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Core Research Essay Prize 2016

Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:58


Core is offering a £1,000 award for the best essay based on gastroenterology or hepatology research undertaken by a clinical or basic science researcher during their MD or PhD. The work must be the subject of at least one abstract submitted for presentation at the 2016 British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Liverpool. Further information and the application form are available to download. The closing date is 4 March 2016.

Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards 2016

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:00


The Dr Falk/Core awards recognise those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. For those committed to furthering research or patient care, the 2016 awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support to take your career further.

This year's prizes consist of the following:

  • A £1000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD* course during the previous academic year (2014/2015) - download the application
  • Four £1500 bursaries 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 (2015/2016) - download the application
  • Two £2500 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors who are undertaking research in an area relevant to gastroenterology - download the application
  • A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care - download the application.

*PhD students should note that they may apply for a bursary only once during their three-year studentship and that they may apply for the essay prize when their PhD has been completed.

The application deadline is 17:00 on Friday 4 March 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

CONFIDeNT reports

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:44

BSG members and others from the CONFIDeNT study group have reported in The Lancet on the results of their HTA-funded double-blind, multicentre, pragmatic, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of the use of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) in comparison with sham electrical stimulation in adults with faecal incontinence. They write that "PTNS given for 12 weeks did not confer significant clinical benefit over sham electrical stimulation in the treatment of adults with faecal incontinence. Further studies are warranted to determine its efficacy in the long term, and in patient subgroups (ie, those with urgency)."

Graham Bull Prize and Goulstonian Lecture 2016

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:51

The Graham Bull prize was established in 1988 in honour of Sir Graham Bull, who was the first director of the Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park. A trust for the Graham Bull Prize was set up to provide money for young research workers under the age of 45 who feel that they have made a major contribution to clinical science. The prize as designed by the trust is specifically for an application and not for nomination of individuals. The work can cover a wide range of expertise, such as molecular and cellular biology, imaging technology, psychiatry, or health sciences. The award is open to RCP members and fellows who must apply for their own work to be considered. The sum of £1,000 is offered on a competitive basis each year.

The winner of this prize will also be invited to deliver the Goulstonian Lecture, an annual lecture endowed in 1635 by Mrs Ellen Goulston in memory of her husband, Dr Theodore Goulston FRCP.


Researchers must be under the age of 45 years on 1 April 2016, and must be a member or fellow of RCP London.

How to apply

The 2016 round closes on 1 April 2016. For more information on this award please email the Funding and Awards administrator: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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