Richard Morris has been Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh since 1993.
In 1969 he graduated with a MA from Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and, in 1973, completed a D.Phil at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology of the University of Sussex. His primary research interests are the neurobiology of learning and memory, and the applications of concepts and techniques developed in this work to help develop new therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease.
He invented and developed the 'watermaze' as a method to study spatial learning (Morris et al, Nature, 1982), discovered the role of NMDA receptors in learning (Morris et al, Nature, 1986), and co-developed the synaptic tagging theory of the persistence of memory (Frey and Morris, Nature, 1997). His research is well supported by grants from the U.K. Medical Research Council and other charitable and international bodies.
Dr Morris serves as an advisor for a number of international research institutes, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Research Trust in the U.K., and the Scottish Science Advisory Council. Latterly he served as Life Sciences Coordinator of a U.K. Government initiative on Cognitive Systems. He is also an active member of the Council of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) whose mission is public awareness of neuroscience.