Geoffrey Burnstock is President of the Autonomic Neuroscience Centre, University College Medical School, UK. Completed his PhD at UCL, became Professor and Chairman of Zoology, Melbourne University (1964), Head of Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at UCL (1975) and Director of the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute (1997). Elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences (1971), Royal Society (1986), Academy of Medical Sciences (1998) and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (1999) and Physicians (2000) and awarded the Royal Society Gold Medal (2000), the Copernicus Gold Medal (Ferrara) in 2009, the 2010 Gaddum Memorial Award and most recently the Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal 2012 and the IUPS Paton Lecture 2013. He has been given Honorary Degrees in the Universities of Antwerp, Frankfurt and Leipzig. He is Editor-in-Chief of Autonomic Neuroscience (Elsevier), Purinergic Signalling (Springer) and Open Neuroscience and Open Pharmacology Journals (Bentham). His major research interest stems from his seminal discovery of purinergic signalling. He has supervised over 100 PhD and MD students and has published over 1,400 papers, reviews and books. He was the most cited scientist in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1994-2006. His papers have been cited over 83,000 times with a Hirsch (h)-index of 128.