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Prof Eleanor Maguire
12 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BG
Tel: 020 34484346
Fax: 020 78131445
Appointment
  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Eleanor Maguire undertook her PhD at University College Dublin, Ireland, where she first became interested in the neural basis of navigation and memory while working with patients as a neuropsychologist.  She is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London, UK, where she is also the Deputy Head.  In addition, she is an honorary member of the Department of Neuropsychology, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. Eleanor heads the Memory and Space research laboratory at the Centre, where her team uses whole brain and high resolution structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging in conjunction with neuropsychological examination of patients in order to understand how memories are formed, represented and recollected by the human brain. She has won a number of prizes for outstanding contributions to science, including the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine - awarded for research promoting the public awareness and understanding of science, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award, two Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, The Feldberg Foundation Prize, and the Dargut and Milena Kemali International Prize.  She has also been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Research Summary

In my work I am trying to understand how memories are formed, represented and recollected by the human brain. We explore this complex issue by studying healthy volunteers as well as patients with memory impairments, using standard and high-resolution structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and neuropsychological testing. 

Keywords: Amnesia, Brain, Brain imaging, Brain injury, Cognitive, Cognition, Connectivity, fMRI, Hippocampus, Imaging, Learning, Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Memory, MRI, Neuroimaging, Temporal lobes, Neocortex, Autobiographical memory, episodic memory, spatial memory, navigation, retrosplenial cortex, parahippocampal cortex, scene construction

Conditions: Amnesia, Amnesic syndromes, Dementia, Epilepsy

Methods: Functional MRI (fMRI), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Neuropsychological testing, Neuroanatomical approaches, Virtual reality, Neuropsychology, Behavioural analysis, Cross-sectional and cohort studies


Teaching Summary
I do ad-hoc teaching on several MSc courses at UCL.  I have a number of PhD students and Masters research students that I teach on a one-to-one basis.  As part of my public engagement programme, I do several public lectures a year, and I also lecture to A-level Psychology students, who study my work as part of their curriculum. 
Academic Background
1994 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University College Dublin
1991 MSc Master of Science – Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology University of Wales, Swansea
1990 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Psychology University College Dublin
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