Stephen Hunt: Ottorino Rossi Award for neuroscience research

11 May 2009

Professor Stephen Hunt (UCL Research Department of Cell & Developmental Biology) has won the Ottorino Rossi Award for his research in neuroscience.

Professor Hunt, who is funded by the Welcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, received the award from the C. Mondino Foundation at the University of Pavia in Italy in April.

It recognised Professor Hunt’s contributions to the molecular understanding of pain, emotional disorders such as depression, addiction and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and synaptic plasticity. 

Recent published work from his laboratory has included a role for the 'Rett Disease' gene MeCP2 in pain mechanisms and new insights into ADHD (with UCL colleagues Clare Stanford and Hugh Gurling).

The award is named after Italian neurologist Ottorino Rossi, who made important contributions to many fields of clinical neurology, neurophysiopathology and neuroanatomy.

Professor Hunt is Graduate Tutor in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, where he runs a third year BSc module on Pain Mechanisms and contributes to several other MSc and BSc modules.

Previous winners of the Ottorino Rossi Award include UCL’s Professor Salvador Moncada, Director of the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research.

 

UCL context

The Research Department of Cell & Developmental Biology is one of UCL’s largest departments. It brings together cell, developmental and evolutionary biologists to provide coherence of research strategy in the field of life science.

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