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CoR Legacy Fund

Introduction

The College of Radiographers (CoR) Legacy Fund has been established following receipt of a generous donation and is used to support two areas of work.

Part 1: Overseas Conference Grant

This grant is available twice annually and supports a qualified member of the Society of Radiographers based in the United Kingdom, or a small team of members, to travel overseas to present the findings of their research and/or service evaluation as an oral paper at an international conference.

Successful applicants also agree to prepare an article for publication in Imaging and Therapy Practice on their experience, and to publish the findings of their work in Radiography.

Applications for funding to the value of £1,000 will be considered although, for exceptional applications, more may be available.

There are two grant calls a year, one in April and one in October, with one successful grant allocation in each round. The deadline for applications will be 5pm on the last Friday of April, and 5pm on the first Monday of October each year.

Criteria for applications

Radiographers* wishing to be considered for this grant must:

  • Have been in continuous membership with the Society of Radiographers for a minimum of two years at the date of application for the grant
  • Hold current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Be prepared to act as an ambassador for the Society and College of Radiographers during the conference visit and at all times in relation to the receipt and use of the grant.
  • Successful individuals will be required to sign and adhere to the terms of reference for representing the Society and College of Radiographers.

NB Unfortunately, we are unable to fund applicants who have previously received overseas conference grant funding.

*This grant is also available to educators who are non-members of the Society wishing to present radiography-related research.

Applications

Those wishing to apply for the grant are required to complete the application form and submit this alongside a short CV (for each applicant if applying as a team) and a manager’s letter of support by the deadline in April or October.

The application must include detailed anticipated costs, covering travel, accommodation, subsistence, and other anticipated expenditure.

NB Funding will not be released until notification has been received from the conference organisation committee confirming that the abstract has been accepted for presentation.

Successful individuals will be required to sign and adhere to the terms of reference for representing the Society and College of Radiographers.

Part 2: Eponymous Lecture

The Legacy Fund will also support an invited speaker to deliver one of the College of Radiographers eponymous lectures.

A recommendation will be made by the College Board of Trustees (CBoT) in relation to an overseas speaker.

The grant for this invited speaker will cover travel and accommodation costs at the discretion of CBoT.

Case study

“This was a great opportunity to fly the flag for radiographer researchers on an international stage.”

Cynthia Eccles: Consultant research radiographer, head of radiotherapy developments, Christie NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer (T&R) in cancer sciences, University of Manchester
Research project: The selection of MRI sequences for MRLinac-based radiotherapy treatments
Award: £1000

Cynthia, a Canadian trained research radiographer, dual qualified in radiotherapy and diagnostic MRI and a DPhil (radiobiology) graduate of Oxford University, used the Overseas Conference Grant to travel to the United States to present the findings of her research project.

“It allowed me to attend the ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to present work on the selection of MRI sequences for MRLinac based radiotherapy treatments," Cynthia said.

“I think this is a very progressive and forward-thinking initiative by the College because it allows UK radiographers to present work on a large international stage, as well as providing the opportunity for them to network with foreign colleagues. I have been attending ASTRO with some regularity since 2004, and although having met the 12% or so of abstracts submitted to garner a plenary session, I had recently changed trusts and was unsure if I would have the opportunity to present the work myself."

She continued, “Fortunately, the support of Overseas Conference Grant covered the cost of my registration, flights and much of my stay at the meeting. This was a great opportunity not only to showcase my work (which will imminently become a joint project between my previous and new trust), but also to fly the flag for radiographer researchers internationally."

“Most radiographers are involved in research on some level, be it working with patients on a clinical trial, collating audit data for service development or testing technology, and it’s important to take opportunities to recognise the impact of our activity in the grander scheme of things."
 
“So, it is with sincere gratitude that I acknowledge the support of the College of Radiographers for this very important initiative.”

Case study: Overseas Conference Grant

"I knew the conference was very competitive, so I was honoured to be selected"

Jacqueline Matthews: Research sonographer, perinatal imaging and health department at St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London
Abstract presentation: Syndromic craniofacial dysmorphic feature assessment in utero: potential for a novel imaging methodology with reconstructed 3D fetal MRI models

I was supported by the Overseas Conference Grant Award to present my oral abstract at the 29th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Berlin.

I submitted my abstract, not knowing whether it would be selected as an electronic poster, a discussion hub poster, oral poster or a full oral communication (if at all!). 

I knew the conference was very competitive, so I was honoured to be selected to do a five-minute presentation on the main stage followed by questions from the audience and session chairs.

I was very grateful to receive financial support from the CoR because it meant I was able to attend the whole conference. This gave me an opportunity to access all the educational benefits, including hearing from experts in 3D ultrasound and genetic diagnosis, and importantly to network with research and industry leaders.

My work is currently at a feasibility stage, and I hope that further development will mean advances in 3D US and new fetal MRI reconstruction techniques could enable clinicians to more accurately assess genotype-phenotype correlations (similar to a postnatal dysmorphology assessment by a geneticist). 
Better antenatal characterisation of craniofacial features could mean earlier and more accurate prenatal counselling, delivery planning, and in some cases surgical or treatment interventions. The use of MRI is already important in selected high-risk obstetric cases where US is sub-optimal and even in non-syndromic congenital craniofacial anomalies, I envisage image reconstructions of this kind could improve detection of some conditions.

Recent craniofacial and cleft priority setting partnerships between patients and professionals have highlighted the need for better antenatal detection and monitoring of conditions, such as isolated cleft palate and isolated craniosynostosis (non-syndromic congenital premature closure of cranial sutures), so I know this issue is important to families. 

As a sonographer, I feel very privileged to be able to share this work with the clinical academic community and I hope that, through future collaboration and development, this work can contribute to improve in the way we diagnose these conditions.

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