1. Introduction

The Foundation supports research undertaken by staff of all disciplines within Neuroscience at Royal Preston Hospital and the University of Central Lancashire.

The funding for these purposes is of course limited, and the Trustees wish to ensure competing bids are considered in both a timely and consistent manner. This paper sets out the process by which such applications will be handled from 1st April and 1st October each year.

2. Timescales

The Trustees will consider applications twice a year:

At their first meeting following 1st April
And the equivalent meeting following 1st October.
Applications shall be lodged with the Secretary  by 1st March or 1st September.  .
Dates of Trustee meetings can be obtained from Jan Winnard, SDNF Trustee - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Applications

Applications may be made by either; completion of the pro forma attached below, OR, downloading the PDF file of the form and the letter of consent in Word format, completing and returning both via email to Jan Winnard. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

4. Foundation Award

This Award will be given to a young Neuroscientist from the Preston Unit (excluding Consultants) or UCLAN for an original paper relating to a Neuroscience topic.

The work should not have been published or presented elsewhere in the same format. The criteria for scoring are originality, methodology, presentation of results, discussion, conclusions and the potential for clinical application. The completed manuscript (including an electronic version) should be submitted to the Foundation Secretary by 1st March  or 1st September.

The Award will consist of financial sponsorship up to £1,500 to visit a Centre of Excellence in the Neuroscience field to be taken within 2 years of accepting the award. Further details from Jan Winnard, SDNF Trustee.

Name *
Position: *
Contact Number: *
Contact Email: *
Description of proposed research: *
Funding sought from the foundation,: *
Sponsor’s supporting statement: *
Directorate Manager’s statement: *
Have you applied to the appropriate ethics board for approval?
Confirm that you have read the Terms and Conditions *

5. Recent Award Winners


Dr Rajiv Mohanraj

Pharmacogenomics in Epilepsy: Role of Sodium Channel Gene Polymorphisms in Determining Response to Antiepileptic Drug Treatment.

Mr R V Iyer

A Feasibility Study of Chemosensitivity Testing in Primary Cultures from Malignant Gliomas and Comparison of Colorimetric and Luminescent Cell Proliferation Assays


Dr David Paling

Prospective study on the outcome of tilt table testing and carotid sinus massage in 290 consecutive elderly adults with syncope or  unexplained falls, and of treatment of 135 of these patients with proven neurocardiogenic syncope with midodrin


Ms Cherith Sutton

P-gP and MRP Immunostaining in Gliomas.


Dr Nick Clarleton- Bland

Embedding simulation into training to support curriculum delivery and enhance patient safety:  The EVD Project


Dr Mark Maskery

The utility of FDG-PET/CT in clinically suspected paraneoplastic neurological syndrome:  a literature review and retrospective case series


Dr Anthony Stead

Assessing Premature Mortality Due to Head Injury in England and Wales over a 10 year period.