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LONDON, UK – 04 July, 2016 – Dr. Roger James Morris, D. Phil., FRSA, FRSB Professor of Molecular Neurobiology for King’s College London was named “Top Professor of the Year” for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees will be invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With over 25 years of professional experience in higher education and in Molecular Neurobiology, Dr. Morris has certainly proved himself as an accomplished professional and expert in the industry.  His key responsibilities include; advising new staff on writing grant applications and productively combining their teaching and research; to bringing ‘biology’ into ‘chemical biology’ in research and teaching; to delivering a range of lectures and a Molecular Biology for Chemists practical course; and to establish functioning instruments of management for staff and students.

First starting out after completing his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2005, and a postdoctoral Jane Coffin Childs Fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Centre, he took up a scientific staff position in the Laboratory of Neurobiology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London (1978-95). He moved to Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1995, which merged with King’s College London in 1998. Within King’s, he became Professor of Molecular Neurobiology in 2001, Head of Department of Biochemistry in 2005, then in 2007, Head of School of Biomedical Sciences (in US terms, Dean of Faculty) over a period of major change to integrate the multiple institutions that had been merged with King’s, into a single Faculty. Roger seized the opportunity to upgrade biomolecular imaging at both fluorescent and electron microscopic levels to make King’s, in partnership with instrument manufacturers JEOL and Nikon, an emerging international leader in both areas. He oversaw a doubling in research income while modernizing and simplifying undergraduate and postgraduate education, secured the first UK Research Council (BBSRC) funding for a Doctoral Training Centre at King’s which has expanded to include University College London and other London universities in one of the BBSRC’s major PhD training centres. He opened up the experimental animal facilities to the press, politicians and public groups (including the redoubtable Women’s Institute) to enable all to see what is actually involved in UK biomedical research.

Roger’s willingness to speak to the press, and allow the press unrestricted access to the experimental animal houses, starting at a stage when few others in the UK would do either, set a pattern that was increasingly adopted by other universities, leading in 2014 to a Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK to which 97 companies, universities and research institutes have signed. King’s was awarded the 2015 Prize for Media Engagement in Openness in Animal Research. Another enduring achievement is that King’s closed its Chemistry Department (founded in 1829, one of the world’s oldest) in 2003, due to declining student numbers. Roger played a key role in relaunching King’s Chemistry Department in 2012. Both the Department and its courses are growing robustly and adding a missing dimension to King’s research and education.

Dr. Morris has served on the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, the BBSRC BSEP group and DEFRA TSE Research Advisory Group. He has been recognized worldwide for his hard work and achievements.  He was named Outstanding Professional of the Year with Who’s Who 2014, 2015; Recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Prize 1970; Commonwealth Scholarship; has published over 70 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 5,000 times to give him an H index of 40. He is interviewed regularly on the implications of research in neurodegeneration, and reviews grants and papers internationally on this subject. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Biology, which expand the range of issues in which he engages.

Looking back, Dr. Morris attributes much of his success to his hard work, determination and perseverance.  When not working he enjoys spending time with his family. For the future Roger aspires to continue growing as a professional and making a difference in the world.

For More Information on Dr. Roger Morris please visit:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-morris-90ab4824

About IAOTP

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the worlds finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization who hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For more information about IAOTP please visit www.iaotp.com

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