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Geoffrey Burnstock
Geoffrey Burnstock

Geoffrey Burnstock, PhD
Emeritus Professor
Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology
University College London


Professor Geoffrey Burnstock completed a BSc at King’s College London and a PhD at University College London. He held postdoctoral. fellowships with Wilhelm Feldberg (National Institute for medical Research), Edith Bulbring (University of Oxford) and C. Ladd Prosser (University of Illinois). He was appointed to a Senior Lectureship in Melbourne University in 1959 and became Professor and Chairman of Zoology in 1964. In 1975 he became Head of Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London and Convenor of the Centre of Neuroscience. He has been Director of the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine since 1997. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1971, the Royal Society in 1986 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. He was awarded the Royal Society Gold Medal in 2000. He is editor-in-chief of the journals Autonomic Neuroscience and Purinergic Signalling and serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. Geoffrey Burnstock’s major research interest has been autonomic neurotransmission and he is best known for his seminal discovery and definition of P2 purinergic receptors, their signaling pathways and functional relevance.
He has personally supervised nearly 100 PhD and MD students. Over 1400 original papers have been published since 1957. Also 72 invited review articles and 114 book chapters. In addition, 15 books have been published as well as a 15 Volume Book Series on the Autonomic Nervous System. He was recognised by Thomson ISI as the top international scientist for citations in Pharmacology and Toxicology from 1994-2006. He has been cited 63,205 times and he has an h-index of 114.

Research Interest

Heat shock protein enhancers and motor neurone disease
Purinergic mechanosensory transduction and pain
Purinergic signalling in the airways      
Purinergic signalling and bone formation/resorption
Purinergic signalling in embryonic development
Purinergic signalling in skin, prostate and bladder cancer
Purinergic signalling in the kidney


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