Biomedical Sciences


Professor Richard Ribchester retires

Professor Richard Ribchester retired from the University of Edinburgh on 30th September 2020 after 40 years of outstanding service at the University of Edinburgh.

Prof Richard Ribchester
Prof Richard Ribchester

A few words from the Dean, Prof Mike Shipston:

"Richard has been a highly collegial and inspirational colleague who has made a major impact on all aspects of academic life at the University of Edinburgh. 

His research on the physiology and development of the neuromuscular junction has broken new ground and he was instrumental in establishing the first philanthropically funded research centres in CMVM: the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease.

He has been a passionate advocate of research-led and practical education and established the highly successful MSc by Research in Neuroscience programme as well as contributing to the development, reinvigoration and delivery of a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He has also played major roles in research dissemination and promotion of Physiology and Neuroscience, including enthusing the next generation through a variety of outreach and public engagement activities.  He has constantly supported, mentored and championed colleagues at all stages of their career and contributed enormously to the wider academic activities of the University.

Richard has been an exceptionally collegiate and supportive member of Biomedical Sciences and the wider University. He is a true scholar and passionate academic and from a personal perspective a source of wise counsel, support and advice."  


Unfinished business

The Euan MacDonald Centre and the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences held a joint virtual Symposium on Tuesday 24th November to mark Richard's retirement and can be viewed here:

Video: Prof Richard Ribchester retiral lecture and tributes
Richard Ribchester lecture and tributes


We wish Richard a long and happy retirement!