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Grant Assessment Panels

Our Grant Assessment Panels (GAP) are made up of a diverse group of research experts and members of our Research Support Network.

These lay and scientific members help us decide which projects to fund. Find out more about our research funding process.

What the Grant Assessment Panels do

Parkinson’s UK has two Grant Assessment Panels: GAP1 and GAP2.

  • GAP1 is formed of scientific experts from all areas of Parkinson’s research and up to ten lay review coordinators (who are members of the charity’s Research Support Network). The panel makes recommendations for funding for the project grant, themed research and fellowship schemes.
  • GAP2 is formed of approximately 60 scientific members from around the world with expertise in Parkinson’s. This virtual panel has responsibility for making recommendations for funding for the PhD studentship and small grant schemes.

The Grant Assessment Panels have to follow a strict Code of Conduct.

For more information about the role of our Grant Assessment Panel members read our GAP terms of reference (PDF, 205KB).

Ensuring accountability and transparency

Sharmila Nebhrajani, former chief executive of the AMRC, a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK commented:

"As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), Parkinson's UK meets very high standards in the way it gives out its money.

"It funds high quality research, which is carefully peer reviewed, and seeks to involve patients and the public in setting its research priorities.

"Those who donate to the charity can have confidence their money is helping to advance understanding and improve life for people with Parkinson's".

Joining our Grant Assessment Panels

Scientific panel members are expected to fulfil the following criteria:

  • research experience either in clinical practice (including the allied health professions) or in a university setting
  • at least a three year publication record
  • success in obtaining research grants / awards
  • willingness to devote the necessary time and effort


If you are interested in joining one of our panels and fulfil the criteria, please email researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk for an application form.

GAP1 panel members

Professor Heinz Reichmann (Chair) - Professor of Neurology, University of Dresden, Germany

Profile of Professor Heinz Reichmann

Professor Erwan Bezard - INSERM Research Director, University of Bordeaux, France

Profile of Professor Erwan Bezard

Dr Maeve Caldwell - Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Profile of Dr Maeve Caldwell

Christine Christian - Christine has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Dr Jonathan Mark Cooper - Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, University College London

Profile of Dr Jonathan Mark Cooper

John Coventry - John has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Professor Rosemary Fricker - Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Neuroscience, Keele University

Profile of Professor Rosemary Fricker

George Hardman - George has been a lay member of the panel since November 2012.

Dorothy Hatfield - Dorothy has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Brian Herber - Brian has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Ian Jones - Ian has been a lay member of the panel since May 2014.

Paul Jones - Paul has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Elizabeth Longley - Elizabeth has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.

Professor Seth Love - Professor of Neuropathology, University of Bristol

Profile of Professor Seth Love

Professor Peter Magill - MRC Senior Scientist and Programme Leader, University of Oxford

Profile of Professor Peter Magill

Professor Karen Morrison - Director of Medical Education, Professor of Neurology, University of Southampton

Anne Peet - Anne has been a lay member of the panel since November 2012.

Professor Paola Piccini - Professor of Neurology,Consultant Neurologist, Imperial College School of Medicine

Profile of Professor Paola Piccini

Professor Olivier Rascol - Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Toulouse University, France

Profile of Professor Olivier Rascol

Professor James Uney -  Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, University of Bristol

Profile of Professor James Uney

Dr Alex Whitworth - Programme Leader, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge

Profile of Dr Alex Whitworth

Russell Wilson - Russell has been a member of the panel since November 2012.

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