PhD student Beth Mansfield shortlisted as a finalist for the BTS/BALR/BLF Early Career Investigator of the Year Prize.

After our PhD student Beth Mansfield submitting her abstract to present at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting 2019, she was made aware that she had been shortlisted as a finalist for the BTS/BALR/BLF Early Career Investigator of the Year Prize.

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There were 56 abstracts that had been submitted which came from Early Career Investigators and the judges decided on 6 finalists for the prizes. The abstract that she submitted was titled “Calcium-sensing receptor antagonists (calcilytics) as a novel treatment for alarmin-driven inflammatory lung disease”.

Beth was asked to present a 10-minute presentation in the session at the BTS Meeting and the results of the studies were well received with lots of questions from the audience. During the awards ceremony, Beth was presented with a Highly Commended award from the British Lung Foundation (BLF) which included her receiving a certificate and £200 for her contribution. Beth really enjoyed the opportunity of travelling to London to take part in the BTS Winter Meeting.

While she was at the meeting, there was a clear 50:50 gender split on speakers and chairs of the sessions, inspiring young female scientists like herself. Networking at this meeting was beneficial as Beth had the chance to meet new people in the field and maintain contact with people she’d met at previous conferences.