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We are excited to announce that our esteemed colleague, Dr. Katy Vincent, is one of the latest cohort of National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Senior Research Fellows.

We are excited to announce that our esteemed colleague, Dr. Katy Vincent, is one of the latest cohort of National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Senior Research Fellows.

We are excited to announce that our esteemed colleague, Dr. Katy Vincent, is one of the latest cohort of National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Senior Research Fellows.

This is a group of seven exceptional career researchers identified for their potential as future translational research leaders, and marks the fourth cohort since the inception of the program in 2019.

Dr Vincent leads the Pain in Women group, focusing on mechanisms causing pain in women, particularly related to endometriosis and period pain. Her inclusion in this distinguished group is a testament to her outstanding contributions to the field. 

Selection process

The selection process, coordinated by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in collaboration with partners from the NIHR Oxford Health BRC and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for Oxford and the Thames Valley, emphasizes the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration in advancing translational research.

New NIHR Oxford Senior Research Fellows

We also extend our heartfelt congratulations to the other accomplished researchers in various departments:

  • Dr Ludovica Griffanti, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.
  • Dr Lucy Foulkes, Prudence Trust Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology.
  • Dr Jiedi Lei, Paul Foundation Clinical Research Fellow and clinical psychologist specializing in autism and child and adolescent mental health.
  • Dr Nicola Curry, Associate Professor of Haematology in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine.
  • Dr Matthias Friedrich, Group leader in the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine Division.
  • Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, specializing in behavioral science and weight loss.

The Senior Fellows will receive an award of £5,000 a year for two years, providing them with the flexibility to advance their translational research programs and career development. This fellowship also offers mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities, further fostering a supportive environment for their growth as research leaders.


Dr Ludovica Griffanti 

As a translational researcher, it is a great honour to be awarded with an NIHR senior research fellowship. The training opportunities and funding offered by the programme will enable me to strengthen my research group and expand my network. I plan to use the funds for training activities for my group and to organise a workshop to bring stakeholders together and share views on how to best embed brain imaging technology in the memory clinic pathway.


Dr Lucy Foulkes 

“I’m very happy to receive this NIHR senior research fellowship, which will help to expand my work investigating the downsides of mental health awareness. I plan to use the funds to support staff in my group, to develop an online resource highlighting public mental health misinformation, and to host an interdisciplinary conference here in Oxford.” 


Dr Jiedi Lei 

“I am thrilled to embark on my journey as an NIHR senior research fellow under the OH BRC Mental Health in Development Theme. I intend to use this flexible funding to develop resources for stakeholders to support autistic children and young people to identify and use their strengths to thrive in their daily lives. Increasing community engagement and co-producing materials will facilitate the implementation aspects of my translational research programme and help strengthen my collaborations with national and international practitioners adopting a strength-based approach in autism.  I very much look forward to connecting with other NIHR SRFs through the diverse range of profession land academic development opportunities the scheme will provide.”


Dr. Katy Vincent 

“It is a real honour to be awarded an NIHR senior research fellowship. The combination of flexible funding and training opportunities will accelerate the development of my translational research programme. I intend to use the fellowship to work with both a senior clinical psychologist and a PPI group to develop multi-disciplinary interventions that are acceptable to women with chronic pain, which we can then evaluate in future studies.”


We commend each Fellow for their dedication and look forward to witnessing the impactful contributions they will make to the field of translational research. Together, let us celebrate the achievements of our colleagues across departments, reinforcing the spirit of collaboration and excellence within our institution.

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