Brain and Behavioural Sciences Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to advance our understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system at all levels – from the molecular to the cognitive – across the lifespan.

Examples include:

  • experimental, theoretical and computational studies
  • investigations in humans and model systems, targeting basic cellular, molecular and systems-related questions
  • mechanisms of psychiatric and neurological diseases and how therapeutic interventions work
  • impact of genetic, environmental and social factors on cellular, molecular, behavioural and cognitive phenotypes.


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Prof Bassem Hassan (Chair)

Paris Brain Institute

Professor Nikolai Axmacher

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Professor Siddharthan Chandran

University of Edinburgh

Professor Eugenia Chiappe

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal

Professor Birte Forstmann

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Professor Sonia Gandhi

University College London

Professor Lisa Genzel

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Professor Ilona Grunwald Kadow

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Professor Simon Hanslmayr

University of Glasgow

Professor Anthony Isles

Cardiff University

Dr Dwight Kravitz

George Washington University, USA

Professor Jack Mellor

University of Bristol

Dr Joseph Raimondo

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Sylvia Schroeder

University of Sussex

Dr Martina Di Simplicio

Imperial College London

Dr Alison Twelvetrees

University of Sheffield

Dr Alexandra Woolgar

University of Cambridge


Katherine Moynihan

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust