Professor Anne Barton is awarded prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator

Congratulations to Professor Anne Barton, BRU Theme Lead for Inflammatory Arthritis in Adults, who has been chosen as one of just 34 new NIHR Senior Investigators.

Senior Investigators represent NIHR’s leading researchers as well as the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.

NIHR Senior Investigators form the NIHR College, a prestigious body with a programme of events. They also:

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

As well as leading on internationally recognised research in her role as Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at The University of Manchester, Anne also has a strong track record in training and mentoring early career researchers. She is currently the Academic Training Lead for the North West region as well as the Training Lead for the BRU.

Professor Anne Barton, who is also an Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious appointment and will use the award to try to further research into rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. In particular, the funding will support my programme of work to develop strategies to help patients and clinicians select the treatments most likely to work to bring inflammation under control quickly as, despite a number of drugs being available, not all patients respond to all therapies”.

BRU Director and fellow NIHR Senior Investigator, Professor Ian Bruce, added: “I congratulate Anne on her appointment as an NIHR Senior Investigator. This reflects her status as an outstanding and internationally leading researcher whose research is highly relevant to both patients and her peers. As BRU Training Lead she has also spearheaded a step change in our training of the next generation of researchers.”