British Neuroscience Association appoints Dr Laura Ajram as New Chief Executive

3rd Jul 2023

Dr Laura AjramThe British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Laura Ajram as its new Chief Executive. An award winning neuroscientist and research leader with a passion for connecting people, driving translational research, and forging impactful partnerships, Laura is poised to lead the BNA into a new era of innovation and collaboration.

With a background in neuropharmacology and translational research and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities across the neuroscience landscape, Laura brings a unique blend of scientific expertise and strategic leadership to the BNA. As Chief Executive, Laura will focus on expanding the BNA’s membership and network, amplifying the voices of our members, and enhancing public awareness of the field's significant contributions to society.

"I am delighted to be joining the British Neuroscience Association as Chief Executive and to have the opportunity to work with the staff team, Council and Committee and wider membership to take forward the fantastic work led by Dr Anne Cooke. I look forward to building on the current strategic plan and exploring new initiatives and opportunities to provide added benefits to the Association’s 3,000 plus members.”

“Having built my career creating networks, partnerships and cross-sector collaborations to drive forwards neuroscience research, I am delighted to remain a part of the neuroscience community and be in a position to drive opportunities that benefit BNA members and the sector.”

The President of the BNA, Prof Tara Spires-Jones, said “We are all very much looking forward to working with Dr Ajram as our new Chief Executive of BNA.  Her expertise and passion will help the BNA improve the field for our members.”

Laura takes the place of former CE Anne Cooke, who left the Society on 26 April 2023 to become Head of Learning and Development at Outsourced Events Ltd. Sophie Jerrold, who is Development Director at the British Neuroscience Association, has led the organisation as Interim CE during this interim period.

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