NIHR senior investigator

Posted on 03 April 2012

Professor Elaine Hay, Director of the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele, has been appointed as an NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Senior Investigator.

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. Senior Investigators are fundamental to the formation of the NIHR Faculty.

She was one of 25 new appointees announced after the latest annual competition. A total of 54 Senior Investigators were appointed, including 29 re-appointments, bringing the number up to 208. The competition received 177 applications, including many from current senior investigators wishing to continue in this role for a second and final term.

An independent expert panel advise on the appointments, which are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients; and the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; impact of their individual research leadership; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.