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Richard Morris, DPhil

Professor of Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh

Richard Morris DPhil is a behavioural neuroscientist and experimental psychologist by training. He is currently the Royal Society / Wolfson Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. He has been at Edinburgh since 1987, running a major research laboratory and holding various positions of responsibility within the University including Co-Director of Edinburgh Neuroscience. Richard's area of expertise is the neurobiology of learning and memory, with a focus on developing effective and valid animal models of complex aspects of memory. He developed the 'watermaze' and, using this, discovered the role of hippocampal NMDA receptors in spatial learning. He also developed the synaptic tagging and capture hypothesis of protein synthesis-dependent long term potentiation, and most recently embarked on research on mental schemas as a new way of thinking about systems memory consolidation. Richard is a Visiting Professor at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society in London and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.