Alexei Verkhratsky, Professor of Neurophysiology, has been elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina provides science-based advice to political leaders and is home to the European Academies Science Advisory Council. Professor Verkhratsky is the first member of Leopoldina from Manchester and one of only 39 members from the UK. The election recognises Professor Verkhratsky’s personal standing and his many achievements in the neurosciences.
Optometry lecturer Andrew Stokes was also celebrating this month, after receiving an award from the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. Andrew received the highest national qualification in spectacle manufacturing and processing. The presentation took place at Apothecaries Hall in London, the home of the oldest optical body in the world.