Marcello Costa, Flinders University
professor of neurophysiology
Marcello Costa is a Matthew Flinders distinguished professor and chair of neurophysiology at Flinders University. Born in Torino, Italy and migrated to Australia in 1970, he has since then become one of the founders of the new discipline of neuroscience and the Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS), of which become president in the 90s. He has co-chaired the South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI) from 2003 to 2010; has co-founded Friends of Science in Medicine, an association to foster science as the bases of teaching university health-related courses; and has published more than 220 scientific papers in international journals, 55 reviews and chapters, and written two books in enteric neuroscience and gastrointestinal motor functions. He was recently made 2020 Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to higher education and to medical research in the field of neurophysiology, and to professional scientific bodies.