What does the BLSSC do?
- The BLSSC works closely with the BLS committee and the Chair is a co-opted member of the BLS committee.
- Each year the BLSSC carries out an anonymous peer review of all the abstracts submitted for the forthcoming conference. The committee use set criteria to enable an impartial opinion to be given. The BLSSC Chair feeds back to each applicant a decision concerning their abstract and provides comments from the reviewers. View Abstract Page Here
- During the conference the BLSSC reviews the completed posters and abstract presentations to award prizes for the best overall and best novice poster, and best overall an best novice oral presentation. View more reasons for submitting an abstract Here.
- Each year the BLSSC oversees applications for the Lymphoedema Research Grant (LRG). This award was established in 2003 in recognition of the contribution of Dr Caroline Badger to lymphoedema and the BLS. Caroline’s wish was that the award should facilitate and encourage clinical research activity. View LRG
- The BLSSC also acts as expert reviewers to organisations such as NICE on relevant topics.
Full details of how the BLSSC operates are available in the Terms of Reference.
The oral presentation of abstracts and the display of posters detailing work done by both members and non-members is a key element in the exchange of good practice at BLS Conference. It provides an opportunity to bring work to the attention of a wide audience, enhancing the prestige of the presenter.
You will need to create a login and upload your abstract.
The committee includes doctors, therapists, academics and researchers all with a keen interest in research. It comprises full and honorary members. Honorary post(s) may be held by novice researchers or BLS members undertaking research projects as part of a Master’s degree, supported by the other members of the committee.
When a member leaves the BLSSC following a term of office, new members are sought following advertisement on the BLS website. Potential applicants are required to complete a short application form and covering letter which are reviewed by the committee.
Proforma For BLSSC Applicants
Application form for membership of the BLS SCMembers Only
The British Lymphology Society established our research fund in 2003 in honour of Dr Caroline Badger, one of our founding members, who contributed tirelessly to promote awareness of lymphoedema. Caroline played a significant role in the development of lymphoedema research and inspired all who knew her. Her post as Consultant Lymphoedema Specialist was the first of its kind in the UK. It was Caroline’s wish that this award should facilitate and recognise clinical research activity. The two main aims are:
To develop evidence-based lymphoedema practice
To encourage lymphoedema practitioners to develop their skills by becoming involved in research activity.
In 2015 this award was increased as the BLSSC felt that a larger award would help raise the profile of research within the BLS and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the society.
We have successfully applied to become an NIHR non-commercial partner. This means that all NHS based projects that are funded by the BLS Lymphoedema Research Grant are automatically eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support.
The LRG award may be used to fund projects including:
Degree studies e.g. MSc, PhD projects.
The award may be used to cover the cost of:
Equipment and consumables
Postage and travel costs
Secretarial or statistical help
Costs incurred as part of a research component of a taught degree (excluding course fees).
Criteria for Application:
The proposed research must be undertaken in the UK
Applicants must be BLS members at the time of application
Applicants must be qualified health care professionals in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or occupational therapy
Inexperienced researchers must be supported by a capable supervisor
Ethics and Trust approval must be obtained before research commences
The applicant must demonstrate how the study will benefit practice or extend knowledge base
The applicant must agree to submit 6 monthly progress reports to BLS and full project results within 6 months of completion
Applicants must agree to present the results at the BLS conference and submit a summary for News & Views
Applicants must endeavour to publish within one year of completion
Only one application is submitted per applicant.
Please submit 2 x TYPED paper copies of the following application forms including details and signatures of your Line Manager and Research Supervisor :
LYMPHOEDEMA RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION: PART A
Grant Application Form Part AMembers Only
LYMPHOEDEMA RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION: PART B
Grant Application Form Part BMembers Only
LYMPHOEDEMA RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION: PART C
Grant Application Form Part CMembers Only
Please email an electronic copy to firstname.lastname@example.org - WITH YOUR CV.
Applicants will be informed of whether they have been successful after the BLS Scientific Committee have reviewed the applications and received answers to any questions that arise from this process.
Current Projects Receiving Funding From The LRG
Cheryl Pike Abstract 2017
Exploiting 3D scanning technology in lymphoedema for accurate and fastmeasurements of volume and shapeDownload .doc
Emma Underwood Abstract 2017
The Lymphoedema Research PrioritisationPartnership: setting research priorities for lymphoedema management in the UK.Download .doc
Examples of previous projects receiving funding from the LRG
BLS Funded Project Abstract 2015
Abstract for LRG Funded Project 2014: Development of a Self-report tool: Lymphoedema Genitourinary Cancer Questionnaire (LGUCQ)Members Only
Noble-Jones R, Fitzpatrick B, Sneddon MC, Hendry DS and Leung HY (2014) Development of the Lymphoedema Genito-Urinary Cancer Questionnaire. British Journal of Nursing, 23(S18), pp. 14-19. (doi:10.12968/bjon.2014.23.Sup18.S14)
A paper reporting lymphoedema patients’ perceptions of acupuncture and moxibustion (acu/moxa) treatment was announced runner-up in the Scientific Article Prize Competition at the ISCMR conference in Berlin in May.
Awarded by the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR), this annual competition celebrates the best scientific article in the field of complementary and integrated medicine research.
"The monkey on your shoulder": A qualitative study of lymphoedema patients' attitudes to and experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion” is an open access paper authored by BLS member Beverley de Valois with Anthea Asprey and Teresa Young. It reports the results of focus group research nested in a 3-step mixed-methods observational study carried out at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex in partnership with the Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, Elaine Melsome.2 It was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0407-10086).
Dr Beverley de Valois and Teresa Young, two of the authors
Recent Publications On Lymphoedema
You can keep informed about all the latest publications on lymphoedema by setting up an automatic update. Two ways to do this are:
1. Pub Med: Follow this link for detailed instructions on how to set this up
2. Google Scholar:
- Go to the Google Scholar Home Page
- Click on the Alerts icon at the top of the page
- Click on Create Alert
Type in the search term, email address, and select the number of results.
?Either of these methods will send you an email with details of recent publications.
How To Obtain Full Text Articles
For details on how to obtain full text articles:
- Go to Pub Med Help
- Select "How can I get the full text article?"
While not all articles are free, the Pub Med Help page provides helpful information about ways to access the articles that are free of charge.