ACB Medal Award 

This Award was first donated in 1971 by Miles Laboratories Limited, Ames Division and later by Bayer Diagnostics UK Limited. It was then sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics until 2010. Following a review of the Awards in 2010, a new award known as the ACB Medal Award was introduced. Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Annual National Meeting (Focus) sponsorship package from 2011 onwards. 

The Award is made on the basis of an oral communication presented by a Member of the Association at the Annual National Meeting (Focus). The winner receives a silver medal and both the winner and runner-up receive a bursary. The bursaries are intended to help attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work. 

The selection procedure for the award is as follows: 

  • Application is by indicating on the abstract submission form that the author wishes their abstract, if accepted, to be considered for the ACB Medal Award.  
  • Applicants must be Members of the Association who are in active training (i.e. working towards, but not yet having acquired FRCPath) on the date of the competition. 
  • Applicants must certify that the work, or a substantial and clearly defined part of it, is his/her own work. 
  • Shortlisting and judging will be by an Award Committee, comprising the Association’s President, Past President or President Elect, Director of Publications & Communications, Director of Education, Training & Workforce and the National Meetings Secretary. A representative of the sponsoring company will be invited to join the judging panel. 

Successful applicants will be informed not less than 6 weeks before the Award. At the National Meeting there will be a separate session dedicated to the Award presentations. Participants will be given 15 minutes to make their presentation with a further 5 minutes for questions. The judges on the Award Committee will look for evidence of original science that is relevant to Clinical Biochemistry. They will also look for a clear and interesting delivery, careful timing, good audio visual aids and the ability to discuss the project and answer questions. The winner and runner-up will be announced and presented with the Award at the Focus Banquet, or at the Closing Ceremony. The presentation will usually be made by a representative of the sponsoring company.  

All competitors are encouraged to submit their completed study for publication in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry 

ACB Poster Prizes 

These prizes were initiated in 1998 by Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC) UK Limited, the name changing to the Siemens Poster Prizes when Siemens acquired DPC. Following a review of the Awards in 2010, two new awards known as the ACB Poster Prizes were introduced for Focus 2011 onwards, one for the best poster describing a clinical case(s), the second for the best poster describing a clinical audit. There are prizes for both categories, which are intended to fund attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work. Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Focus sponsorship package from 2011 onwards. 

The selection procedure for the Prize is as follows: 

  • The competition is open to all Members of the Association displaying posters at Focus meetings, except for commercial companies and invited speakers. 
  • Each applicant (who must be first author) must certify that the work, or a substantial and clearly defined part of it, is their own work. 
  • Application is by indicating on the abstract submission form that the author wishes their poster, if accepted, to be considered for either of the ACB Poster Prizes. 
  • If a clinical cases abstract is selected for an oral presentation, the author will be ineligible to display a poster on that same case. 
  • Judging for the awards is carried out by representatives of the Clinical Sciences Reviews Committee (CSRC), a sub-committee of the Scientific Committee of the Association and includes discussion of the poster at the meeting. 
  • Criteria for selection include: 
    – Clinical cases – a clear description of the clinical presentation, presentation of the test results, appropriate interpretation of those results. 
    – Preference will be given to cases with multi-disciplinary involvement, rare case studies or an unusual presentation of a more common case. 
    – Clinical audit – a clear description of the area of practice, the standards/guidelines used, changes introduced and re-audit. 

The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at the Closing Ceremony. The presentations are usually made by the President of the ACB. 
Please note that the Poster Prizes may not be held in years where Focus is not held, for example, due to hosting other collaborative or international meetings. 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Congress Dates

10 – 12 March 2021

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