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Four leading healthcare academics in Oxford have received a prestigious national award.

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The University of Oxford professors have been named National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to clinical and applied health and social care research”.

The successful candidates are all prominent researchers in the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Together, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust make up the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (Oxford AHSC), a partnership that coordinates clinical and academic excellence across the partners.

Senior Investigators are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions, informed by the advice of an international panel of experts. In total, more than 300 Senior Investigators have now been appointed, with the number of active Senior Investigator awards maintained at around 200. They form part of the NIHR Faculty.

The new NIHR Senior Investigators are:

  • Professor Helen McShane, Director of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre; Professor of Vaccinology, Nuffield Department of Medicine
  • Professor Ann Sarah Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine
  • Professor Matthew Costa, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences
  • Professor Richard McManus, Professor of Primary Care, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

As well as the new appointments, three professors who had previously held awards were designated Emeritus Senior Investigators.

Read more (NIHR Oxford BRC website)