Ijeoma Uchegbu is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL), UCL’s Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics Ltd. Nanomerics is a UCL spin out company, which was founded by Ijeoma and Andreas G. Schätzlein. Nanomerics recently licensed NM133 to Iacta Pharmaceuticals. Nanomerics also recently won first prize for its Molecular Envelope Technology at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2017 in the Health category.
Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award 2016. Ijeoma was elected to the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows in 2013 and was made an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013. Ijeoma is the editor of three books, a named inventor on 11 granted patents and has authored over 120 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Ijeoma’s research has been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour and more recently in The Guardian.
After completing a masters degree in psychology, Maryam Pasha worked in the charity sector for several years. In 2015 she set up her own company, X Equals Productions, where she works with individuals, charities and companies to give their ideas life by creating compelling and impactful events and talks. Maryam is also the Director and Curator for TEDxLondon.
Sunetra Gupta was born in India and spent her childhood in Ethiopia and Zambia. She began her science career studying biology at the University of Princeton. Currently, she is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford where she researches infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza, and bacterial meningitis. Dr Gupta is also an award winning novelist, essayist, and accomplished translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.
Uta Frith began her science career studying experimental psychology in Germany. She continued her training in clinical psychology and completed a Doctor of Philosophy on pattern detection in normal and autistic children. Dr Frith is known for her pioneering research on theory of mind deficit in autism and as one of the first to study Asperger's syndrome in the UK. She has appeared on television, most recently as the presenter for the Horizon episode entitled "What Makes a Psychopath?".
”Things don’t always go to plan. When they don’t, you can still learn something unexpectedly useful.”
Laura is a Senior Policy Manager at Arthritis Research UK, where she leads on developing policy to drive positive change in the quality of life of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. She holds stakeholder relationships with Government and relevant policy sectors, with a focus on health and well-being at work.
Tessa Dekker began her science career studying Psychology / Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam. After completing her PhD at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London, she became a Research Fellow at the UCL Division of Language and Psychology. She heads the Child Vision Lab which researches the development of vision and vision for action in normal and atypical development in children and is a scan operator at the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging.
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Ruth Roberts began her science career studying Forensic Mental Health at Kings College London (KCL). Currently, she is a research assistant and PhD student on the MRC funded Brains and Behaviour project which seeks to assess emotional processing in children with a range of behaviours using fMRI. Ruth's research explores aspects of parenting and the concept of mind-mindedness in children and their caregivers as well as children’s understanding of social norms.