Gary Hampson (1937 – 79) was a senior registrar in Bristol from 1971 (BRI and Winford), a BOA travelling fellow in 1973, and consultant at Southmead Hospital from 1975. He had particular research interests in post-op venous thrombosis and the biomechanics of the human spine, but also published on hip fractures, joint replacement and patellar dislocation. He sailed, travelled extensively, and ran a breeding colony of injured barn owls.
After his unexpected death in 1979, an appeal was launched by Mr Joyce and Mr Griffiths for contributions to a fund to establish a memorial to him. This became the “annual WGJ Hampson memorial prize” for orthopaedic research – aimed to perpetuate his name but also to encourage the sort of research in which Gary was so interested.
In 1980 an inaugural lecture was given by Mr Lance Lanyon (a vet), and since that date the prize has been awarded to:
Mr Graham Hall
Some observations on Perthes’ disease
Mr Keith Tayton
The semi-rigid total hip replacement – is this the way forward?
Dr Alan Goodship
The influence of controlled mechanical stimulation in fracture healing
Mr Paul Cook
The mechanical influences of ligament prostheses
Mr Gordon Bannister
Fixation of the femoral component in total hip replacement
Mr George Langkamer
Mr Christopher Weatherley
Comparative biomechanical study of spinal fixation devices for the lumbo-sacral junction
Mr David Warwick
Thromboprophylaxis after THR
Mr Timothy Bunker
Mr John Newman
Contributions towards the evolution and acceptance of UKR
Mr Michael Parry
The indirect cytogenetic effects of orthopaedic wear debris generated by modern metal on metal hip implants
The trustees of the Hampton Prize fund met with the chair and trustees of the North Bristol Research Foundation (who manage the fund) in January 2012. It was agreed that the prize should be re-advertised annually from 2012 and that its value be increased to £500. It was also agreed that the fund is sufficiently healthy to allow for an additional £1000 research travelling prize in 2012, which can be repeated in future as funds allow.
- The Professor of Orthopaedics at North Bristol Trust (or nominated deputy), currently Prof Ashley Blom.
- The Professor of Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol (or nominated deputy),
currently Prof Joanna Price.
- The SWOC Honorary Secretary (or nominated deputy).