Biomedical Sciences


Professor Tara Spires-Jones appointed new President-Elect of the British Neuroscience Association

Congratulations to Professor Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, and UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh) on being appointed the new President-elect of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA). 

With over 2,000 members, the BNA is the UK's largest organisation representing and promoting neuroscience and neuroscientists.  

Nominated by members of the BNA, the position of President is a prestigious role and Tara will initially support the incoming President, Professor Rik Henson (Cambridge University), assuming the role of President at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience in April 2023. Tara will become the 4th female President since the establishment of the role in 1968 (when it was the Brain Research Association).  

Tara's research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing. She is also passionate about communicating scientific findings to the public and policy makers, increasing the rigour and reproducibility in translational neuroscience, promoting inclusivity and diversity in science, and supporting career development of neuroscientists.

She worked on these fronts as one of the founding Scholars of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence from 2014-2018. She is founding editor of the translational neuroscience journal Brain Communications, is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science, Section Editor at the European Journal of Neuroscience, and is on the editorial boards of Neuron and Cell Reports.

Further information

Read the BNA announcement (including Tara’s BNA manifesto)

Prof Tara Spires-Jones lab profile