Dr Michael Blacow Memorial Prize

The Dr Michael Blacow Memorial Fund was established following a donation to the British Paediatric Association by Commander and Mrs A H Blacow in memory of their son, Michael, a trainee paediatrician who was killed in an accident.

A money prize (£200) from the trust fund is awarded annually for the best abstract paper presented in plenary session at the RCPCH Conference by a paediatrician below consultant status.

Selection of the prize-winning paper is made by an open audience vote for those who attended the plenary session, and is finalised and reviewed by the Conference organising committee.

Here are the winners from recent years. (Please note the award did not take place in 2019 and 2020)

Year and location of Conference Winner Title of paper
2024, Birmingham Dr Katheryn Ferin MMEGA: Making Medical Education Great Again
2023, Glasgow Dr Sean Kelleher Improving Staff Clinical Competence in Caring for LGBTQ+ Patients in the Paediatric Emergency Department through Online Education

2022, Liverpool

Dr Sharmila Manivannan A trainee-led national programme to reduce differential attainment at subspecialty paediatric training (GRID) - A team Soft Landing initiative

2021, Virtual

Dr Shaarna Shanmugavadivel Impact of diversity in training resources on self-confidence in diagnosing skin conditions across a range of skin tones: an international survey
2018, Glasgow Dr Marylyn Emedo Adverse experiences of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children and the impact on their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs
2017, Birmingham Dr Karen Martin Developing an early intervention programme for children at high-risk of neurodevelopmental impairment in Uganda
2016, Liverpool Dr Felicity Fitzgerald Comparison of children testing negative and positive for Ebola virus disease in Ebola holding units, Sierra Leone
2015, Birmingham Dr Benjamin Eder Delivery of a school health and nutrition programme for Kenyan children: a feasibility study
2013, Glasgow Dr J Mant Understanding children’s experiences of being newly diagnosed with cancer
2012, Glasgow Dr Laura McGlone Alcohol and drug exposure in infants born to mothers prescribed methadone during pregnancy