There were a number of awards presented at the 2013 Autumn Conference; the BMS Exchange Scholarships in collaboration with BHIVA, HIVPA and SAHIVCS, the Gilead / BHIVA SpR Research Award, the Brian Gazzard Lectureship in HIV Medicine, and the BHIVA Don Jeffries Research Award.
BMS Exchange Scholarships in collaboration with BHIVA, HIVPA and SAHIVCS
BMS supported 6 exchange scholarships and the scholarship programme included a placement for 3 BHIVA Members at Hospitals in Botswana for two weeks. In addition, the South African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHIVCS) selected three clinicians to come to the UK to take part in clinical attachments for two weeks in hospitals in London.
BMS representatives Mr Joel Myers and Mrs Francesca Rothwell and BHIVA Chair Dr David Asboe presented the BMS Botswana Exchange Scholarship winners (in collaboration with BHIVA, HIVPA and SAHIVCS) with a certificate in recognition of their scholarship. From left: Mr Joel Myers, Dr Abhilash Sathyamoorthi, Ms Tuelo Ramaolo, Dr Gurmit Jagjit Singh, Dr Padmasayee Papineni, Dr Lesego Kuate, Ms Dola Awoyemi, Mrs Francesca Rothwell and Dr David Asboe.
BHIVA winning scholars
Dr Gurmit Jagjit Singh, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Dr Padmasayee Papineni, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Ms Dola Awoyemi, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
SAHIVCS winning scholars
Dr Lesego Kuate, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana
Dr Abhilash Sathyamoorthi, Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence, Gaborone, Botswana
Ms Tuelo Ramaolo, Associated Fund Administrators, Gaborone, Botswana
Gilead / BHIVA Specialist Registrar Research Award
Dr Vitor Papao (Gilead Sciences) (left), Dr David Asboe (second right) and Dr Adrian Palfreeman (right) present Dr Kirsty Le Doare (centre) and Dr Helena White (second left) with the BHIVA / Gilead SpR Research Award for 2013.
This prize was established to provide financial support for an HIV-related research project undertaken by a doctor at the Specialist Registrar (SpR) grade as part of professional training. Trainees in all medical specialties are required to undertake a period of research as an integral part of their higher professional training. However, funding such research is not always easy. Research proposals are invited for submission and reviewed by a BHIVA-appointed panel. The winning submission is awarded up to £2,000 to facilitate their high-quality research.
There were two recipients of the award in 2013. Dr Kirsty Le Doare from St George's Hospital Medical School received the award towards her research project entitled 'Concentration and function of Group B streptococcal antibody in uninfected infants born to mothers with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection'. Dr Helena White from Leicester Royal Infirmary received the award towards her research project entitled 'Screening for latent tuberculosis in HIV positive individuals'.
MSD International Travel Bursaries in collaboration with BHIVA
MSD has provided travel scholarships to 10 UK-based healthcare professionals who are either training or working in the field of HIV medicine. The value of each scholarship was capped as a contribution towards an award winner's registration fee, travel and accommodation expenses at either the recent 14th European AIDS Conference (EACS) held in Brussels, Belgium on 16-19 October 2013. The winners of this scholarship are noted below:
Dr Amgad Habib, Warwick Hospital
Dr Megan Keira Crofts, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jane Greatorex, Public Health England
Dr Anna Hartley, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Dr Julian Langton-Lockton, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Dr Desmond Maitland, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Miss Tammy Murray, St Thomas' Hospital, London
Dr Erasmus Smit, Public Health England
Dr Rebecca Thomson-Glover, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Dr Adele Wolujewicz, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Brian Gazzard Lectureship in HIV Medicine
Dr David Asboe (left) presents Professor Rob Horne (right) with a commemorative trophy bowl and engraved pen in recognition of his Lectureship Award.
The lectureship was set up by BHIVA in honour of its Founding Chair, Professor Brian Gazzard, and is now in its 9th year. The lecture is selected to be presented from a short list of proposed topics and eminent speakers put forward for consideration by the BHIVA Conferences Subcommittee.
This annual prize was awarded to Professor Rob Horne, Director for the Centre of Behavioural Medicine at University of London, for his presentation 'Understanding patient beliefs and improving adherence'.
BHIVA Best SpR Case Presentation
1. Dr Pavithra Natarajan, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
BHIVA Research Awards
1. Dr Marta Boffito, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
2. Dr Thushan de Silva,The University of Sheffield Medical School
3. Dr Lewis Haddow, University College London
4. Dr Clifford Bryn Jones, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
5. Miss Alessandra Ruggiero, University of Liverpool
6. Mr James Williams, University of Oxford
The BHIVA Don Jeffries Research Award
Dr David Asboe (left) and Dr Adrian Palfreeman (right) present Mr James Williams (centre) with a commemorative trophy in recognition of his Research Award.
In 2012, as a memorial to Professor Donald Jeffries OBE, the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee instituted an award for the top-scoring project in the BHIVA Research Awards applications. This award has been set up in perpetuity, to honour Professor Jeffries' unerring support of the British HIV Association.
This annual prize was awarded to Mr James Williams, PhD student at Oxford University, for his presentation 'Understanding patient beliefs and improving adherance'.
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