Prof Paxinos receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof George Paxinos AO has received the 2012 Spiro Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honour within the Greek-Australian community.

The extraordinary contribution of Prof Paxinos to science was recognised at the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry gala ball in Melbourne on Monday.

The Chamber chose to honour Prof Paxinos because of “his internationally acclaimed contribution to neuroscience research”.

Prof Paxinos’ ground-breaking book ‘The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates’ transformed the field of neuroscience and facilitated a deeper and broader understanding of brain structure and function. This is now the most cited Australian publication of all time, and the third most cited across all the sciences.

Scientists working on human neurological or psychiatric diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, use Prof Paxinos’ brain atlases, widely considered the most accurate resources for the identification of structures and used in neurosurgical theatres around the world.

Prof Paxinos was honoured to receive the award and grateful to the Ithacan Philanthropic Society for nominating him.