The Society for Vascular Technology held its annual scientific meeting on 28th November 2013 in Manchester. New to the main programme this year was a trainee’s session where they were invited to present their MSc project proposals. Five STP trainees impressed delegates not only with the research ideas but also with the standard of their presentations and the way in which they responded to questions.
The audience voted Simon Greenwood, STP trainee at King’s College Hospital, as the winner of the prize for best project proposal. Simon’s project is an analysis of Transcranial Doppler (TCD) results in paediatric patients with sickle cell scanned at King’s College Hospital and its outreach clinics since the service began in 2005. Sickle cell is the most common serious genetic disorder in England and TCD scanning is used for children with sickle cell disease to identify those at risk of stroke. Later in the day Simon was also awarded one of the two £5,000 prizes from the Circulation Foundation; these are awarded annually to support an MSc vascular project.
Rebecca Ridgley, STP trainee at Newcastle Hospitals, was also commended for her excellent presentation and project proposal on a pilot assessment of microvascular endothelial function as a predictive biomarker for anti-angiogenic treatments in colorectal cancer.
Reshat Reshat, a first year STP trainee from University Hospitals Bristol, gave a very impressive presentation in the main scientific session of the meeting about an atypical presentation of buerger’s disease. We look forward to hearing about Reshat’s project proposal at next year’s meeting.
There was also a separate breakout trainee session where they were given the opportunity to meet with Theresa Fail, the School’s Professional Lead for CCVRS and vascular programme leads from Newcastle and Manchester universities; Crispian Oates and Rosalind Lea. The session was very well attended and focussed on next summer’s OSFAs for the 2011 cohort.