Research Committee

A list of MND Scotland's Research Committee members.

Our Research Committee is responsible for peer review and setting MND Scotland's research strategy, amongst other responsibilities.

If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss any research matters, please contact our Research Officer Steven Karlsson-Brown, at or call us on 0141 332 3903.

Prof. Scott Bryson

Prof. Scott Bryson (Email)

Committee Chair

Professor Bryson has worked in a variety of roles in the pharmacy profession, both in Scotland and in Canada, including his position as Pharmacy Lead for Clinical Governance in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Prof.  Julia Edgar

Prof. Julia Edgar (Email)

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel

Professor Edgar is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, with an interest in myelinated axons. Julia has received numerous awards from the MS Society and Medical Research Council.

Dr. Mandy Jackson

Dr. Mandy Jackson (Email)

Committee Member

Dr. Jackson's lab at the University of Edinburgh focuses on a group of inherited diseases (spinocerebellar ataxias) where patients lose the ability to coordinate their movement due to changes to and death of cells.

Dr. Judith Sleeman

Dr. Judith Sleeman (Email)

Committee Member

Dr. Sleeman has a background in cell biology and cellular and molecular pathology. She is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews where she is investigating whether protein changes are causing cellular damage in MND.

Dr. Suvankar Pal

Dr. Suvankar Pal

Committee Member

Dr. Pal is a Consultant Neurologist & Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in neurodegenerative disorders, including MND. He is Co-Lead Investigator for the clinical drug trial, MND-SMART.

Prof. Simon Parson

Prof. Simon Parson (Email)

Committee Member

Professor Parson’s research is focused on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Simon has a PhD in developmental neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, and was appointed Chair in Anatomy at the University of Aberdeen and Regius Professor of Anatomy.

Graeme Hardie

Graeme Hardie (Email)

Committee Member

Graeme is a member of the charity’s Board of Trustees and has spent 38 years working in Information Technology. He recently graduated with an MSc in Global eHealth from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Bethell

Andrew Bethell (Email)

Committee Member

Andrew is an MND Clinical Nurse Specialist for NHS Highland, caring for people with MND and co-ordinating community and health services for families affected in the area.

Dr Ian Morrison

Dr Ian Morrison

Committee member

Dr Morrison is a Consultant Neurologist in NHS Tayside and an Honorary Reader at the University of Dundee. He is Clinical Lead for MND in Tayside and a Principal Investigator for the clinical drug trial, MND-SMART.