Friday 15 March 2019

Newcastle BRC leads named National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators

Two research leaders from the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre have been appointed as Senior Investigators in the latest round of appointments by the National Institute for Health Research.

It continues Newcastle’s consistent success in securing such appointments with each of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre’s (BRC) research themes; with all now having members of their leadership team currently appointed as Senior Investigators with the NIHR.

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 research community.

Newcastle leading in people-based research

In the latest round of appointments (March 2019), Professor John Isaacs and Professor Nick Reynolds have been awarded for the first time, covering both the Musculoskeletal and Skin and Oral disease themes.

In previous years Professor Avan Sayer (NIHR Newcastle BRC Director and Ageing Syndromes theme lead), Professor David Jones (Liver Disease), Professor Sir Doug Turnbull (Neuromuscular Disease) and Professor David Burn (Dementia) have been awarded this prestigious role.

As a partnership between the Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University, the NIHR Newcastle BRC carries out world class translational research and experimental medicine for the benefits of patients. In their roles as active clinical consultants and University researchers working with patients, these senior research leaders play a significant role across the clinical and research landscape of the NIHR Newcastle BRC.

The NIHR Newcastle BRC also benefits from members of the partnership’s senior leadership having Senior Investigator status; Professor Sir John Burn, Chairman of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University both have emeritus status.

Creating research leaders of the future

Senior Investigators also provide a culture of research leadership across the NIHR; something that is fundamental for the NIHR Newcastle BRC which places huge importance on the training and mentorship of its trainees.

Professor Avan Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle BRC commented: “It’s a testament to the skills and experience that we have so many of our BRC leadership team representing their areas of expertise at a national level for the NIHR. Our Newcastle BRC is committed to improving lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions, and having each of our themes represented through Senior Investigator posts is a major benefit to this aim.”