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Professor Grainne McAlonan

Professor Grainne McAlonan

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

  • Interim Director, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

Research interests

  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience

Biography

Grainne McAlonan is Professor of Translational Neuroscience based in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. She is Interim Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

She studied Medicine at University of Cambridge and Imperial College London and completed a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience at University of Cambridge. After clinical and research posts in the UK, she worked for over a decade in The University of Hong Kong before returning to the IoPPN. She uses MRI as a translational tool to link brain and behaviour in people with neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and to ‘back’ (and ‘forward’) translate to laboratory models.

Her current research is informed by her work in the National ADHD and Autism Service for Adults at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and she is the Lead for the Child and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Theme in the NIHR Maudsley BRC. In May 2023 she was appointed to the newly created role of Deputy Director at the NIHR Maudsley BRC.

Professor McAlonan is a group leader within the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at IoPPN and is a lead investigator within the EU-AIMS-2-TRIALS consortium – a European network hosting the world’s largest grant for autism research. She is responsible for fetal/neonatal/infant brain imaging studies of children vulnerable to neurodevelopmental conditions and for pharmacology studies in adults with ASD.

    Research

    BIBS-Baby-Picture
    Brain Imaging in Babies (BIBS)

    The Brain Imaging in Babies Study (BIBS) aims to improve understanding of how a baby's brain develops from before birth up until 3-4 years of age.

    News

    Patterns of brain connectivity differ between preterm and term babies

    A new King’s College London scanning study of 390 babies has shown distinct patterns between term and preterm babies in the dynamic (moment-to-moment)...

    Six transient states brain connectivity identified in the study

    A showcase of research in eating and weight disorders celebrates the launch of CREW

    A packed one-day showcase of inspirational talks and activities marked the opening of the new Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders (CREW) at...

    CREW Event 780x440

    £14m provided for research into the brain development of children who were "in the womb" during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Researchers at King’s College London have been given £14m to conduct a six-year research programme into the effects COVID-19 on children.

    Brain Health Gen 2020

    A new generation of Inspiring Women at the IoPPN

    28 new portraits of internationally recognised female professors at the Faculty have been added to IoPPN’s ‘Inspiring Women’ exhibition, celebrating the...

    Inspiring Women cover photo

    Lord O'Shaughnessy visits King's College London and the NIHR King's Clinical Research Facility

    Lord O’Shaughnessy, Former Health Minister and Senior Partner at consultancy firm Newmarket Strategy visited IoPPN and the NIHR King's Clinical Research...

    Lord O’Shaughnessy with King's College academics

    £42m boost to mental health research announced by Office for Life Sciences

    A new Mental Health Mission, announced today by the Office for Life Sciences, will provide £42.7m worth of funding for mental health research in the UK.

    Research Lab

    Professor Grainne McAlonan announced as Deputy Director of NIHR Maudsley BRC

    Professor McAlonan appointed to role in May, and will act as interim NIHR Maudsley BRC Director from August 2023.

    Grainne McAlonan

    Professor Gráinne McAlonan delivers IoPPN Inaugural Lecture 'Translating Neuroscience - across species, across development and into clinic'

    The second inaugural lecture of the 2022/23 IoPPN Inaugural Lecture Series, entitled 'Translating Neuroscience - across species, across development and into...

    Grainne Inaug

    New study uses psilocybin to examine the serotonin system in autism

    A new study, led by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London will explore the potential...

    drugs-penci

    Structural brain differences found in people with Parkinson's Disease who experience psychosis

    New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has discovered structural brain differences in...

    The brain.

    Events

    07NovCREW launch

    Research Showcase in Eating and Weight Disorders

    Join us to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders at King's College London, and discover research from the NIHR...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    12JanTranslating Neuroscience – across species, across development and into clinic

    Professor Gráinne McAlonan - Inaugural Lecture

    Join us in celebrating Professor Gráinne McAlonan's inaugural lecture on 'Translating Neuroscience – across species, across development and into clinic''

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      BIBS-Baby-Picture
      Brain Imaging in Babies (BIBS)

      The Brain Imaging in Babies Study (BIBS) aims to improve understanding of how a baby's brain develops from before birth up until 3-4 years of age.

      News

      Patterns of brain connectivity differ between preterm and term babies

      A new King’s College London scanning study of 390 babies has shown distinct patterns between term and preterm babies in the dynamic (moment-to-moment)...

      Six transient states brain connectivity identified in the study

      A showcase of research in eating and weight disorders celebrates the launch of CREW

      A packed one-day showcase of inspirational talks and activities marked the opening of the new Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders (CREW) at...

      CREW Event 780x440

      £14m provided for research into the brain development of children who were "in the womb" during the COVID-19 pandemic

      Researchers at King’s College London have been given £14m to conduct a six-year research programme into the effects COVID-19 on children.

      Brain Health Gen 2020

      A new generation of Inspiring Women at the IoPPN

      28 new portraits of internationally recognised female professors at the Faculty have been added to IoPPN’s ‘Inspiring Women’ exhibition, celebrating the...

      Inspiring Women cover photo

      Lord O'Shaughnessy visits King's College London and the NIHR King's Clinical Research Facility

      Lord O’Shaughnessy, Former Health Minister and Senior Partner at consultancy firm Newmarket Strategy visited IoPPN and the NIHR King's Clinical Research...

      Lord O’Shaughnessy with King's College academics

      £42m boost to mental health research announced by Office for Life Sciences

      A new Mental Health Mission, announced today by the Office for Life Sciences, will provide £42.7m worth of funding for mental health research in the UK.

      Research Lab

      Professor Grainne McAlonan announced as Deputy Director of NIHR Maudsley BRC

      Professor McAlonan appointed to role in May, and will act as interim NIHR Maudsley BRC Director from August 2023.

      Grainne McAlonan

      Professor Gráinne McAlonan delivers IoPPN Inaugural Lecture 'Translating Neuroscience - across species, across development and into clinic'

      The second inaugural lecture of the 2022/23 IoPPN Inaugural Lecture Series, entitled 'Translating Neuroscience - across species, across development and into...

      Grainne Inaug

      New study uses psilocybin to examine the serotonin system in autism

      A new study, led by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London will explore the potential...

      drugs-penci

      Structural brain differences found in people with Parkinson's Disease who experience psychosis

      New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has discovered structural brain differences in...

      The brain.

      Events

      07NovCREW launch

      Research Showcase in Eating and Weight Disorders

      Join us to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders at King's College London, and discover research from the NIHR...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      12JanTranslating Neuroscience – across species, across development and into clinic

      Professor Gráinne McAlonan - Inaugural Lecture

      Join us in celebrating Professor Gráinne McAlonan's inaugural lecture on 'Translating Neuroscience – across species, across development and into clinic''

      Please note: this event has passed.