Regular Grant Programme Panel

Find out how grant applications are reviewed and who sits on the panel.

Research grant panel

All grant applications to World Cancer Research Fund International are reviewed by a panel of experts, comprising established investigators in different disciplines who have expertise in diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity and cancer. Successful applications at full application stage are sent out to external peer reviewers.

Grant Panel members for the Regular Grant Programme

Prof John MATHERS (Chair)

  • Professor of Human Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition & Exercise Research Centre, Centre for Healthier Lives, Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, UK

Prof Anne MAY (Co-Chair)

  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology of Cancer Survivorship
  • Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Associate Prof Rebecca BEEKEN

  • Associate Professor of Behavioural Medicine
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, UK

Prof Karen BROWN

  • Professor of Translational Cancer Research
  • Leicester Cancer Research Centre, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Richard BURT

  • Clinician Scientist and Leukaemia Consultant
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK


  • Patient and Public Representative

Prof Melinda CRAIKE (Corresponding Panel Member)

  • Professor of Physical Activity and Health
  • Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University, Australia


  • Patient and Public Representative

Prof Sarah LEWIS

  • Professor of Molecular Epidemiology
  • Department of Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, UK

Associate Prof Brigid LYNCH (Corresponding Panel Member)

  • Associate Professor of Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology Division, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia

Associate Prof Alessandro RUFINI

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, Italy

Dr Clare SHAW

  • Freelance Consultant Dietitian, UK

Prof Suzanne TURNER

  • Professor of Childhood Cancer Biology
  • Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK

Associate Prof Bethany VAN GUELPEN

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Oncologist
  • Department of Diagnostics and Intervention, Oncology, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

Associate Prof Renate WINKELS

  • Associate Professor of Nutrition and Disease
  • Division of Human Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Australian experts on diet, nutrition and physical activity assist our Grant Panel as corresponding members, reviewing only applications for research grants from Australia.