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IoPPN academics among NIHR Senior Investigators

Five academics from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s are among 45 NIHR Senior Investigators appointed in the 8th annual round of the competition.

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.

Professor Til Wykes, Vice-Dean of Psychology and Systems Sciences and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, is among 27 current or previous holders of the award.

Professor Emily Simonoff, Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is one of 18 new appointees

The following academics are among 16 new Emeritus Senior Investigators:

Professor Philippa Garety, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director.

Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Professor of Clinical Psychology. 

Professor Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research.

An independent expert panel chaired by Professor Melanie Davies of the University of Leicester advised on all the appointments. These are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients; the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; research leadership; contribution to NIHR; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Executive Dean at the IoPPN, said: ‘I am pleased that the NIHR has acknowledged our exceptional colleagues at the IoPPN. They are some of the world’s most prominent leaders in psychiatric and psychological research and these achievements are richly deserved.

‘Congratulations to Til on her re-appointment and Emily on her new status as a Senior Investigator. A special mention must also go to Philippa, Elizabeth and Robin on their considerable achievements to attain Emeritus status, which requires holders to have suceeded twice in the competition and completed two terms as a Senior Investigator.’

The total number of NIHR Senior Investigators now stands at 200. Senior Investigators receive an award of £15,000 a year as a personal discretionary fund, and attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding to the main NHS organisation with which they hold a contract of employment or an honorary contract.

For further information visit the NIHR website.

The NIHR has launched the 9th annual round of the NIHR Senior Investigators Competition. The closing date is Tuesday 28 July 2015.