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 co-ordinators (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 [email protected] for an application form.
GAP1 panel members
Professor Andrey Y. Abramov - Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology
Professor Erwan Bezard - INSERM Research Director, University of Bordeaux, France
Ken Bowler - Ken has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.
Professor Vladimir L Buchman - Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cardiff University
Dr Maeve Caldwell - Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
Dr Camille Carroll - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience, Plymouth University
Dr Lisa Chakrabarti - Lecturer in Protein Biochemistry, University of Nottingham
Christine Christian - Christine has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.
John Coventry - John has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.
Dr Jeffrey Davies - Associate Professor of Molecular Neurobiology, Swansea University
Dr Chris Elliott - Lecturer in Biology, University of York
Professor Flaviano Giorgini - Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester
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.
Professor Janice Holton - Professor of Neuropathology, UCL Institute of Neurology
Professor Marjan Jahanshahi - Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology, UCL Institute of Neurology
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.
Dr Patrick Lewis - Reader, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading
Elizabeth Longley - Elizabeth has been a lay member of the panel since April 2016.
Dr Anja Lowit - Reader, Speech and Language, Strathclyde University
Dr Laura Parkkinen - Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Professor Sandip Patel - Professor of Cell Signalling, University College London
Anne Peet - Anne has been a lay member of the panel since November 2012.
Dr Ruth Pickering - Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, University of Southampton
Dr Helene Plun-Favreau - Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Neurology
Professor Matthew Seaman - Professor of Cell & Membrane Biology, Cambridge University
Dr Andrew Sharott - MRC Programme Leader, University of Oxford
Professor Ian Stanford - Professor of Neuroscience, Aston University
Dr Simon Stott - Research Associate in Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
Professor James Uney - Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, University of Bristol
Dr Mark Ungless - Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
Dr Anthony Vernon - Lecturer, Basic & Clinical Neuroscience, King's College London
Dr Alex Whitworth - Programme Leader, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge
Russell Wilson - Russell has been a member of the panel since November 2012.
GAP2 panel members
Dr Lydia Alvarez-Erviti - Principal Investigator, Molecular Neurobiology, Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja
Dr Oleg Anichtchik - Lecturer in Clinical Neurobiology, Plymouth University
Dr Jose Bras - Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology
Dr Rina Bandopadhyay - Senior Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, UCL Institute of Neurology
Dr Trevor J Crawford - Reader in Neuropsychology, Lancaster University
Professor Rodrigo A Cunha - Professor of Neuroscience, University of Coimbra
Dr Katherine H Deane - Senior Lecturer in Research, University of East Anglia
Dr Epaminondas Doxakis - Researcher C level, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens
Professor David Finkelstein - Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Dr Sonia Gandhi - Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UCL Institute of Neurology
Dr Monte A. Gates - Senior Lecturer in Medicine & Neuroscience, Keele University
Dr Michael Hammer - Director, Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Kirsten Harvey - Professor of Molecular Neuroscience & Cell Biology, University College London
Dr Peter Hobson - Principal Healthcare Scientist, Cardiff University
Professor Merrill Landers - Department Chair & Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Nevada
Dr George Mellick - Deputy Director, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University
Professor David Melton - Chair in Somatic Cell Genetics, University of Edinburgh
Dr Heather J Mortiboys - Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
Dr Ben Newland - Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiff University
Dr Christos Proukakis - Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UCL Institute of Neurology
Professor Kath Ryan - Professor of Social Pharmacy, University of Reading
Dr Brij Singh - Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota
Dr Robert Skelly - Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Vasanta Subramanian - Associate Professor in Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath
Dr Jerome D Swinny - Reader in Neuropharmacology, University of Portsmouth
Dr Adriana Tavares - Research Fellow in PET imaging & Head of Preclinical PET/CT Laboratory, University of Edinburgh
Dr Erwin van Wegen - Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam
Dr Katerina Venderova - Associate Professor in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Keck Graduate Institute