National Conference Awards

ACB Medal Award

Awarded annually on the basis of an oral communication presented by a member in active training at the national Focus meeting. The winner receives a silver medal and both the winner and runner up receive a bursary.

History and Rules of Medal Award

This Award was first donated in 1971 by Miles Laboratories Limited, Ames Division and later by Bayer Diagnostics UK Limited. It was then sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics until 2010. Following a review of the Awards in 2010, a new award known as the ACB Medal Award was introduced. Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Annual National Meeting sponsorship package from 2011 onwards.

The Award is made on the basis of an oral communication presented by a Member of the Association at the Annual National Meeting. The winner receives a silver medal and both the winner and runner-up receive a bursary. The bursaries are intended to help attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work.

The selection procedure for the award is as follows:

  • Application is by indicating on the abstract submission form that the author wishes their abstract, if accepted, to be considered for the ACB Medal Award. 
  • Applicants must be Members of the Association who are in active training (i.e. working towards, but not yet having acquired FRCPath) on the date of the competition.
  • Applicants must certify that the work, or a substantial and clearly defined part of it, is his/her own work.
  • Shortlisting and judging will be by an Award Committee, comprising the Association’s President, Past President or President Elect, Director of Publications & Communications, Director of Education, Training & Workforce and the National Meetings Secretary. A representative of the sponsoring company will be invited to join the judging panel.

Successful applicants will be informed not less than 6 weeks before the Award. At the National Meeting there will be a separate session dedicated to the Award presentations. Participants will be given 15 minutes to make their presentation with a further 5 minutes for questions. The judges on the Award Committee will look for evidence of original science that is relevant to Clinical Biochemistry. They will also look for a clear and interesting delivery, careful timing, good audio visual aids and the ability to discuss the project and answer questions. The winner and runner-up will be announced and presented with the Award at the Focus Banquet, or at the Closing Ceremony. The presentation will usually be made by a representative of the sponsoring company.

All competitors are encouraged to submit their completed study for publication in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry

Recipients of the ACB Medal Award

2019  Dr D Church
2019  Mr D J Marshall (runner-up)
2018  Dr S Thirkettle
2018  Mr D J Marshall (runner-up)
2017  Dr R Stead
2017  Dr E Wilkes (runner-up)
2016  Dr J Wadsworth
2016  Miss R George (runner-up)
2015  Dr D Schulenburg-Brand
2015  Dr A J F Lawson (runner-up)
2014  Dr A Cooper
2014  Miss K Hadfield (runner-up)
2013  Miss G Sanki
2013  Miss L Ghandhi (runner-up)
2012  Dr S L Hanton
2012  Miss E Ashley (runner-up)
2011  Mr N Unsworth
2011  Dr G Pourmahram (runner-up)
2010  Miss C Glicksman
2010  Miss S Jarvis (runner-up)

 

Poster Prizes

Each year at the national Focus meeting bursaries are awarded to the authors of the best Clinical Cases and Clinical Audit  posters displayed at the meeting.

ACB Foundation Award

Presented annually at the National Meeting of the Association. The Award comprises a suitable memento and an honorarium.

The selection procedure for the Award is as follows:

  • The recipient will be a Member of the Association, normally resident in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, who is acknowledged as having made an outstanding contribution to Clinical Biochemistry.

  • Written nominations are sought through ACB News 18 months prior to the Award being made from a proposer and two seconders who are Members of the Association.

  • Elected Members of Council may not sign nominations as proposer or seconder.

  • The nomination should be forwarded to the National Meetings Secretary and must be accompanied by a supporting statement outlining the nature of the contribution made by the nominee and the reasons for consideration for this Award.

  • The nominee must be willing to be proposed and be able to present an award lecture at the National Meeting that should reflect the ‘state of the art’ in a chosen area of Clinical Biochemistry.

  • The recipient is selected by the Association’s Executive and the successful nominee will be advised 12 months prior to the award being made.

ACB Council is informed of this outcome at its first meeting after the selection is completed. The Award is presented by a representative of the sponsoring company after the recipient has delivered the ACB Foundation Lecture. The name of the Award winner is also announced in ACB News.

Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Annual National Meeting (Focus) sponsorship package from 2011 onwards.

Previous recipients of the ACB Foundation Award

2019 Dr J Sheldon

2018 Dr M A Myers

2017 Dr W A Bartlett

2016 Prof N A Sattar

2015 Prof S Halloran

2014 No award

2013 Dr W J Marshall

2012 Prof I Young

2011 Dr I D Watson

2010 Dr C M Sturgeon

2009 Prof A Shenkin

2008 Dr R G Jones

2007 Prof C Packard

2006 Prof W D Fraser

2005 Prof J P Luzio

2004 Dr M J Wheeler

2003 Dr I C Barnes

2002 Dr G H Beastall

2001 Prof P Vadgama

2000 Prof C H Self

1999 Prof J Shepherd

1998 Dr S B Rosalki

1997 Prof B Burchell

1995 Dr C G Fraser

1994 Prof C P Price

1993 Prof G H Elder

1992 Prof J T Whicher

1991 Prof C N Hales

1990 Prof R Ekins

 

ACB International Lecturer

This prestigious award was introduced in 2011, replacing the Siemens Award Lecture and the Roche Diagnostics Award Lecture (previous winners of these awards can also be found below).

  • Nominated persons should normally be practising clinical biochemists from outside of the UK who have made a major contribution to clinical biochemistry – in practice, research or in education.

  • The recipient is invited to give a state-of-the-art lecture in their area of expertise and the Award will be a certificate and an honorarium.

  • In the first year of the Award, the recipient was nominated by the Annual National Meeting (Focus) Scientific Programme Committee. Thereafter (Focus 2012 onwards), written nominations are sought through the ACB News 18 months prior to the Award being made. This will comprise a supporting proposer and 2 seconders who are members of the Association, but not Members of Council or officers of standing committees.

  • If there are no nominations, the Annual National Meeting (Focus) Scientific Programme Committee will be invited to nominate a recipient.

  • The nominee must be willing to be proposed and willing to deliver an Award Lecture at the national meeting.

  • The nomination is ratified by ACB Executive. If there is more than 1 nomination, the recipient will be selected by Executive.

  • ACB Council is informed of the outcome at its first meeting after selection of the recipient.

Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Annual National Meeting (Focus) sponsorship package from 2011 onwards. The Award is presented by a representative of the sponsoring company.

Previous ACB International Lecturers

2018 - No award

2017 - No award

2016 - Prof S Sandberg (Bergen)

2015 - Prof J Horton (Dallas)

2014 - No award

2013 - Dr H M J Goldschmidt (Utrecht)

2012 - Prof H A Morris (Adelaide)

2011 - Prof M Plebani (Padova)

Siemens Award Lecturers (1982-2009)

This Award was first donated in 1981 by Kone Diagnostics, then by Dade Behring and, until 2010, by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

2009 Prof B Reeves

2008 Prof L M Thienpont

2007 Prof Sir Muir Gray

2006 Prof C Lowe

2005 Prof P Gillery

2004 Dr P Garnero

2003 Prof A R Horvath

2002 Prof D Hochstrasser

2001 Dr H Kuiper

2000 Prof P E Jansen

1999 Prof C N Hales

1998 Prof D Haussinger

1997 Prof S R Bloom

1995 Prof K G M M Alberti

1994 Dr C Lieber

1993 Prof P Wilding

1992 Prof O Siggaard-Andersen

1991 Prof P O Seglen

1990 Prof R Huber

1989 Prof A Gribb

1988 Prof D W Moss

1987 Dr J M Hicks

1986 Prof G Siest

1985 Prof P D Griffiths

1984 Mr P M G Broughton

1983 Dr F L Mitchell

1983 Prof T P Whitehead

1982 Prof P Astrup

Roche Diagnostics Award Lecturers (1988-2009)

The Roche Diagnostics Award (formerly the Boehringer Mannheim Award) was used by the Association to fund the visit of an international lecturer.

2009 Sir John Bell

2008 Prof J M B Hicks

2007 Prof U-H Stenman

2006 Prof L Chan

2005 Prof J Westgard

2004 Prof J Squire

2003 Prof G Lundberg

2002 Prof R Williamson

2001 Prof Y-M D Lo

2000 Prof J Collinge

1999 Prof H G Burger

1998 Prof P Bennett

1997 Dr E M Brown

1996 Prof I Hay

1995 Prof E Wright

1994 Prof P R Larsen

1993 Prof S Lieberman

1992 Prof R Ross

1991 Dr B Rifkind

1990 Prof A Cerami

1989 Prof M A Epstein

1988 Dr G Bolli

 

ACB/AACC Transactlantic Award Lecture

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACC) Transatlantic Lecture was inaugurated in 1998 when the ACB National Meeting was held in Glasgow. This was the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the AACC. The procedure for selecting the AACC Transatlantic Lecture has evolved over this time.

The speaker’s expenses will cover travel (economy) plus registration and accommodation for the full meeting.

  • The proposed speaker is selected by the Scientific Programme Organising Committee for the National Meeting at which the lecture will be presented. The AACC is then consulted through its President about the person selected.
  • The major qualification for the speaker is that he or she is a distinguished, leading clinical scientist from the American Continent. The person will be able to deliver a plenary lecture on a subject usually relevant to one of the themes of the conference.
  • The person will be able to deliver a plenary lecture on a subject usually relevant to one of the themes of the conference.

  • The lecturer does not need to be a Member of AACC nor only be resident in the USA.

  • The proposed speaker is selected by the Association’s Executive and the scientific programme lead of the meeting at which the lecture will be presented.

Previous ACB/AACC Transatlantic Award Lecturers

2019    Dr C Wiley    (Minnesota)

2018    Dr D J Dietzen    (Missouri)

2017    Prof M J Bennett    (Philadelphia)

2016    Prof P Jones    (Texas)

2015    Prof D Koch    (Atlanta)

2014    Dr G Tsongalis    (New Hampshire)

2013    Prof R H Christensen    (New Orleans)

2012    Dr G Miller    (New Orleans)

2011    Prof R Felder    (Charlottesville)

2010    Prof M G Scott    (Missouri)

2009    Prof C Lehmann    (New York)

2008    Prof M J Bennett    (Philadelphia)

2007    Prof D Sacks    (Boston)

2006    Prof N Rifai    (Boston)

2005    Dr C Burtis    (Oak Ridge)

2004    Dr R H Christenson    (Baltimore)

2003    Prof C Spencer    (Los Angeles)

2002    Dr A Wu    (Connecticut)

2001    Dr R W Hart    (New York)

1999    Prof M McQueen    (Hamilton, Canada)

1998    Dr P Agre    (Baltimore)

 

Professors Prize

The Professors of the Academic Forum for Clinical Biochemistry (formerly the Heads of Academic Clinical Biochemistry Departments in the United Kingdom) have established a prize, which is a prestigious research award for general achievement within the field of Clinical Biochemistry. The prize lecture will be presented at a session of the ACB National Meeting and will consist of an engraved decanter plus expenses for one night at the meeting.

The selection procedure for the Award is as follows:
  • Applications will be invited from Clinical Biochemists, or those in related disciplines, such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Clinical Medicine.
  • Applications will consist of a 500-word summary of research achievement, curriculum vitae and three best publications, together with a supporting statement from a senior scientist or clinician.
  • The application should be submitted to the Chairman of the Academic Forum for Clinical Biochemistry.

Full details of the process for submission of applications will be published each year in ACB News and publicised more widely by posters in Academic Institutions. Details of closing dates and addresses for submission of applications will be contained in this information.

Please note that the Prize is not normally presented in years where Focus is not held, due to hosting other collaborative or international meetings.

Previous recipients of the Professors' Prize

2018    No award

2017    No award

2016    Dr T J McDonald

2015    Dr J Gill

2014    No award

2013    Dr F M Hannan

2012    No award

2011    Dr R Chiu

2010    Dr L Hodson

2009    Dr M S Cooke

2008    Prof T Walther

2007    Dr D Savage

2006    Dr C LeRoux

2004    Dr E S Kilpatrick

2002    Dr N A Sattar

2001    Dr T S Pillay

1999    Dr A A Fryer

1998    Dr I S Young

1997    Dr K E Kadler

1996    Dr P Stein

1995    Dr V K K Chatterjee

1994    Dr B P Morgan

 

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