The aim of the ISRRT Research Award is to promote research that helps improve the standards of delivery and practice of medical imaging and radiotherapy as well as to encourage evidence-based practice. The ISRRT Research Award was set up in 2009 and a research proposal was funded the first time in 2010.
Starting 2016 to commemorate the Chesney sisters who left in their will a legacy to ISRRT we will name the ISRRT Research Award as the ISRRT Chesney Research Award.
The theme of the 2016 award is the “A Novel approach for optimisation and/or justification of Medical Exposures by radiographers for radiation protection and safety”.
The theme is based around actions spelt out in the Bonn Call for Action published by the WHO and IAEA in which radiographers play an important role in radiation protection in medical exposures. Please refer to the following website for the joint statements by IAEA and WHO: https://rpop.iaea.org/RPOP/RPoP/Content/News/bonn-call-for-action-joint-position-statement.htm
Whilst Radiographers play a major role in is in optimisation process, their role in justification is also important for the healthcare team as they are the usually the first to see patients following a request for imaging from the referring physician.
What are the possible roles of radiographers or Radiological Technologists in the optimisation or justification of medical exposure? Around this theme, you and your colleagues are invited to submit a research proposal.
Bids may include new methodology and modification to standard protocols and procedures which may result in patient dose reduction with no detrimental effect on image quality or patient management.
Applications with other themes are also welcome but priority will be given to applications following the proposed theme for 2016.
The grant is £2500 for 1-year and £5000 for 2-year projects. Full details of the Research Award Guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the ISRRT website: www.isrrt.org.
The closing date for submission of grant application is 30 April 2016. Funding decision will be announced in July 2016.
Alexander Yule OBE