Lorber Award - for best scientific paper in paediatrics

This is awarded to a pre-consultant grade medical practitioner working in the UK for the best scientific paper related to paediatrics. Nominations are currently closed.

About the award

John Lorber (1915-1996) was Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sheffield. He made major contributions to the field of medical ethics, childhood tuberculosis and neural tube defects.

The Lorber Award was established in his memory by his wife, and is awarded to the author of the best article on any subject related to paediatrics published or accepted for publication within the previous year.

It's open to medical practitioners who are registered in the UK and working in pre-consultant grades at the time the relevant scientific paper is accepted for publication.

Submitted articles are judged by an adjudicating committee, established by the Academic Board of the RCPCH, with respect to scientific content, clinical contribution and presentation. The committee may in exceptional circumstances offer the award jointly.

The winner is awarded at RCPCH Conference and Exhibition. The winner receives £200 and a certificate, in addition to expenses covered for travel, and a day entry pass to Conference.


Nominations for the 2022 Lorber Award closed as of 30 November 2021. Applicants were required to complete an application form and a PDF copy of their publication, which must have been published within one year.

Previous winners

  • 2022 - Dr Andrew McArdle 'Treatment of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children'
  • 2020 (joint winner) - Sunil Bhopal 'The contribution of childhood adversity to cortisol measures of early life stress amongst infants in rural India'
  • 2020 (joint winner) - Shuko Joseph 'Fractures and Linear Growth in a Nationwide Cohort of Boys With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy With and Without Glucocorticoid Treatment'
  • 2018 - Dr Mildred Iro '30-year trends in admission rates for encephalitis in children in England and effect of improved diagnostics and measles-mumps-rubella vaccination: a population-based observational study' The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2017;17:422–30
  • 2016 - Martin Edwards ‘Early-term birth is a risk factor for wheezing in childhood: A cross-sectional population study’ Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 136(3), pp.581-587.e2
  • 2014 - Carrie Williams 'Cancer Risk among Children Born after Assisted Conception' N Engl J Med 2013; 369:1819-272012
  • 2012 - Atul Gupta 'Relationship between Serum Vitamin D, Disease Severity, and Airway Remodeling in Children with Asthma' Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011; 184(12): 1342–1349
  • 2006 - Sejal Saglani ‘Difficult asthma in the pre-school child’ Paediatr Respir Rev 2004; 5:199-206
  • 2002 - Saul Faust ‘Dysfunction of Endothelial Protein C Activation in Severe Meningococcal Sepsis’ N Engl J Med 2001; 345:408-416


For more information please contact the Research & Evaluation team on research@rcpch.ac.uk.