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NHS National Institute for Health Research

14 April 2008


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UCL has had eleven researchers appointed to the post of senior investigator for the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The UCL team help make up the first 100 members of the NIHR College of Senior Investigators.

The first 100 members of the NIHR College of Senior Investigators are drawn from researchers deemed to be making the most outstanding contribution to people-focused health research in the NHS. They will provide leadership to the NIHR Faculty, expert advice to the Director of the NIHR, and promote clinical and applied people-focused research in health and social care.

Sally Davies, Director General of Research and Development, Department of Health said: "We want to encourage the people who are leading applied health research in this country. Their work is crucial and already helping to shape the health and social care services of the future. At full strength we intend to have 200 senior investigators at any one time, and we will welcome more applications each year over the next five years."

The senior investigators from UCLH/UCL cover areas including neuroscience, cancer, infectious diseases, imaging and gastroenterology and hepatology. They are: Professor Martin Brown (UCL Institute of Neurology), Professor John Collinge (UCL Institute of Neurology), Professor Peter Ell (UCL Medicine), Professor Alastair Forbes (UCL Medicine), Professor David Linch (UCL Cancer Institute), Professor Anthony Moore (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity), Professor Martin Rossor (UCL Institute of Neurology), Professor Alan Thompson (UCL Institute of Neurology), Professor Adrian Thrasher (UCL Institute of Child Health) and Professor Nicholas Wood (UCL Institute of Neurology).

The UCL members are all part of the UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre which was established by the Department of Health in April 2007 to translate pioneering scientific research into tangible treatments which will directly benefit patients. UCLH/UCL is one of only five of these centres in England.

To find out more about the NIHR, use the link at the top of this article.