John Stein (physiologist)
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John Frederick Stein
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
|Doctoral students||Daniel Wolpert|
John Frederick Stein PhD FRCPath FMedSci is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, where he holds a Professorship in physiology. He has research interests in the neurological basis of dyslexia.
A doctor of philosophy, Stein became a research biologist and neurologist and took up a teaching career. He is active in furthering the medical benefits of animal testing, speaking at pro-testing rallies and demonstrations, and has defended animal testing in high-profile television interviews.
He is the chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust and is a proponent of the magnocellular theory of dyslexia. He has supervised many medical and physiology students at the University conducting laboratory work investigating the theory. He is a trustee of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour and Chair of the Institute's Science Advisory Council.
Stein came into the public eye when Gordon Brown suggested a student had been discriminated against because of her state school education. This was despite the fact that she had comparable qualifications to the accepted applicants, who came from a broad range of backgrounds. Government ministers were quick to comment that Oxford remained biassed in favour of public schools, but they did so before it became clear that no discrimination on that basis had occurred. Indeed, on the contrary, Stein and others had worked to break down barriers and to encourage access to those from a state school background.
Stein was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
Deep brain stimulation
Alongside his former D.Phil student, Joe Taylor, Stein has advocated a new theory of central noradrenergic deficiency in Dyslexia. Taylor and Stein have proposed that increasing noradrenergic output from the locus coeruleus via a subcortical irradiance detection pathway may prove effective in the treatment of the condition.
- Charity Commission. THE DYSLEXIA RESEARCH TRUST, registered charity no. 1052989.
- Charity Commission. INSTITUTE FOR FOOD, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR, registered charity no. 517817.
- Taylor, Visser and Stein. The efficacy of spectral filters in the upregulation of retinohypothalamic drive. Program No. 927.13. 2007. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2007.