Neuropharmacology expert invited to give Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration
The University of Dundee’s Professor Jeremy Lambert has given a prestigious guest lecture to the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Professor Lambert delivered ‘The role of GABAa receptors in mediating the behavioural effects of general anaesthetics’ at a meeting of nearly 200 Royal College members held in Liverpool at the beginning of May.
The invitation to address the meeting, entitled ‘Updates in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management’, is just the latest in a long line of accolades Professor Lambert has been given by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in recognition of his work.
He has previously been made a fellow of the College – something unusual for a non-clinician scientist – alongside receiving their highest award, the Gold Medal.
Professor Lambert said:
“General anaesthetics have been used in medicine for over 170 years.”
“Indeed, today it is hard to imagine undergoing many surgical interventions without it. It is therefore remarkable that until recently we did not know how these essential mechanisms act to produce dramatic behavioural effects like sedation, unconsciousness, analgesia and memory impairment."
“Work from my lab over the last 15 years has shown that these effects are mediated by the brain’s major inhibitory receptor, the GABAa receptor. Furthermore, our work and that of others is revealing that the constellation of behaviours produced by anaesthetics is mediated by different subtypes of the receptor.”
“Such studies should lead to the development of new medicines in this field with a reduced propensity for side effects.”
“I was delighted to be asked to deliver the Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration, and to talk about our progress in this exciting field of research.”