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Arthur Fonville Award

An annual award for a stroke research dissertation by a medical student in Edinburgh or Amsterdam.

Arthur Fonville

This is an award for a 1,500-3,000 word dissertation summarising a research project into any aspect of stroke, conducted by a medical student in year 3 to 6 at the University of Edinburgh or the University of Amsterdam .

There is a prize of £100 for the best entry from each country, plus the opportunity of a further award of up to £750 to support attendance at a conference to present the research in the year after the award.

This posthumous award was established in memory of Arthur Fonville, a medical student from the University of Amsterdam, who worked with the Research to Understand Stroke due to Haemorrhage (RUSH) team in Edinburgh 2011-2013, and died in September 2014.

How to apply

The 2022 competition opens on 1 July 2022 with a closing date of 21 September 2022.  The winner will  be announced in mid-October and presentation of the Arthur Fonville award will take place in November 2022.  Dissertations should be sent to rosemary.anderson@ed.ac.uk. The best dissertation is chosen by a panel of members of the RUSH group.

This year's winners

Two award winners holding their certificates

2021: Yawen Xiang (Edinburgh) & Noa van den Bos (Amsterdam)

  • Yawen Xiang is a year 6 medical student at University of Edinburgh.  Her dissertation was entitled 'Which pathologies contribute to pre-existing dementia in adults with spontaneous (non-traumatic) intracerebral haemorrhage'
  • Noa van den Bos is a medical student from the Amsterdam University Medical Centres, University of Amsterdam.  Her dissertation was entitled 'Patient and proxies’ attitudes towards Deferred Consent in randomised trials of acute treatment for stroke: Qualitative survey' 

Previous winners

two award winners holding painted commemorative stones

2020: Maritta van Stigt and Brendan Sargent.

  • Maritta van Stigt is a PhD candidate at Academisch Medisch Centrum, University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation was entitled “Identification of large vessel occlusions in patients with suspected stroke using ambulant electroencephalography”.
  • Brendan Sargent is a medical student at the University of Edinburgh. He wrote his dissertation on “A cohort study of the effects of perihaematomal oedema on long-term outcomes of intracerebral haemorrhage.”

2019: Laura Cunningham & Leon Rinkel. For more information see Winners of the Arthur Fonville Award 2019

2018: Edward Christopher & Kit van der Eng. For more information see Winners of the Arthur Fonville Award 2018

2017: Arina Tamborska & Jason Chan. For more information see: Arthur Fonville Award winners 2017

2016: Vhinoth Sivakumaran & Henry Millar. For more information see: Arthur Fonville Award winners 2016

Two award winners holding their certificates
Francesca Wright and Scott Osborn (2015 winners) receiving their Award Certificate and Arthur's Grocery bag.

2015: The three winners of the inaugural competition were:

  • Francesca Wright, for “Psychological associations of post-stroke anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis”
  • Scott Osborne, for “Confirmation and Sub-classification of Stroke Cases in UK Biobank”
  • Pheng Toh, for, “Radiographic features of intracerebral haemorrhage associated with pathologically-proven cerebral amyloid angiopathy: systematic review and meta-analysis”

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