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Jon Driver Prize

To honour the memory of Jon Driver, an annual Prize is awarded to outstanding young neuroscientists from UCL.

Key information

Jon Driver

Jon Driver (4 July 1962 – 28 November 2011) was a UCL psychologist and neuroscientist. He was a leading figure in the study of perception, selective attention and multisensory integration in the normal and damaged human brain. Reflecting Jon Driver’s commitment to mentorship, and his seminal contribution to promoting neuroscience at UCL, the prize is awarded competitively every year to recognise the high-quality research of students completing their PhD in the field of neuroscience at UCL.  


PhD students in neuroscience at UCL who are engaged in cognitive, system and circuit based neuroscience research (registered at the time of the application deadline).


Monday 22 April 2024, 13:00


  • 2 page CV with publication list
  • Motivation statement (500 words)
  • 1-page abstract describing work to be considered (SFN abstract format)
  • Supporting statement from supervisor/sponsor
  • 50-word biography
  • Proposed title for talk at Neuroscience Symposium if selected
  • High-resolution photograph of yourself


Cash £500 awarded to the winner.  The winner will be asked to give a short presentation of the work that the award was given for at the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium on Thursday 20 June 2024.


  • Ray Dolan (Chair, 2023)
  • Sven Bestmann
  • Francesca Cacucci
  • Stephen Fleming
  • Gabriella Vigliocco


For applications and information, please email: jondriverprize@ucl.ac.uk 


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Previous winners

2023 Winner

Sara de Felice, Former PhD student, UCL Department of Psychology and Language Sciences, now Research Associate at the University of Cambridge

The Role of Social Interaction in Learning: Behavioural and Neural Mechanisms

2022 Winners

Anna-Leigh Brown, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
TDP-43 cryptic splicing uncovers the mechanism behind an intronic ALS/FTD risk variant in synaptic gene UNC13A

Dustin Herrmann, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
Functional organization and dendritic integration of feedback in visual cortex 

2021 Winners

Alex Fratzl, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
Flexible inhibitory control of visually-evoked defensive behaviour

Matthew Nour, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research 
Impaired neural replay for inferred relationships in schizophrenia, and its relationship to default mode network function

Dora Steel, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Whole-genome sequencing for rare childhood movement disorders

Angeliki Zarkali, UCL Dementia Research Centre
Finding the network balance: the neural correlates of visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease

2020 Winners

Pablo Izquierdo UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Synapse development is regulated by microglial THIK-1 K+ channel

Yunzhe Liu Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
Neural replay in abstraction and inference

Max Rollwage Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research 
Cognitive and neural mechanism underlying confirmation bias

2019 Winner

Sean Cavanagh, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
The role of neuronal timescales in cognition

2018 Winners

Andrea Banino, CoMPLEX, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and DeepMind
Neuroscience and AI: modelling the brain using deep neural networks

Dr Ruben Duque do Vale, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
Spatial navigation during escape behaviours in mice

2017 Winners

Christin Kosse, Denis Burdakov Lab, The Francis Crick Institute

Amy McTague, Manju Kurian Lab, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Federico Rossi, Matteo Carandini Lab, UCL Institute of Opthalmology

About Jon Driver

Jon Driver Prize

Jon Driver (1962 - 2011) was a highly influential cognitive neuroscientist whose work had a major impact world-wide, and who played a leading role in the neuroscience community at UCL.

He was Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL and was Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) from 2004 to 2009.

His work was widely recognized - by numerous prizes; by his election to the fellowship of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences; and by the award of a Royal Society Research Professorship. He trained many of the top people in the field, who are now in leading positions around the world.

Jon was a dynamic and highly respected figure at UCL: he played a key role in the team that attracted the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre to UCL, and in the establishment of the UCL Neuroscience Domain.

For more information about Jon Driver and his work, please see his Wikipedia page. You an also consult the collection of articles published by Nature Neuroscience or view the tribute page.