BNA Face of the Fortnight: Laura Ajram

15th Jan 2024

The BNA Face of the Fortnight is a new initiative, where we want to showcase the breadth, depth, and variety of neuroscience in the UK and abroad.

BNA Face of the Fortnight: Monday 15th January 2024

Laura Ajram studied Pharmacology at King’s College London (including a year in industry with GlaxoSmithKline) before completing her PhD at the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and Eli Lilly on the topic of ‘the Neuropharmacology of Autism Spectrum Disorders’.

In 2021 Laura was awarded the ‘ELRIG Early Career Impact Award’ for making a ‘significant impact in the drug discovery community’, and in 2022, a prestigious Fellowship to the British Pharmacological Society in recognition of her ongoing contribution to the sector.

Laura has worked across NHS, charity, academic and pharmaceutical research settings to develop strategic cross-sector partnerships and accelerate neuroscience drug discovery efforts in mental health, dementia and motor neuron disease, most recently as the Partnership Lead for Neuroscience at Medicines Discovery Catapult, where she set up and led the Psychiatry Consortium.

Laura is currently Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association, where she is responsible for delivering the vision, mission and strategy of the BNA and it’s subsidiary company, BNA Events Ltd.


Here's what Laura had to say:

"Networks are the scaffold from which you build your future – take every opportunity to build your network by attending events and speaking to a variety of people in a range of sectors and roles."


If you are interested in being a BNA Face of the Fortnight, find the details here. If you have any questions then please contact the BNA Office at

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