UK Vascular and Endovascular Research Network

Dragons’ Den 2018


Dragons’ Den 2018 Glasgow VSGBI meeting

VERN hosted a Dragon’s Den session at this year’s Vascular Society Annual Scientific Meeting. The panel consisted of Professors Brittenden, Bown, Bradbury and Moradai as well as Mr Saratzis (VERN president). Miss Benson and Miss Forsythe chaired the session.

Six projects of very high quality were presented.

The winners 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)

Previous VERN Dragons’ Dens

VERN hosted the inaugural Dragon’s Den session at the Vascular Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, and again in 2017. The session involved presentations of research proposals to a live audience and a panel of experts. Live voting decided the winning research proposal, which received VERN support alongside a prize funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Vascutek.

A total of £11,000 have been awarded so far through this process to kick start vascular research across the UK.