On Friday 25 October 2019, the department hosted Professor Dame Pamela Shaw to deliver the GL Brown Prize Lecture as part of the termly Head of Department Seminar Series.
In 1975 The Physiological Society established the GL Brown Prize Lecture; an annual series of peripatetic lectures aimed at stimulating an interest in in the experimental aspects of physiology.
It was a delightful surprise and a huge honour to be the recipient of The Physiological Society GL Brown Prize Lecture Series for 2019." - Prof Dame Pamela Shaw
Dame Pamela Shaw, Founding Director of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), one of the world leading centers for motor neuron disease (MND) research, was selected to deliver this year's series, and the department's Sherrington Large Lecture Theatre became one of the venues, providing the opportunity for DPAG's graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to hear from a distinguished and world leading physiologist.
Professor Shaw has authored more than 440 publications of original research and has generated more than £60m in research income since 1983. She is the recipient of the Association of British Neurologists Sir Charles Symonds award (1991; 1996; 2001), the American Academy of Neurology Sheila Essey award 2001, the UK Royal College of Physicians Jean Hunter award 2006, the International ALS/MND Forbes Norris award 2007 and the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences 2007. In 2014 she was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Neuroscience in the HM the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Her full biography can be found here.
Her lecture entitled "Tackling the pathophysiology of motor neuron disease (MND): a translational neuroscience approach" introduced the intricate properties of the human motor system and what can cause MND, discussed current thinking on why motor neurons die, outlined new scientific approaches that can be applied to the problem of MND, considered whether we are winning in terms of the translation of recent scientific research into benefits for patients who develop MND, and considered how the relationships between scientific researchers and patients, the public and society are changing and the positive value emerging from this two-way relationship.
From Michaelmas Term 2019 onwards, The Physiological Society is funding the Head of Department Seminar Series. The department received the maximum award as part of the Society's Departmental Seminar Scheme.