UK MDS FORUMS Grants 2019

15th International Symposium on Myelodysplastic Syndromes 8 - 11 May Copenhagen, Denmark

The UK MDS Forum is pleased to announce that there will be two grants available for doctors and four for nurses for attendance at this meeting.

Each grant will be for £1500.

The committee is pleased to announce the winners for 2019

Copenhagen: Kiran Batta, John Chadwick, Jessica Timms, Anjum Khan, Hana Mohamed Amsterdam: Lesley Candlin

The MDS UK Patients Group Research Grant 2019

MDS UK Patient Support Group will be well known to many of you as an increasingly successful and influential charity supporting patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) throughout the UK.

In further developing this role, MDS UK is now in a position to fund a piece of original research. The MDS UK Research Grant will fully fund a PhD student for up to four years in a UK academic institution. Funding will include fees, Stipend at UKRI level including inflation at 4%, consumables and appropriate travel costs for scientific meetings. Please note that the Grant will not fund the clinical salaries of medical staff.


As such, applications are invited from PIs who are in a position to supervise a PhD

which aims to address key questions in the field of MDS, including, but not exclusively, any of the following:

  •  areas of basic biological research relating to MDS
  •  biomarker research and development
  •  preclinical studies that generate biological data to underpin therapeutic and diagnostic development
  •  laboratory-based research proposals that are intended to maximise the value and outcome of a clinical trial
  •  -omic approaches to identify new therapeutic targets in MDS
  • Health related quality of life aspects of MDS and its treatments

All applications will undergo external peer review and the successful application will be selected by an appropriate panel of scientists and clinicians with representation from MDSUK. It is hoped that this will be the first step along a path of increasing support for research initiatives by the Charity.

All applications should be submitted on the attached form and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the attention of Dr Dominic Culligan, Medical Advisor MDS UK Patient Support Group. The closing date for applications will be 17.00 on Friday 19th April 2019. The intention is for the Grant to be available for the start of the academic year in autumn 2019.

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UK MDS FORUMS Grants 2017

 14th International Symposium on Myelodysplastic Syndromes - 3-6 May 2017

Grants available for the upcoming 14th International Symposium on MDS – May 3-6 2017.

The committee is pleased to announce the winners for 2017.

Matthew Cullen and Anna Gibson each grant will be for € 2000.

The winner of the EHA award 2015

Simona Valleta

Simona Valleta

Winning Scientist - Simona Valletta, LLR Molecular Haematology Unit, Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

Abstract title:Correction Of Mutations Of The Epigenetic Modifier ASXL1 In Myeloid Leukemia Cells By CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing.

The two winners of the EHA award 2014

Elena Crisa


Winning clinician - Elena Crisa, Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Haematology Research, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London/Abstract title: Isolated total monosomy 7 is associated with better prognosis in a large cohort of MDS patients compared with other abnormalities of chromosome 7 - a single institute experience.



Andrea Pellagatti

>Andrea Pellagatti

Winning Scientist - Andrea Pellagatti, LLR Molecular Haematology Unit, Nuffield Division of Clinical Lab Sciences, University of Oxford/Abstract title: Comprehensive analysis of mutation status, gene expression profiles, blood and bone marrow counts and outcome in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes.

IPSS-R MDS Risk Assessment Calculator

Revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R) for Myelodysplastic Syndromes Risk Assessment Calculator


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MDS Fact Sheet

MDS Factsheet for GPs General Practicioners

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Varicella Vaccine in MDS

Urgent Clarification on varicella vaccine policy

Current advice from the UK MDS Forum is not to give the Live Varicella Vaccine to patients with MDS.

Please read below correspondence between Professor Salisbury and Dr George Follows, the latter on behalf of the CLL Forum, on the varicella vaccine policy.
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NICE Guideline

Lenalidomide for treating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with an isolated deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality.

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BSH Guidelines

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