Prof Vivien Lees (Consultant Plastic Hand Surgeon, Wythenshawe Hospital). I am one of the senior Plastic and Hand Surgeons in the greater Manchester and Cheshire areas and a Clinical Academic Professor of Plastic Surgery. My NHS practice is at the University Hospitals South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital) with an honorary contract at Manchester Children’s Hospital, UK.

Dr. Ken Valyear (Senior Lecturer, Bangor University). I am an academic with 18+ years of experience in brain science and using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study hand and brain function. My lab’s research mission is to understand the links between hand and brain function and to use this knowledge to improve patient care.

Mr. Edwin “Prash” Jesudason (Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Ysbyty Gwynedd). I am an orthopaedic surgeon and, in my private life, a keen musician. I specialize in the treatment of hand, elbow, and wrist disorders, not only for the general population but also for musicians and athletes.

Prof Francis McGlone (Professor, Liverpool John Moores University). As a brain scientist, I am interested in how the central nervous system interprets and makes use of sensory information from the body. A significant part of my work is focused on better understanding the brain mechanisms and functional consequences of painful and pleasant sensations.

Dr. Andrew Marshall (Senior Lecturer in Pain Medicine and consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist, University of Liverpool, The Walton Centre & Manchester NHS Foundation Trust). I am an academic clinician specialising in clinical neurophysiology. Both my research and clinical work involve specialist assessments of nerve function using direct physiological measurement methods, and I have experience informing the care of individuals with a wide range of clinical conditions including nerve trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, and painful peripheral neuropathies.

Dr. Simon Watt (Senior Lecturer, Bangor University). I have spent my academic life researching how the brain controls movements such as grasping, and more recently, how we are able to use tools. I have also worked extensively on developing improved 3D visual displays/virtual reality systems.

Martin Weber, MSc (PhD candidate, Bangor University). I am fascinated by how the different parts of the brain work together as a system to respond to the input from our environment. My great hope is that we can use our findings to improve the lives of people.