Following the National Institute for Health Research’s eleventh annual Senior Investigators competition, six outstanding Professors in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences have been appointed to the NIHR College of Senior Investigators for 2018.
This brings the current number of Senior Investigators in the department to nine. 43 new appointments were made this year, and 12 are reappointed for a second term. In total, there are 200 Senior Investigators across the NIHR.
Congratulating the new appointees, Head of Department Professor Richard Hobbs said:
“This is an astonishing success for the department and a significant achievement for those appointed. The Senior Investigator awards are highly competitive and prestigious, and each of these new appointments have been made in recognition of the high quality and volume of internationally excellent research.”
In the department, newly appointed Senior Investigators are:
- Professor Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine
- Professor Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine
- Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health
Reappointed for a second term:
- Professor Andrew Farmer, Professor of General Practice
Reappointments to Emeritus status:
- Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences
- Professor David Mant, Emeritus Professor of General Practice
Existing NIHR Senior Investigators are:
- Professor Chris Butler, Professor of Primary Care
- Professor Richard Hobbs (Emeritus), Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences
- Professor Sue Ziebland, Professor of Medical Sociology
Researchers are appointed as Senior Investigators due to their outstanding contribution to clinical and applied health and social care research. They are described by the NIHR as being “among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research.”
Their role is to provide leadership to the NIHR Faculty, promoting research and mentoring trainees. They also act as a key source of advice to the Department of Health’s Chief Scientific Advisor.