NIHR Maudsley BRC researchers receive Senior Investigator awards

Seven researchers from the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have received NIHR Senior Investigator Awards. 

Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR Faculty. They are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts.

The new appointments in March 2017 

  • Professor Philip Asherson, who works on biomarkers and genomics in Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) funded by the NIHR Maudsley BRC.
  • Professor Peter Goadsby, Director of the King’s Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, and lead researcher for the Pain theme of the new NIHR Maudsley BRC, starting in April 2017.
  • Professor Philip McGuire, who will lead the new NIHR Maudsley BRC’s Precision Psychiatry cluster of research themes.
  • Professor Carmine Pariante, who leads the NIHR Maudsley BRC’s research into affective disorders and their interface with medicine.
  • Professor Ulrike Schmidt, who will lead the new NIHR Maudsley BRC research theme on obesity, lifestyle and learning from extreme phenotypes.
  • Professor Sir John Strang will lead the new NIHR Maudsley BRC research theme on lifestyle and substance use.
  • Professor Allan Young, who leads the current NIHR Maudsley BRC’s work in clinical trials, which will be expanded on in the new NIHR Maudsley BRC to include a new cluster of research into translational therapeutics.

Professor Colin Drummond from the National Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has also been awarded NIHR Senior Investigator.

Professor Matthew Hotopf, Director of the NIHR Maudsley BRC and also an NIHR Senior Investigator, says, “I am delighted that NIHR has acknowledged the outstanding contributions of so many of our colleagues at the NIHR Maudsley BRC by recognising them as Senior Investigators. These awards demonstrate the NIHR’s ongoing commitment to improving the health and care of people with mental health and neurological disorders, and the individuals selected will make a valuable contribution to the NIHR’s College of Senior Investigators.”

The seven new Senior Investigators at the NIHR Maudsley BRC join existing holders of the award. Professors Anthony David, Matthew Hotopf, Emily Simonoff and Til Wykes, as well as several other award holders from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

Together, NIHR Senior Investigators constitute the College of Senior Investigators, a prestigious body with its own programme of events. They provide visible leadership within the NIHR, and also act as a key source of advice to the Department of Health's Chief Scientific Adviser.

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 21 Mar 2017, 11:09 AM

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