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Alison Douglas Lecture

Alison Douglas Lecture

The British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN) Alison Douglas Lecture recognises excellence in the field and individuals who have made significant contributions to supporting early stage researchers (ESRs). Alison’s PhD and postdoctoral research (in Belfast and subsequently Edinburgh) on uterine physiology lead her to a distinguished career and international authority on the neuroendocrine adaptations in pregnancy that lead to successful delivery. Alison published prolifically and held research grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Coucil (MRC) and Wellcome Trust and was awarded a personal chair in Reproductive Neuroendocrinology in 2011. Alison was also elected Chair of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology in 2011.

A frequent speaker at international meetings, Alison built an extensive network of international collaborations and warm friendships. In addition to leading the School of Edinburgh’s Athena SWAN silver award, Alison established the School’s postdoctoral forum, reflecting her commitment to fairness, women in science and ESRs. Described as the best of colleagues, unfailingly cheerful and positive, by Prof Gareth Leng, we remember Alison fondly and honour her commitment to ESRs with this lecture.

Previous winners 

2023 Prof Manuel Tena-Sempere
2022 Prof emeritus Barbara Cannon
2021 Prof Steven A Brown
2019 Dr Jane Robinson
2018 Prof Peter Morgan
2017 Prof Julia Buckingham
2016 Prof Martha Merrow
2015 Prof Gareth Leng