The British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS) aims to encourage research in the area of endocrine disease and surgery. Currently we are starting from a low base with many BAETS surgeons expressing interest in research but few having the knowledge concerning how to develop a research project. The result is an output predominantly comprising small local projects, which although based on a sound idea are normally too small to lead to any real gain other than perhaps a presentation or paper in a low impact journal. Whilst important as all trainees new lines on CVs, are potential is so much greater!
A more unified approach would enable multicentred involvement in larger projects from which more valuable conclusions could be drawn. Starting from the base point that every patient is a trial participant until proven otherwise our audit alone contains over 95000 patient records, an awful lot of potential study material!
BAETS Research Grant
BAETS executive award a research grant of up to £5000 to support work undertaken on a topic related to endocrine surgery. Funds will be allocated taking into account the financial position of the association and the merit of the applications.
Applications are sent for scoring to two experts in the relevant discipline. A decision is taken at the following BAETS executive meeting.
Previous winners include:
|2016/2017||Mr Gordon MacKenzie||Hull||The effect of corticosteroids on the release of immune modulating factors from Graves’ disease tissue maintained using microfluidic culture|
|2013/2014||Mr Sebastian Aspinall||Newcastle||Investigating the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stem cells in the aetiology of hyperparathyroidism|
|2012/2013||Mr Gerard Walls||Oxford||Use of a 46-gene signature to assess malignant potential in adrenal tumours|
|2011/2012||Mr Rajeev Parameswaran||Oxford||Helix pomatia agglutinin binding glycoproteins in adrenal tumours|
|2010/2011||Mr Saba Balasubramanian||Sheffield||Intra-operative Near Infra-red Fluorescence Imaging in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery|
British Journal of Surgery Prize
The BJS Prize is contested and awarded at the annual meeting. The best ten abstracts submitted are selected in a single blinded manner by the executive for presentation competitively. The winning presentation attracts a diploma and £500 award.
|2017||Mr Gordon MacKenzie||Hull||The effect of corticosteroids on the release of immune modulating factors from Graves’ disease tissue maintained using microfluidic culture|
|2016||Miss Aphrodite Iacovidou||London||How good are surgeons at predicting difficulty in thyroid surgery?|
|2015||Mr Owain Rhys Hughes||London||Is it Possible to use Acoustic Analysis of a Patient’s Voice, Measured on a Mobile Device, to Accurately Exclude Vocal Cord Paralysis After Thyroid Surgery?|
|2014||Miss Kate Harvey||Plymouth||BRAF V600 Co-Testing in Thyroid FNA Cytology: Short-Term Experience in a Large Cancer Centre in the UK|
|2013||Mr Joel Smith||Birmingham||Exome sequencing of familial non-RET medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) identifies a novel potential disease susceptibility gene.|
|2012||Mr Neil Sharma||Birmingham|
|2011||Miss Anna Kamocka||Oxford||Impact of routine voice therapy on voice outcome after thyroid surgery – a randomised control trial|
A number of national/local bodies are willing to support projects deemed appropriate. This normally involves the submission of an abstract outlining the study proposal with a rough estimate of costings and where the grant award would go.
Currently, potential grant applications will be considered by:
- Thyroid Cancer Support Group Wales (contact through firstname.lastname@example.org) up to £15,000
- British Thyroid Foundation (btf-thyroid.org)
- Butterfly thyroid cancer trust (email@example.com), up to £60,000 over 2 years for projects about thyroid cancer
Achieving national adoption of your research project enables financial support over and above any grants you may have been awarded to support your work. For more information on how to do this please feel free to contact us through the website.
Latest research funding opportunity
An opportunity has just arisen for applications for grant funding from Thyroid Cancer Support Group Wales. Applications are invited for up to £15000 for research that furthers our understanding of thyroid cancer management. Projects may be either basic science based or quality of life based. Crucially as the TCSGW is a registered charity and the applications will be peer reviewed and non commercial, the successful applicant will be eligible for NIHR support resources. Interested parties must contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full details are available at:
Closing date for applications is 5th January 2018
STARTRK-2 TKI trial
This trial is recruiting patients with locally advanced or metastatic thyroid cancer containing the NTRK1, NTRK2, NTRK3, ROS1 or ALK gene rearrangement.
Phase 1 studies demonstrated an 80% response in 119 patients, and a disease control rate of 92%.
Suitability for the trial is determined by genetic testing performed by the trial centre at no cost to the donating organisation.
There are 3 centres in the UK located in Manchester, Cambridge and London.
For more information go to https://global.startrktrials.com/
Research Lead | BAETS Executive