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Prizes & Awards


The British and Irish Hypertension Society will present a range of awards at its Annual Scientific Meeting for the best presentations. All BIHS awards are only open to presenters working in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Young Investigators are considered to be early-career scientists/clinicians.

BIHS Young Investigators Oral Prizes (3 Prizes) – £250 Each
There will be three Young Investigator awards for the best oral presentations. The winners will be given the opportunity of presenting their abstract at one of the following years meetings of the American Heart Association Council for Hypertension, the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia or the Italian Hypertension Society. The BIHS will provide up to £1,000, £1,500, and £500 respectively towards travel expenses and subsistence, and the respective Councils will cover the costs of conference registration and accommodation during the meeting. The winners of these awards will be expected to arrange visits to relevant local research groups before or after the meeting (assistance in contacting relevant units will be provided by the Councils if required). Travel expenses will be paid upon production of receipts.

Judging Procedure
The oral abstracts which score the highest referees’ gradings will be shortlisted for each Award by the Executive Committee in advance of the conference, and all presenters notified. The Executive Committee will assess the presentations at the meeting, using the following criteria:
* The merits of the overall study objectives and design
* The quality of the data and its presentation at the meeting
* The quality of the presenter’s interaction during the question and answer session following their presentation

BIHS Nurses/AHP Award (1 Prize) – £100
The BIHS Nurses Prize is for a nurse/AHP who is an author and/or part of the investigating team. The presentation can be a piece of research, an audit or a relevant case history. The presentation will be an oral or poster presentation if there are no eligible abstracts in the oral session.

Judging Procedure
The oral abstracts which score the highest referees’ gradings will be shortlisted for the Award by representatives of the Nurses & AHP Working Party/Executive Committee in advance of the conference, and all presenters will be notified. The Nurses & AHP
Working Party will assess the presentations at the meeting, using the following criteria:
* The merits of the overall study objectives and design
* The quality of the case history and the treatment pathway
* The quality of the data and its content and presentation at the meeting
* The quality of the presenter’s interaction during the question and answer session following their presentation (oral or poster)

BIHS Poster Prize (1 Prize) – £100
Judging Procedure
All posters are eligible for the Poster Prize. The Poster Chairs will assess the presentations at the meeting, using the following criteria:
* Level of interest
* Content
* Methodology

Dr Robert Grayson Award – £150
This prize, generously funded by the family and friends of the late Dr Robert Grayson, will be awarded for the best research relating to ‘Diseases of the Aorta or Blood Vessels’.
Judging Procedure
The relevant abstracts which score the highest referees’ gradings will be shortlisted for the Award by the Executive Committee in advance of the conference, and all presenters will be notified. Presentations at the meeting will be assessed, using the following criteria:
* The merits of the overall study objectives and design
* The quality of the case history and the treatment pathway
* The quality of the data and its content and presentation at the meeting
* The quality of the presenter’s interaction during the question and answer session following their presentation (oral or poster)

Conditions
Your attention is drawn to the fact that these awards are directed towards investigators who are fundamentally involved in the design and prosecution of the work that they present and as such, a major contributor to that work. A guide to the level of contribution is that the presenter would ordinarily be expected to be the first author on any resulting publication. The following points are emphasized:
1. The investigator should be the first-named author on the abstract
2. The named investigator should have been fundamentally involved in the design of the study and should have performed the work to be presented
3. Investigators wishing to be considered for these awards should tick the appropriate box on the on-line abstract submission site