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Prizes 2016 – Present

August 2021

Richard Eastell has received the 2021 ASBMR Most Outstanding Clinical Abstract Award for his abstract ‘Validation of the Surrogate Threshold Effect as a Method to Implement Change in BMD as a Surrogate Endpoint for Fracture Outcomes: the FNIH-ASBMR SABRE Project’. This award is given to the lead investigator of the highest ranking abstract submitted to a clinical category for presentation at the ASBMR Annual Meeting.

Marian Schini has been awarded a Young Investigator Award by the ASBMR for her abstract, ‘Renal Safety Of Zoledronic Acid In Patients With Borderline Kidney Function At A Metabolic Bone Centre In The United Kingdom’. The work will be presented as an oral presentation at the ASBMR 2021 Annual Meeting on October 1-4 2021. Marian is a Consultant at STH and clinical research fellow in Oncology and Metabolism and this work was done between STH and Oncology and Metabolism, supervised by Jennie Walsh.

Lorenza Mattia has been awarded a Young Investigator Award by the ASBMR  for her abstract, ‘Monitoring Bisphosphonate Treatment In Primary Care: PINP And Osteoporosis In Sheffield Evaluation (POSE Study)’. The work will be presented as a plenary poster at the ASBMR 2021 Annual Meeting on October 1-4 2021. Lorenza is a PhD student and this work was done between Oncology and Metabolism, ScHARR and the University of Southern Denmark, supervised by Marian Schini.

February 2021

Professor Mark Wilkinson was awarded a 2021 Fellowship Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society in recognition of his outstanding research into bone disease.  The honour is the most prestigious the Society can bestow upon its 5,000 members.  Fellows selected by the Orthopaedic Research Society represent longstanding members of the Society who have demonstrated exemplary service and leadership, substantial achievement, expert knowledge, and significant contributions to the field of musculoskeletal research.  Professor Wilkinson’s pioneering research has played a pivotal role in helping to improve treatments and care for patients with bone and joint diseases, the most common cause of chronic disability worldwide.

December 2020

Dr Lorenza Mattia won a commendation from the Royal Osteoporosis Society at their online meeting on 1 December 2020 for her abstract, ‘Monitoring osteoporosis in primary care: PINP and osteoporosis in Sheffield evaluation (POSE Study)’. Lorenza was a clinical fellow in endocrinology who visited from La Sapienza University in Rome. Her supervisors were Dr Marian Schini and Professor Richard Eastell.

Georgia Perri won a commendation from the Royal Osteoporosis Society at their online meeting on 1 December 2020 for her abstract, ‘Effects of selenium supplementation on biomarkers of bone turnover. Georgia is a CIMA PhD student and her Sheffield supervisors are Dr Jennie Walsh and Professor Richard Eastell; her Newcastle supervisors are Professors John Mathers and Tom Hill.

November 2020
Dr Syazrah Salam, an Honorary Clinical Fellow in the Department of Oncology and Metabolism, was invited to give the 2020 Yorkshire Turner Warwick Lecture. This Lectureship is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians to clinical trainees to showcase their research or quality improvement projects. Her lecture will focus on the diagnostic accuracy of non-invasive tests, such as biomarkers and high-resolution bone imaging, as a replacement for bone biopsy to diagnose renal osteodystrophy. The Royal College of Physicians said: ‘We had a substantial number of entries and the standard was extremely high. I am therefore very pleased to inform you that our panel of judges has scored your application the highest.  Congratulations and well done!’

October 2020
Dr Marian Schini won an award for her presentation “Albumin-adjusted calcium equation and reference interval for adjusted calcium: Data from the UK Biobank” given at the European Calcified Tissue Society meeting online. This was entitled, ‘Clinical/Public Health Poster Focus Cellec Biotek Award’. 


September 2020
Richard Eastell  has been invited to give the Clinical Endocrinology Trust Award Lecture to the European Society for Endocrinology.


August 2020
Marian Schini was awarded a Young Investigator Award at the World Congress of Osteoporosis by ESCEO/Agnovos ‘The Risk of Hip and Non-Vertebral Fractures in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’. The work was presented as an oral presentation. Marian is a  consultant and clinical research fellow and this work was done between ScHARR, UCSF and Oncology and Metabolism, supervised by Professor Richard Eastell. 


July 2020
Richard Eastell  has been invited to give the Dent Award Lecture at the Bone Research Society.


December 2019
Lisa Dowling and Claudia Tulotti were awarded the joint prize for best oral presentations, Amy Lloyd was awarded best poster and Marco Palanca won the best snap poster award at the 10th Annual Mellanby Centre Research Meeting in Sheffield.


October 2019

Fatma Gossiel was awarded the prize for the best presentation by a postdoc at the CIMA meeting held on 14 to 15 October 2019. Her lecture was entitled ‘The effects of bisphosphonates on bone turnover markers: the TRIO Study’. Fatma is the laboratory manager in the Mellanby Centre’s Bone Biochemistry Laboratory.

Lisa Dowling was awarded the prize for the best presentation by a PhD student at the CIMA meeting held on 14 to 15 October 2019. Her lecture was entitled ‘A cross-sectional study of total hip and femoral neck bone properties in obese and normal-weight older adults’. Lisa is a PhD student supervised by Dr Jennie Walsh.

September 2019

Tatiane VIlaca was awarded a Young Investigator Award by the ASBMR at the ASBMR 2019 Annual Meeting on 20-23 September 2019 for her abstract, ‘The Risk of Fracture in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’. The work was presented as an oral presentation. Tatiane is a PhD student and this work was done between ScHARR, UCSF and Oncology and Metabolism, supervised by Professor Richard Eastell. 

Marian Schini was awarded a Young Investigator Travel Grant by the ASBMR at the same meeting for her abstract, ‘The Risk of Hip and Non-Vertebral Fractures in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’. The work was presented as an oral poster. Marian is a PhD student and clinical fellow and this work was done between ScHARR, UCSF and Oncology and Metabolism, supervised by Professor Richard Eastell. 

December 2018

Professor Richard Eastell was awarded the Linda Edwards Award at the National Osteoporosis Society at their annual meeting in Birmingham on December 4, 2018. His lecture was entitled, ‘Tools to guide decisions regarding long-term treatment of osteoporosis.’ Dr Nicola Peel is the chairman of the conference committee and said ‘TheLinda Edwards Award is the highest level recognition award of the Society and is awarded for your tireless and highly valued work in the field of osteoporosis .’ 

Fatma Gossiel was a recipient of the NOS 2018 abstract award for her work, ‘The effect of bisphosphonates on bone turnover and bone balance in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis: the T-score bone marker approach in the TRIO study’. Fatma is the manager of the Bone Biochemistry Laboratory.

Ian Baxter was was a recipient of the NOS 2018 abstract award for his work, ‘Early biochemical monitoring of osteoporosis treatment in primar care improves 5 year outcomes.’ Ian is a trainee orthopaedic surgeon working with Dr Nicola Peel.

Marian Schini was a winner of the best poster in the Premier Poster Session for her work, ‘Normocalcaemic hyperparathyroidism: study of the prevalence and natural history in a United Kingdom referral population.’ Marian is a PhD student and clinical fellow supervised by Professor Richard Eastell and Dr Jennie Walsh.

November 2018
Congratulations to Rob Coleman and Graham Russell for achieving Lifelong Mellanby Centre membership, which was awarded at this years Mellanby Centre Research Day on 23 November 2018.  Congratulations also to prize winners: Codrin Condurache for best oral presentation, Rebecca Stirling for best poster presentation, and Mandeep Boughan, Lewis McColl and Nermin Tawfiq for best SNAP poster presentations.

May 2018
Philippe Bordier Award – European Calcified Tissue Society Conference, Valencia, 2018

Awarded to Professor Eugene McCloskey.  Doctor Philippe Bordier (1927-1977) contributed significantly to the bone field by developing bone histomorphometry, which he applied to the analysis of several bone diseases. The Award recognises individuals who have made a significant clinical contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.

Golden Femur Award – European Calcified Tissue Society Conference, Valencia, 2018
Awarded to Professor Eugene McCloskey.  The Golden Femur is awarded based on a debate between a representative of the ECTS and a representative of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).  Prof McCloskey successfully argued against the motion “This house believes that population-based screening to detect high fracture risk should be offered to older postmenopausal women.”

March 2018
George Pickering, BMedSci student – President’s Prize for best undergraduate paper at the British Hip Society on 16 March 2018 for a study entitled “Kif26b is necessary for osteogenic trans-differentiation and matrix mineralisation in an in vitro model of pathological ossification”
Supervisors: Mark Wilkinson, Endre Kiss-Toth

Mark Wilkinson’s team won the Otto Aufranc Award of the Hip Society in New Orleans, United States on 10 March 2018 for a study entitled “The Genetics of Osteolysis after Total Hip Arthroplasty”.

June 2017
George Pickering, BMedSci student – Oral Presentation Prize at the Medical School Annual Research Day
Title: Kif26b is necessary for osteogenic trans-differentiation and matrix mineralisation in an in vitro model of heterotopic ossification
Supervisors: Mark Wilkinson, Endre Kiss-Toth

Luke Tattersall, PhD Student – Barbara Mawer Award, Bone Research Society Annual Meeting 2017
Luke will use this award to visit the University of Ferrara, Italy for his project entitled: “Investigating extracellular ATP in the tumour microenvironment of osteosarcoma using the plasma membrane-targeted luciferase (PmeLUC) probe.

Professor Nick Bishop who has been honoured with the Boonen Award by the European Calcified Tissue Society.  The Boonen Award is given for excellence in clinical research in the field of bone and mineral metabolism. Prof Bishop received the award in recognition of his contribution to clinical research into rare bone diseases in children, in particular in the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta and hypophosphatasia. He also receives €10,000 to support further research in this field.

May 2017
Phil Nicklin, PhD student – Young Investigator Award at the European Calcified Tissue Society meeting 
Title: Establishing race- and gender-specific reference intervals for pyridoxal 5-phosphate to better identify adult hypophosphatasia using data from the NHANES programme 
Supervisor: Professor Richard Eastell, Dr Jennie Walsh

November 2016
Margaret Paggiosi, Research Fellow – New Investigator Award at the National Osteoporosis Society meeting. Abstract title: RESPONSE TO TERIPARATIDE TREATMENT DIFFERS BY ANATOMICAL SITE AND BONE COMPARTMENT

Tatiane Vilaca, PhD student – New Investigator Award at the National Osteoporosis Society meeting. Abstract title: A METAANALYSIS OF THE RISK OF ANKLE AND WRIST FRACTURES IN DIABETES
Supervisors: Richard Eastell, Jennie Walsh

September 2016
Dr Syazrah Salam MBChB MRCP, Kidney Research UK Clinical Research Fellow
Supervisors: Professor Richard Eastell (Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism) and Dr Arif Khwaja (Sheffield Kidney Institute)
Title: The role of biomarkers as an alternative to bone biopsy in predicting bone turnover in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease.
Award: best poster presentation at the Kidney Research UK Fellows Day 2016

July 2016
Jonathan Simpson
Cavendish Hip Foundation BMedSci Student 2015-16
Supervisors: Professor Mark Wilkinson (Bone Metabolism) and Dr Endre Kiss-Toth (Cardiovascular Science)
Project Title: Functional Effect of Genetic Variation on Susceptibility to, and Severity of, Heterotopic Ossification.
Selected to deliver an oral presentation on my project at the BMedSci Presentation Day on the 8th July
Won the oral presentation prize for the afternoon session, kindly provided by the Academy of Medical Sciences INSPIRE fund

June 2016
Mohsen Farzi – 12th IEEE EMBS international summer school on Biomedical Imaging from 16-24 June 2016.
Poster award, entitled ‘Automatic Quality Control for Population Imaging’
Supervisors: Mark Wilkinson, Alex Frangi.

April 2016
Professor Eugene McCloskey, Professor of Adult Bone Disease awarded the International Osteoporosis Foundation Medal of Achievement, April 2016. This Medal recognises an individual researcher who has significantly advanced the field of osteoporosis through his original and outstanding scientific contributions.
http://www.iofbonehealth.org/news/iof-medal-achievement-awarded-professor-eugene-mccloskey

Prize winners at the Mellanby Centre Research Day 2015

Ning Wang – Best Oral Presentation “P2 receptors in mitotically quiescent, bone metastasis initiating populations in prostate cancer”
Silvia Marino – Best Poster Presentation “Pharmacological evidence for reduction of cancer-related osteolysis by disruption of bone-specific NFkB/ß-catenin signalling”
Louis Metcalf – Best ‘Snap’ Poster Presentation “Method development to scan the calcaneus using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography”