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Professor James Mitchell MA BSc PhD

Professor James Mitchell MA BSc PhD


Professor James Mitchell MA BSc PhD FRBS, HonFBPhS


University of Bristol

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James Mitchell was born on 20th October, 1930 and entered St Andrews University in 1950. In 1957 he joined the Institute of Animal Physiology at Babraham and there demonstrated the evoked release of acetylcholine from the living brain. In 1963 he moved to a Lecturehip in the Cambridge Pharmacology Department where he revealed functional central cholinergic pathways and the release of Gaba from the intact brain. From 1971 Mitchell held the Chair of Pharmacology at Bristol where he continued work on central neurotransmitters including the enkephalins and Gaba. He retired in 1991 and his research is described in 75 publications. With Sir Arnold Burgen, he revised the textbook ‘Gaddums Pharmacology’. In 1968 he was elected onto the BPS Committee and was President from 1973. He became Chairman of the BJP Editorial Board in 1983 and was later elected an Honorary Fellow and awarded the title of Emeritus President.