Press release issued 2 April 2012
A leading cardiac surgeon and two epidemiologists at the University of Bristol have been selected to represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Gianni Angelini, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiac Surgery in the School of Clinical Sciences and Bristol Heart Institute, is one of 29 NIHR Senior Investigators who have been re-appointed. Jonathan Sterne, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, and Debbie Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology in School of Social and Community Medicine, have been announced as two of 25 new appointees.
Together, they make up 208 NIHR Senior Investigators — the NIHR's pre-eminent researchers who are at the cutting edge of health research focusing on the needs of patients and the public.
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; impact of their individual research leadership; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.
The annual 2012 Senior Investigator competition received 177 applications, including many from current Senior Investigators wishing to continue in this role for a second and final term.
For further information about NIHR Senior Investigators visit: www.nihr.ac.uk/faculty/Pages/faculty_senior_investigators.aspx
About the NIHR
The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public. The NHS reputation for international excellence is growing as it gains recognition for being the preferred host for collaborative and multi-centred research in the public interest in partnership with and for industry. This will benefit patients, society, the NHS and all our stakeholders
The Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) was founded in 1995 and, based on its success, has expanded substantially. The BHI consists of over 200 researchers and clinicians, located in the University of Bristol and across Bristol NHS Trusts, who are united in the mission to translate basic scientific research into novel clinical practice thereby improving patient outcome and care. It brings together internationally respected experts from many disciplines of cardiovascular science and disease. Indeed, the BHI is now an internationally recognised centre of excellence for performing interdisciplinary cardiovascular research that takes basic science discoveries into the clinic.
As well as improving collaboration between scientists and clinicians within the BHI, and improving medical treatment of cardiovascular diseases, it also aims to communicate its research findings to the public.
Gianni Angelini, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Jonathan Sterne, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology
Debbie Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology