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NIAA Research Award

The Research Award is currently closed to applications. Details of the 2018 award will be updated in January 2018.


The NIAA Research Award aims to promote and encourage current (within 18 months of submission deadline) and active researchers within the field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain research in the UK.

  • It will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative care or pain.
  • The award will allow new investigators to achieve recognition through presentation at a national meeting with peer-review.
  • The award will be presented annually at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting. For 2017 this will be held on Friday 12th May 2017 at the RCoA in London. Applicants should ensure they are free to attend and present at the Annual Scientific Meeting in the event of being shortlisted.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This award is open to all investigators of anaesthesia, perioperative or pain research within the UK who are members of one of the NIAA funding partners. This includes consultants or equivalent within 2 years of appointment.
  • The applicant will have completed a 'body of work' that may have been presented at an equivalent scientific national or international meeting or published as an abstract or full paper in a peer reviewed journal.
  • A 'body of work' will include a project that covers a clear, evidence-based research question, appropriate methods, well-conducted study/studies and statistical analysis of results drawing to a valid conclusion. A 'body of work' would typically be the equivalent to two or more research papers on one subject area or from a higher degree thesis (MD/PhD).


Applicants are invited to submit a summary of their 'body of work', this should be fully referenced and state the authors contribution. The summary should fit two A4 sheets with 12 point font, 2.5 cm margins and single line spacing; it should be formatted as follows:

  • Abstract title
  • All authors' initials and last names (indicate any non-members using an asterisk)
  • The name of the Institution where the majority of the work was carried out
  • The text of the abstract should not contain headings, but should follow the general progression through background, methods, results, conclusions
  • Use a blank line to separate paragraphs
  • Two tables or figures are permitted, and which should be incorporated into the document
  • If a figure is used, ensure that a figure caption is provided within the abstract document. The figure will be reduced in printing; please do not use any font in the figure smaller than your text font
  • References are listed and cited as specified by the British Journal of Anaesthesia, except that you do not need to provide the titles of papers
  • There is no restriction on the number of references cited but they are included in the page limit.
  • Please acknowledge any source of funding for your study at the end of the abstract
  • Please include the following statement in your email of submission: "I confirm that all authors listed support the submission of this abstract to the NIAA."
  • Where appropriate, please also include the following statement: "I confirm that this study received ethics committee approval or was conducted under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986) (include licence numbers) or equivalent."
  • Summary with word count, title and author should be submitted as plain text, rich text or Microsoft Word format to:
  • Application deadline: Monday 13th March 2017, 5pm

Work may have been and can subsequently be presented or published elsewhere. The summary of research will be published in the NIAA newsletter and website following agreement from the author. In some circumstances applicants may submit a modified version for publication if inclusion of data may preclude future publication or presentation.


The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges from the NIAA. They will review the summaries based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and relevance
  • Evidence based background and hypothesis
  • Quality of study design and methodology
  • Appropriate statistical analysis
  • Description of limitations
  • Discussion and appropriate conclusions drawn from the summary of results including the impact that it would have on the future of anaesthesia and perioperative care.

Finalists will be informed by: Friday 14th April 2017

Presentation and Judging

The top scoring applicants will be invited to present their work orally and will be eligible for the NIAA Research Award competition.

Finalists will be expected to give a 15 minute oral presentation with 5 minutes available for questions and discussion at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 12th May 2017. The winner will be selected on the day.

The following criteria will be used to score each oral presentation:

  • Oral presentation that is clear, delivers a logical approach to the evidence-based background and hypothesis leading to relevant conclusions.
  • Robust and well-designed study methodology.
  • Accurate presentation of results including appropriate statistical analysis with use of figures and tables.
  • Questions answered clearly and constructively. Clear viewpoint on application of results to clinical practice and future direction of research.
  • Use of audio-visual equipment to enhance the presentation.

Reviewers and Judging Panel

Prof Fang Gao

Panel Chair

Professor Fang Gao MB BS, MPhil, MD, FFICM, FRCA
Perioperative, Critical Care and Trauma Trial Group Theme Lead, Institute of Inflammation and Aging, University of Birmingham

Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

NIHR WM CRN Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Specialty Lead

NIHR Senior Investigator

Main research interests
Clinical trials and translational research in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, emergency laparotomy, and chronic pain. 'Big Data' risk prediction for hospital outcomes of surgery.

Dr Brian Jenkins

Dr Brian Jenkins is a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthetics and Critical Care Medicine. He is a clinical academic, working in Cardiff University and the NHS. He is an editor for Anaesthesia journal, a reviewer for the Anaesthetic Clinical Services Accreditation process of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and has a lifelong interest in medical education, quality and global health.

His clinical interests are critical care and difficult airway management. He has held various roles in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, including Director of Clinical Skills and Sub-dean for Quality and Governance.

He is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Bill Mapleson Centre, a partnership between Cardiff University and industry to promote innovation, education and engagement.

Dr Gudrun Kunst

Dr Gudrun Kunst received her MD from Heidelberg University, Germany in 1991 (magna cum laude). She trained at the Heidelberg University Hospital and acquired the German Anaesthesia Diploma in 1996 and the European Diploma of Anaesthesia in 1997. Dr Kunst was awarded the Habilitation (MD PhD equivalent) in 2001 for her work about intracellular molecular targets of general anaesthetics in cardiac and skeletal muscle. Dr Kunst has been consultant anaesthetist at King's College Hospital since 2004.

Dr Kunst is the clinical lead in cardiac anaesthesia at King's and R&D Lead in Anaesthetics and South London Specialty Group Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management.

Her clinical interests include cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia, day surgery anaesthesia, enteral and abdominal surgery anaesthesia. She has been an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists since 2013 and was awarded Readership in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia in 2015.

Her research interests include perioperative myocardial-, renal- and cerebral protection, anaesthetic preconditioning, assessments of patient-centred and clinical outcomes and enhanced recovery.

Internationally, Dr Kunst chairs the Cardiopulmonary Bypass Committee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and she is a board member of the European Board of Cardiopulmonary Perfusion.

She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia and a Member of the International Advisory Board of the British Medical Journal Heart.

Dr Matthew_Wilson

Dr Matthew Wilson is based at the Sheffield School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He took a scholarship to read natural sciences at Oxford.

After acute medicine, he completed specialist training in anaesthesia in the Midlands. He acquired skills in clinical trials & applied health research with Birmingham University Department of Public Health & Epidemiology as a Clinical Lecturer.

He has worked as a Consultant, or equivalent, in tertiary units since 2000, including Birmingham, Seattle USA, and Sheffield. He was appointed to a NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2011, and was elected to the RCoA Macintosh Professorship in 2016.

Research interests
Applied Health Research
Pragmatic Clinical Trials
Systematic Review
Reproductive Health
Perioperative Medicine
Acute Pain


The award winner will hold the 'NIAA Research Award' for one year and will receive an honorarium of £500 and be presented with a certificate embossed with a gold emblem. When awarded, runners up receive an honorarium of £250.

Travel expenses to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting (standard class with supporting receipts) will be reimbursed for the short-listed finalists and the event fee will be waived.

Originality and Copyright

The author confirms the originality of the work. The submission does not infringe upon copyright, proprietary on personal rights.