Congratulations to Professor Claire Goodman and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen!

We are very pleased to announce that two CLAHRC EoE researchers have received an NIHR Senior Investigator Awards, in the ninth round of the competition:


Professor Claire Goodman  Claire is Professor of Health Care Research at the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC), University of Hertfordshire. In CLAHRC EoE, Claire is a Deputy Director and leads on research capacity development. Her research sits within the Dementia Frailty and End of life Theme, focusing on the oldest old and how primary health care works with social care and long term care providers to support this population. She also leads a programme of nationally funded studies on health care provision to care homes.


SimonBaron-CohenProfessor Simon Baron-Cohen – Simon is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, and the Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. In CLAHRC EoE, his research sits withing the Enduring Disability and/or Disadvantage theme. He led the ‘Red Flags for Autism’ study, and is Principle Investigator for a new CLAHRC EoE study ‘Suicide, Autism and Autistic Traits’. He is world renowned for his research in autism, and his works includes the hypothesis that autism involves degrees of mind-blindness (or delays in the development of theory of mind) and his later hypothesis that autism is an extreme form of what he calls the “male brain”.


This award is made to NIHR Senior Investigators to support their research work. Appointments are made by an independent expert panel, chaired by Professor Melanie Davies, in a highly competitive process.

Award criteria:

  • quality and volume of internationally excellent research
  • its relevance to patient and the public
  • impact on improvements in healthcare and public health
  • research leadership
  • contribution to NIHR
  • engagement of patients and the public
  • engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners .

For more information about the NIHR Senior Investigator awards please click here


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