22nd Annual Conference of BHIVA - Detailed post-conference report

Download Final ProgrammeThis year's BHIVA Annual Conference was held at Manchester Central, UK.

The conference was considered a great success and has received very positive feedback from delegates.

There were 641 delegates registered for the conference and this number included 49 BHIVA Scholarship winners and 47 Community Registration places.

Events

As customary, a number of social events were held at the conference. These events were well attended and enjoyed by all.

Civic Welcome Reception

The Civic Welcome Reception was held on Wednesday 20 April in the exhibition area at Manchester Central. Dr Andy Ustianowski (Conference Local Host) began the speeches and this was followed by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Murphy OBE, who kindly agreed to speak and officially welcomed delegates to the city. Dr David Asboe (Chair of the British HIV Association) concluded the speeches. Following this, guests remained in the Exhibition Hall for some light refreshments and were provided with an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Watch the video of the Civic Welcome Reception speeches


Left to right: Dr Adrian Palfreeman, Dr David Asboe, Dr Andy Ustianowski,
Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Murphy OBE, Dr Annemiek de Ruiter, Dr Duncan Churchill
 

Dr Andy Ustianowski (Conference Local Host) addresses the conference delegates
 

Gala Dinner

This year's Gala Dinner was held at Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, one of the most iconic landmarks in the heart of the city. Regarded as one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most important Grade 1 listed buildings in England. The event began with a drinks reception, which was followed by dinner. Guests were then surprised with entertained from some singing waiters, who performed a few classic opera songs. After some short speeches, the evening continued with music by Manchester-based band The Audiopimps, who entertained with a lively mixture of current pop-rock and classic party tunes.

Gala Dinner at Manchester Town Hall

Gala Dinner at Manchester Town Hall

Gala Dinner at Manchester Town Hall

Gala Dinner at Manchester Town Hall

Prizes and Awards

Research excellence was again reflected by the breadth and depth of oral and poster research presentations at this year's conference. Of those abstracts submitted, 208 were selected for presentation – 30 as oral presentations and 178 as poster presentations. All selected abstracts are published in HIV Medicine (2016, Volume 17 Supplement 1), and available to download here.

Click here to view the full list of this year's prize winners. Pictured below are some of the winners.

MSD Travel Bursaries in collaboration with BHIVA

MSD has provided travel scholarships to 8 UK-based consultants and non-consultant healthcare professionals (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and non-clinical researchers) who are either training or working in the field of HIV medicine.

The value of each scholarship was capped as a contribution towards an award winner’s registration fee, travel and accommodation expenses at the recent CROI Conference in Boston.

The winners of the award this year were as follows:

  • Dr Jasmini Alagaratnam

  • Dr Daniel Bradshaw

  • Dr Kate Childs

  • Dr Ellen Dwyer

  • Dr Julie Fox

  • Dr Achyuta Nori

  • Dr Brendan Payne

  • Dr Jaime Vera

MSD Travel Bursaries in collaboration with BHIVA

Left to right: Dr Adrian Palfreeman, Mr Bill Gardner (MSD), Dr Daniel Bradshaw, Dr Jaime Vera, Dr Ellen Dwyer, Dr Achyuta Nori, Dr Brendan Payne, Dr David Asboe

Mediscript Awards in collaboration with BHIVA

Owing to its long association with BHIVA, two prizes were awarded by Mediscript to the best oral or poster presentation for work in the field of social sciences or community-based work.

Winner:

O5: 'HIV treatment information and advocacy 2014/15: continued demand for community support services'

Mr Robin Jakob, HIV i-Base

Winner:

P149: "Listen to us, learn from us, work alongside us": UK findings from a global participatory survey among women living with HIV

Ms Sophie Strachan, The Sophia Forum

Mediscript Awards in collaboration with BHIVA

Left to right: Dr Adrian Palfreeman, Mr Roy Trevelion (on behalf of Mr Robin Jakob), Ms Sophie Strachan, Dr David Asboe

BHIVA Best Case Presentation Awards

3 awards available from presentations made during the case presentation lunchtime workshops held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Overall the standard was extremely high and it was difficult to select one winner from each session.

  • Winner - Clinico-pathological Case Presentation Session:
    IL6 be damned!
    Dr Charles Williams, St George's Hospital

  • Winner - Difficult Pharmacology Case Presentation Workshop
    Polypharmacy and Polypathology
    Dr Alessia Dalla Pria, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Winner - Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Case Presentation Workshop
    Livering on the edge
    Dr Adele Wolujewicz, Liverpool Centre for Sexual Health

BHIVA Best Case Presentation Awards

Left to right: Dr Adrian Palfreeman, Dr Adele Wolujewicz, Dr Alessia Dalla Pria, Dr Charles Williams, Dr David Asboe

The Ian Williams Best Poster Presentation Award

Ms Venita Hardweir

This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best poster research presentation during the conference. Poster research presentations were judged by a BHIVA-appointed poster research judging panel, and to be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).

Winner:

P8: 'The next generiction'

Ms Venita Hardweir, Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton

The Margaret Johnson Best Oral Presentation Award

Dr Jonathan Underwood

This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best oral research presentation during the conference. All oral research presentations were judged by a BHIVA-appointed oral research judging panel, and to be eligible for this prize the presenter must be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).

Winner:

O12: 'Brain MRI changes associated with poorer cognitive function despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy'

Dr Jonathan Underwood, Imperial College London