Professor Catherine Williamson, BRC’s Precision Medicine cluster co-lead, consultant obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Chair in Women’s Health at King’s College London, has been awarded the prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator Award.
Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research.
Senior Investigators are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts.
The senior investigators provide research leadership to the NIHR, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care.
As the BRC’s co-lead for precision medicine, and with a specialist interest in causes of metabolic diseases in pregnancy and their impact on both women and their babies, Professor Williamson leads several of the BRC’s research programmes. One such programme focusses on Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), a potentially serious disorder that can develop in pregnancy, which affects 1 in 140 women in the UK. Babies whose mothers have ICP have a higher chance of being born prematurely or stillborn.
Speaking about the receiving the award Professor Williamson said: “On a personal level, I am delighted to have been recognised through the great honour that NIHR Senior Investigator Awards represent.” She added: “For women’s and children’s health the significance of the award is much greater. The award will enable me to facilitate and build a network across women’s and children’s health professionals at both national and international level. This will help to strengthen collaborative translational research into maternal and fetal health, with the aim to bringing new and improved diagnostics and treatments to women and their babies globally.”