Research Grants Committee
The Research Grants Committee is a sub Committee of the Board of Trustees and comprises a number of Trustees assisted by a special advisers with a range of academic and clinical expertise.
Professor Bernard Conway (Chair, Trustee)
Prof Conway is currently the Vice Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. From 2007 to 2014 he was Head of Biomedical Engineering where he continues to pursue his primary research interests in the control and recovery of movement following neurological trauma and disease. A key part of his work is translating advances in neural engineering and neuroprosthetics to users. Prof Conway’s work is currently funded by grants from Scottish Government Health Directorate and he is a co-investigator for the EPSRC funded CDTs in Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies and Prosthetics and Orthotics. His work has been published in a diverse range of journals, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of his research including The Lancet, Brain, Journal of Physiology, Neuroimage, Journal of Engineering in Medicine and others. He has been actively involved in supporting RCUK funding agencies in various advisory capacities linked to bioengineering, health technologies and ageing and is a member of the scientific awards committees for Medical Research Scotland (where he is also a Trustee). His most notable research work has created insights into rehabilitation strategies that can be applied to people affected by CNS injury or movement disorders and has informed fundamental studies on motor circuits and event coding in the nervous system.
Professor Andrew Clegg (Independent Advisor)
Professor Andrew Devitt (Independent Advisor)
Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters (Trustee)
Dr Sian Henson (Independent Advisor)
Ms Susan Kay (Executive Director, ex officio)
Professor Karen Lowton (Independent Advisor)
Professor Stuart Parker (Trustee)
Stuart trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and subsequently worked in the TNO Institute for Experimental Gerontology, Rijswijk, the Netherlands and the University of Leicester. He took up a Chair at the University of Sheffield in the Barnsley General Hospital NHS Trust in March 2000 and returned to Newcastle in July 2013 as the William Leach Professor of Geriatric Medicine. He served a three-year term as NIHR CRN Theme lead for Ageing, Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurological Disorders and Genetics between (2015-18) and, while now formally retired, continues in part time and occasional clinical practice.
Professor John Potter (Independent Advisor)
Associate Professor Garry Tew (Independent Advisor)
Dr Kate Walters (Independent Advisor)
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