The Sherrington Society is a University-wide medical society based at Magdalen College. Named in honour of the 1932 Nobel laureate Sir Charles Sherrington, a former Waynflete Professor of Physiology and tutor at Magdalen, the society regularly hosts distinguished speakers in the medical sciences to encourage debate on topical medical and life-science issues. The society’s roots stretch back to the start of the 20th century, making it one of the College’s oldest and most venerable student-led institutions.

The society has a long history of hosting a range of esteemed doctors, scientists, philosophers and politicians from the UK and beyond. In recent years, our guests have included Sir Paul Nurse (former President of the Royal Society), Professor Dame Sally Davies (the Government’s Chief Medical Officer) and the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP (Secretary of State for Health). Students reading Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Human Sciences and Experimental Psychology, and aspiring local school students receive termly updates of our talks and frequent social events. For many of our members, the highlight of the Sherrington calendar is our end of year dinner, an event which takes place late in Trinity Term.

We are delighted to announce that in 2016-17 our guests will include Youssef El-Gingihy (author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps), Sophie Acton (Tumour Immunologist) and Johann Malawana (former Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the BMA).

For further information about the society, its activities and upcoming events please contact: