Prize winners at the 18th Annual Conference of the British HIV Association, Birmingham 2012

Research excellence was again reflected by the breadth and depth of oral and poster research presentations at this year’s conference. Of 289 abstracts submitted, 267 were selected for presentation – 30 as oral presentations and 237 as poster presentations – by the Abstract Review Committee, which comprised members from BHIVA’s Education and Scientific, and Conferences subcommittees as well other members of the Association, who were invited to participate due to their relevant specialties. All selected abstracts are published in HIV Medicine (2012, 13 Suppl 1), and available to download here.

Click here to view the full list of this year's prize winners. Pictured below are some of the winners.

Abbott Travelling Scholarships
Abbott has awarded 3 scholarships to the sum of £14K to support practising doctors from resource-poor countries to travel to the UK for training purposes with the objective of increasing understanding of the treatment and management of HIV and to disseminate this information and experience when they return to their country of origin.

Winners:
1. Dr Lilian Mbau, Kenya
2. Dr Gibril Ndow, Senegal
3. Dr Annie Chauma, Malawi

Left: Stuart Venning (Abbott representative), Jane Anderson (Chair BHIVA) Dr Gibril Ndow (Senegal)

Mediscript Awards in collaboration with BHIVA
Two prizes were awarded for the best oral or poster research presentation during the conference in the field of social sciences and community-based work.

Winners:
O21: '4th generation (Ag/Ab) HIV testing: 47% of clinics contradict current guidelines'
Miss Emma Rezel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

P80: 'The economic hardship faced by families and children affected by HIV in the UK'
Paulino Bravo, Children With AIDS Charity

Left: Emma Rezel (not present for awards ceremony)

Left: Jane Anderson (Chair BHIVA), Paulina Bravo (Children with AIDS Charity)

BHIVA Best SpR Case Presentation
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best case presentations as part of the BHIVA Lunchtime SpR Case Presentations Workshops.

Winner:
'Non-Hodgkins lymphoma responding to antiretroviral therapy alone'
Dr Emily Cheserem, King's College Hospital, London

Left: Jane Anderson (Chair BHIVA), Dr Emily Cheserem (King's College Hospital, London)

BHIVA Ian Williams Best Poster Presentation
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best poster research presentation during the conference. All poster research presentations were judged by a BHIVA-appointed poster research judging panel, and to be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).

Winner:
P64: 'Treatment of anal intraepithelial neoplasia and prevention of anal carcinoma'
Dr John Thornhill, Homerton University Hospital, London

Left: Jane Anderson (Chair BHIVA), Dr John Thornhill (Homerton University Hospital, London)

BHIVA Margaret Johnson Best Oral Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best oral research presentation during the conference. All oral research presentations were judged by a BHIVA-appointed oral research judging panel, and to be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).

Winner:
O4: 'The impact of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy on the predicted risk of Down's syndrome'
Mr Thomas Charlton, Imperial College London

Left: Thomas Charlton (not present for awards ceremony)