Grant Review and Monitoring committee

Our Grant Review and Monitoring committee is made up of independent experts and patient representatives. They review every brain tumour research grant application we receive.

Assessing applications and monitoring grants

The Grant Review and Monitoring committee (GRAM) is responsible for the assessment and rating of applications for research funding and makes recommendations to The Brain Tumour Charity's Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for final allocation of funding and for making a formal offer of funding to applicants.

The GRAM is also involved in monitoring the progress of current research grants to check they are progressing as planned and continue to represent the best value usage of donor funds.

Academic experts and patient representatives

The GRAM is formed of 10-14 academic members and 2 patient representatives. The academic members consist of individuals with expertise specifically in brain tumours including at least two international members. The remaining academic members are individuals with interests relevant to brain tumours but who do not primarily work on brain tumours themselves.

The patient representative positions are openly recruited through advertisement in The Charity's newsletter and website.

Members are rotated, with each standing for a maximum of six years. All members generously give their time for free to ensure that the research we fund is of the highest quality and the researchers perform to the high standards we always expect. We are very grateful to them all.

GRAM members

  • Professor Richard Gilbertson, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Antony Michalski, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  • Dr Simone Niclou, Public Research Centre for Health, Luxembourg
  • Professor Susan Short, University of Leeds
  • Professor Martin Taphoorn, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Professor Chris Twelves, St James's Hospital, Leeds
  • Professor Martin van den Bent, Erasmus University Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr Ian Waddell, University of Manchester
  • Dr Paul Northcott, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA
  • Mr Peter Moreton, Patient representative
  • Mrs Karen Ackling, Patient representative