Endometriosis Care Awards and Acknowledgments
Special Young Scientist Award
Congratulations to Magda Marečková! Our DPhil student and student committee president has won the Special Young Scientist Award at the Fast Forward Science 2020 web-video competition. She wins for her compelling video: "Heavy periods, sharp pain and no one to listen to you? Could you have Endometriosis?
The web-video competition Fast Forward Science is a joint project of Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Stifterverband. It has been held annually since 2013. Prizes with a total value of €21,500 will be awarded in 2020. The partner in the VISION category and of the Young Scientist Award is the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology.
Fast Forward Science encourages students, communicators, researchers, web video makers and those interested in science to submit compelling web videos on scientific topics. The challenge: The videos should be entertaining, scientifically accurate and easy to understand at the same time. The aim is to make science web videos more visible.
Magda Marečková's wining video was awarded Special Young Scientist Award. It shone a spotlight on Endometriosis - a disease that is just as common as diabetes, but hardly anyone has heard of. Is there such a thing? It's a disease that affects 190 million women worldwide. This is associated with severe pain, but so far hardly researched. In her video, she explains what it is all about, the current state of research and how endometriosis is changing the lives of those affected.
Oxford University Public Engagement Grant
DPhil student Danielle Perro has received a £3,850 award from the University's Public Engagement with Research (PER) seed fund to pilot and deliver an original art display and educational event to help inform and inspire the public about Endometriosis.
"I am delighted to be awarded the PER seed fund for my project: "Won't you look a little closer? Pain beyond the pelvis in endometriosis". My DPhil project aims to characterise endometriosis associated pain on the premise of spread, and through this PER project, I will work with visual artists and women with endometriosis to communicate this pain via art. This collaborative project merges my three passions, better understanding endometriosis-associated pain, art, and public engagement, and I truly can't wait to get started in the new year!".
Danielle plans to collaborate with visual artists living with endometriosis-associated pain (EAP), local Oxford artists, and women with endometriosis in Oxford to highlight, through visual art, the widespread nature of pain. Women who are being painted, and those who have painted their own pain will be asked to complete a short introduction to their piece, explaining both their creative choices made in the design process (visual artist) and the pain they were articulating in the body of work (all participants). Everyone involved will be invited to a day-long educational event, which may be virtual or in-person, depending on current circumstances, which will share research by Prof Katy Vincent's research group, Pain in Women, the EndoCaRe group, and Endometriosis UK. For the women who will be participating in this project, it is clear the profound impact that this type of engagement has on them. Via the educational event, it is Danielle's and Katy's hope that these women leave the project feeling inspired and confident knowing that there are researchers dedicated to better understanding the condition and EAP.
WELLCOME CENTRE FOR HUMAN GENETICS' EARLY CAREER PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AWARD
Dr Nilufer Rahmioglu, Senior Research Scientist at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, was awarded an Early Career Public Engagement Award in recognition of all the work she has done in northern Cyprus under the COHERE study. The award acknowledged Nilufer's work in holding public seminars, as well as giving short presentations in work place where masses of women work to inform them about women’s health conditions and the COHERE study. She organised two 5K city runs inviting people to come together to be active for awareness raising for women’s health and fundraise for the COHERE study in Northern Cyprus each of which attracted ~500 people. She visited the Turkish Cypriot parliament, Ministry of Health and the Prime minister to tell them about women’s health conditions and the importance of research in this field. She has been on local TV and radio programs and newspaper interviews talking about women’s health issues and the COHERE study in Cyprus and Turkey. She maintains the COHERE study's Facebook and Instagram pages and on top of all that Nilufer also received 500 Euros from Civic Space (an EU funded Technical Assistance Project to strengthen the role of civil society in the Turkish Cypriot community) and shot 4 short movies to raise awareness of women’s health conditions and invite women to take part in the COHERE study, all of which are on air on local TV channels and in movie theatres across Cyprus.
Congratulations Nilufer and thank you for all your excellent work!