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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Professor Stephen Duffy appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator


Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening within Queen Mary's Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, has been appointed as a Senior Investigator by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 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. 54 Senior Investigators have been appointed this year - 16 new appointees, and 38 current or previous holders of the award. The total college now stands at 201 NIHR Senior Investigators.An independent expert panel chaired by Professor Sir Alex Markham advised on the appointments. These 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; research leadership including contribution to NIHR; engagement of patients and the public; and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.As a Senior Investigator, Professor Duffy will receive an award of £15,000 a year as a personal discretionary fund, and attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding.NIHR Senior Investigators form the NIHR College, a prestigious body with a programme of events. Senior Investigators:

  • Provide research leadership to the NIHR Faculty, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care;
  • Help in planning and speaking at events;
  • Will host visiting fellows and mentor Trainees; and
  • Constitute a network of experts, able to provide advice to the Department of Health's Director General for Research and Development.

Professor Stephen Duffy comments: “I am delighted and grateful to have been chosen for this prestigious role.It recognises the high profile of cancer prevention and early detection research at Queen Mary. The resources will constitute a valuable contingency fund for our research, and the appointment gives access to a network of distinguished experts in health research.”Further information can be found here: