Our research panel

Members of research panel sat around a table talking

We have worked with an independent panel of parents, someone who was born premature and neonatal health professionals to identify areas and research questions that would benefit most from Bliss’ funding.

Our research panel, made up of both public members and healthcare professionals, have helped identify three areas of priority in our research strategy.

The first award from our new research fund has been granted, also thanks to our research panel. The panel reviewed applications to ensure that they fit Bliss’ strategy, were achievable and would contribute new knowledge that will make a tangible difference to the lives of babies who are born premature or sick.

We will continue to work with our research panel to oversee the progress of the project at the University of Oxford that was awarded our first research fund.

Read the terms of reference for the group and the conflicts of interest declaration.


  • Ben Wills-Eve - Public member, co-chair
  • Narendra Aladangady - Professional member, co-chair, Consultant Neonatologist and Hon Clinical Professor in Child Health, Homerton University Hospital

Public members

  • Caroline Moore
  • Alison O'Kane
  • Helen Ward
  • Rachel Murphy
  • Philip Meredith

Professional members

  • Merryl Harvey - Professor of Nursing and Family Health, Birmingham City University

  • Sarah Seaton - Medical Statistician, University of Leicester

  • Nicola Openshaw-Lawrence - Clinical trial co-ordinator at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

  • Gill West - Practise Learning Facilitator, University College London Hospital

  • Adare Brady - Self-employed Consultant Neonatal Physiotherapist, Northern Ireland

A parent on our research panel, Helen Ward, has recently written a piece for the Family Reflections series in Pediatric Research.