During the Forum of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) held July 10-14, 2004, in Lisbon, the FENS EJN Award was presented for the first time. This biennial award donated by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, publishers of the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN), is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of Neuroscience. It is a personal prize of 18.000 Euro.
The FENS EJN Award 2004 was given to from the Division of Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK. Prof. Morris is a world-renowned researcher who has made many ground breaking discoveries, particularly in the areas of memory and learning, glutamate receptors, stroke and Alzheimer's. His 'Morris water maze' is used world-wide and his name is familiar to all students of Neuroscience and Psychology. Notably he has tackled the enormously difficult challenge of understanding these complex neurological systems in vivo. Prof. Morris has risen to and overcome these challenges with scientific elegance, technical ingenuity and great insight and innovation.
In addition to his great achievements as a researcher, Prof. Morris has played a major role in teaching Neuroscience at all levels. His excellent booklet 'Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain' (2003) has recently been distributed to all UK schools and is being translated into several other languages. Prof. Morris is an enthusiastic supporter of European Neuroscience. Currently, he serves as 'President-elect' of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.
Previous prizes awarded to Prof. Morris include the Zotterman Medal of the Swedish Physiological Society (1999) and the Annual Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Neuroscience of the British Neuroscience Association (2002). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.