The British Neuropathological Society funds a large number of grants through various award schemes. This page provides information on the scale of our activities. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

The BNS has awarded more than £300,000 in research and travel grants over the past 10 years.

More than a 100 individuals have received grants over this period.

Last year, 15 research applications were awarded in total.

This included 8 small research grants and 5 travel grants.

Small research grants totalled £37,275 in value this year.

Generous funding from the BNS enabled Irina Vazquez-Villasenor to investigate “Neuronal Senescence as a Contributor to Neurodegeneration in Motor Neurone Disease”. This study aimed to determine whether a persistent DNA damage response and senescence pathway activation are features of motor neurone disease (MND).

Irina presented her research at the BNS meeting in 2016 and was awarded a prize for her poster. A manuscript of this work is currently under review in NAN.

Click here to find out more about Irina’s research.

Research grants awarded in 2018

Applicant InstitutionSupervisorTitleValue £
Ketan Dipak JetwaNottinghamIan ScottHigh-resolution structural and spectroscopic magnetic resonance imaging of the nucleus basalis in health and disease.£4,000
Kirsty McAleeseNewcastleJohannes AttemsThe impact of concomitant TDP-43 pathology on tau pathology and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.£4,795
Miles FrostSouthamptonRoxana CarareThe pattern of adrenergic innervation in human brains.£5,000
Kastytis SidlauskasSouthamptonDelphine BocheMicroglia/macrophage immunophenotypes in glioblastoma and their association with clinical outcome.£5,000
Eleanor SchaberSheffieldRobin HighleyDNA hydroxymethylation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a pathological study into the role of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine and its related enzymes.£3,500
Shivank KeniEdinburghColin SmithA radiological, histological and molecular characterisation of the blood brain barrier in glioblastoma multiforme.£5,000
Matthew NolanOxfordOlaf AnsorgeSomatic mosaicism of the human ALS Brain.£4,980
Rohith Srinivasan SheffieldJulie SimpsonDysregulation of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) expression in the ageing brain£5,000

Applicants in previous years


Postdoctoral small grants:

Athanasios Alexandris, Differential expression of galanin in the human cholinergic basal forebrain in Lewy body dementias, AD and dementia of mixed origin (AD/DLB)

Lida Zoupi, Grey Matter synaptopathy in MS: Synaptic profiles in damage and repair

Lindsey Sinclair, Are visual hallucinations in Alzheimer’s a result of decreased cholinergic input to visual processing areas of the brain?


March round

Suvi Hokkanen, Genetic risk factors of the old-age hippocampal sclerosis, Cambridge

Julie Simpson, Neuronal Senescence as a Contributor to Neurodegeneration in Motor Neurone Disease, Sheffield

Difei Wang, e-Learning the molecular pathology of brain tumours, Royal London


March round

Dr Yvonne Dombrowski (Dr Denise Fitzgerald), Queen’s University, Belfast. Identifying neuropathological mechanisms underlying paralysis following Treg depletion.

Dr Ashirwad Merve (Prof Silvia Marino), Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine, London. Role of c-Myc in choroid plexus tumours.


March round

Veronica Roberts: Is head shaking in horses, like trigeminal neuralgia in people, caused by trigeminal nerve root demyelination?

Claire Rice: Relevance of mitochondrial sirtuins to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis

Simon Paine: Novel co-regulated gene networks in epileptic cortex: insights into FCD and brain development


September round

Harry Haynes, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol: Identification of EGFR/EGFRvIII mutations in glioblastoma multiforme as progonostic and predictive biomarkers

Owain Howell, University of Swansea/University of Cardiff: Development of a tissue microarray for biomarker discovery in multiple sclerosis