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Awards and Prizes

Awards and Prizes


Vasant Oswal

Vasant Oswal Oration

Vasant Oswal is a pioneer in the application of lasers in ENT surgery. He is co-author of the definitive work on Lasers in Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and he has served on the Executive of BMLA for many years providing exceptional insight and energy in the various posts that he has occupied. BMLA is further indebted to Vasant and his wife Nirmal who provided a significant financial contribution to allow the society to invite an internationally-renowned speaker to attend the Annual Scientific Conference and deliver a guest lecture. It was the unanimous view of the Executive that this prestigious award should be given the name, the Vasant Oswal Oration.

Mr. Vasant Oswal, Vice President of BMLA, is Emeritus Consultant Otolaryngologist at the James Cook University Hospital in Cleveland, England. He has published widely, lectured world-wide and wrote and edited three books on Lasers in ENT. He is actively involved in laser matters in a number of professional bodies the world over. In 2015, Royal College of Surgeons in England awarded him FRCS (Eng) by election.

Recent Vasant Oswal Oration Speakers:

2019 – The true history of Penicillin, Dr Eric Sidebottom, University of Oxford
2018 – Why are we still having difficulties treating port wine stains?, Sean Lanigan, SKiN
2017 – Advances in cutaneous rejuvenation, efficacy and validation: Personal experience, Dr Mario Trelles, Institut Mèdic Vilafortuny
2016 – Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists/ Cambridge University
2015 – A critical appraisal of lasers in dermatology, Keyvan Nouri, University of Miami Hospital, Florida

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Educational Award

This award is to aid a researcher to visit an internationally recognised research institute in their field of study, or to aid in the oral presentation of an international conference paper. The award available is of the value of £1,000 towards such costs.

To apply for this award, please send your C.V., an accompanying letter detailing your plans for the award and how it relates to your current research, and a letter of support from your supervisor to Tom Lister at tomlister@nhs.net. The closing date for applications is Friday 30th March 2018.

Your application should be accompanied by a letter of support from a referee who is familiar with your work, preferably your head of department. Either the applicant or the referee must be a member of the BMLA. Priority will be given to junior applicants and to BMLA members.

You will be required to acknowledge support from the British Medical Laser Association, and, as a condition, submit a short report of your experience.

Results are announced at the Annual Conference of the BMLA (Amsterdam, 24th-26th May 2017).

The winner of the 2017 Award was Paul O’Mahoney. Paul plans to visit experts in optical diagnostics in Cork to help develop his skills and local services in real-time diagnostics of the brain.

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Conference Awards

The 2017 BMLA conference featured many interesting and ground breaking talks from dermatologists, aestheticians, nurses and scientists. Congratulations to the following prize winners:
  • The BMLA presentation award for his talk on Low-Level Laser Therapy for oral mucositis: Jamal Noori Ahmed
  • The Photodiagnostics and Photodynamic Therapy Award, kindly sponsored by Elsevier for her talk on quantifying DNA damage caused by UV exposure: Isla Barnard.
  • The BMLA presentation award for his talk on combined PDL and Nd:YAG aser treatment for residual infantile haemangiomas: Ben Evans.
  • The Springer award for his talk on MRI imaging of ablative fractional laser effects: Matthew Marzetti.

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