2016 Trainee Section Prize Winners

Listen to the 2016 prize winners'...


Dr Dipesh Vasant - Out of Programme (OOP) Award



"Dipesh initiated an attachment by combining annual and study leave at a North American centre of excellence in Augusta, Georgia, where there is an established clinical training programme in Neurogastroenterology."

Dr Philip Smith - BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year - Emerging Leader




"Philip has demonstrated leadership in various areas related to gastroenterology training and education."

Dr Tim Raine - BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year - Clinical & Translational Science




"Tim's work has focused on identifying genetic risk in IBD. He has published in Nature, Nature Immunology, and Gut along with being awarded significant research funding."

Dr Tyara Banerjee - Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training




"Tyara was awarded the Alistair McIntyre Prize at the BSG 2016 Trainees' Symposium Dragons' Den session for her idea on free open access videos on gastroenterology training."

DDF 22 – 25th June 2015 and Trainee Section Prize Awards - Report

The DDF meeting at ExCel, London this year saw the Postgraduate Teaching Day and Trainees' Symposium very well attended with great speakers and excellent audience participation. Tickets for the DDF party at the London SeaLife Aquarium were sold out with attendees reporting excellent networking opportunities within a delightful and informal aquatic marine environment.

We would like to congratulate this year's Trainee Section Prize winners who were presented with their awards by Professor Emad El-Omar and Professor Martin Lombard at the DDF Trainees Symposium.

  • Best Abstract and Oral Presentation in Training and Education: Dr Kinesh Patel
  • Out of Programme Award: Dr Sarmed Sami
  • Young Gastroenterologist of the Year (Clinical and Translational Science): Dr Tom Bird
  • Young Gastroenterologist of the Year (Emerging Leader): Dr Alenka Brooks
Dr Sarmed Sami receiving his prize from BSG President-elect Professor Martin Lombard Dr Tom Bird receiving his prize from Gut Editor Professor Emad el-Omar Dr Alenka Brooks receiving her prize from BSG President-elect Professor Martin Lombard
Dr Sarmed Sami Dr Tom Bird Dr Alenka Brooks

BSG Trainees' Section Prize winners 2014

BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year – Clinical & Translational Science

This award is designed to identify and highlight talented trainee clinical scientists nationally in order to promote research and science in Gastroenterology for the future. This is a single award of £1000.

Dr James C Lee BMBCh BA (Hons) PhD MRCP (UK)
Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology (University of Cambridge),
East of England Deanery

James LeeI am a clinical lecturer in Gastroenterology at the University of Cambridge, and an active member of the UK and International IBD Genetics Consortia. I completed medical training at Oxford and did my PhD at Cambridge, in which I used transcriptomics and functional genetics to study the biology that determines prognosis in IBD – findings that have since been published in JCI and Cell. Through work with the Genetics Consortia, I have also contributed to several other papers, including three published in Nature and four in Nature Genetics. As a penultimate year trainee, I divide my time 50:50 between clinical work at Addenbrooke’s hospital and ongoing research, focused specifically on the genetics of prognosis in IBD and the potential for translational immunology to facilitate personalised medicine. I am delighted to receive this award, and particularly pleased that the BSG have chosen to give national recognition to the achievements of UK trainees.

BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year – Emerging Leader

This award is designed to identify and highlight talented trainee leaders nationally in order to promote leadership in Gastroenterology for the future. This is a single award of £1000.

Dr Christopher A Lamb MBBS (Hons) MRCP (UK) CertClinEd MRes
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Newcastle University
Specialty Registrar in Gastroenterology (ST5), Northern Deanery

Chris LambDuring a period of significant national change in 2011 I was elected to Chair the BSG Trainees Section. As part of an extremely motivated committee, and with subsequent dynamic Chairs, we have reformed BSG trainee representation. Amongst many initiatives this included committee expansion with de-centralised representation, the institution of a quarterly eNewsletter, the commencement of a series of annual state of the art educational weekends and the provision of an informal peer mentoring service for medical students and junior doctors who aspire to be future gastroenterologists.

More recently I worked closely with the editorial team of Frontline Gastroenterology to coordinate a new style of clinical review series, written by and aimed at trainees preparing for the Specialty Certificate Examination in gastroenterology. After writing the first clinical review, I have subsequently engaged and supported 30 further trainees to act as authors for this series.

Currently I work as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, part of a team to establish a gastroenterology translational immunology platform at Newcastle University. This new enterprise already has demonstrable impact, and we have developed multiple local, national and international collaborations.

My story highlights that UK organisations and leaders are willing to support and work with trainees who bring forward ideas and enthusiasm, and that this can lead to real improvement in the working lives and educational opportunities of young gastroenterologists.

Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training

This award is designed to support work that may improve gastroenterology training in the UK. This is a single award of £2000.

Dr Sebastian S Zeki MA (Hons) MBBS (Hons) MRCP (UK)
MSc Specialty Registrar in Gastroenterology (ST7),
East of England Deanery

I am a Gastroenterology clinical lecturer at Adenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Sebastian ZekiThe concept behind was to create the first interactive gastroenterology trainee handbook which could be used as a learning reference, especially for knowledge based assessments. I have created single page online and interactive visual summaries of over 800 curriculum-based gastroenterology topics. The site auto-generates over 15,000 MCQ's, from the text. Progress statistics allows users to monitor reading, MCQ performance both individually and as compared with the average user, and therefore focuses the user to address knowledge gaps. The site is fully searchable, indexed, and shareable, making it versatile and user friendly. Furthermore, for those that want to do more reading every page is topic-linked to the latest Pubmed articles.

This prize will allow me to develop the site to its full potential as well encourage users to contribute and get involved with the site's evolution. Because it is free and trainee focused I hope it will become a standard resource for trainees and a template for other specialities to follow.

BSG Trainees Section Out of Programme Award

This award is designed to help Gastroenterology trainees in the UK access training opportunities that are not available as part of their local training rotations. This is a single award of £1000.

Dr Grace E Dolman MBBS MRCP (UK) MA (Cantab)
Specialty Registrar in Gastroenterology (ST4), Wessex Deanery

Grace DolmanI have completed a three year PhD programme at the NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit ( My research has focused on identifying tissue biomarkers to predict progression to clinical outcomes in patients with advanced fibrosis secondary to chronic hepatitis C infection. Amongst other skills, I have had the opportunity to train in histopathological assessment of liver biopsies and I have learned to perform gene expression profiling using multi-analyte bead technology. 

Taking up a research training post outside my own training region has enabled me to benefit from the additional resources and infrastructure available to trainees within an NIHR-funded unit. I have had the opportunity to travel to international conferences to present my research. I have also undertaken the Nottingham translational postgraduate research training programme, which comprises formal taught modules to cover generic research skills. Moving out of region for OOPE has given me the opportunity to build confidence and collaborations which will be invaluable for my future career.

BSG President's Medal

For the first time in the BSG’s history, the President's Medal 2014 has been awarded to the last three Chairs of the Trainees Section – Dr Philip Smith (2013-2014), Dr Alenka Brooks (2012-2013), and Dr Christopher Lamb (2011-2012). This is a testament to the great advances, innovation and expansion of activities produced not just by these individuals, but the whole Trainees Section.

Phil Smith Alenka Brooks Chris Lamb President's Medal

BSG Annual Meeting 2013 abstract submission and TS prizes

Dr John Seenan

We received a record number of applications this year for the BSG Trainees Section Prizes.

  • The Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training (£1000) was awarded to Dr Louise China of University College London Hospital for her work in developing a new DOPS tool for the training and assessment of the endoscopic management of upper GI bleeding.

  • The Out of Programme Award (£500) went to Dr Lachlan Ayres of Frenchay Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust to support him in gaining advanced endoscopy experience as a Senior Gastroenterology Fellow at Freemantle Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

Congratulations to both winners!

The awards for best oral presentation (£300) and poster (£200) in the Training & Education category will be presented on 25th June at the Trainees Section symposium and poster round respectively.

The BSG Trainees Section Prizes 2014 will open for submissions in late 2013.

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