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Prof Eleanor Maguire
12 Queen Square
Tel: 020 34484362
Fax: 020 78131445
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  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

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 Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging at University College London, UK.  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 and magnetoencephalography 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, 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 British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and an honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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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), magnetoencephalography (MEG) 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),  Magnetoencephalography (MEG), 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   Doctor of Philosophy University College Dublin
1991   Master of Science University of Wales, Swansea
1990   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University College Dublin
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