Eleanor Maguire undertook her PhD at University College Dublin where she first became interested in the neural basis of 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, 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 MRI 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, 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 - in recognition of outstanding contributions to cognitive neuroscience early in one’s career; two Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships; and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award - made for outstanding contributions to science.