Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Project Manager



+44 (0)20 7594 1357l.aimola




E501Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus





I manage the NIHR BRC Brain Sciences Theme at Imperial College London and I assist the Theme Lead with the strategic coordination of the broad range of research projects and initiatives conducted within the Theme. The research conducted within our Theme focusses on improving our understanding of the role of inflammatory mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke. In addition, the research capabilities of the Theme have been expanded and strengthened with the research work carried out on prevention, assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders, particularly those linked with emotional dysregulation. It is a privilege for me to support a team of world-class scientists to discover disease mechanisms and risk factors that underpin new diagnostics and therapies for all those conditions.

I have a research background in neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation for cognitive disorders affecting spatial representation and visual perception caused by stroke. I hold a PhD in Psychology and in my research work I explored the cognitive and anatomical correlates of neglect for peripersonal (near) and extrapersonal (far) space. In my subsequent research positions, I conducted multicentre clinical trials with neurological and psychiatric patients from study set-up to closure. In addition, I carried out a randomised controlled trial of a quality improvement network for low-secure forensic mental health services to examine the impact of network membership on the process and outcomes of care.

The common denominator between the roles I held in my career as a researcher first and subsequently as a project manager within the Higher Education sector, is the opportunity to produce and support research work that can have a positive impact on people’s lives. This opportunity is what inspires me to do my job, especially within a world-class, leading University as Imperial College London.



Owen D, 2022, Human pharmacokinetics of XBD173 and etifoxine distinguish their potential for pharmacodynamic effects mediated by TSPO, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Vol:88, ISSN:0306-5251, Pages:4230-4236

Aimola L, Schindler I, McGeown W, et al., 2022, Task- and response related dissociations between neglect in near and far space: a morphometric case study, Behavioural Neurology: an International Journal on the Relationship Between Disordered Human Behavior and Underlying Biological Mechanisms, ISSN:0953-4180

Deb S, Crawford M, Sharp D, et al., 2020, Risperidone versus placebo for aggression following traumatic brain injury: a feasibility randomised controlled trial, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055

Shastri A, Aimola L, Tooke B, et al., 2019, Recognition and treatment of depression in older adults admitted to acute hospitals in England, Clinical Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1470-2118, Pages:114-118

Aimola L, Gordon-Brown J, Etherington A, et al., 2019, Patient-reported experience and quality of care for people with schizophrenia, Bmc Psychiatry, Vol:19, ISSN:1471-244X, Pages:17-17

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