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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 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

Profile of Professor Andrey Y. Abramov

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

Profile of Professor Erwan Bezard

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

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Dr Maeve Caldwell - Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

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Dr Camille Carroll - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience, Plymouth University

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Dr Lisa Chakrabarti - Lecturer in Protein Biochemistry, University of Nottingham

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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

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Dr Chris Elliott - Lecturer in Biology, University of York

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Professor Flaviano Giorgini - Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester

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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

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Professor Marjan Jahanshahi - Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology, UCL Institute of Neurology

Profile of Professor Marjan Jahanshahi

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

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

Dr Anja Lowit - Reader, Speech and Language, Strathclyde University

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Dr Laura Parkkinen - Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

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Professor Sandip Patel - Professor of Cell Signalling, University College London

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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

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Professor Matthew Seaman - Professor of Cell & Membrane Biology, Cambridge University

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Dr Andrew Sharott - MRC Programme Leader, University of Oxford

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Professor Ian Stanford - Professor of Neuroscience, Aston University 

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Dr Simon Stott - Research Associate in Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

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

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Dr Mark Ungless - Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

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Dr Anthony Vernon - Lecturer, Basic & Clinical Neuroscience, King's College London

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

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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

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Dr Jose Bras - Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology

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Dr Rina Bandopadhyay - Senior Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, UCL Institute of Neurology

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Dr Trevor J Crawford - Reader in Neuropsychology, Lancaster University

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Professor Rodrigo A Cunha - Professor of Neuroscience, University of Coimbra

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Dr Katherine H Deane - Senior Lecturer in Research, University of East Anglia

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Dr Epaminondas Doxakis - Researcher C level, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

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Professor David Finkelstein - Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

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Dr Sonia Gandhi - Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UCL Institute of Neurology

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Dr Monte A. Gates - Senior Lecturer in Medicine & Neuroscience, Keele University

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Dr Michael Hammer - Director, Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Professor Kirsten Harvey - Professor of Molecular Neuroscience & Cell Biology, University College London

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Dr Peter Hobson - Principal Healthcare Scientist, Cardiff University

Professor Merrill Landers - Department Chair & Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Nevada

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Dr George Mellick - Deputy Director, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University

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Professor David Melton - Chair in Somatic Cell Genetics, University of Edinburgh

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Dr Heather J Mortiboys - Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

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Dr Ben Newland - Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiff University

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Dr Christos Proukakis - Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UCL Institute of Neurology

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Professor Kath Ryan - Professor of Social Pharmacy, University of Reading

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Dr Brij Singh - Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota

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Dr Robert Skelly - Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Vasanta Subramanian - Associate Professor in Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath

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Dr Jerome D Swinny - Reader in Neuropharmacology, University of Portsmouth

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Dr Adriana Tavares - Research Fellow in PET imaging & Head of Preclinical PET/CT Laboratory, University of Edinburgh

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Dr Erwin van Wegen - Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam

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Dr Katerina Venderova - Associate Professor in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Keck Graduate Institute

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