Dr Alex Rothman wins the Young Investigator Prize at the British Cardiovascular Society 2016

In recent years the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference has hosted 2 research competitions for young cardiologists or cardiovascular scientists; the Young Investigators Prize competition administered by the British Society of Cardiovascular Research (BSCR) and the British Atherosclerosis Society (BAS), and the Young Research Workers Prize competition administered by the BCS. Although the former competition was clearly aimed at basic scientists and the latter more broadly at clinical scientists, in the era of translational medicine the boundaries have become increasingly blurred. In line with the aim of the BCS, the BSCR, BAS and British Heart Foundation (BHF) to encourage greater dialogue and collaboration between basic and clinical scientists, the competitions were amalgamated into one for this year’s 2016 Annual Conference in Manchester.

Dr Alex Rothman & Dr Sarah ClarkeDr Alex Rothman, Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology won this prestigious award beating off stiff competition from the best young investigators at Kings (London), Leicester and Glasgow/Leeds. Congratulations to Alex on behalf of everyone in IICD.

Funding for this study was provided by a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship (to A.M.K. Rothman: MR/K002406/1); a Medical Research Council Career Development Award (to A. Lawrie: G0800318); a British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Fellowship (to A. Lawrie: FS/13/48/30453); and a British Heart Foundation Project Grant (PG/11/11629288). The collection of patient blood samples was coordinated through the Sheffield National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility. The Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre contributed to infrastructure support.