NIHR Senior Investigators

NUH NIHR Senior Investigators Short Biographies

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and include some of the nation’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.

  • Professor Philip Bath

    Professor of Stroke Medicine

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    Philip Bath, Professor of Stroke Medicine

    Philip Bath is Stroke Association Professor of Stroke Medicine, and Chair and Head of the Division of Stroke at the University of Nottingham. He is also Acting Head of the Division of CardioVascular Medicine, convener for the Neuroscience@Nottingham and Vascular Research multidisciplinary groups, and NIHR Associate Director for Industry and Prevention in the Stroke Research Network. Clinically he contributes to the NUH Stroke Service (in-patient and out-patient stroke care) and Hypertension Clinic. His main research interests cover the treatment of acute stroke (blood pressure lowering), prevention of stroke recurrence and cognitive impairment (antiplatelets, blood pressure and lipid lowering) and enhancement of recovery using stem cells. He uses preclinical studies, clinical trials (phase I to IV) and systematic reviews to help address these questions.
  • Professor Marion Walker

    Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation

    Marion Walker, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation

    Marion Walker, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation


    Marion Walker is Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham. She is an occupational therapist by professional background. She is Past President of the Society for Rehabilitation Research and was Chairman of UK Stroke Forum from 2006-2008. Over the last 25 years Marion has led and steered many stroke rehabilitation research projects. Her trial involvement includes service evaluations of stroke patients not admitted to hospital, multi-disciplinary stroke teams, intermediate care, early supported discharge, day-centre care for young stroke patients and therapy provision in nursing homes. Her trial experience also involves evaluations of specific components of stroke therapy including leisure, dressing, outdoor mobility and behavioural approaches in patients with aphasia and depression. Marion currently leads a team of over 20 people in the Stroke Rehabilitation Theme of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Lincolnshire. She is a strong advocate of patient partnership and chairs the Nottingham Stroke Consumer Group. Marion is also Associate Director for Rehabilitation and Associate Director for Portfolio Development of the UK Stroke Research Network and a trustee of the Stroke Association

  • Professor Hywell Williams

    Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology

    Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology, is the keynote speaker

    Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology, is the keynote speaker


    Hywel Williams is Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham. The Centre includes the Cochrane Skin Group (identifying research gaps)and the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (addressing those gaps through randomised controlled trials). He also works as dermatology expert advisor to NHS Evidence, managed by NICE (mobilising new knowledge into the clinical community). He is founder and past director of the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, and chaired NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme for East Midlands 2006 to 2009. Since March 2010, Hywel has chaired the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board and has been deputy director of the NIHR HTA Programme. With a particular interest in childhood eczema, Professor Williams works as a clinical dermatologist at Nottingham where he and his team run an award-winning eczema clinic. He has published over 320 peer reviewed papers and raised over £7m in external research funding over the last seven years. As an advocate of evidence-based medicine, he works with healthcare users and within multidisciplinary teams to conduct high quality applied research that informs NHS practice.

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