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Tristram Hunt"The Future of the Brain in the 21st Century"

Baroness Susan Greenfield

Professor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford



Baroness Greenfield, a dynamic presenter with a world-wide following, made a whistle-stop visit to World Affairs to deliver this powerful lecture. Most contentious is her suggestion that current exposure to electronic devices may be producing permanent change in the brain wiring of the young.

Susan Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster. She has been awarded 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities and heads a multi-disciplinary research group exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

In addition, she has published a neuro-scientific theory of consciousness, 'The Private Life of the Brain' (2003) and developed a keen interest in the impact of modern technologies on how young people think and feel. This was discussed in her book, 'ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century' (2008).

In 1998 she received the Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society, was awarded a CBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List and was granted a non-political Life Peerage in 2001.

In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and in 2007 to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was appointed Chancellor of Heriot Watt University in 2005.

Further recognition of her work includes L'Ordre National de la L├ęgion d'Honneur from the French Government, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, both received in 2003. Susan was also awarded the Australian Medical Research Society Medal in 2010.

In January 2014, she was included in the Debrett's 500, "a recognition of the most influential and inspiring 500 people in Britain". Most recently, in July 2014, Susan was awarded as an Honorary Doctorate at Middlesex University.