Alberto J. de Aguayo, OC, MD, FRSC

Dr. Aguayo was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. After studying in Córdoba at the Colegio Nacional de Monserrat and at the School of Medicine he obtained a scholarship to pursue additional training in Canada and the United Kingdom. At present he is the Director of the Centre for Research in Neuroscience at McGill University and the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute. He is also Scientific Director of the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence in Neuroscience.

A scientific journal editor, as well as a member of several Editorial Boards, he has authored more than 150 scientific publications and is the recipient of several awards. These include the Gairdner, Wakeman, Ameritec, Leo Parizeau, Cotzias, Wilder Penfield (Prix du Quebec) and Ipsen awards. He has received a honorary degrees from the University of Lund (Sweden) in 1987 and Queen's University at Kingston in 1995. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

His administrative responsibilities in different societies include the Presidency of the North-American Society for Neuroscience, the Canadian Neurological Society, the Canadian Association of Neuroscientists and the Third World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He has also been a member of several scientific advisory boards and committees of granting and philanthropic organisations such as the National Research Council of Canada, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), the Pew Charitable Fund (USA), the American Paraplegic Association, the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Legacy Fund (Canada), the Ipsen Foundation (France), the Gairdner Foundation, the Human Frontier Science Program (France) and of scientific institutions such as the Max-Planck Institute in Munich (Germany), the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basle (Switzerland) and the Riken Institute Frontiers Program (Japan).