Dr Susan Shelmerdine, from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, has been presented with a BIR/Siemens Healthineers research bursary to feasibility test post-mortem ultrasound guided core biopsies in the setting of perinatal death investigation.
The £1,000 award provides pilot funding for research in radiology, radiotherapy, oncology, radiography or medical physics. This helps researchers attract further funding from external sources.
Peter Harrison, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers GB&I, who presented the award, said “We are delighted to support this award. If successful, Dr Shelmerdine’s research will provide greater understanding of childhood deaths, offering a practical alternative to invasive biopsies which are so often distressing for parents and relatives.”
Dr Shelmerdine, a paediatric radiology research fellow, said “Thank you for this prestigious award. I am delighted! The funding for this pilot study will provide us with the necessary evidence we need before trialling the method in a larger study population and, hopefully, enabling its future implementation into clinical practice.”
Andy Rogers, President of the BIR, said “We are so grateful to Siemens Healthineers for funding this bursary. We hope this initial grant and early studies will strengthen the case for further funding for the project in due course.”
The award is in memory of Sir James Mackenzie Davidson, a pioneer in British radiology.