Members of the BSID receive reduced registration rates for the annual meeting. Members are also eligible to apply for a number of prizes/travel awards.


Travel Bursaries (Sponsored by BSID) & Specialist Registrar Bursaries (Sponsored by BAD)

Up to twelve bursaries are awarded each year to enable young undergraduate and postgraduate scientists, who are engaged in dermatological research in the UK, to attend the annual BSID meeting.

Applications should comprise:

  • 250 word summary of current research and significance
  • One page CV
  • Accompanying letter from the Head of Department, confirming that the applicant is engaged in skin research

Preference is given to applicants who have submitted an abstract, are the presenting author and have not previously received a Travel Award.

Applicants must be members of the BSID (or have applied to join)

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Members can apply for  travel bursaries and can win prizes

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2022 BSID Early Career Awards

1 x Clinician Scientist Award

1 x Basic Scientist Award

The BSID invites submissions for the 2022 BSID Early Career Award.

There will usually be one award made for Clinician Scientists and one award for Basic Scientists, for an Early Career investigator within 10 years of their PhD (or equivalent) graduation who has made a significant contribution to the BSID and to dermatological research in the UK. Due consideration will be given for those with career breaks / family circumstances with respect to the 10-year criterion above.

To apply, please submit:

  • 1 page A4 summary (max) of current research and significance
  • Current CV
  • Letter of Support from the Head of Department

Applicants must be members of the BSID (or have applied to join) and should submit their application to the Chair.

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Previous Awardees


The BSID awards 3 presentation prizes at the annual meeting:

Oral Presentation Prize

Awarded to the best oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society. Presentations are judged by the BSID committee and the award is announced at the end of the meeting.

Registrar’s Prize

Awarded to the best oral presentation by a trainee in dermatology at the annual meeting of the Society. The award is announced at the end of the meeting.

Poster Prize

Awarded to the best poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society. Presentations will be judged by the BSID committee and the award will be announced at the end of the meeting.

BSID Medal

The BSID Medal for Contributions to Dermatological Research in 2022 will be awarded to Prof. Edel O’Toole

Edel O’Toole is Professor of Molecular Dermatology and Centre Lead of the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London.   She is an honorary consultant dermatologist at the Royal London Hospital with an interest in paediatric dermatology and rare genetic skin disorders including palmoplantar keratoderma and ichthyosis.

Edel studied Medicine at University College Galway, Ireland.  Following general medicine and some dermatology training in Ireland, she moved to Northwestern University in Chicago where she was a Dermatology Foundation Fellow and then a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Fellow with Professor David Woodley.  She worked on keratinocyte migration on extracellular matrix which was the subject of her PhD thesis.   Following completion of Dermatology training in London, she became a clinical academic in the Centre for Cutaneous Research in 2001.

Edel has made seminal discoveries in the context of genetic skin disease and the function of normal skin. She has done this both on the clinical front with landmark papers on harlequin ichthyosis in JAMA Dermatology and American J of Human Genetics as well as in the laboratory with recent publications in the JCI, JNCI and Science.  She leads the Tower Hamlets Eczema Assessment study, a unique phenotyping and genotyping study of eczema in the Bangladeshi population in East London.  Her current work is funded by the BBSRC, Unilever, Lifearc, Kamari Pharma, Barts Charity, the Chan Zuckerberg Institute and the Leo Foundation.   She is also a co-director of the HARP Clinical DTP (Health Advances in Underrepresented Populations and Diseases), an 11 million pound programme funded by the Wellcome with co-funding from Barts Charity and the Medical Charity of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Trust.

Edel has received several awards/recognition for her work including the Everett C. Fox award from the American Academy of Dermatology, the Jacob Medal, Section of Dermatology, Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland, Parkes-Weber Lecturer and Medal, Royal College of Physicians, London and the Stuart Maddox Lecturer, Vancouver.

Edel is a past Treasurer and Chair of the BSID and led the society from 2009-2011.  She set up the first BAD-funded Research Techniques course for Dermatology trainees.  She is a previous Chair of the research committee of the BAD and is the current Chair of BADGEM (a genetic skin disease network within the UK).   She is a member of the ESDR board and chairs the Diversity working group.    She was the rare disease lead for 100K genomes for Barts Health and currently co-leads the Skin GeCIP with Neil Rajan.   She works closely with patient organisations including Pachyonychia Project and is Chair of the Medical Advisory board of the Ichthyosis Support Group.   This partnership has helped shape her research such that it brings benefit to patients aligned with what they see as clinically relevant outcomes.  She is CI for VAPAUS in the UK which will be the first placebo-controlled clinical trial in palmoplantar keratoderma (Pachyonychia congenita) in the UK.


Previous Medal Winners