Doctors and medical students have gathered at BMA House to celebrate annual awards that have seen more than half a million pounds in medical research funding.
The BMA Foundation awards thousands of pounds in grants to fund innovative medical research in a variety of areas, from neurological disorders to cancer and from asthma to heart disease, as well as many others.
This year’s awards saw £637,000 distributed to a total of 16 winners, with the event opened by BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul with association president Dinesh Bhugra awarding the successful applicants.
In his address, Dr Nagpaul said: ‘The BMA is delighted to support some of the most exciting innovation in medical research. The grants can very often be the start of a burgeoning career in research for some of the country’s brightest talent and have been crucial in the development of many high-quality research projects.
‘As well as supporting the important work of doctors, scientists and researchers in the UK, investment in these grants is ultimately an investment in the nation’s health.
'Indeed, much of the research that has been supported by the foundation over its many years, has gone on to have a significant impact on the lives of patients and those with long-term conditions.
‘We welcome this opportunity to celebrate some of the most important and pioneering world-leading research and the wonderful minds behind it.’
Funds and donors
The foundation has been funding medical research for almost 180 years and receives its funding from donations and financial legacies left to the BMA.
One of this year’s winners includes Silvana Mengoni (pictured above), a researcher in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
Dr Mengoni, along with her colleague Georgina Parkes, was one of the two successful applications to a Scholarship Grant for assisting research into the effectiveness of reasonable adjustments for patients with learning disabilities.
She credited the foundation for playing an important role in facilitating and promoting medical research.
She said: ‘Things such as the BMA foundation grant are really important for researchers early on in their careers.
‘Being a researcher and putting an application together you really believe in the value of your research and the difference it can make to patients and actually knowing that someone else believes in that too is just really, really exciting.’
Find out more about the foundation and how to apply for future grant awards
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