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UCL recipients of NIHR professorships announced

15 February 2012

Two UCL professors are among eight of the UK's most promising leaders in medical health research to be awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship, the Government announced today.

Professor Anne Schilder

Each professor will receive around £1.5m of funding to conduct research into conditions that affect millions of patients across the UK.

Professors Anne Schilder (UCL Ear Institute) and James Bainbridge (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) are each receiving funding towards research projects.

Professor Schilder's work will look at leading a programme of clinical trials across the UK to test and evaluate new and current treatments in ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems, such as dizziness, hearing loss and sinus and ear infections.

Professor Schilder said: "I think it's fantastic that the NIHR has recognised the importance of improving our understanding of ENT conditions and how best to treat them. The grant will enable me and my team to establish this research programme and increase the capacity to generate research-based evidence that will help patients benefit from the very best treatments in the field."

The majority of people with sight impairment are affected by disorders of the retina, which is the layer of light-sensitive nerves in the eye. Professor Bainbridge aims to prevent blinding retinal diseases by developing effective new treatments including gene and cell therapies.

Professor Bainbridge said: "This award from the NIHR provides an invaluable opportunity to help translate scientific discoveries into new treatments for the benefit of people with blinding eye disease. I am thrilled to have been selected."

Health Minister Anne Milton said: "The professors will be given the opportunity to develop their research programmes, but most importantly they won't stop treating NHS patients. This will help make sure that new ideas make the leap from the bench to the bedside.

"We want to see medical research advance, and to do that it is essential that we nurture the very best researchers to the benefit of NHS patients."

The professors were selected by an international panel of independent experts.

The second round of the competition is also opening today, and the next group of NIHR professors will be appointed later in the year.

Images: Professor Anne Schilder and Professor James Bainbridge.


UCL Ear Institute
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology