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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. 

For further information please see IRIS profile

Dr Megan Armstrong, Programme Manager

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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.

Chanel Francois - Trial Manager

Chanel's background is in Clinical Research Management. Chanel previously coordinated a randomized controlled trial of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) investigating the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of pembrolizumab administered at 10 mg/kg Q3W in Participants With Progressive Locally Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma (P07990/MK-3475-001/KEYNOTE-001). Chanel's previous experience includes working with Corporate Pharma sponsors and private Clinical Research Organisations providing key Clinical Research coordination for cosmetics and trial drugs.


Kavita Bains, Research Assistant/Live well with Parkinson's Supporter

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Kavita is a psychology graduate, with an interest in mental health, health psychology, and working with underserved communities  within healthcare settings and research. Her previous experience includes working as a mental health care navigator across GPs and as an Assistant Research Psychologist, within NHS and university Psychosis and trauma related trials.

Tasmin Rookes, Research Assistant

Tasmin Rookes, Resarch 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.

Alice Burnand, Research Assistant/Live Well with Parkinson's Supporter

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Alice is interested in neurodegenerative disorders and geriatric psychiatry. She has a background in neuroscience and psychology and has worked with a variety of people with a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s and anxiety. Alice has particular interest in translational research, exploring ways to improve the well-being of those with affective and neurodegenerative disorders.


Elena Profyri, Research Assistant

Elena has worked in psychology within educational, clinical and forensic settings, across private healthcare and the NHS.


Tomos Lloyd-Roberts, Research Assistant

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Tomos has worked in psychology within educational, clinical and forensic settings, across private healthcare, the NHS, local government and the charity sector. Most recently on a project aimed at delivering a prevention tool for neurodegenerative illness and cognitive impairment for those referred to memory assessment clinics in the NHS. Tomos' professional interests include the application of neuropsychology in clinical practice, digital intervention tools and the use of data science in clinical assessment.


Dr Nathan Davies, Co-Investigator

Dr Nathan Davies is an Associate Professor of Ageing and Applied Health Research and Deputy Director for NIHR Research Design Service at UCL. His research focusses broadly on older adults and developing and testing interventions to meet their needs, with a particular interest in dementia. His previous research has included work on clinical decision making, nutrition and hydration in dementia, carer support, and eHealth interventions.

Dr Jennifer Sarah Pigott, Clinical Fellow

Jen Pigott
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.

Dr Danielle Nimmons, NIHR In-Practice Fellow in General Pactice

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

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.


Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Catherine Atkinson 

King's College London:
Professor Richard Brown  
Dr Benjamin Gardner     
Professor Jill Manthorpe  

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation  Trust                  
Professor Kallol Ray Chaudhuri

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Mrs Rachel Leuw
Mrs Beverley Maydon 

University College London
Dr Gareth Ambler 

Dr Daniel Davis
Miss Rachael Hunter
Professor Elizabeth Murray