Prof Steven Rose talks about:• What is meant by the term neuroscience;
- His particular interest in memory;
- What is known about the brain;
- The link between understanding the brain and understanding what makes us human;
- The possible causes of depression and addiction.
About Prof Steven RoseSteven Rose has a first degree in biochemistry from Cambridge, and a PhD in neurochemistry from London. Following post-doc periods in Oxford, Rome and London,in 1969 he was appointed Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Research Group at the Open University, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Harvard, the University of Minnesota, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Academica Sinica in Beijing and most recently at University College, London. For three years he was Joint Professor of Physick (medicine) at Gresham College, London with the feminist sociologist Hilary Rose. His research centres on the neurobiology of learning and memory. He is working on a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease.
In the 1960s he cofounded the Brain Research Association, now the British Neuroscience Association, which helped shape the newborn field of neuroscience. He has received a variety of medals and international awards, most recently the Biochemical Society’s special medal for science communication, the Edinburgh Medal and the silver medal of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. For five years he was a regular panel member of Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. In 2003 BBC 4 transmitted a filmed profile of him.
Throughout his career, and in collaboration with Hilary Rose, he has been actively concerned with the ethical, legal and social implications of developments in science, especially in the fields of genetics and neuroscience. In 1969 they were cofounders of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science. In 2002 they initiated a call for a moratorium on European research collaboration with Israel whilst that country was in breach of the EU Charter of Human Rights and until a just peace was negotiated with the Palestinians. This call led to the creation of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine.