Prestigious NIHR Research Professorship awarded to Persis Amrolia

15 August 2013

Persis Amrolia (web)

Following an extremely competitive application process, Persis Amrolia of the UCL Institute of Child Health has been awarded a prestigious National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship.

These awards are open to health researchers with an outstanding record of clinical and applied research and its effective translation for improved health. Just five NIHR Research Professorships have been awarded nationally this year.

The posts are designed to support the country’s most outstanding research leaders during the early part of their careers, promoting effective translation of research from 'bench to bedside' and strengthening research leadership at the highest academic levels.

Persis Amrolia is Professor of Transplantation Immunology at the UCL Institute of Child Health. As an academic clinician-scientist his work focuses on improving immunity, preventing relapse and reducing toxicity after transplantation of the stem cells involved in blood cell formation.

Persis has an outstanding record of research in the areas of immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation, translating cutting edge science into measurable health benefits for patients.

Professor Rosalind Smyth, Director of the UCL Institute of Child Health

Professor Amrolia is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Professor Rosalind Smyth, Director of the UCL Institute of Child Health, said: “Persis is an exceptional clinical scientist and his career attests to his excellence in clinical research where he has been appointed to, and trained at, some of the most prestigious centres of haematological medicine in the world.

“He has an outstanding record of research in the areas of immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation, translating cutting edge science into measurable health benefits for patients.”

NIHR Research Professorships provide funding for a fixed five year period dedicated to translational research. Professor Amrolia will take up the post in October 2013.

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