Lay Research Panel Member

Our Lay Research Panel, made up of people who are personally or professionally affected by muscle-wasting or weakening conditions, work closely with our Research team to evaluate applications for our research grants.

The purpose of our Lay Research Panel is to involve people affected by muscle-wasting or weakening conditions in decisions about research grants. The input of the Panel helps us to fund research that will have the most impact on patients' lives.

As a member of the Lay Research Panel, you will:

  • Read and assess plain language applications for funding (prepared by researchers). 
  • Attend meetings of the Lay Panel to discuss your views on applications, contributing towards recommendations for future funding.
  • Assist the MDUK Research team in determining the best ways of communicating research to a lay audience. 

Time commitment: The Panel typically meet once or twice a year; meetings can be attended via Zoom or in person in our London office. Meetings usually take a half day and you will be required to read applications prior to meeting.

Your skills and experience: You don't need any scientific background to be a member of the Panel. We are looking for individuals who are personally affected by a muscle-wasting or weakening condition (either directly or through family) who are interested in medical research and willing to spend time reading through and assessing applications for research funding.

Application process: We typically consider applications for new Panel members in the Autumn but please express interest by completing the application form. We will then keep your details on file, and approach you about completing a formal application when they open. 

Please note, we can only accept applications from people based in the United Kingdom. .