BIR Nic McNally Radiobiology Travel Bursary

94_Dr N J Mc Nally 1991-92The Nic McNally prize for Cancer Research was established from monies raised by the friends, colleagues and BIR staff in memory of Dr Nic McNally, who was a long-serving Honorary Editor of BJR and President–elect of the BIR before his untimely death in 1991. The Gray Laboratory Cancer Research Trust has made a generous donation to the prize fund, which will ensure the continuation of the award for many years to come.

In 2017 we refreshed the criteria for this award to enable more radiobiologists to have the chance to participate in this useful funding opportunity.  

The prize is in the form of a travel bursary to a conference and is awarded to an early career radiobiology researcher who may be scientifically or medically qualified but who is not currently in a clinical post. The winner is asked to submit a report on the conference visited for publication in suitable BIR media (enewsletter or blog).

You can now apply for the 2017 prize:

General Criteria:

  • The award is for £750 and is open to BIR members and non-members.
  • Eligible individuals are those who have had a poster or talk accepted for presentation at a forthcoming national or international conference. The poster/talk must relate to original research in radiobiology or related subjects. The prize winner will be the individual judged to have submitted the best poster/talk abstract.
  • The award will be made at an appropriate event, either organised or badged by the BIR.


Application Criteria:

Applicants must submit:

  • An abstract submission form for the relevant conference in which they are participating
  • Formal acceptance of the abstract confirming that it is included as part of the conference programme
  • Closing date 31 October 2017
  • Applications will be judged by the Awards and Prizes Committee, with advice from the BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy SIG, if required
  • Council will be informed of the decision by the Awards and Prizes Committee.


The prize for 2014 was awarded to Lara Barazzuol, a post-doctoral scientist, for her work entitled "Endogenous and low dose radiation-induced DNA double strand breaks sensitively activate apoptosis in adult neuronal stem cells."  The £750 prize helped Lara to attend the International Congress of Radiaton Research in Kyoto, Japan in May 2015.  

Nic McNally - Lara Barazzuol


Photo (left) Lara Barazzuol, with former BJR Honorary Editor, Professor Roger Dale, at the L H Gray Symposium on radiobiology foundations and radiotherapy futures. The symposium was in honour of the 90th birthday of Professor Jack Fowler. 

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