Professor Grainne McAlonan
Professor of Translational Neuroscience
- Interim Director, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
- Mental Health
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.
NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
Group Leader, MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
AIMS-2-TRIALS Fetal/Neonatal and Shiftability studies Lead