The WGJ Hampson Memorial Prize

Entries are invited for the above prize which will be awarded for the best piece of research in orthopaedic surgery or related subjects (including work by researchers from other disciplines) carried out in the South West region or South Wales.

The judges will make their decision on the basis of submitted reprints of work published in the previous calendar year or of summaries of work completed but not yet published and will take into consideration the sort of work which, in their opinion, would have appealed to Gary Hampson.

Please note that extensive work (such as a degree thesis) must be condensed into a more concise summary format for consideration by the judges.

To enter:

Submissions should be made in hardcopy triplicate, accompanied by a completed application form (see download below) and a brief curriculum vitae to the SWOC Hon Secretary before the date of the SWOC Spring meeting (15th May 2015). The prize winner will receive a cheque for £500 and will be invited to present their work to the autumn SWOC meeting.

Download Application Form

The Hampson Research Travelling Prize

The trustees of the Hampson Memorial Fund have agreed that a travelling prize will be awarded again in 2014. This is intended to be used by one or more individuals to help to fund travel to any centre for the purposes of furthering their research interest. Interested applicants should apply to the SWOC secretary in writing (maximum 500 words explaining their choice of destination and how it will help their research develop). The closing date is 15th May 2015.


The SWOC Bluespier Prize

SWOC is proud to announce a new prize which will be awarded annually from 2012, and we would like to thank Alistair Phillips for his help in setting this up.

The prize:
To support a suitable research project by a member of SWOC, Bluespier will grant the winner of this prize access to a data-centre-licensed version of Bluespier in order to complete the research they have proposed (which would normally cost around £1500). They anticipate this research will take up to 18 months to collect and analyse (which would be the duration of the system licence) but an extension may be agreed if the project continues for a specific and valid reason.

Bluespier will offer support and training to the winner to set up a database, capture suitable data and process the analysis.

To enter:

If you have a project that would benefit from this type of data analysis, send a summary of your proposal (maximum 500 words) to the SWOC Honorary Secretary (not the meeting organiser) no later than 20th March 2015. The authors of suitable proposals will be invited to give a short presentation to the Spring meeting in Exeter on May 15th, so please ensure that one of your team is available to attend. The winner will be decided by a vote of the consultant members present, and the prize awarded at the end of the meeting.