2023 Prizes

The Ronnie MacKeith Prize Lecture 

The Ronnie MacKeith Prize is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to paediatric neurology as judged by published work and who are under the age of 40 years or within 5 years of obtaining CCT. The prize lecturer gives a 30-minute presentation at the BPNA conference and is awarded £500 plus full registration for the conference plus travel expenses and hotel accommodation.

CLICK HERE to see the list of previous MacKeith prize winners.

To apply, please submit the following: 

Please send your application to philp.levine@bpna.org.uk

The deadline to submit your application by is 26 September 2022 (by 5pm).

Best Poster by a Trainee Prize

This will be awarded to the trainee presenting the best poster at the BPNA 2023 conference. When you submit your abstract, please remember to tick 'I am a trainee' (FY1-ST8, fellows, etc). The prize, sponsored by the BPNA, will be full registration to the BPNA 2024 conference.

The BPNA 2022 'Best Trainee Poster' prize was awarded to Dr Michaela Pentony (Children's Health Ireland) for poster presentation entitled 'Dystonia in children with acquired brain injury'.

Best Poster Audio Narrative by a Trainee Prize

This will be awarded to the trainee presenting the best poster audio narrative at the BPNA 2023 conference. When you submit your abstract, please remember to tick 'I am a trainee' (FY1-ST8, fellows, etc). The prize, sponsored by the BPNA, will be full registration to the BPNA 2024 conference.

The BPNA 2022 ‘Best Poster Audio Narrative’ prize was awarded to Dr Dimitrios Champsas (Great Ormond Street Hospital) for poster presentation entitled 'Neurological and radiological findings associated with paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 (PIMS-2) in children'.

Best Oral Presentation by a Trainee Prize

This will be awarded to the trainee presenting the best oral presentation at the BPNA 2023 conference. When you submit your abstract, please remember to tick 'I am a trainee' (FY1-ST8, fellows, etc). The prize, generously sponsored by MacKeith Press, will be full registration to the BPNA 2024 conference.

The BPNA 2022 'Best Trainee Oral Presentation' prize was awarded to Dr Dora Steel (UCL GOSH Institute Of Child Health) for presentation entitled 'Mutations in HOPS-complex genes VPS16 and VPS41 cause early-onset movement disorders', and Dr Luke Perry (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute Of Child Health) for presentation entitled 'Cross-sectional phenotypic and phenotypic analysis of a UK cohort of patients with nemaline myopathies'.

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN) Best Article by a BPNA Trainee Prize

The first award to be made at the BPNA Annual Meeting January 2023, and to replace all other Mac Keith Press prizes. Papers published in Volume 64 (2022 volume) are eligible.

Prize Scope
Best original article, case series, review paper, or clinical practice guide published by a BPNA trainee or early career consultant in the DMCN volume published during the year prior to the BPNA annual conference. One author at least on the paper must be a BPNA trainee at the time of submission, and this can include a member of an author group.

Prize amount
£1000 will be awarded by Mac Keith Press to the BPNA prize winner (or if there are multiple BPNA trainees/early career consultants who are authors on the paper, shared between them as they agree), plus a Mac Keith Press certificate.

The deadline to submit your application by is 16 November 2022.

For more information on how to apply please click here

Best Medical Student Presentation

This will be awarded to the medical student with the best presentation, either poster or oral. When submitting your abstract please remember to record you are a medical student (undergraduate) when entering authors and affiliations'.  The prize, sponsored by the BPNA, will be full registration to the BPNA 2024 conference.

The BPNA 2022 'Best Medical Student Presentation' prize was awarded to Miss Finola Mankel (Medical Student, University College London) for presentation entitled 'Improving the diagnostic pathway and management of first seizures in infants with Sturge-Weber Syndrome'.