Scientific Review Committee

The Scientific Review Committee will review all PSG research proposals including retrospective data mining projects and prospective studies, whether observational or interventional. A primary and secondary reviewer will be assigned and the Committee will review and score each proposal. The Committee will also facilitate contacts with the Mentoring Committee as appropriate. Requests for use of PSG repositories (DNA, CSF, blood, urine, video) will also be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee. The Scientific Review Committee will consist of a chair and approximately ten to fifteen members to serve terms of three years and will rotate off one third of its members every year. 

Outline for Review of Proposals Submitted to the PSG

Prior to submitting any proposal to the PSG, we encourage all investigators to make use of the PSG Working Groups and get assistance, if needed, from the PSG Mentoring Committee.

Note: For projects requiring access to the DATATOP biospecimen repository, a separate proposal review and funding mechanism is now managed through NINDS at

  1. Proposal is submitted to PSG and reviewed by PSG Chair and Co-chair

  2. Proposal is assigned a primary and secondary reviewer from the Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

  3. Primary and secondary reviewers submit their review within 30 days of receipt

  4. Proposal and reviews are distributed to the SRC

  5. SRC rates the proposal using the NIH 9-point scoring system. Individual reviewer scores will be averaged and the result multiplied by 10 to determine the final impact/priority score (range of 10 to 90)

  6. Proposal is approved, approved with criticisms, or not approved

  7. Proposals with criticisms are referred to the PSG Executive Committee

  8. Reimbursement of $200 per review

Submissions due 30 days before SRC meeting and responses back to proposing investigator within 30 days of SRC meeting. SRC meets 3x/year, every 4 months.

Submissions due: 4/1/19
SRC Meeting: May 2019
Response to PI's: 6/14/19

Submissions due: 8/1/19
SRC Meeting: September 2019
Response to PI's: 10/1/19

Submissions due: 12/2/19
SRC Meeting: January 2020
Response to PI's: 2/3/20

The Procedures for Submission and Review of Proposals is also available in the New Study Proposal Toolkit.

NeuroNEXT opportunities

NeuroNEXT provides an established infrastructure including a data coordinating center (University of Iowa), Clinical Coordinating Center (Massachusetts General Hospital) and approximately 28 study sites. Funded NeuroNEXT studies will use this infrastructure which includes central IRB and pre-established contractual agreements with all sites. All but 3 NeuroNEXT sites are also Parkinson Study Group sites.

Academics, foundations and industry are eligible to submit proposals to NeuroNEXT. Initially, a brief Study Concept Synopsis is evaluated for mission relevance and feasibility by the NeuroNEXT Executive Committee (NEC). Proposals which are found to be mission relevant, feasible and of sufficient priority are referred to protocol working groups for development of grant applications. The resulting grant application would be submitted for NINDS peer review.

Find the NeuroNEXT Clinical Study Concept Synopsis here:

Who Serves on the PSG SRC? 

Download a PDF of the member list here. 

Chair and Co-chair

Peter A. LeWitt, MD, Chair (2016-2020)
Professor of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Director, Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Program
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
6777 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48034
(248) 325-2452     (248) 325-2452     Fax: (248) 325-3115     alternate email:
Contact, if necessary: Julia Wall -

Joel Perlmutter, MD, Co-Chair (2016-2020)
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
660 South Euclid Box 8111
St Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-6026     Fax: (314) 362-0168
Assistant: Susan Donovan


Sharon Xie, PhD (2016-2019)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
607 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
(215) 573-3867     Fax: (215) 573-4865
Download Dr. Xie's bio here.

Christopher A. Beck, PhD (2019-2022)
Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics & Computational Biology
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 630
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-6781     Fax: (585) 273-1031
Download Dr. Beck's bio here.

General Clinical

James Boyd, MD (2016-2019)
University of Vermont
1 S. Prospect Street, Arnold 2, Neurology
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 847-4589     Fax: (802) 847-2461

Irene Richard, MD (2016-2019)
University of Rochester
919 Westfall Rd.
Building C, Suite 220
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 341-7500     Fax: (585) 341-7510
Download Dr. Richard's bio here.

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD (2016-2019)
Boston University Medical Center
Department of Neurology
72 East Concord Street C3
Boston MA 02118
(617) 638-8456     Fax: (617) 638-5334

Basic Science

M. Maral Mouradian, MD (2018-2021)
William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology
Director, Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases
Director of Research, Department of Neurology
Chief, Division of Translational Neuroscience
Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
683 Hoes Lane West, Room 180
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(723) 235-4772     Fax: (732) 235-4773
Staff Assistant: Shiela Reaves
Download Dr. Mouradian's bio here.

Joseph Savitt, PhD (2018-2021)
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Neurology
110 S. Paca Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 328-7809     Fax: (410) 328-0167
Download Dr. Savitt's bio here.

Genetics/Genetic Epi

Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH (2016-2019)
Associate Professor of Neurology
Icahn Mount School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Neurology
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union Square East, Suite 5J
New York, NY 10003
(212) 844-8719     Fax: (212) 844-8710

Marta San Luciano Palenzuela, MD (2018-2021)
University of California, San Francisco
1635 Divisadero Street, Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 353-2311     Fax: (415) 353-9060
Download Dr. San Luciano's bio here.


Gregory Pontone, MD, MHS (2018-2021)
Director, Parkinson’s Neuropsychiatry Clinical Programs
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
(410) 502-0477
Download Dr. Pontone's bio here.

Neurosurgery/Surgical Clinical Trials

Philip Starr, MD, PhD (2018-2021)
University of California, San Francisco
1635 Divisadero Street, Suite 520
San Francisco, CA
(415) 353-2311     Fax: (415) 353-9060
Download Dr. Starr's bio here.