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George Paxinos – A Legend in Neuroscience

By: , Posted on: May 2, 2018


On March 27th, 2018, a book launch event was held at the Australian Federal Parliament in Canberra for the newly published The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates: Compact 7th Edition and Paxinos and Ashwell’s Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System 4th Edition. The atlases are co-authored by world-renowned neuroanatomists George Paxinos and Charles Watson, and George Paxinos and Kenneth Ashwell, respectively. Senators, parliamentarians, and departmental staff were in attendance.

This event was the premier event of the Brains on the Hill Event at Canberra, as part of the Australian Brain Alliance. The Australian Brain Alliance aims to establish an initiative that will create advanced industries in neurotechnology and develop treatments for debilitating brain disorders. Members hope to produce high-impact collaborations that will increase our understanding of the brain, help make advances in understanding brain function, and to help Australia play a leading role in the global effort to understand the brain.


Dr. George Paxinos, author of both atlases, was in attendance. He donated a set of books to the Parliament Library.




Prof. Linda Richards, Director of the Brain Alliance and the Queensland Brain Institute with Dr. Paxinos learning about the Neural Knitworks initiative with the Australian Academy of Science.


The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates Compact 7th Edition is an abridged compact version of the full The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, which has become the most trusted source of accurate coordinates and anatomical information in laboratories throughout the world. Since its first edition in 1982, the full rat brain atlas has been cited over 60,000 times, making it the most cited publication in neuroscience. The recently published compact atlas provides the coronal plates and diagrams of the current seventh edition in a smaller, more convenient spiral format and at a student friendly price. This book features an introduction on current concepts in neuroanatomy, such as neuromeres and brain development, and includes the first major unified nomenclature ontology tree based on development that features coronal photographic plates and juxtaposed diagrams.








         Prof. Linda Richards with Dr. Paxinos.



The Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System provides the most comprehensive depiction of the developing rat brain, examining structures in the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, and target organs including ganglia, arteries, veins, muscles, bones and others. Now in its fourth edition, this unique atlas allows the reader to follow neural structures through the developing embryo in both time and space from Embryonic Day 11 to Day of Birth. It presents new sections on histology, neurogenetics, imaging, MRI histology, and panneuronal markers, and serves as an essential tool for researchers in the interpretation of findings resulting from the genetic manipulation of brain development. For developmental neurobiologists, its detailed coverage of the developing rat nervous system is a must-have on the lab bench.

Both atlases include the new Expert Consult eBook version, compatible with PC, Mac, and most mobile devices and eReaders – allowing users to browse, search, and interact with content.

Dr. Paxinos is the author of over 50 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals, including The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates full-sized atlas, now in its 7th Edition, which is ranked by Thomson ISI as one of the 50 most cited items in the Web of Science. He has over 35 years of experience constructing atlases. Dr. Watson is a specialist in the area of brain and spinal cord mapping. He was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2004 and holds research positions at Curtin University and at Neuroscience Research Australia. He previously served as Chief Health Officer for Western Australia in the Health Department of Western Australia. Dr. Watson and Dr. Paxinos have worked together for the last 40 years. Dr. Ashwell is affiliated with The University of New South Wales and has over 33 years’ experience in the neurosciences. He has published over 110 papers in international refereed journals, 23 book chapters and six books. Many of his works have contributed to our understanding of the structure, function and development of the human and mouse nervous systems. All three authors are among the leading brain mapping experts in the world and continue to explore the many mysteries of the brain.

You can read more about Dr. Paxinos’ career and his other atlases here.

For more information or to order a copy of The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates: Compact 7th Edition or the Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System 4th Edition please visit
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Dr. Paxinos was also recently interviewed by ABC News. In addition, he is shown here with Ms. Maria Vamvakinou, the Federal Member for Calwell, Victoria.












You may also be interested in Dr. Paxinos’ novel. After a 17-year effort, George Paxinos has completed a novel covering themes such as the environment, neuroscience and ethics. Contact him directly for more information at

Book Launch for George Paxinos’ Greek novel Κατ’ Εικόνα (In His Image) at the Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall), December 2015. Image provided courtesy of George Paxinos, Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia

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