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The Guts UK (formerly Core)/Dr Falk awards recognise the achievements of those who bring new knowledge and insight to gastroenterology and hepatology. For those committed to furthering research or patient care, these awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression. This year colleagues may nominate a nurse for the Nurse Prize.
The awards comprise the following:
A £1000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology or hepatology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD* course during the previous academic year (2017–2018).
Four £1500 prizes for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD*) focusing on gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2018–2019).
Two £2500 grants for F1/F2 doctors to facilitate prospective research in an area relevant to gastroenterology or hepatology.
A £1000 prize for primary and secondary care gastrointestinal/liver nurses for initiatives that have improved patient care.
A £1000 prize for dietitians working in gastroenterology or hepatology for initiatives that have improved patient care.
Up to £10 000 is available for UK-based gastroenterology/hepatology Specialist Registrar (SpR) trainees who would like to conduct an audit or quality improvement project in any area of gastroenterology, liver disease or nutrition.
Applications close at 17:00 on Monday, 4 March 2019.
For further information and to apply, visit https://gutscharity.org.uk/research/grants-and-awards/the-guts-uk-dr-falk-awards/.
*PhD students should note that they may apply for the medical student prize only once during their 3-year studentship and that they may apply for the essay prize when their PhD has been completed.
Core*/Dr Falk Pharma UK Award Winners 2018
*Core is now known as Guts UK Charity.
Core/Dr Falk Medical Student Essay Prize
Gastroenterology Research Unit, University of Liverpool
Title of the project: Influence of iron supplementation on gut microbiota and the natural history of inflammatory bowel disease
Project supervisor: Professor Chris Probert
Core/Dr Falk Medical Student Prizes
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
Title of the project: The development of obesity and type 2 diabetes harnessing the gut microbiota and host genetics
Project supervisors: Dr Sylvia Pender and Dr Felino Cagampang
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester
Title of the project: Assessment of body composition and the gut hormone and cytokine profile of anorexic and cachexia upper gastrointestinal cancer patient
Project supervisor: Professor John McLaughlin
Centre for Liver Research, University of Birmingham
Title of the project: The clearance of dead cells by hepatocytes: mechanism and clinical implications
Project supervisor: Dr Zania Stamataki
Gastroenterology Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital/University of Sheffield
Title of the project: Biopsy avoidance strategy in adult coeliac disease
Project supervisor: Professor David Sanders
Core/Dr Falk Dietitian Prize
Dr Miranda Lomer
Reader in Dietetics, King’s College London
Title of the project: A dietary management pathway for irritable bowel syndrome
Core/Dr Falk F1/F2 Research Grants
Dr Emily Hughes
Department of Discovery and Translational Science, University of Leeds
Title of the project: Inflammatory crosstalk between adipose tissue and the liver
Project supervisor: Dr Richard Parker
Dr Camilla Rhead
Institute of Liver and Digestive Health, Royal Free Hospital/UCL
Title of the project: An analysis of the incidence of bacterial infection, antibiotic use and resistance in patients with decompensated liver disease
Project supervisor: Dr Alastair O’Brien
Core/Dr Falk SpR Trainee Audit/Quality Improvement Awards
Dr Laith Al Rubaiy
University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital of Llandough in Cardiff
Title of the project: Using Patients’ endoscopy educational VIDeos to improve their Experience and OutcomeS (P-VIDEOS) study
Dr Misha Kabir
St Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute
Title of the project: Developing a personalised patient decision aid to improve the quality of shared decision-making between ulcerative colitis patients diagnosed with dysplasia and their clinicians
Dr Dipesh Vasant
Salford Royal, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Title of the project: Anorectal dysfunction in ulcerative colitis: a cross sectional survey
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