Cam Donaldson, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University, has been chosen as one of the first National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigators. He is one of only two health economists to be awarded this honour.
NIHR Senior Investigators are individuals who are make the most outstanding contribution to research essential for decision-making in health and in social care.
Cam took up his Health Foundation Chair in 2002 after a national competition to boost research capacity in health economics in the UK.
He was recruited from the University of Calgary, where he held the Svare Chair in Health Economics and was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Senior. Before going to Calgary in 1998, Cam was a professor at the University of Aberdeen,where he completed his PhD in Economics.
At Newcastle, Cam leads a research programme comprising 8 academic staff and 6 researchers. He is also Director of the 150-strong Institute of Health Society and Professor in the Newcastle University Business School. During 2003-4.
Cam was a Public Service Fellow in the Economic and Social Research Council’s Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM).
Since taking up the Health Foundation Chair, Cam has been principal or co-investigator on several projects funded from competitive national and international sources amounting to some £13.5m.