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Royal Treatment

Britain’s charismatic scientist-politician popularizes science for the masses.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and a member of the House of Lords, has been ranked by Harpers and Queen magazine as the 14th most influential woman in the world. An acclaimed geneticist and entrepreneur, she is also the first female director of the venerable Royal Institution of Great Britain, founded in 1799 to educate the public about science and to fund basic research.

Susan Greenfield; Copyright © 2004 Acumen Sciences, LLC, All Rights Reserved.Dr. Greenfield’s 18-person lab at Oxford is delving into methods to arrest neuronal death and general neuronal function—how neurons release proteins, and the mechanisms underlying the development and regeneration of the pathways lost in those who have Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

In 2000, Dr. Greenfield hosted a six-part British Broadcasting Corporation television series on the brain, and wrote the best-seller The Human Brain: A Guided Tour, one of a half-dozen Greenfield books that explain the brain and consciousness in accessible terms. Her latest book, Tomorrow’s People, is a stark warning that society needs to consider seriously the revolutionary possibilities of genetics and science lest people lose what makes them human.

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