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Faculty staff recognised in NIHR research appointments

Professor Steven Sacks and Professor Tim Spector have been appointed NIHR Senior Investigators and Dr Lucy Chappell has been appointed NIHR Research Professor in the latest round of awards from the National Institute for Health Research.

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 Tim Spector, from the Department of Twin Research in the Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, is among 27 current or previous holders of the award. Professor Steven Sacks, from the Division of Transplant Immunology & Mucosal Biology, is one of the 16 new Emeritus Senior Investigators appointed.

45 NIHR Senior Investigators were appointed in the 8th annual round of the competition and 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.

Dr Lucy Chappell, Reader in Obstetrics from the Division of Women’s Health, is the recipient of a prestigious NIHR Research Professorship. Dr Chappell’s professorship is one of four awards made in a national competition across all specialties and the first to be made in obstetrics since the annual competition started five years ago. Her research programme in the Division of Women’s Health will be focusing on improving maternal and perinatal outcomes in high-risk pregnancies, particularly those with hypertension and cholestasis in pregnancy.

Professor Lucilla Poston, head of the Division of Women Health said 'this achievement is due recognition of Dr Chappell's very important contribution to the health of pregnant women in the UK and worldwide, and to a great deal of hard work.'

NIHR Senior Investigator awards 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.

NIHR Research Professorships aims to fund leaders in the early part of their careers to lead research, to promote effective translation of research and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

For further information visit the NIHR website