Date: 17-20 April 2018
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, UK
This year's annual conference was held jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). As in 2014, this joint conference in 2018 was successful and received positive feedback from delegates. 992 delegates registered for the conference.
Civic Welcome Reception
The Civic Welcome Reception was held on Wednesday 18 April among the exhibition stands at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Short speeches to welcome delegates were made from Dr Catherine Calderwood (Chief Medical Officer for Scotland) and Councillor Joan Griffiths MBE (Deputy Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh), along with Dr Imali Fernando (BASHH Local Host) and Professor Clifford Leen (BHIVA Local Host). This was followed by an opportunity for delegates to network with each other whilst enjoying a drink and some light refreshments. Live Solo Pianist Mr Diego Lopez provided the perfect atmosphere for the event.
This year's Gala Dinner was an impressive event held at The Assembly Rooms in the city centre. This beautiful building provided our delegates with the perfect venue to enjoy the final evening of the conference. The event started with a drinks reception, which was followed by an excellent dinner. Professor Chloe Orkin (Chair, British HIV Association) and Dr Olwen Williams OBE (President, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) thanked Dr Imali Fernando (BASHH Local Host) and Professor Clifford Leen (BHIVA Local Host), along with Dr Daniel Richardson and Dr Laura Waters (Co-Chairs of the BHIVA/BASHH Joint Conferences Committee) for putting an excellent conference programme together. Dr Mags Portman deservedly received the BASHH lifetime achievement award at the Joint BHIVA/BASHH 2018 Conference. Mags is a giant amongst humans - more passion, conviction, wisdom, empathy and grit packed into an eloquent and smiling package than you will find in a lecture theatre full of her peers. Mags' tireless efforts to ensure access to PrEP are legendary & it's these, and the unwavering admiration she has earned from clinicians, community advocates & service users, that made her the perfect choice, as nominated by Drs Rak Nandwani & Tristan Barber, to receive this award. Despite her mesothelioma diagnosis Mags continues to advocate, to teach and to inspire and few will match her incredible achievements. Well done Mags and from BHIVA and BASHH.....you truly rock! Entertainment was provided by Comedian Scott Agnew, who kept the audience engaged and laughing out loud. The entertainment from the DJ proved a big hit in bringing everyone to the dance floor.
The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Prizes and Awards
As has become customary at BHIVA and BASHH conferences, outstanding quality research was reflected in the oral and poster presentations. Of the 485 abstracts submitted, 445 were selected - 45 as oral presentations and 400 as poster presentations.
All selected abstracts were published in HIV Medicine (2018, Volume 19 Supplement 2), and are available to download here.
Click here to view the full list of this year's prize winners. Pictured below are some of the winners.
BHIVA Travel Bursary Scholarships 2018 Funded by MSD Ltd
The British HIV Association made provision for 8 scholarship awards funded by MSD Ltd to be made available to assist healthcare professionals to attend the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) which was held in Boston, USA on 4-7 March 2018. Scholarship awards were capped at a maximum of £2,000 each and were considered a contribution towards an award winner's registration fee, travel and accommodation expenses. The winners of the award this year were as follows:
Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Dr Owen Seddon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Dr Matthew Page, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Dr Virginia Rasi, University College London
Dr Charlotte-Eve Short, Imperial College London
Dr Sophie Flavell, Mortimer Market Centre, London
Dr Jane Nicholls, North Bristol NHS Trust
Dr Bridie Howe, City Hospitals Sunderland
Dr Erasmus Smit, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham (Bursary carried over from 2017)
Left to right: Professor Chloe Orkin (BHIVA Chair), Dr Virginia Rasi, Dr Matthew Page, Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan, Dr John Forni (MSD representative)
Mediscript Awards in collaboration with BHIVA and BASHH
Two prizes were awarded for the best oral or poster research presentation during the conference in the field of social sciences and community-based work.
Miss Laura Kwardem, Salamander Trust
Mr Aedan Wolton, cliniQ CIC
Left to right: Mr Mitul Patel (Mediscript Ltd), Mr Aedan Wolton, Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan (collecting the award on behalf of Laura Kwardem), Professor Chloe Orkin (BHIVA Chair), Dr Olwen Williams OBE (BASHH President)
BHIVA/BASHH Best Case Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best case presentation as part of the BHIVA/BASHH Lunchtime Clinico-pathological Case Presentation Workshop.
HHV-8 a diagnosis to debate
Dr Hardeep Kang, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
BHIVA/BASHH Best Abstract Presentation from an Undergraduate Award
This prize was awarded for the best oral or poster research presentation during the conference presented by an undergraduate student.
Miss Alicja Beksinska, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
BHIVA/BASHH Best Sexual Health Poster Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best sexual health-related poster research presentation during the conference. To be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).
Dr Eric Chow, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia
BHIVA/BASHH Best HIV Poster Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best HIV-related poster research presentation during the conference. To be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).
Dr Nadia Ekong, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
BHIVA/BASHH Best Sexual Health Oral Research Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best sexual health-related oral research presentation during the conference. To be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).
Dr Mathew Page, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
BHIVA/BASHH Best HIV Oral Research Presentation Award
This prize was awarded to the presenter of the best HIV-related oral research presentation during the conference. To be eligible for this prize the presenter had to be of junior grade (sub-consultant or equivalent).
Ms Meaghan Kall, Public Health England