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


Sir Hugh Cairns Essay Prize

Deadline for submission 30 April 2022

Prize will be announced Summer 2022

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

Following the transfer of Trusteeship of the Sir Hugh Cairns Memorial Fund to the SBNS, we have reinstated the Sir Hugh Cairns Essay Prize. The prize is open to all Associate Members of the SBNS at the time of submission. The prize of £1,000 will be awarded every year. The topic can be anything relating to neurosurgery, other than trauma and must be based on original unpublished material or observation. The essay is restricted to 5,000 words (not including references, figures and tables) and aimed towards trainees in mid training.





Sebastian Toescu from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London for this essay entitled:

Spatiotemporal changes in along-tract profilometry of cerebellar peduncles in cerebellar mutism syndrome



Vejay Vakharia from UCL, London for his essay entitled:

Machine learning for stereotactic neurosurgery: A prospective implementation and validation 



Ravindran Visagan from Kings College, London for his essay entitled: 

Joseph Buford Pennybacker CBE MD FRCS (1907-1983): Continuing Sir Hugh Cairns’ Oxford Legacy and Pioneer of the Modern Management of Cerebral Abscesses 



Richard Fu from Imperial College, London for his essay entitled:

Caudal pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation best predicts improvements in freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease 



Michael Hart from Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge for his essay entitled: 

Connectome analysis for pre-operative brain mapping in neurosurgery



Rasheed Zakaria  from The Walton Centre, Liverpool for his essay entitled:  

How invasive are brain metastases? Diffusion weighted MRI characteristics of the tumour boundary predict patient outcomes

Last Updated: 3 December 2021