Our researcher Professor Catherine Smith has been appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator.

The award recognises Professor Smith’s contribution to dermatology research. It will enable her to continue contributing to research that benefits patients, as well as helping to nurture the next generation of researchers.

NIHR 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 within the NIHR research community. They help guide research capacity development and enhance the career paths of NIHR researchers. This includes participating as mentors in the NIHR mentoring programme.

Professor Smith is adjunct professor of dermatology and therapeutics and consultant dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Her clinical and research interests focus on inflammatory skin disease and translational medicine, extending from biomarker discovery through to interventional studies, and involves major national and international collaboration. Most recently she contributed to a study that identified new genes involved in severe acne, and during the COVID-19 pandemic she helped to establish a registry to understand the impact of the pandemic on people with psoriasis.

Alongside her research interests, Professor Smith is lead clinician in our national specialised services for adults with severe psoriasis and eczema. She has contributed to guidance for dermatologists both in the UK and worldwide. She chaired the UK’s NICE guidelines on Psoriasis and the British Association of Dermatologists guidelines on Biologic therapy.

Professor Smith said: “I feel hugely honoured and delighted to join such a prestigious group of senior NIHR research leaders.  The NIHR has been fundamental to enabling skin disease research that matters to patients, as well as training the next generation of researchers. I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work towards these goals.”