Boosting Health And Social Research

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Top health and social care researchers were today recognised for their outstanding contribution to research and research leadership by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Sixty-three of the country's leading researchers who work on significant health challenges, including cancer, obesity and diabetes, have been appointed as Senior Investigators. Senior Investigators provide leadership and expert advice to the NIHR research faculty, and act as ambassadors to promote clinical and applied people-focused research.

The scheme was launched in April 2008 when the first 100 researchers were selected from those leading NIHR applied health and social care research.

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Department of Health Director General of Research and Development Professor Dame Sally C Davies announced the appointments in a keynote address to the first NIHR health research conference in Nottingham this morning.

The announcement of this year's Senior Investigators brings the total to 163 researchers. Over the next two years, the scheme will expand to over 200 researchers.

Professor Dame Sally C Davies said:

"Turning major breakthroughs into life saving treatments and cures is the great challenge of applied health research. Advances are achieved by sharing knowledge and expertise, and with strong leadership, which the NIHR Senior Investigator programme encourages and supports.

"The researchers recognised today are all leading clinical and applied health researchers. Their work is of direct relevance to people in this country, in areas such as gene therapy, cancer, Alzheimer's, obesity and stroke."

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