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Wolfson Neurology Initiative

The Wolfson Foundation announced an initiative in January 2011 to provide up to £20 million to support research into neurological diseases. The aim was to support outstanding research with the potential to provide significant advances in the understanding and treatment of these conditions.

The first round of the Initiative was highly competitive with 26 applications received. Each application underwent careful, international review and in May 2011, the following shortlist of eight applicants was announced: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah University Medical Centre; Imperial College London; Israeli Neurodegeneration Research Consortium (five Israeli universities); King’s College London; University College London; University of Cambridge; University of Newcastle; University of Oxford.

The shortlisted applicants were invited to submit further detailed proposals, for consideration by an international panel of experts who met in November 2011. The panel agreed that the standard was very impressive and they emphasised the extremely high quality of applications submitted.

The panel membership was:

  1. Professor Joseph Martin, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, USA (Chairman)
  2. Professor Yves-Alain Barde, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Basel, Switzerland
  3. Professor Alexis Brice, Head of the National Institute for Neuroscience, Cognitive Sciences, Neurology and Psychiatry, France
  4. Professor Adrian Ivinson, Director, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, USA
  5. Professor Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director, Deutsches Zentrum Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen, Germany
  6. Professor Pasko Rakic, Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale, USA
  7. Professor Philip Scheltens, Director of the Alzheimer Center, Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, Netherlands
  8. Professor Hartmut Wekerle, Director of Neuroimmunology, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
  9. Sir David Weatherall, Chairman, Wolfson Science & Medicine Panel

We were pleased to announce that when the Trustees of the Wolfson Foundation met in December 2011, they considered the shortlisted applications and advice of the expert panel, and they agreed to award up to £20 million to University College London  to establish the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre .