Prof John Stein

Prof. John Stein is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Prof Stein studied medicine at New College, Oxford and St Thomas's Hospital, London; he is now a Professor of Neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford. Prof. Stein started a career in Neurology, continuing his training in London, Leicester and Oxford; however, he decided that basic research into the visual guidance of eye and limb movements might be more useful. He became a tutor in medicine and neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1970.

Since then Prof. Stein has been studying normal and abnormal eye and limb movement control in animals, neurological patients and dyslexics. In 1978 with Sue Fowler he began to study the role of vision in learning to read, and he has been pursuing the hypothesis that reading problems may result from impaired low level perceptual visuomotor and auditory processing that is caused by abnormal development of magnocellular neurones in the brain. Thus he has been researching visual dyslexia for over 30 years.

Prof. Stein is well recognised as a world expert in this field and is regularly called upon to give his knowledge, expertise and advice to academics, teachers, parents and the media. JFS website