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All essays should follow the relevant guidelines below and be submitted to Carole Turner 


John Pickard CSF Prize

Deadline for submission 30 April 2023

Prize will be announced Summer 2023

The winner will get the opportunity to present their paper at an SBNS Meeting

Following the launch of the British CSF Group, Professor Pickard, retired neurosurgeon from Cambridge, has generously offered to fund a biennial essay prize. The essay, on a cerebrospinal fluid related theme, should be approximately 3000 words in length, with a preference for original personal research over a review. The winner will receive £250 and will present their paper at an SBNS meeting.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Neurosurgeons either in training or recently appointed Consultants (within 5 years)
  • Manuscripts should comprise either laboratory or clinical research relevant to CSF and its circulation
  • Applicants should make a declaration stating that he or she has performed most of the work, led the project, and that such work was mainly undertaken in the UK/Ireland
  • A letter to this effect from the candidate's Head of Department should be attached
  • Manuscripts may contain research which is unpublished, submitted for publication, in press or published. The text of the essay should not be a direct facsimile of the manuscript submitted for publication, in press or published.  This will ensure that the winning essay can be published on the SBNS website without breach of copyright. Figures should either be redrawn or copyright permission provided.
  • A short curriculum vitae should also be attached. 


The papers will be judged by members of the British CSF Group and the SBNS Academic Committee




J Merola from Cardiff for his work entitled:

Toll-like receptor linked cytokine profiles in cerebrospinal fluid discriminate neurological infection from sterile inflammation. Published: Brain Communications, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2020 


A Nunn from Bristol for his essay entitled:

Clinico-Radiological Predictors of Response to CSF Diversion and Supplemental Tests in the Diagnosis of iNPH



G Craven from NNHN, London for her essay entitled:

Classification of Ventriculomegaly in Adults:A Cluster Analysis  



A Chari from NNHN, London for his essay entitled:

Intraparenchymal Intracranial Pressure Monitoring for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders 

Last Updated: 3 December 2021