UK Vascular and Endovascular Research Network

Dragons’ Den 2019

Dragons’ Den 2019 Manchester VSASM meeting

DEADLINE 10th September 2019 1pm. No late submissions will be accepted!

Abstract submission is now open for VERN’s 2019 Dragons’ Den competition. Take this opportunity to present your vascular research proposals to a panel of expert Dragons and secure valuable funding and support from VERN towards your project. This year, we are very grateful to Bayer & the NIHR who are funding TWO prizes of £3,000 each, to help kick-start your research.


Include a short Background section, information on any preliminary work and most importantly – be sure to include information on how VERN can help your project and what patient impact it will ultimately have.

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Previous VERN Dragons’ Den sessions

VERN has hosted an annual Dragons’ Den session at the Vascular Society Annual Scientific Meeting since 2016. The sessions involve presentations of research proposals to a live audience and a panel of expert ‘dragons’. Live voting decides the winning research proposal, which receives VERN support alongside a prize funded by various stakeholders.

A total of £17,000 has been awarded so far through this process to kick start vascular research across the UK.

The winners of the most recent 2018 Dragons’ Den (Glasgow VSGBI meeting) were:
–  Mr George Dovell (Bristol) who will develop a core outcome set for diabetic foot disease.
–  Mr Owain Fisher (Coventry & Warwickshire) who will investigate the role of purine nucleosides in lower limb ischaemia.

Each prize was £3,000 (a general vascular research prize supported by AMGEN Inc. & a medical technology prize supported by the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative)