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01 March 2023

NIHR appoints Senior Investigators for 2023

Paola Dazzan, Professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis and Vice Dean (International) at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has been appointed to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) College of Senior Investigators for 2023 in the 16th round of the Senior Investigator competition.

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Professor Dazzan is also the joint theme lead for Psychosis and Mood Disorders at the NIHR Maudsley BRC.

Senior Investigators are leaders in research and are fundamental to expanding scientific avenues to address public health challenges across the country.

I am delighted to join the NIHR Senior Investigators family. This role will allow me to continue to contribute to research that can truly benefit mental health, while helping to enhance the career path of our junior academics.

Professor Paola Dazzan, Professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis, Vice Dean for International Affairs at the IoPPN and joint theme lead for Psychosis and Mood Disorders at the NIHR Maudsley BRC

Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Head of Department and Interim Director of the King’s Maudsley Partnership, is now an Emeritus Senior Investigator.

Researchers are awarded NIHR Senior Investigator status for internationally excellent research – in particular its value, significance to patients and the public, and its overall healthcare impact. The annual competition is led by an international panel of experts, and awardees go on to provide visible leadership within the NIHR.

The IoPPN’s current or emeritus Senior Investigators at the IoPPN are:


Professors Ammar Al-Chalabi, Colin Drummond, Peter Goadsby, Louise Howard, Ann McNeill, Carmine Pariante, Andrew Pickles, Ulrike Schmidt, Robert Stewart, John Strang, Steven Williams and Allan Young.


Professors Emily Simonoff, Matthew Hotopf, Philippa Garety, Elizabeth Kuipers, Sir Robin Murray, Sir Graham Thornicroft, Sir Simon Wessely and Dame Til Wykes.

Further information on NIHR Senior Investigators is available on their website.

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Professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis, IoPPN Vice Dean (International)

Emily Simonoff

Interim Director of the King's Maudsley Partnership