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The Expert Review Network (TERN)

What is TERN?

TERN was established in 2020 for our open research funding processes, that we call ‘response-mode funding’. It's made up of people affected by MS and people with scientific, clinical and other expertise across MS research. All aspects of MS research are covered, from developing new symptom management programmes to uncovering what causes progression.

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TERN members review funding applications, in addition to external reviewer comments where necessary. You can read our guidance for reviewers to find out how an application is considered (see 'MS Society Peer Review guidance' in the sidebar).

At the end of our funding rounds, we choose members of TERN with the right expertise to form our funding review panels. And we can invite guest panel members if extra expertise is required. Each round has its own person who leads the panel, called the Chair. These panels discuss the highest quality applications, then recommend those that should receive funding from us. You can download a list of our current TERN members from the sidebar.

Read more about our different types of research funding

Our current Review Panel Chairs

Our Chairs are invited to serve for three years. Once their first term has finished, we can ask them to stay on for another three years.

Catalyst Awards Chair

Professor Patrick Lewis, Royal Veterinary College, University of London (2021-2024)

Project Awards Chair

Professor Roxana Carare, University of Southampton (2022-2025)

Career Development Chair

Professor Sue Pavitt, University of Leeds (2021-2024)

How can I join TERN?

If you want more information, you can download the TERN Terms of Reference from the sidebar. These explain the roles and responsibilities for TERN members.

You can apply to join TERN at any time, but occasionally we put out a call for new members when we're looking for further expertise. We recruit people affected by MS through our Research Network. We ask researchers to email a CV and Statement of Interest to [email protected]. Any researchers with an interest in MS can apply, whether you are based in the UK or internationally.

We're currently looking for researchers and healthcare professionals with expertise in (but not limited to):

  • imaging techniques (for example MRI, PET)
  • in vitro or ex vivo modelling
  • animal models and the 3Rs
  • implementation science
  • epidemiology
  • genetics
  • psychology
  • rehabilitation
  • neurobiology
  • statistics

You should also read our conflict of interest policy for reviewers, which can be downloaded from the sidebar. 

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