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Research leaders granted prestigious NIHR career development awards

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced its latest cohort of NIHR Research Professors and NIHR Global Research Professors.

This year, eight leading researchers are joining the esteemed group of outstanding
health and care researchers who have been successful in gaining the highly competitive award.

These awards aim to fund and support the research leaders of the future across topics which strengthen and benefit health, public health and care research leadership at the highest academic levels. For the Global Research Professorships, the research must be for the primary and direct benefit of people in low and middle income countries.

The latest cohort of awardees are:

NIHR Research Professorship

Professor Christopher McDermott, a Professor of Translational Neurology at The University of Sheffield. His research topic is ‘Better outcomes for patients living with motor neuron disease’

Professor Caroline Moore, a Professor of Urology based at University College London. Her research topic is, ‘BeSpoke: Building and Evaluating a risk Stratified PrOstate pathway for cancer screening, detection, treatment and surveillance’

Professor Serena Nik-Zainal, Professor of Genomic Medicine and Bioinformatics based at the University of Cambridge. Her research topic is titled, ‘Harnessing the power of cancer whole genome sequencing for clinical utility’

Professor Daniel Perry, Professor of Children's Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Liverpool. His research topic is entitled, ‘Overcoming unplanned variation in children’s health (OUCH): Maximising the safety and effectiveness of orthopaedic care for children through better evidence’

Professor James Wason, Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. His research topic is, ‘Transforming treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases through better trials and evaluations’

NIHR Global Research Professorship

Professor Nicholas Feasey, Professor of Microbiology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His research topic is, ‘Preventing Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa’

Professor Hannah Kuper, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research topic is, ‘Improving access to healthcare for disabled people in Uganda’

Professor Maryam Shahmanesh, Professor of Global Health from University College London. Her research topic is, ‘Arresting the HIV epidemic in rural South Africa: Using innovations in intervention design and evaluation to reduce sexual transmission of HIV in adolescents and youth’

"Leaders in their fields"

Professor Waljit Dhillo, Dean for NIHR Academy and recipient of a NIHR Research Professorship from 2015-20, said: “I’m delighted to warmly welcome our latest cohort of NIHR Research Professors and NIHR Global Research Professors. As leaders in their fields, these outstanding individuals will play a key role in improving the health and care of people not only in the UK but around the world.”

The awards are open to researchers from any professional background, with awards made to health economists, statisticians, engineers and psychologists in recent competitions. To date, 62 noted health and care researchers have been successful in gaining the highly competitive and prestigious award of a NIHR Research Professorship.

Successful applicants are awarded up to £2 million over five years and benefit from a package of extensive support, including support post appointment and a leadership and development programme with the opportunity to request a sabbatical.

Read more about the latest Research Professorship awardees and their research.