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clockJul 07, 2017

Our Scientific Commitee

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.

BLSSC Membership

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 SC

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Lymphoedema Research Grant (LRG)


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:

  • Feasibility studies

  • Systematic reviews

  • 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.

Application process

Please submit 2 x TYPED paper copies of the following application forms including details and signatures of your Line Manager and Research Supervisor :


Grant Application Form Part A

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Grant Application Form Part B

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Grant Application Form Part C

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Please email an electronic copy to admin@thebls.com - 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

Cheryl Pike Abstract 2017

Exploiting 3D scanning technology in lymphoedema for accurate and fastmeasurements of volume and shape

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Emma Underwood

Emma Underwood Abstract 2017

The Lymphoedema Research PrioritisationPartnership: setting research priorities for lymphoedema management in the UK.

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Examples of previous projects receiving funding from the LRG

Rhian Noble-Jones

BLS Funded Project Abstract 2015

Abstract for LRG Funded Project 2014: Development of a Self-report tool: Lymphoedema Genitourinary Cancer Questionnaire (LGUCQ)

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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)

Research News

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:

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.

Who is Involved

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Rebecca Elwell

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Beverley de Valois

Chair, BLSSC
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Dominic Furniss

BLSSC Member
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Andrew Hughes

BLSSC Member
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Eunice Jeffs

Vice Chair, BLSSC
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Emma Underwood

BLSSC Member
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Rhian Noble-Jones

BLSSC Member
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Justine Whitaker

BLSSC Member
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Natalie Kruger

Honorary Member