Article 28.12.2022

New Year Message

A new year message from our Director, Professor Wendy Wills.

"This year, I came into post as Director in October, along with several individuals taking up positions as theme leads. This includes Dr. Claire Thompson who is now the theme lead for Prevention and Early Detection in Health and Social Care, Professor Kristy Sanderson for Mental Health Over the Life Course, Dr Adam Wagner for Health Economics and Prioritisation and Professor Kathryn Almack who is now the theme lead for Ageing and Multi-Morbidity.

We secured additional funding to support dementia research through the appointment of up to six additional researchers, which builds on the additional capacity secured for the mental health theme. I met with the other ARC regional Directors in November and found it energising to talk about plans with Professor Lucy Chappell, CEO of the NIHR and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The need for, and appreciation of applied health and care research is evident across local, regional and national partners. I am looking forward to working with the ARC core team, researchers and all our partners next year, to develop and use high quality research evidence that makes a difference within our region, and beyond.

Thank you to everyone involved with the ARC for being supportive and inspiring. 

- Professor Wendy Wills, Director of NIHR ARC East of England

2022 Highlights 

To mark the end of the year, we are going to be looking back at 12 highlights, including our research progress across the East of England region, most popular blog posts, capacity building achievements and the production of new resources for our research community. 

Read 12 highlights 

Find more summaries on this year's activities across the NIHR ARC East of England below: