We encourage wide use of the UK Biobank Resource. This includes scientists just embarking on their research career, who may be the research leaders when the UK Biobank resource is at its most productive in years to come.
We are especially looking to celebrate the creativity and imagination of early-career researchers (up to 5 years’ post qualification). If that’s you, why not enter our competition to find 2019 UK Biobank Early-Career Researcher of the Year.
Not only will that look good on your CV – but there is a top prize of £1000 up for grabs and two runners up prizes of £500 each.
To enter you must be a researcher registered to use UK Biobank data. The abstract you submit must relate to approved research by you with either preliminary or published results.
Researchers of the top three abstracts (as decided by a UK Biobank panel) will have the chance to present their work at the UK Biobank Annual Scientific Conference. A further 20 abstracts will be selected for poster presentation at the conference.
We would very much like to give all Early-Career researchers the chance to participate, and to come to London to talk about their work. In addition to the prizes above, we can offer £200 towards travel for the winner, runners up and the 20 poster presentations to attend the meeting, and £25 towards print costs. However, if travelling to London presents a problem, we can take conference presentations by video link for the winner or runners up. For poster presentations, we may be able to use pre-recorded video to ensure your presence at the event, even if you are many miles away.
- Entrants must be registered to use the resource and early-career researchers, i.e. up to 5 years’ post qualification (PhD, masters, undergraduate) or undergoing aforementioned qualifications. Entrants may submit more than one entry;
- The entrant must be the first and presenting author, although the research may have co-authors;
- Entry can relate to completed, partially completed work or approved research on the UK Biobank data with either preliminary or published results.
- Scientific merit of the abstract;
- Quality and originality of the work;
- Likely impact to improve the health of future generations.
How to submit your application
- Entrants should complete the Entry Form and return it to Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org by 8am (London time) Monday 29th April 2019;
- The winners will be notified by email by Friday 24th May 2019;
- The event takes place in London on Wednesday 19th June 2019;
- All submissions will be posted on the UK Biobank website.
Decision of the judges is final.
2018 Winner & runners up
- Dr Philip Law, Institute of Cancer Research: Genetic and no-genetic risk modelling for predicting colorectal cancer
- Dr Hanieh Yaghootkar, University of Exeter: Combining UK Biobank genetics and MRI imaging data to identify genetic factors associated with higher body fat % but lower risk of diabetes
- Dr Samuel Jones, University of Exeter: Genetic studies accelerometer-based sleep measures in 85,670 individuals yield new insights into human sleep behaviour
Visit: www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/uk-biobank-scientific-conference-2018-videos/ to see last year’s presentations.