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The Mansell Prize Competition 

The Mansell Prize Competition 2020

The Medical Society of London will once again award the Mansell Prizes at an event on 19 May 2020 at Lettsom House.

Whilst the theme of the competition is Neurology, the subjects of the Presentations for 2020 might include not only neurology but neurosurgery, neurophysiology, neuropsychiatry and neuroscience.

The closing date for initial submissions (abstracts) will be 24 March 2020.

  • Candidates are initially invited to submit abstracts of their research for selection and the six selected should be able to attend on the evening of 19 May 2020 from 1800 to present to the Fellows of the Society.
  • Applications are invited from the whole neuroscience community, and applicants should be in training or a recently appointed specialist. The submission should be from a graduate of a British (or Irish) University or involve research mainly undertaken in the British Isles.
  • The initial abstract will be of up to 500 words, and should be supported by a reference from, for instance, a head of department or supervisor. From the initial abstract a shortlist of up to 6 candidates will be selected for the prize event by the judging panel. All applicants will be informed by 24 April 2020.
  • Each selected candidate will then be invited to deliver a presentation on the evening of 19 May 2020 lasting 20 mins including a few minutes for questions. The event will start at 1800 and complete by 2130. The presentations will be judged on the research presented, 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 judges will meet immediately after the presentations and decide the winners. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the Meeting.
  • The first prize will be £1000, and the residue of a total prize fund of £2900 will be divided among the other presenters – with the two first runners-up receiving £500 and the remaining three receiving £300 or pro rata at the discretion of the judges. Each of the presenters may be proposed for Fellowship of the Society and their first year’s subscription will be waived.
  • The selected presentations will be published in the Transactions of The Medical Society of London, and for this purpose, the typescript and images must be available no later than 30 May 2020.

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 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”.