Our new NIHR leaders in research

Two of our King’s Health Partners colleagues have been newly appointed as Senior Investigators for internationally excellent research.

NIHR Senior Investigators 2021Senior Investigators are leaders in research and are fundamental to expanding scientific avenues to address public health challenges across the country.

Researchers are awarded National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator status for internationally excellent research – 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. This includes helping to guide research capacity development and enhance the career paths of our researchers by participating as mentors and supporting the NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme.

Now following 14 rounds of the competition, two of our King’s Health Partners colleagues have been appointed as Senior Investigators: Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi, Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics, King’s College London and Prof Lucy Chappell, NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics, King’s College London.

Ahead of Brain Awareness Week, Prof Al-Chalabi shared what this appointment means to him:

I am honoured to be an NIHR Senior Investigator. The NIHR has been vital to my research into motor neuron disease, and I am excited to be able to contribute significantly as a senior leader and ambassador.

Further information on the 2021 Senior Investigators, including re-appointments of King’s College London staff, is available on the NIHR website.