Moving ahead with brain research and education

We help provide funds for research to help with brain injuries and diseases of the brain

Our main role is to assist in the provision of funds for research groups based in Scotland whose work will ultimately help patients with brain tumours, stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, schizophrenia, MS, epilepsy or other diseases of the central nervous system.

The Foundation has granted over £1 million to early career doctors and scientists to explore new techniques and diagnostic treatments for conditions relating to these disorders of nerves and the nervous system.

The Neurosciences Foundation supports Scottish groups researching innovative techniques and treatments of neurological conditions

Acute stroke

Our £9.6K award for a stroke study lead by Professor Keith Muir at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow led to a £250K grant. Current practice is to attempt to remove the clot, but only if this can be done within 4.5 hours of onset of the stroke. The team are exploring whether this time window could be extended to 24 hours.

Metabolic imaging with MRI Project

This project aims to establish methods of assessing tissue metabolism in conditions such as stroke, cancer and epilepsy. Our original award of ~£10,000 has led to a further £1.6M grant income.

Intensive Care Unit Project

Funding from the Neurosciences Foundation enabled Dr Ian Piper to obtain preliminary data that helped to secure a €2.3M framework 7 grant from the European Union.

Brain Tumour Project

The Neurosciences Foundation raised £150,000 to support the pioneering work of Prof Moira Brown, who demonstrated that a modified version of the HSV virus that causes cold sores could selectively destroy rapidly dividing cancer cells and not normal brain cells.

Please consider making a donation to help us to provide funding for research groups

Researchers

Some of our researchers after their NSF 2019 seminar presentations

Katerina, Maria and Tim relax after their excellent presentations at the NSF 2019 Research Seminar

Hear what some of our researchers are doing

Meet the trustees and members of the medical advisory board

Dr Sarah Deans
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dr Sarah Deans

Sarah has a PhD in Physical Activity for Health, and a Masters degree in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise

Sarah has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and academic in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. She worked at the University of Strathclyde for 21 years, teaching rehabilitation of those with limb absence, and professional skills for healthcare. She has published much of her research, and has enjoyed international and national speaking engagements. Sarah currently devotes time to her husband and two children, The Neurosciences Foundation, property development, gardening, and trying to be more physically active through walking Jimmy the dog.
Trustee

Prof Donald Hadley

Retired Consultant Neuroradiologist, Institute of Neurological Sciences and Professor of Radiology (Hon.), University of Glasgow with a long standing interest in neuroimaging research.

Publications have involved a range of investigations into the theme of central nervous system abnormality: its causes, repair mechanisms and outcome; how they might be visualised and measured objectively by radiology, particularly using MRI and SPECT at each stage particularly in relation to the response to treatment. These insults to the brain and spinal cord range through stroke, degenerative disease, trauma, demyelination and epilepsy to the growth of tumours.
Alistair Dean
Trustee

Alistair Dean

Partner and Solicitor Advocate, Anderson Strathern

William Holmes
Member, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr William Holmes

William is the Senior MRI Physicist at the Glasgow Experimental MRI Centre (GEMRIC). His main research interests are in the novel application of MRI to biomedical and physical sciences.

William has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Molecular Physics and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of Nottingham.
Trustee, Chair, Medical Advisory Committee

Prof David Wyper

Dave is a medical physicist with a particular interest in brain imaging. He has now retired, but was Director of SINAPSE [a Scottish Universities pooling group - www.sinapse.ac.uk] from 2010 till 2017 and was previously Director of the NHS Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, based in Glasgow.

Dave’s most recent focus is on public understanding of science. We can easily resort to using acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to non-scientists, but it should be possible to explain all science without resorting to jargon. Sadly, few lay summaries are clear to non-scientists. It’s a challenge.

To relax Dave gets on his bicycle. For many years he was a road runner, but has now reduced the pounding by getting on his Paralane Focus and riding sedately round the hills to the south of Glasgow. For many years he was a piper in Williamwood Pipe Band and is still invited to many weddings.

Margaret has put up with him for over 50 years and they have two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren. Margaret’s passion is dance. She set up and ran the Dance Foundation and now has several hundred children and mothers. Dave puts up the barres.

Stuart Biggart, trustee
Trustee

Stuart Biggart

Stuart Biggart retired as a Wealth Manager in 2013.

Stuart is currently Chairman of Glasgow & District Heritable Investment Company, is a Director of Visibility Scotland and is a business adviser.
Saif Razvi
Member, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Saif Razvi

Saif is a neurologist with a special interest in treatment-resistant epilepsy and epilepsy mimics. He is currently Clinical Lead for Neurology for the West of Scotland. He also the neurologist at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Glasgow, where patients with complex epilepsy are assessed.

Saif is passionate about improving access of care to patients and has helped develop telemedicine (internet) clinics across Scotland over the past decade. He is also fascinated by the workings of the mind and works closely with many neuropsychologists to help improve care of people with neuropsychological illnesses.
In his spare time, Saif enjoys road cycling and following the peloton on the UCI world cycling calendar. and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.
Andrew Todd
Member, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Andrew Todd

Professor of Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow

Andrew qualified in medicine at the University of London (1979) and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the same University (1983). He moved to University of Glasgow in 1984, and became a Professor in 2000. His work over the last 40 years has investigated the organisation of nerve circuits in the spinal cord, and in particular those that are responsible for pain and itch. Understanding more about these circuits will be important for the development of new treatments for these common conditions.
Trustee and treasurer

Henry Gildie

Henry is a chartered certified accountant and is a director of HLG Associates (EK) Limited.

Henry is a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants who has operated at Director level, within industry, over the last 20 years.
Amanda Garden
Trustee

Amanda Garden

Amanda has an honours degree in psychology from Edinburgh University. She worked in IT for over 40 years, the last 7 of which were spent working for the South East Scotland Cancer Network, which is based in NHS Lothian.

Since her retirement Amanda has continued her interest in IT by developing WordPress websites for family, friends, and charities. She has an interest in brain cancer research as she has suffered the loss of two close family members to brain tumours.

When not developing websites Mandy likes to spend time in the garden, reading, walking, and exploring Edinburgh and the Lothians on her bike.

John Pickard
Member, Medical Advisory Committee

Prof John Pickard, CBE

Professor John Pickard CBE FMedSci is Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman/Clinical director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge. He trained in Neurosurgery in the 1970’s at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow with Bryan Jennett and Graham Teasdale where he worked with Dave Wyper. He has been Chairman of the SINAPSE International Advisory Board and external advisor to the MSN for Neurosurgery.

Following retirement, he established the NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Cooperative (now MedTech Cooperative) and moved to East Lothian for grandchildren, golf and escape from too many committees.

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