The NIHR has awarded senior investigator status to Professor Ian Jacobs (gynaecology), Professor John Duncan (neurology - epilepsy), Prof Bill McKenna (cardiology) and Professor Dave Hawkes (imaging).
As well as being very prestigious, the appointments also attract additional NIHR funding to UCLH to support research activity.
Monty Mythen, director of research and development, said: “We congratulate our four new NIHR senior investigators and thank them for their considerable contributions to patient based research at UCLH/UCL.
“We now have 21 NIHR senior investigators at UCLH/UCL reflecting our considerable strength in clinical and translational research.”
The NIHR also aims to improve the quality, relevance, and focus of research in the NHS by distributing funds in a transparent way after open competition and peer review. It also encourages initiatives to make quality research more widely accessible.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, director general of research and development at the Department of Health, announced the outcome of the third NIHR annual competition at the London regional research conference earlier this month.
The event at the QEII conference centre was run in conjunction with the London Strategic Health Authority.