UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


NIHR Senior Investigator awards 2023

1 March 2023

Congratulations to UCL GOS ICH Professor Jugnoo Rahi who was reappointed for a second term for this prestigious award.

Professor Jugnoo Rahi

Professor Rahi is Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IO), honorary consultant ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and part of the BRCs at Great Ormond Street and Moorfields. She leads the multi-disciplinary Vision and Eyes Group based at UCL GOS ICH whose interests are in visual health, eye disease and visual impairment in childhood and in the early-life origins of and life-course influences on chronic complex eye conditions and visual health in adult life. She is reappointed NIHR SI.

NIHR Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR research community.

About receiving the award Professor Rahi said:

I am honoured that work undertaken with colleagues at UCL GOS ICH and UCL IO and throughout the UK to improve outcomes for children with eye conditions or vision impairment has been recognised by this second NIHR SI award.  I hope the award will help to shine a spotlight on this complex vulnerable population, and stimulate further research that improves prevention, treatment, service provision and policies to address their needs.’  

The Institute has 13 NIHR Senior Investigators, of which six Emeritus, as well as five NIHR Research Professors, which shows the key role our research leaders have nationally.

Senior Investigators receive a discretionary award of £20,000 per year of appointment to fund activities that support their research. Funding is awarded for four-year appointments on the recommendation of an independent Selection Committee. 

As senior members of the NIHR Academy, they help guide research capacity development and enhance the career paths of NIHR researchers. This includes participating as mentors in the NIHR mentoring programme and supporting the NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme as guest faculty members. 



  • Professor Jugnoo Rahi