The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is providing bursaries for respiratory physician ‘rising stars’ to attend important international conferences, where new research can be shared and collaborations can be formed. This activity is vital to ensure the continuation of cutting-edge research into respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.
The award enables young physician researchers, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to attend such conferences, to present their latest work and to meet colleagues from around the world. It is a great opportunity to learn and understand more about these diseases which impact upon the lives of millions of people, and where there is still vital work to be done.
Speaking about the awards, Ian Jarrold, BLF Research Manager, said “Supporting and nurturing junior respiratory clinical researchers is crucial to make sure lung research has a bright future in the UK. Our awards help up-and-coming UK lung researchers to travel to international research conferences, where they gain essential experience in presenting their work to peers and mentors and can discuss cutting edge developments in their field.”
Jarrold continued: “In the current economic climate, this type of support is becoming more and more valuable to help ensure younger respiratory clinical researchers get the vital opportunities and experience they need, which will see them grow into the breakthrough scientists of the future.”
The BLF presented six educational awards, which were sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited. They were presented to respiratory physician researchers from across the UK who had previously submitted their findings to an expert panel of judges. Winners will be able to attend and present their research at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress taking place in Amsterdam at the end of September 2011.
Written and supplied by The British Lung Foundation