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BHIVA Research Awards

Originally launched in 2006, the BHIVA Research Awards are open, through competitive application, to all BHIVA members. A total of at least £30,000 per annum is available, to be distributed amongst the successful applicants according to the quality of the submitted proposals. The judging panel is chaired by an appointed chair and the call for applications is open from December to February. Successful applicants are announced at the BHIVA autumn conference.

BHIVA Research Awards provide funding for research projects that will impact on the improvement of clinical care, management, health and wellbeing of people living with HIV and on the prevention of HIV transmission. Applicants must be from UK-based institutions and awards will only be paid to UK bank accounts. Projects should be wholly or primarily focussed on UK populations. Applications with additional impact in other country or population settings and/or which support the development of research skills for the UK-based applicant may also be considered.
 

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BHIVA Research Awards

2021 winners

In 2021, the BHIVA Research Awards received 10 high quality applications from both large and small centres, requesting a total of £139,194.46. The BHIVA Research Awards Judging Panel is proud to announce the following six successful applicants being awarded a total of £65,910.60:

  • Tackling Tobacco Addiction in HIV (TTAH) Study, Dr Emily Clarke, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • HIV-1 Viral Load Small Volume Blood Testing Validity and Acceptability, Dr Stuart Flanagan, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Acceptability and feasibility of digital assessment of falls risk, frailty and mobility impairment using wearable sensors in people with HIV as part of HIV care, Dr Claire Norcross, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

  • To understand the knowledge of health care providers and the barriers relating to the diagnosis and treatment of low bone mineral density (BMD) amongst women living with HIV, Dr Hajra Okhai, University College London

  • Prevalence of Epstein Barr virus and cytomegalovirus and associated immune-activation and inflammation in adolescents and young adults with perinatally-acquired HIV, Dr Helen Payne, Imperial College London

  • Waist circumference cut-offs for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in women and men of African ancestry with HIV, Dr Laura Ribeiro Cechin, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London


Don Jeffries Research Award 2021

In 2012, as a memorial to the late Professor Donald Jeffries CBE, the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee instituted an award for the top-scoring project in the BHIVA Research Awards applications. This award has been set up in perpetuity, to honour Professor Jeffries' unerring support and dedication to the British HIV Association.

The 2021 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr Claire Norcross for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2021.


The BHIVA Research Awards 2021 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.

2020 winners

In 2020, the BHIVA Research Awards received 14 high quality applications from both large and small centres, requesting a total of £201,557.58. The BHIVA Research Awards Judging Panel is proud to announce the following five successful applicants being awarded a total of £68,325.32:

  • 'Discontinuation of tenofovir in HIV-1/HBV coinfected patients: a feasibility study', Dr Kosh Agarwal, King’s College Hospital, London and Dr Daniel Bradshaw, UK Health Security Agency

  • 'Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the short form HIV Disability Questionnaire among women living with HIV in the United Kingdom: A cross-sectional self-report measurement study', Mr Darren Brown, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

  • 'POWER: ParticipatiOn of WomEn in HIV Research', Dr Lisa Hamzah, St George’s, London

  • 'The mechanisms of gut immune dysfunction in HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection and their implications for HIV-1 persistence', Dr John Thornhill, Barts Health, London and QMUL

  • 'Analysis of Broadly Neutralising Antibody Resistance in Adolescents and Young People living with HIV', Dr Penny Zacharopoulou, University of Oxford


Don Jeffries Research Award 2020

The 2020 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr John Thornhill at the BHIVA Autumn Virtual Conference 2020 on Tuesday 24 November 2020, for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2020.


The BHIVA Research Awards 2020 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.

2019 winners

In 2019, the BHIVA Research Awards received eleven high quality applications from both large and small centres, requesting a total of £138,569.02. The BHIVA Research Awards Judging Panel is proud to announce the following four successful applicants being awarded a total of £40,492.

  • 'The acceptability of offering rapid antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV in East London: A qualitative study', Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan, Barts Health NHS Trust, London

  • 'Enhanced cervical screening and Human Papilloma Virus testing in young women with perinatally acquired HIV (HiPPY Study)', Dr Tamara Elliott, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

  • 'Examining how HIV-specialists contribute to the promotion of physical activity in people living with HIV', Dr Martin Lamb, Sheffield Hallam University

  • 'Evolution of Natural Killer (NK) cell responses during acute HIV-1 infection with distinct viral subtypes', Dr Dimitra Peppa, University of Oxford


Don Jeffries Research Award 2019

The 2019 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr Dimitra Peppa at the BHIVA Autumn Conference on Friday 4 October 2019, for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2019.


The BHIVA Research Awards 2019 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.


2018 winners

In 2018, BHIVA Research Awards received ten high quality applications from both large and small centres, requesting a total of £110,348.44. The BHIVA Research Awards Judging Panel is proud to announce the following five successful applicants being awarded a total of £39,249.

  • 'REACH UP (RE-evaluation of Annual Cytology using HPV testing to Upgrade Prevention): a feasibility study in Women Living With HIV', Dr P Cicconi, University of Oxford

  • 'The Indeterminate Retrovirus Infection Service (IDRIS); Novel testing, counselling and management of people with indeterminate HIV results', Miss M Khan and Dr B Mora Peris, Imperial College London

  • 'The interaction between oral PrEP, HIV susceptibility and the microbiome (M-PrEP)', Dr MJ Lee, Guy's and St Thomas Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

  • 'Infant Nutrition in Babies Born to HIV positive mothers: An Explorative Analysis of Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Held by Key Care Providers in the North East of England', Dr D Ogbonmwan, New Croft Centre, Newcastle

  • 'Minimally invasive assessment of mitochondrial function in people ageing with HIV', Dr B Payne, Newcastle University


Don Jeffries Research Award 2018

The 2018 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr Paola Cicconi at the BHIVA Autumn Conference on Friday 5 October 2018, for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2018.


The BHIVA Research Awards 2018 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.


2017 winners

BHIVA received sixteen good quality applications from large and small centres in 2017, requesting a total of £198,272. BHIVA is proud to announce the following seven successful applicants being awarded £56,735.92.

  • 'Interrogating the transcriptome to identify strategies for HIV cure', Dr Mathew Jones, University of Oxford1

  • 'Novel Assays of HIV reservoir in the RIVER study', Dr John Thornhill, Imperial College London1

  • 'Impact of Directly Acting Antiviral (DAA) Mediated HCV Clearance on Iron Metabolism in Individuals with HIV/HCV Co-infection', Dr Kate Childs, King's College Hospital, London

  • 'Socioeconomic, mental health and lifestyle factors and prediction of hospital admissions among people living with HIV', Dr Fiona Lampe and Dr Colette Smith, University College London

  • 'The relationship between microbiome and markers of immune activation, inflammation and HIV reservoir: a study of treated seroconverters to predict post treatment control', Dr Julianne Lwanga, Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

  • 'Biomarkers of ovarian ageing in postmenopausal women living with HIV: a prevalence study', Dr Shema Tariq, University College London

  • 'What is the acceptability of using phylogenetic data in clinical and public health practice? A qualitative study aimed at intervention development', Dr Larissa Mulka, University of Sussex (Brighton & Sussex Medical School)


Don Jeffries Research Award 2017

The 2017 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr Mathew Jones at the BHIVA Autumn Conference on Friday 17 November 2017, for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2017.


The BHIVA Research Awards 2017 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.


Earlier winners of the BHIVA Research Awards can be found in the website archive (BHIVA Members Only)