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The Mansell Prize Competition for Neuroscience Research

Keynote Speaker and Guest Judge – Professor Tom Solomon – Director, The Institute of Infection & Global Health, University of Liverpool. Keynote Speech: Emerging brain infections, including Zika

The Medical Society of London

The Medical Society of London, founded in 1773, is the oldest surviving medical society in England. Founded by Dr John Coakley Lettsom, it aimed “to give the practitioners in the healing art frequent opportunities of meeting together, and conferring with each other concerning difficult or uncommon cases which may have occurred; or communicating any new discoveries in medicine which may have been made at home or abroad”.

The Mansell Bequest

Dr Harry E Mansell FRCP was a Physician and Cardiologist at Lambeth Hospital, and was a Fellow of the Medical Society of London. He died in 1941 from Motor Neurone disease. When his widow, Mrs. Florence Alice Mansell subsequently died, her Will in 1975 included a bequest to the Society “to promote neurological studies”.  Originally, The Society organized symposia, the format of which was a meeting on a neurological topic and these were held about every two to three years. The first Mansell Bequest Symposium in 1977 was on ‘Motor Neurone Disease’.

The Council of the Medical Society of London has decided that, for the next Mansell Bequest event, the format should be a prize for the presentation at a meeting of the Society of communications on neuroscience research topics.

Council will approve the appointment of the organiser(s) and the appointment of the judges, who will decide the short list and, later the prizewinners.

Applications will be invited from the neuroscience community, and applicants should be either a clinical neuroscience trainee or a recently appointed specialist. The submission should be from a graduate of a British (or Irish) University or concern research mainly undertaken in the British Isles.

The closing date for submissions will be April 3rd 2017.

The submission could be in the form of an abstract or resumé of up to 500 words or the full text, and should be supported by a reference from, for instance, a head of department or supervisor.

The short list will comprise up to 6 presentations each lasting 30 mins including a few minutes for questions. The presentation will be partly judged on the presenter’s ability to communicate the ideas, methods, results and conclusions of the research to a non-specialist medical audience, punctuality, and the clarity and relevance of the visual aids.

The communications will be given at a Meeting of the Society on Monday, June 5th 2017. The judges will meet immediately after the presentations and decide the winners. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the Meeting.

Keynote Speaker and Guest Judge Professor Tom Solomon – Director, The Institute of Infection & Global Health, University of Liverpool.

Keynote Speech Emerging brain infections, including Zika

The first prize will be £1000, and the residue of a total prize fund of £2900 will be divided among the other presenters – with each of the two first runners-up receiving £500 and each of the remaining three receiving £300 or pro rata at the discretion of the judges.  Each of the presenters will, if they wish, be proposed for Fellowship of the Society and their first year’s subscription will be waived.

The selected presentations will be published with the Society’s Transactions, and for this purpose, the typescript and images must be available no later than 12th June 2017.

Contact Mike Flynn for application details

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