BMA Foundation for Medical Research Awards Ceremony 2017

Celebrating the BMA Foundation’s continued support for medical research

The BMA Foundation has been supporting medical research since 1839 through awarding grants and prizes that encourage medical research. To celebrate this, each year we host an awards ceremony for the annual grant winners, as well as inviting back some of our past winners to talk about the impact BMA Foundation grants have had on their career and research field. This is an excellent chance to celebrate the success of the grant winners, and the BMA Foundation’s continued support for medical research of the highest quality.

This year the awards ceremony took place on 5 December at BMA House. The event was attended by over 160 guests, including potential donors, philanthropists, key members of the medical research community, Parliamentarians and charity sector leaders. An after dinner speech was also delivered by Paralympic athlete and a BBC Sports Personality of the Year Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.


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  • Gallery and about the 2017 winners

  • Previous grant success

    The BMA Foundation for Medical Research has had a significant impact on the careers of grant winners and on the many areas our grants fund. When we surveyed past grant winners, 92 per cent said that winning a BMA Foundation grant contributed to their career progression. 

    At this year’s ceremony, we invited two past grant winners to present to us on the benefits of securing grant funding from the BMA Foundation for Medical Research.

    Dr Shreelata Datta

    Helen Lawson 2011

    Shree Datta is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and is the Divisional Educational lead at King’s College Hospital. She was awarded the Helen Lawson research award for her post-graduate research in ovarian cancer. This focussed on the use of immunotherapy and its timing as a novel approach to treatment. Following this, Shree has acted as a grant supervisor for the BMA Foundation, and more recently she became an Ambassador for the Foundation. Her current research interests include uterine and ovarian pathology.

    Dr Timothy England

    Vera Down 2012

    Professor Timothy England is a Clinical Associate Professor in Stroke Medicine (University of Nottingham) and Honorary Consultant Physician (Royal Derby Hospital). Professor England was awarded the BMA Vera Down Grant in 2012 which funded the Remote Ischaemic Conditioning After Stroke Trial (RECAST) and now runs RECAST-2. His research interests include the effects of ischaemic conditioning in stroke; and the role of cannabinoids in the vasculature and brain. He is also integral to several randomised controlled trials as a co-applicant and member of the Trial Steering Committees for TICH-2 (Tranexamic acid in Intracerebral Haemorrhagic), RIGHT-2 (Rapid Intervention with Glyceryl trinitrate in Hypertensive stroke Trial-2) and LACI-2 (LACunar Intervention Trial-2).

  • Fundraising

    Funding for the BMA Foundation for Medical Research is made possible through donations and gifts in wills. 

    By celebrating the important research funded by the BMA Foundation, and the success of the grants over the years, we hope others will be encouraged to support the foundation. Every gift makes a real and lasting difference to medical research. 

    If you have any questions about the BMA Foundation, or are thinking of giving a gift to medical research, please contact the BMA Foundation team at or telephone 020 7383 6341 . For further information click here.

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