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04th July 2022 Phoebe Mumby (2020, English)

Professor Neil Herring to give prestigious Bayliss-Starling Prize Lecture

Congratulations to Exeter Tutorial Fellow in Preclinical Medicine, Professor Neil Herring, who has recently been awarded the Bayliss-Starling Prize and with it the honour of delivering the Bayliss-Starling Prize Lecture. He has been chosen by The Physiological Society and will deliver the lecture at a forthcoming Society meeting in 2023.

The Bayliss-Starling Prize Lecture is an annually awarded lecture made possible by a generous donation from the Bayliss and Starling Society. It is given to early career as well as established physiologists in alternate years. The award also provides the opportunity to be published in The Journal of Physiology.

Professor Herring leads a research group in Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics that focuses on local neuromodulators of cardiac autonomic control. As part of the prestigious prize lecture Professor Herring will outline his work into how the autonomic nervous system influences the heart and can trigger or protect it against disease.

Carla Handford (2020, Medicine), an Exeter student who has been taught by Professor Herring and is currently doing a research project with his research group, commented: ‘I have really enjoyed attending some of Neil’s lectures on Neuropeptide-Y signalling in the heart, and have found it particularly interesting to learn how this may be applied to future cardiovascular treatments. I am incredibly grateful to be doing my research project with his lab this year, and have found this whole experience truly fascinating and insightful.’

Professor Herring is an associate professor at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics as well a British Heart Foundation Senior Fellow and a Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital. His work and his teaching are far-reaching, and as a Tutorial Fellow of Exeter College we once again offer him the warmest congratulations on receiving this honour.

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