Mary Baker, MBE, is a former President of the European Brain Council, Past President of the European Federation of Neurological Associations, Consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Chair of the Working Group on Parkinson’s Disease, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Human Brain Project and Senior Advisor for the Children of Europe Project at the Institute of Ethics and Values, Slovenia. Academic appointments include Associate Membership of the Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, and Visiting Fellow within the London School of Economics Health Centre, London, UK.
Mary was the winner of the 10th European Women of Achievements Award for humanitarian work in 2000. An Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey was conferred upon her in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree was awarded by Aston University in July 2013. In 2009, she received the prestigious British Neuroscience Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Neuroscience and for Public Service. In 2014, Mary received the Dana/European Dana Alliance for the Brain Lifetime Achievement Award for Outreach on Behalf of Brain Research. In 2015, she received the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award and, in recognition of her contribution to and support of pharmaceutical medicine, she also received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Mary graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in Sociology and Political Theory.