Our prizes

The BNA recognises, promotes and supports neuroscientific excellence via a number of prize schemes. Read below for full details and past prize winners. 


  1. BNA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience
  2. BNA Award for Public Engagement of Neuroscience
  3. BNA Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prizes

BNA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience

This is the most prestigious of the BNA's awards.

Any member of the BNA can make a nomination for the BNA Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience Award.  Candidates need not be members of the BNA, but nominations must be made and supported by BNA members.

Nominations should be sent by email to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October each year.  These should make a case for why the nominee should be recognised for their work in neuroscience.  If you have any questions please contact the BNA office. 

Past Winners

Year Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience

Professor Steve McMahon
Sherrington Professor of Physiology at King's College London

2018 Professor Irene Tracey
Head of Department for the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences & Professor of Anaesthetic Science
Oxford University
2017 Professor Michael Owen
Professor of Psychological Medicine (Psychiatry)
Cardiff University
2016 Professor David Ogden
Université Paris Descartes 
2015 Professor Angela Vincent
MBBS (Hon PhD Bergen) FRCPath FMedSci FRD, University of Oxford
2014 Professor Dame Kay Davies
CBE, DBE, F.MedSci., FRS. University of Oxford
2013 Professor Uta Frith
Professor of Cognitive Development
UCL Institute of  Neuroscience
2012 Professor Steven Rose
Emeritus Professor of Biology, Open University. Emeritus Professor of Phsick, Gresham College London. Visiting Professor, University College London.
2011 Sir Gabriel Horn FRS FRCP
Emeritus Professor of Zoology
University of Cambridge
2010 Not awarded
2009 FRS Professor Geoffrey Burnstock FRS
2008 FRS Professor Chris Frith FRS
2007 Professor John O'Keefe FRS
2006 Professor Horace Barlow FRS
2005 Professor Richard Gregory FRS
2004 Professor Geoffrey Raisman FRS
2003 Dr Tim Bliss
2002 Professor Richard Morris FRS FRSE
2001 Professor Colin Blakemore FRS
2000 Professor Patrick Wall FRS
First recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to British Neuroscience Award

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BNA Award for Public Engagement of Neuroscience

Any member of the BNA can make a nomination for the BNA award for public engagement.  Candidates need not be members of the BNA, but nominations must be made and supported by BNA members.

Nominations should be sent by email to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October each year.  These should make a case for why the nominee should be recognised for their work, in any capacity, in the field of public engagement in neuroscience. 

Past prize winners

Year Public Engagement of Neuroscience

Dr Dean Burnett
Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, lecturer, author, blogger, podcaster, pundit, science communicator, comedian and numerous other things, depending on who’s asking and what they need.

2018 Dr Emma Yhnell
Cardiff University. Health and Care Research Wales Fellow working in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI). Fellowship focusing on computerised cognitive training (brain training) for people with Huntington's disease. Dedicated STEM ambassador and role model who was awarded the prestigious Charles Darwin Lecture at the 2018 British Science Festival.  
2017 Dr Dervila Glynn
University of Cambridge. Neuroscience coordinator who supports neuroscientists across the institution through activities including conferences and seminars. Significant contributor to BRAINfest public event in 2017. 
2016 Dr Emma Robinson
University of Bristol. A full time neuroscientist who is also highly active in carrying out public engagement, and in facilitating other people to do so via the Bristol Neuroscience Festival. 
  Public Understanding of Neuroscience

Professor Mark Lythgoe
University College London. TV and radio presenter, director of Cheltenham Science Festival.

2014 Science Media Centre
Fiona Fox, Chief Executive and Dr Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience.
2013 Dr Jane Haley
Edinburgh Neuroscience Coordinator, University of Edinburgh
2012 Claudia Hammond
British author, occasional TV presenter, and frequent radio presenter with the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4
2011 Oliver Sacks MD FRCP
Neurologist and Author; Columbia University, New York
2010 Ben Goldacre
Medical doctor, author and blogger
2009 Mary Baker MBE
2008 Sir Terry Pratchett
2007 Lord (David) Sainsbury of Turville
2006 Michael Robins
2005 Dr Mark Matfield
2004 European DANA Alliance for the Brain (EDAB)
2003 Lord (Jack) Ashley of Stoke
2002 Marjorie Wallace (SANE)
2001 Lord (Brian) Rix of Hornsea (MENCAP)
2000 Andrew Blake
1999 Julia Somerville
First recipient of the BNA Public Service Award

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BNA Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prizes

Each year, the BNA awards an undergraduate (£250) and a postgraduate (£500) prize to student BNA members. Our prize winners often, if not always, go on to be highly successful in their chosen fields, playing a leading role in neuroscience. 

Applicants for both postgraduate and undergraduate prizes must be current BNA members. All nominations should be sent by email to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October each year. We encourage you to nominate your students! 

The specific requirements for applicants can be found under the 'For members' section of the website. Please get in touch with any questions

BNA Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prize Winners

Year Undergraduate Winner Postgraduate Winner
2018 Rachel Coney 
(University of Leeds) 
Delia Fuhrmann
(University College London)
2017 Irene Echeverria Altuna 
(University College London) 
Gido van de Ven
(University of Oxford)
2016 Jointly awarded to:
Alina Gutoreva (University of Leeds)
Blair Wilson (University of Edinburgh)
Chen Song 
(University College London)
2015 Veselina Petrova
(University of Edinburgh)
Kathryn Mills
(University College London)
2014 Lauren Byrne
(University of Edinburgh)
Linda Katona
(University of Oxford)
2013 Elina Jacobs
(University of Edinburgh)
Rumana Chowdhury
(University College London)
2012 Lewis Hou
(University of Edinburgh)
Dr Florence Rose Fricker
(King's College London)
2011 Kate Clark (University of Central Lancashire)
Special Commendation to Joseph Norris (King's College London)
Dr Christian Münch
(LMB, University of Cambridge)
2010 Owen Thomas (University of Birmingham)
Special Commendation to Sally Harris
(University of Bristol)

Dr Stephanie Burnett
(University College London)

2009 Not awarded Not awarded
2008 Phillip Goldrich
(University of Leeds)
Dr Lara Menzies
(University of Cambridge)
2007 Richard Hickman
(University of Birmingham)
Dr Rosamund Langston
(University of Edinburgh)
2006 Sophie Buglass
(University of Leeds)
Dr Karen Luyt
(University of Bristol)
2005 Jointly awarded to:
Luxmi Fatimathas (University College London) 
Matthew Martin (University of Bradford)
Dr Felipe Court
(University of Edinburgh)

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