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 _____________________________________

Conference Awards

The 2019 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 in skin lasers for her talk on laser hair removal for hair-baring skin grafts in the mouth: Dr Rebecca Davis
  • The BMLA photodiagnostics and photodynamic Therapy Award for his talk UV exposure and daylight dose in PDT: Dr Luke McLellan.
  • The BMLA presentation award in science and safety for his talk on modelling tissue ablation by fractional lasers (including the famous Goldfinger scene!): Lewis McMillan. I special mention was also given for the runner up Mr Kavish Maheshwari for his audit on laser safety awareness.
  • The Springer award in skin lasers for her review on laser treatments for inflammatory disease and connective tissue disorders: Dr Leila Asfour.

Educational Award

This is a historical award which was designed 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 was of the value of £1,000 towards such costs. This award is no longer promoted. However, if you think that you have a worthy application 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 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. The winner of the 2017 Award was Paul O’Mahoney. Paul visited experts in optical diagnostics in Cork to help develop his skills and local services in real-time diagnostics of the brain.