Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam
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Born 21 April 1971
Kerman, Iran
Occupation Professor and neuroscientist
Known for Human Rights activist, neuroscience
Home town Oslo, Norway

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, possibly Amiri-Moghadam, (born 21 April 1971) is a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist and human rights advocate.

Amiry-Moghaddam spent his first few years in the city of Kerman about 1000 kilometers south-east of Tehran in Iran. He arrived in Norway as a refugee of minor age, via Pakistan in 1985.

Amiry-Moghaddam completed his medical studies in 1996 at the University of Oslo, and later obtained a PhD at the Center for Neuroscience and Molecular Biology [1] in that university. In 2004, he received the King's gold medal for the best medical doctorate at the University of Oslo. Amiry-Moghaddam has been a collaborator to Peter Agre, who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2003. Amiry-Moghaddam spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 2006.

Amiry-Moghaddam was awarded the Anders Jahre Awards medicine prize for young scientists in 2008,[2] He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[3]

In 2013, Amiry-Moghaddam was selected by an independent panel as one of the 10 "brightest minds" in Norway.[4] The list was published in the Norwegian newspaper VG.

Amiry-Moghaddam is well known as a defender of human rights. He received the Norwegian Amnesty International's human rights prize in 2007 [5] for his work against the human rights violations in Iran.

Today, he works as a Professor in Medicine and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Oslo. He is also co-founder and spokesperson for the NGO Iran Human Rights[6] which monitors the violations of human rights in Iran.