Simon Fisher

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Simon E. Fisher is a British geneticist and neuroscientist who has pioneered research into the genetic basis of human speech and language.[1][2] He is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and professor of language and genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Nijmegen, The Netherlands).[3][4] Prior to this he was a Royal Society Research Fellow leading a group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University. He was co-discoverer of FOXP2, the first gene to be implicated in a human speech and language disorder.[5][6][7] His subsequent research has used FOXP2 and other language-related genes[8] as molecular windows into neural pathways critical for language.[9] Awards and prizes in recognition of this work include the Francis Crick Lecture in 2008[10] and the inaugural Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize in 2009.[11]


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  2. ^ Yong, Ed (2009-11-11). "Revisiting FOXP2 and the origins of language – Not Exactly Rocket Science". Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Institutes | Fisher, Simon E". 1970-08-19. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Brief Biography — Simon E. Fisher — Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics". 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  5. ^ Fisher SE, Vargha-Khadem F, Watkins KE, Monaco AP, Pembrey ME (1998). "Localisation of a gene implicated in a severe speech and language disorder". Nature Genetics 18 (2): 168–70. doi:10.1038/ng0298-168. PMID 9462748. 
  6. ^ Lai CSL, Fisher SE, Hurst JA, Vargha-Khadem F, Monaco AP (2001). "A forkhead-domain gene is mutated in a severe speech and language disorder". Nature 413 (6855): 519–23. doi:10.1038/35097076. PMID 11586359. 
  7. ^ MacDermot KD, Bonora E, Sykes N, Coupe AM, Lai CS, Vernes SC, Vargha-Khadem F, McKenzie F, Smith RL, Monaco AP, Fisher SE (2005). "Identification of FOXP2 truncation as a novel cause of developmental speech and language deficits". Am. J. Hum. Genet. 76 (6): 1074–80. doi:10.1086/430841. PMC 1196445. PMID 15877281. 
  8. ^ Vernes SC, Newbury DF, Abrahams BS, Winchester L, Nicod J, Groszer M, Alarcón M, Oliver PL, Davies KE, Geschwind DH, Monaco AP, Fisher SE (2008). "A functional genetic link between distinct developmental language disorders". N. Engl. J. Med. 359 (22): 2337–45. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0802828. PMC 2756409. PMID 18987363. 
  9. ^ Fisher SE, Scharff C (2009). "FOXP2 as a molecular window into speech and language". Trends Genet. 25 (4): 166–77. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2009.03.002. PMID 19304338. 
  10. ^ "rewards excellence in science - News.". Royal Society. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Simon Fisher wins young neuroscientist prize - University of Oxford". Retrieved 2012-10-23.