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Stanley Peart Essay Prize 2024


Stanley Peart Essay Prize – £1000


This prestigious prize, generously funded by The Foundation for Circulatory Health will be awarded for the best essay submitted by an Early Career Researcher attending the 2024 BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester.

The essay topic is: “Do we need new classes of antihypertensive drugs?”

The essay competition is now open and will close at 11am on Friday 31st May, 2024.

Essays must be no longer than 2000 words, excluding references and should be submitted via the dedicated submission portal (see button below). Full details, including essay specifications and format, are in the Terms and Conditions below. Please note that it is expected that the prize winner will attend the BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting and that the prize funds will be used by the competition winner to facilitate further educational or research experiences, such as short visits to other laboratories or attendance at an international scientific meeting.

Sir Stanley Peart was a clinician and clinical researcher who made a major contribution to our understanding of blood pressure regulation. He was the first to demonstrate the release of noradrenaline in response to sympathetic nerve stimulation. He was also the first to purify, and determine the structure of, angiotensin and he later isolated the enzyme, renin, and carried out many important investigations of the factors controlling its release in the body.



Stanley Peart Award Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is open to Early Career Researchers working in the UK. An Early Career Researcher is defined as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or employed in a training-grade post up to and including specialist registrar level or at early career researcher level, or equivalent, as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee. Only one entry per Early Career Researcher is permitted.
  2. A prize of £1000 will be awarded to the competition winner, along with registration, travel expenses (up to £200 for economy travel) and one night accommodation for the BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting. This, along with a certificate, will be presented at the BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). The competition winner will be notified at least one month in advance of the ASM.
  3. It is expected that the prize funds will be used to facilitate the competition winner undertaking short visits to other laboratories or attending an international scientific meeting, to further their educational or research experiences. The prize winner will be required to report back to the BIHS on their experience at a later date.
  4. The maximum word count for essays is 2000 words (excluding references). A maximum of two images or tables will be accepted. Entries must be submitted in either Microsoft word (doc or docx) format or PDF format. No other formats are acceptable. Please do not submit any personal details on the essay. All submissions will be reviewed blindly.
  5. Entries should be unique (not published elsewhere or submitted to other essay competitions).
  6. Entries should be submitted via the dedicated portal on the BIHS website (click the button below).
  7. The competition closes at 11 a.m. on Friday 31st May, 2024. The winner will be notified by email on or before Monday 1st July 2024 and all other competitors notified by email shortly thereafter. We are unable to provide feedback on individual entries.
  8. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  9. Be aware that if you use AI tools (such as ChatGPT or others) to generate the essay (or part of the essay) and submit this as if it were your own work, this will be regarded as a breach in our competitions rules and your essay will be disqualified.
  10. Entrants will retain copyright to the work they submit. By entering the competition, all entrants grant to the BIHS the right to publish and exhibit their work in any of our publicity and on the website. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. The winning essay will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Human Hypertension. Please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance as the submission will still be subject to the Journal’s standard review and editorial processes.
  11. By entering the essay competition, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules, and the BIHS reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time if the organisers have reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
  12. The BIHS reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  13. If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, or is unable to attend the ASM without reasonable explanation, the BIHS reserves the right either to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.