1998 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Kyoto University
  • 2002 Visiting Professor, National Institute of Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan
  • 2004 Elected Nicholas Kurti Senior Research Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford
  • 2006 Janos Arany Medal, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Presidential Committee for contribution to Hungarian science from abroad
  • 2006 Istvan Bathory Award from the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania for working on restoring Hungarian higher education in Romania
  • 2008 Elected Associate, Neuroscience Research Program, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego
  • 2009 The Feldberg Prize and Lectures, Feldberg Foundation, London, UK

Named and Honorary Lectures

  • 1990 Moruzzi Lecture, European Neuroscience Association, Stockholm
  • 1995 Julian Tobias Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago
  • 2001 Jerzy Olszewski Lecture, Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada
  • 2002 Janos Szentagothai Memorial Lecture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • 2003 Wenner-Gren Distinguished Lecturer, Sweden
  • 2003 Segerfalk Award Lecture, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2004 Special Plenary Lecture, 16th IFAA Conference, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2005 1st Janos Szentagothai Memorial Lecture, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • 2006 Quastel Lecure, Otto Loewi Conference, Eilat, Israel
  • 2006 Servier Conference Lecture, Neuroscience Research Centre, University of Montreal
  • 2008 The IBRO Lecture, Univ. Debrecen, Hungary
  • 2008 The 1st Hans Kosterlitz Lecture, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Membership of learned societies:

  • 2000 elected Fellow of The Royal Society of London
  • 2004 elected a Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 elected Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences, London
  • 2006 elected Member of the German National (Leopoldina) Academy
  • 2009 elected Member of the Academia Europaea

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