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Professor Eleanor Maguire elected Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy

21 December 2017

Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Maguire, who has been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

Professor Eleanor Maguire

Professor Maguire is Deputy Director of the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging at UCL Institute of Neurology. Her research focuses on using neuroimaging to study how memories are formed, represented and recollected by the human brain.  

The RIA is Ireland's leading body of experts in the Sciences and Humanities. As well as recognising academic excellence, its activities include conducting research, publishing books and journals, and contributing to policy-making in Ireland and abroad. Being elected to its membership is called the "highest academic honour in Ireland." 

Professor Maguire commented: "I feel extremely honoured to have been elected a member of such a prestigious Academy that does so much to champion scientific research and the benefits this has for society."

Professor Maguire has won a number of prizes for outstanding contributions to science, including the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine; the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award; two Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships; the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award; and a University College Dublin alumni award. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

She will be formally admitted to the RIA in May 2018.