The topic for the 2022 Essay Prize was: What will enable personalised cancer risk assessments ten years from now?
As usual we had some fantastic submissions.
Huge congratulations to our overall winner, Dr Eunice Xing, and to our winners in all categories. We were disappointed that we had no submissions from Trainee Genetic Counsellors, so expect lots of submissions from this group in 2023!!
Trainee Clinical Scientist
Trainee Genetic Counsellor
No submissions :(
We also awarded commendations to: Amber Corrigan, Joseph Christopher, Samira Ahmad Bawany
Download and read the winning essays by clicking here.
The topic for the 2021 Essay Prize was: "Delivering cancer genetics services in the post-pandemic era – are we ready for a virtual model of care?"
The submissions for this year's competition were fantastic, and gave us lots of food for thought in how we can continue to deliver services in the midst of yet another wave - we're not quite "post" pandemic yet.
The overall winner, and first prize in the junior doctor category was Melody Redman, who also presented an overview of her essay at the recent UKCGG winter meeting.
Other winners included
Read all of their wonderful submissions here.
We had some phenomenal entries in our 2020 UKCGG essay competition, on the topic of "Horizon Scanning in Cancer Genomics". Participants were tasked with writing an essay based on the following scenario:
Imagine two patients - one being diagnosed with cancer now and one being diagnosed with the same cancer in 10 years time. How and why do you think advances in genomic medicine will change the care we offer now and then for cancer patients and their families?
Some stellar entries were received. Massive congratulations to all participants, and to our winners!
Overall winner, and first prize Medical Student category - Lydia Seed
Lydia gave a fantastic presentation summarising her essay at the UKCGG Winter meeting, and was so impressive that she was also invited to speak as part of the ICR-led module "Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment" on the MSc Genomic Medicine, Imperial College London.
Winners in the other categories included:
Doctor category: Melody Redman
Genetic counsellor category: Xavier Bracke-Manzanares
Scientist category: Robert Pigott
Runners up included:
Doctor category: Emily Ferguson
Medical student category: Tom Hampshire
Genetic Counsellor category: Courtney Elliot
Scientist category: Seemu Ali
Read the winning essays! All available here.
The topic for the essay competition in 2019 was ""Should All Individuals be screened for Genetic Predisposition to Cancer". Again, we had some fantastic submissions.
Congratulations to all participants and to our winners!
Overall Winner and First Prize Junior Doctor Category - Sarah Wedderburn
Sarah said "I am currently an ST5 in Clinical Genetics based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. I have always wanted to work in clinical genetics but it was my time as a core medical trainee on the oncology unit which focused my interest towards cancer genetics. The role of the clinical geneticist evolves with the specialty. Questions such as that asked by the essay will become ever more frequent and answering them will be part of our role. This essay has made me consider many of the current and future challenges facing clinical genetics and genomics."
Second Prize Junior Doctor Category - Lucy Loong
Special Commendations Junior Doctor Category - Tom Webb and Christopher Harlow
First Prize Medical Student Category - Francesco Dernie
Second Prize Medical Student Category - Wassem Hasan
You can read the winning entries here.
We had some excellent entries in the CGG Essay Prize in 2018, on the topic "Will Artificial Intelligence Eventually Replace Cancer Geneticists"
Huge congratulations to all our winners:
Overall Winner and First Prize Medical Student Category - Olivia Greatbatch
Olivia said "I am currently in my second year of medicine at University College London, and so am in the process of deciding which intercalated BSc I wish to pursue. Given just how topical the future of artificial intelligence is across all medical specialities, it is an area which I have recently been trying to learn more about. Since both oncology and genetics are options that I am considering for intercalation, I felt that the essay competition would be a great way to gain an appreciation of what a career in these two fields may entail in the future, whilst also exploring my own interests."
Second Prize Medical Student Category - Rashmi Saincher
Third Prize Medical Student Category - Ayan Basu
First Prize Junior Doctor Category - Alice Garrett
Second Prize Junior Doctor Category - Lara Hawkes
Third Prize Junior Doctor Category - George Morrissey
First Prize Scientist Trainee Category - Nana Mensah
You can read their winning entries here.