Maria Fitzgerald

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Maria Fitzgerald

Professor Maria Fitzgerald FMedSci FRS.jpg
Maria Fitzgerland at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2016
Born (1953-04-10) 10 April 1953 (age 66)[1]
EducationGodolphin and Latymer School
Alma mater
AwardsJoan Mott Prize Lecture (1996)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
ThesisThe sensitisation of cutaneous nociceptors (1978)
Doctoral advisorPatrick David Wall

Maria Fitzgerald FRS (born 1953)[1] FRS[2] is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at University College London.[2][3][4]


Fitzgerald was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where she studied Physiology and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from the University of Oxford.[1] She trained in pain physiology and neuroscience with Patrick David Wall at University College London where she was awarded a PhD in 1978.[2][5]

Research and career[edit]

Fitzgerald studies the developmental physiology and neurobiology of nociceptor circuits[6] in the brain and spinal cord. Her work has had a major impact on our understanding of how pain perception emerges in early life and how early pain experience can shape pain sensitivity for life. Fitzgerald's research has changed clinical perception by showing that pain in infancy requires appropriate measurement and treatment and that it should be tailored to the developmental stage of the child.[2][7]

Awards and honours[edit]

In recognition of her work Fitzgerald was awarded the Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children's Pain Relief from the American Pain Society, in 2011, the first basic scientist to have received this award. In 2013 she was elected to the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, for sustained and significant contributions to pain medicine.[citation needed] She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "FitzGerald, Prof. Maria". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U287272. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e Anon (2016). "Professor Maria Fitzgerald FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. 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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Maria (1983). "Capsaicin and sensory neurones – a review". Pain. 15 (1): 109–130. doi:10.1016/0304-3959(83)90012-X.
  4. ^ "Professor Maria Fitzgerald: The neural development of pain processing". London: University College London. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Maria (1978). The sensitization of cutaneous nociceptors (PhD thesis). University College London. OCLC 926251169. EThOS
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Maria (2005). "The development of nociceptive circuits". Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 6 (7): 507–520. doi:10.1038/nrn1701. PMID 15995722.
  7. ^ Maria Fitzgerald publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)