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Meet the PD-Care team

The study is a collaboration between two UCL departments: Centre for Ageing Population Studies (CAPS) in the UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) which is part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences which is part of the Institute of Neurology (ION)

Professor Anette Schrag, Chief Investigator

Prof. Schrag is a Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Consultant Neurologist at University College London (UCL). Research has focussed on Parkinson’s disease, including diagnosis and clinical outcomes, clinical management of patients, including the psychiatric, cognitive and other non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease and clinical trials for better treatments of PD.

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Professor Kate Walters, Chief Investigator

Professor Walters is Professor of Primary Care & Epidemiology and the Director of the Centre for Ageing Population Studies at UCL. Her research interests include developing and testing new approaches to improving the healthcare for people with complex health needs, including Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and frailty. 

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Dr Megan Armstrong,  Senior Research Fellow and Programme manager

Megan’s background is in palliative care with a focus on reaching marginalized groups (e.g., people experiencing homelessness). Megan previously managed a randomized controlled trial of psychotherapy for people with advanced cancer, as well as exploring how qualitative research can reveal the appropriateness of active intervention components and outcome measures.




Joy Read, Study Coordinator

Joy has coordinated a number of multi-site research studies. Her research experience has involved studies examining the needs of adults and adolescents with degenerative conditions, and the psychosocial impact of these conditions on individual and family health and wellbeing.






Lizzie Chesterman, Research Assistant/Live well with Parkinson's  Supporter

Lizzie is an Adult and Mental Health nurse with a keen interest in the impact of neurological illness on an individual’s physical and mental health. After initially working in acute medicine she joined UCL a year ago to pursue a career in research. She has previously worked with the Stress & Health study before joining the PD-Care team.

Lizzie Chesterman




Nathan Davies, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Nathan Davies is Senior Research Fellow and an Alzheimer’s Society Junior Fellow. Nathan has an interest in improving the support that family carers receive when caring for someone with dementia, particularly at the end of life. Nathan’s previous work has involved developing a decision tool for practitioners making end of life decisions caring for someone with dementia and a support website for family carers of people with dementia. His current work in dementia involves family carer decision making, hydration and nutrition, and comfort/discomfort on acute hospital wards at the end of life. He is a qualitative methods expert and a qualitative expert for the NIHR North London Research design Service.



Jeshma Mehta, Research Finance Administrator

Jeshma manages the finance aspects of the study and supports the project leads with monitoring of the project budget. She has joined Primary Care and Population Health as a Research Administrator for both CAPs and eHealth units but moved across from her job as Lead for the School for Primary Care Research.


Dr Danielle Nimmons, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice 

Danielle has an interest in healthy ageing, health inequality and medical education. Previous research experience includes work on dysphagia in older people and frailty.


Jennifer Sarah Pigott,  Clinical Fellow

Dr Jennifer Pigott is a Clinical Research Fellow working towards an MD(res). She is a Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine Specialist Registrar on the North Central & East London Rotation. She has a specialist interest in movement disorders, in particular Parkinson's Disease. Past research experience includes work on memory and personality, and pharmacological models of psychosis.

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    Tasmin Rookes, Research Assistant

    Tasmin is interested in health psychology and neurocognitive disorders. She has worked on a variety of behaviour change clinical trials, promoting the self-management of long-term conditions, including cancer survivorship, stroke, asthma, and COPD. She has joined the PD-Care team following the completion of her MSc in Clinical Trials, from UCL.

    Tasmin Rookes, Resarch assistant





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