Rodolfo R. Llinás, MD, PhD

Title: Professor
Company: New York University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Rodolfo R. Llinás, MD, PhD, Professor at New York University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and higher education.

A renowned figure in the fields of medicine and higher education, Dr. Llinás has amassed more than 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Serving as the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience at New York University since 1985, he also acts as a professor in the School of Medicine at New York University, a role he has held since 2011. Previously, he was a professor and chair of the department of neuroscience and physiology from 1976 to 2011, faculty member of a summer course in neurobiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 1971 to 1974, and professor of physiology at the University of Iowa from 1970 to 1976. Earlier in his career, he was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1960s and head of the neurobiology unit in the Institute for Biomedical Research with the American Medical Association in the late 1960s.

Alongside his vocational endeavors, Dr. Llinás has served on the executive committee in the United States division of the International Brain Research Organization since 1985. Formerly, he was a member of the board of trustees at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 1990 to 1992, a Craythorne Lecturer at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in 1988, and a professorial lecturer at the College de France in Paris in 1987. Notably, he previously served the National Institutes of Health as a neurological science research training committee member with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the early 1970s, as well as a consultant in the School of Aerospace Medicine with the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1970s.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Llinás pursued a formal education, first earning a Bachelor of Science from Gimnasio Moderno in 1952 and a Doctor of Medicine from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1959. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the department of neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as another postdoctoral research fellowship in the department of physiology at the University of Minnesota. In 1965, Dr. Llinás earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University. After obtaining hands-on experience in the field and making a mark upon his industry, he received honorary doctorates from the Universidad de Salamanca, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Universidad Complutense Madrid.

A prolific editor and author, Dr. Llinás has held the position of senior editor of Thalamus & Related Systems since 2011 and has been on the editorial board of Pflügers Archiv European Journal of Physiology since 1981, the Journal of Theoretical Neurobiology since 1981, and the Journal of Neurobiology since 1980. He has penned several articles to professional journals, including “El Cerebro y El Mito del Yo” in 2017, “Translational Pain Research: From Mouse to Man” in 2010, and “I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self” in 2001. Dr. Llinás has also been a coauthor for several works in such journals as Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Muscle & Nerve, and Neuroscience.

A leading voice in his industry, Dr. Llinás has maintained affiliation with several professional circles, including the French Académie des Sciences since 2002, the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina since 1996, and The American Philosophical Society since 1996. He has additionally remained associated with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1996, the European Neuroscience Association since 1989, the National Academy of Sciences since 1986, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society since 1981, and the Institute for Biomedical Research of the American Medical Association since 1970. He is a former member of the advisory council at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, council member of the Society for Neuroscience, and member of the national research council committee of the International Brain Research Organization.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Dr. Llinás has accrued numerous accolades throughout his impressive career. Named Scholar of the Year by Australian National University, he also received the Nansen Neuroscience Lecture and Award by the Norwegian Academy of Science in 2016. In 2013, the Norwegian Nobel Institute presented him with the Ragner Granit Lecture and Award, and the Spanish National Research Council honored him with a Gold Medal in 2012. In addition, Dr. Llinás won the Rovenstine Pain Research Award from the School of Medicine at New York University in 2010, and he won the Koetser Memorial Lecture and Prize by the University of Zurich in 2004. The recipient of the Albert Einstein Gold Medal Award in Science by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 1991, he was honored as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and named among the World’s Most Distinguished Scientists by

Married to Gillian Kimber since 1965, Dr. Llinás is the proud father of two children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys studying astronomy. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.

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