Narender Ramnani


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Personal profile

Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests include the organisation of systems in the human brain, and mechanistic interpretations of behaviour based on the integration of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, behaviour and theoretical neurobiology. I am particularly interested in the interactions between the frontal lobe and cerebellar plasticity mechanisms, and the manner in which these interactions support the automation of cognitive operations and motor control through learning. We use functional MRI, eye tracking and other behavioural methods, resting-state connectivity, classical and instrumental conditioning, and a range of analytical techniques, to understand mechanisms in the healthy brain, and the ways in which these change across the lifespan. Our work has been funded mainly by BBSRC.

Royal Holloway Roles

At Royal Holloway, I am Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Life Sciences and the Environment. In this role I contribute to University EDI strategy, and coordinate EDI across five Departments. I am also Director of a new Centre for Decision Science in the Department of Psychology, currently taking shape.

External Governance Roles

I have external governance responsibilities as President Elect of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) for two years from April 2023. This will be followed by two years in the role of President, and a further two years as Past President. Other governance roles include membership of the Council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, an All Party Parliamentary Group which provides a forum for scientists and parliamentarians to interact. I am also a member of the Governance Committee of Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter, which guides the development of the Charter scheme.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

President Elect, British Neuroscience Association

23 Apr 2023 → …

ALBA NETWORK, Chair of Data Working Group

Oct 2022 → …

ALBA NETWORK Advisory Board member

Jun 2022 → …

BBSRC Institute Assessment Exercise 2022 Panel

Jun 2022Oct 2022

BBSRC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Expert Advisory Group

Jan 2022 → …

Council Member, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

16 Mar 2021 → …

Full member of BBSRC Committee A (January 2016 – March 2019), Biotechnology&BioSci Research BBSRC

Jan 2016Mar 2019