Annette Dolphin

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Annette Dolphin
Annette Dolphin at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2015
Annette Catherine Dolphin

1951 (age 72–73)[2]
Alma mater
AwardsPhysiological Society Annual Review Prize Lecture (2015)
Scientific career
ThesisBehavioural and Biochemical Consequences of Cerebral Noradrenaline Receptor Stimulation (1977)

Annette Catherine Dolphin (born 1951)[2] FRS FMedSci[3] is a Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College London (UCL).[1][4][5][6][7][8]


Dolphin was educated at the University of Oxford where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry in 1973, and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London where she was awarded a PhD in 1977[9] for research on noradrenaline receptors.

Career and research[edit]

Dolphin is a leader in the field of neuronal voltage-gated calcium channels.[10][3] She is distinguished for her work on the regulation of calcium channel trafficking and function, and the modulation of that function by activation of G-protein coupled receptors. Her work on the control of calcium channel trafficking by auxiliary calcium channel subunits has been particularly influential. She has elucidated the topology and processing of this family of proteins.[10][3]

Before working at UCL, Dolphin held appointments at the Collège de France, Yale University, the National Institute for Medical Research, St George's, University of London and the Royal Free Hospital.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dolphin has received a number awards for her research, including the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) Sandoz Prize and the Pfizer Prize in Biology. She has also been awarded prize lectures such as the G. L. Brown Prize Lecture of The Physiological Society, the Julius Axelrod Distinguished Lecture in Neuroscience of the University of Toronto, the BPS Gary Price Memorial Lecture and, most recently, the Mary Pickford Lecture of the University of Edinburgh and the Physiological Society Annual Review Prize Lecture in 2015.[10]

She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 1999[11] and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[10]


  1. ^ a b Annette Dolphin publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c d e Anon (2016). "Dolphin, Prof. Annette Catherine". Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U284132. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b c Anon (2015). "Professor Annette Dolphin FMedSci FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ Annette Dolphin publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Dolphin, Annette C. (2003). "Subunits of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels". Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes. 35 (6): 599–620. doi:10.1023/B:JOBB.0000008026.37790.5a. ISSN 0145-479X. PMID 15000522. S2CID 1425656.
  6. ^ Field, M. J.; Cox, P. J.; Stott, E; Melrose, H; Offord, J; Su, T. Z.; Bramwell, S; Corradini, L; England, S; Winks, J; Kinloch, R. A.; Hendrich, J; Dolphin, A. C.; Webb, T; Williams, D (2006). "Identification of the alpha2-delta-1 subunit of voltage-dependent calcium channels as a molecular target for pain mediating the analgesic actions of pregabalin". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103 (46): 17537–42. Bibcode:2006PNAS..10317537F. doi:10.1073/pnas.0409066103. PMC 1859964. PMID 17088553.
  7. ^ Dolphin, A. C. (1998). "Mechanisms of modulation of voltage-dependent calcium channels by G proteins". The Journal of Physiology. 506 (1): 3–11. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7793.1998.003bx.x. PMC 2230712. PMID 9481669.
  8. ^ Dolphin, A. C.; Errington, M. L.; Bliss, T. V. P. (1982). "Long-term potentiation of the perforant path in vivo is associated with increased glutamate release". Nature. 297 (5866): 496–497. Bibcode:1982Natur.297..496D. doi:10.1038/297496a0. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 6123949. S2CID 4255128. Closed access icon
  9. ^ Dolphin, Annette Catherine (1977). Behavioural and Biochemical Consequences of Cerebral Noradrenaline Receptor Stimulation (PhD thesis). King's College London. OCLC 729771638.
  10. ^ a b c d Anon (2015). "Professor Annette Dolphin FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

  11. ^ "Professor Annette Dolphin FRS FMedSci". London: Academy of Medical Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.