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Professional Career

Rodolfo Llinás Riascos is a neurophysiologist physicianfrom Colombia who is known for his discoveries in neuroscience. He graduated in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and he got his Ph. D. in neurophysiology in the Australian National University. Actually, he is professor of neuroscience in the NYUSchool of Medicine.



Gimnasio Moderno (Bogotá)  1952  Bachillerato
Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá)  M.D.  1959  Medicine
Australian National University (Canberra)  Ph.D.  1965  Neurofisiología



Instructor                                                  Department of Physiology, National
Neurophysiology                                    University of Colombia                                                                                              1959
Postdoctoral                                              Stanley Cobb Laboratory, Massachusetts
Research Fellow                                        General Hospital, Harvard Medical School                                                          1960-61
NIH Postdoctoral                                    Department of Physiology, University of
Research Fellow                                      Minnesota, Minneapolis                                                                                           1961-63
Research Scholar                                     Department of Physiology, Institute of
                                                                   Advanced Studies, Australian Natl. Univ   PhD degree                                        1963-65
Associate Professor                                 Department of Physiology, University of Minnesota Mineapolis                      1965-66
Minnesota, Minneapolis                                                                       
Member                                                      Institute for Biomedical Research, AMA/ERF    Chicago Ilinois                         1966-68
Head, Dept Neuribiology                        Institute for Biomedical Research, AMA/ERF,of Neurobiology                          1968-70
Professor  and Head                                 Div. of Neurobiology University of Iowa Med. School, Iowa City                     1970-76
Faculty Member                                       Summer Course in Neurobiology, MBL Woods Hole Mass                                1971-74
Professor and    Chairman                    Dept. of Physiology & Neuroscience,    NYU Medical School, New York            1976-2011
Thomas &  Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience   NYU School of Medicine,, New York,                                    1985-              
First NYU Medical School “University Professor”                                                                                                                      2011-



Bowditch  Lecturer, American Physiological Society                                                                                                               1973
The John C. Krantz Award in Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics, University of Maryland School of Medicine                                                                                                     1976
Professorial Lecturer, College de France, Paris                                                                                                                        1979
Honorary Member, Alpha Omega Alpha                                                                                                                                   1981
Catedra Ramon y Cajal Inaugural Speaker, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City                                                    1981                                                                                                          
Lang Lecturer, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA                                                                                             1982
McDowall Lecturer in Physiology, King's College, London                                                                                                      1984
"Doctor Honoris Causa" (Medicine), University of Salamanca                                                                                               1985
Member, National Academy of Sciences, USA                                                                                                                          1986
Member, National Academy of Medicine, Colombia                                                                                                               1986
Ralph Gerard Lecturer, Univ. of  California, Irvine                                                                                                                   1987
Ulf von Euler Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm                                                                                                        1987
Professorial Lecturer, College de France, Paris                                                                                                                        1987
Luigi Galvani Lecture and Award, Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                                                           1988
F.O. Schmitt Lecture and Award in Neuroscience
Rockefeller University, N.Y.                                                                                                                                                          1989
UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal Award in Science                                                                                                           1991
“Doctor Honoris Causa"  Universidad de Barcelona, Spain                                                                                                    1993
“Doctor Honoris Causa"  Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia                                                                                      1994
Signoret  Award in Cognition, Fondation Ipsen La Salpâtrière,                                                                                              1994
Paris, France
Member, American Academy of Arts  and  Sciences                                                                                                                1996
Member, American Philosophical Society                                                                                                                                  1996
Member, Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, Spain                                                                                                            1996
“Doctor Honoris Causa"  " , Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain                                                                                 1997
Member, French Academy of Science                                                                                                                                         2002
Santiago Grizolia Award and Medal, Valencia, Spain                                                                                                                2004
Koetser Memorial Lecture and Price. Zurich University, Switzerland                                                                                    2004
“Doctor Honoris Causa", Toyama University Medical School                                                                                                  2005
“Doctor Honoris Causa", University of Pavia, Italy                                                                                                                    2006
Bernard Katz Award, Biophysical Society                                                                                                                                   2011
The Miller Lecture and Award,  CSHL                                                                                                                                          2011
Gold Medal CSIC                                                                                                                                                                             2012
Cajal Diploma given by Queen Sophia of Spain                                                                                                                        2013
Ragnar Granit Lecture and Award, Nobel Institute, Stockholm                                                                                              2013



Neurological Science Research Training Committee A, National
Institute of Neurological Diseases & Stroke, N.I.H.                                                                                          1971-73
Consultant, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, San Antonio, TX                                                               1972-75
Corporation Member, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA                                                        1973-82
Board of Trustees, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA                                                              1983-85
Board of Trustees, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA                                                               1990-92                  
Associate, Neurosciences Research Program, M.I.T., Boston, MA                                                                  1974-84
Council Member, Society for Neuroscience                                                                                                       1974-78
Member, Task Force on Neurophysiology, Am. Physiological Society                                                           1974-78
Member, Committee on Committees, Am. Physiological Society                                                                   1974-76
Neurology A Study Section, Division of Research Grants, National
Institutes of Health                                                                                                                                                 1974-78
Member, National Research Council Committee for IBRO                                                                              1978-81
Member, Panel on Basic Neuroscience Research, National Academy
of Science Task Force                                                                                                                                             1978-82
Scientific Advisory Board, Division for Basic Research, Max-Planck
Institute for Psychiatry, Munich                                                                                                                           1979-83
Member, Executive Committee for IBRO                                                                                                           1981-82
Acting Chairman, USA National Committee for IBRO                                                                                      1982
Chairman, USA National Committee for IBRO                                                                                                  1983-88

Chairman, NASA/Neurolab Science Working Group                                                                                        1991-95
Member, Scientific Advisory Board Roche Institute                                                                                         1992-94
Member, National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders                                                             1994-98
Advisory Council  of the National Institutes of Health



Chief Editor, Neuroscience                                                                                                                                  1974-2000
Editorial Board, Journal of Neurobiology                                                                                                           1980-86
Field Editor, Pfluegers Archiv                                                                                                                               1981-86
Editorial Board, Journal of Theoretical Neurobiology                                                                                      1981-90
Senior Editor, Thalamus and Related Systems                                                                                                  2001-



    Rodolfo Llinás

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    About Me

    I was born in Bogota on December 16, 1934. I have dedicated all my life to research in the area of Neuroscience. I studied medicine at the Universidad Javeriana and afterwards obtained my doctorate at the National University of Australia. In addition to my work in research, I´m Univesity Professor at New York University.





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