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09 March 2022

Professor Catherine Smith appointed NIHR Senior Investigator

The role is reserved for outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research.

Catherine Smith

Catherine is adjunct Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics and Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’. She is one of 31 academics to be named National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators in the 2021 round of awards, which are reserved for the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR.

On her appointment Professor Smith said: 

I feel hugely honoured and delighted to join such a prestigious group of senior NIHR research leaders. The NIHR has been fundamental to enabling skin disease research that matters to patients, as well as training the next generation of researchers. I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work towards these goals.”

Professor Catherine Smith

NIHR Senior Investigators are critical to ongoing success of the NIHR and are appointed based on the quality and volume of their research, its relevance to patients and the public, and its subsequent impact on improvements in healthcare and public health.

Professor Smith co-directs the Skin Therapy Research Unit at King’s, with research interests focused on inflammatory skin disease and translational medicine. She has specialised expertise in adults with severe psoriasis and eczema and her projects often involve major national and international collaboration.

She also has significant interest in guideline development and implementation in the UK and Europe, with the aim of bringing research findings into clinical practice. She chaired the UK’s NICE guidelines on Psoriasis and the British Association of Dermatologists guidelines on Biologic therapy.

Catherine and her group have made very significant contributions to improving our understanding of inflammatory skin diseases and the pursuit of novel, personalised therapies. We are very proud of all her achievements in translational research in dermatology and congratulate her on this terrific personal achievement.”

Professor John McGrath, Head of Department, St John's Institute of Dermatology

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Catherine  Smith

Professor of Dermatology & Therapeutics