Awards & Prizes

Isshiki Award

For Outstanding Contribution to Laryngology

Inaugural winner

Dr Nobuhiko Isshiki

Emeritus Professor at Kyoto University

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The inaugural Isshiki Award for outstanding contribution to Laryngology was presented to Dr N Isshiki, Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University, Japan at the Gala Dinner and Prize Presentation held at The Great Hall, Bart’s on Tuesday, 21 June 2011.

Nobuhiko Isshiki, Emeritus Professor at Kyoto University, is a pioneer of phonosurgery who developed a series of surgical procedures to improve the voice of patients with vocal fold paralysis, atrophy, after layngeal trauma, pitch problems and recently Spasmodic Dysphonia.

He entered the ENT department at Kyoto University in 1955, to practice both clinical and experimental works and further extended the research works for 2 years at UCLA. After returning home, he made an intensive research into the mechanism of phonation using the excised larynges. Based on the results, he developed  Laryngeal Framework Surgery, which permits the change in the position and tension of the vocal fold without touching it.

His clinical career consists of 1) 22 years of ENT, 2) 16 years of Plastic Surgery, both mostly at the University Clinic, and 3) 18 years of the mixed specialties at the private clinic after retirement. Since his retirement from the University in 1993, he has been the head of the Isshiki Clinic (the Kyoto Voice Surg. Center), and has refined phonosurgical procedures. He has achieved phonosurgery workshops worldwide periodically, at the Free Univ. in Amsterdam, and Mayo Clinic in USA, and sporadically in Santiago (Chile), Mumbai(India), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ankara (Turkey), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), and Seoul (South Korea).

Previous Winners

2021

Dr Gregory Postma
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Dr. Gregory Postma is Professor and Vice-Chairman in the Department Otolaryngology and
Director of the Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders at Augusta University,
Atlanta, USA. He graduated in medicine from Hahnemann University in 1984, before completing a residency in Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. He then completed his fellowship in laryngology and professional voice at Vanderbilt University in 1996. Professor Postma specializes in voice disorders, professional and singing voice care, dysphagia and associated swallowing disorders, airway surgery and reconstruction, spasmodic dysphonia, and reflux and chronic cough. He is a pioneer of inoffice surgery, including transnasal esophagoscopy and non-sedated laryngeal and airway laser surgery. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 50 chapters and invited articles and has given over 100 presentations on a wide range of laryngology topics.

The award was presented virtually by BLA President Guri Sandhu on the 9 July 2021 at the latest meeting of the Laryngology and Rhinology section of the Royal Society of Medicine: ‘Diseases of the larynx and Pharynx’, at which Professor Postma gave the Visiting Professor Lecture. Mr Chadwan Al Yaghchi accepted the award in person on behalf of Professor Postma.

2016

Guri Sandhu
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Guri Sandhu is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon at Imperial College and The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospitals in London, with honorary contracts at The Royal Brompton, University College and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and University College London and the Honorary Treasurer of the BLA.

Mr Sandhu graduated from the University of London in 1990 having trained in Medicine at The Royal London Hospital. As a registrar, he trained in ENT at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and in Paediatric ENT at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He is a laryngologist with a special interest in laryngotracheal stenosis but also manages voice and swallowing disorders. He has experience in performing the full spectrum of endoscopic and open surgical procedures on the larynx, pharynx and airway; many of these procedures he has pioneered himself.

He lectures nationally and internationally on these subjects and has an active research programme. He was responsible for setting up the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction in London which comprises a multidisciplinary team of specialists with an interest in airway problems. This unit has treated the largest number of adult patients with laryngotracheal stenosis in Europe.

2014

Professor David Howard
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The Isshiki Award for outstanding contribution to Laryngology was presented to Professor David Howard, First BLA President (2012-2013), Council Member and Chair of the Allied Health Professionals Sub Committee at the BLA Annual Conference 2014 held at The Royal Society of Medicine, on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

David qualified at St George’s Hospital, London in 1972 and following 6 years initial training in general surgery and orthopaedics, he commenced ENT and head and neck surgery in 1978. He became Senior Lecturer in Laryngology at University College London in 1984 and Honorary Consultant at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

He has a career-long interest in laryngology with multiple honorary consultant appointments in London and the UK. His research and teaching have involved many national and international presentations and projects. He was appointed Professor of Head & Neck Oncology at Imperial College and Imperial NHS Trust Hospitals in 2007. David has retired from full-time NHS and University work but continues with busy commitments to High Altitude and Critical Care medical research with the Centre for Altitude,Space and Extreme Environment at University College,London, and teaching /surgery at Korle Bu Hospital, Accra, Ghana.

2013

Dr Frederik G.Dikkers
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The Isshiki Award for outstanding contribution to Laryngology was presented to Dr Frederik G. Dikkers, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in Otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), The Netherlands, at the Prize Presentation held at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, on Tuesday, 18 June 2013.

Frederik G. Dikkers, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands, and visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Since more than 20 years he is responsible for the UMCG Voice Clinic. His interests include the full array of laryngeal and tracheal problems. Since 1990, he is responsible for two different courses on endoscopy. He is founder of the local working group on tracheal intervention. The Groningen dilatation tracheoscope was developed by his group. Since 2008, Dr. Dikkers is General Secretary of the European Laryngological Society. He is, amongst other memberships, full member of the IAP and ABEA. He is reviewer of 9 journals, author and co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed papers, and has contributed in numerous textbooks on the larynx and on the difficult airway. He is currently supervising two PhD projects on RRP, and has supervised more than 35 master’s theses in medicine. He has given more than 500 presentations in more than 30 countries. He was shortlisted three times, and elected once as Teacher of the Year of his Faculty of Medicine.

2012

Dr Abdullah Sani
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The Isshiki Award for outstanding contribution to Laryngology was presented to Dr Abdullah Sani, Clinical Professor of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia at the Gala Dinner held at The Malaysian Petroleum Club, on Friday, 1 June 2012.

Dr Abdullah Sani, MD (UKM), FRCS (Edin) MS ORL-HNS (UKM), is a Clinical Professor of ORL – Head and Neck Surgery. He was trained in phonosurgery at the Voice Centre of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He now runs voice clinics, sleep apnoea clinics in addition to the regular ORL clinics at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He introduced various aspects of care of the professional voice to his fellow surgeons and frequently gets referral from all over Malaysia and the ASEAN region for voice and other laryngeal pathologies. He is also well versed in laryngeal laser microsurgery. He trains residents and young surgeons in laryngology and holds annual phonosurgery courses in Kuala Lumpur. He has innovated a laryngeal holder for surgery of cadaveric larynges which is a feature of his hands on phonosurgery courses.

 

David Howard Prize

For best Oral Presentation & Best Poster Presentation

The David Howard Prize is awarded by the BLA every year, and is granted at the BLA’s Cutting Edge Laryngology and Annual conferences. Named after the BLA’s first President, Mr David Howard.

Inaugural winner

Professor David Howard

Founding Member and First BLA President 2012 – 2014

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David qualified at St George’s Hospital, London, in 1972, and following 6 years of initial training in general surgery and orthopaedics, he commenced ENT and head and neck surgery in 1978. He became Senior Lecturer in Laryngology at University College London in 1984 and Honorary Consultant at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

He has a career-long interest in laryngology with multiple honorary consultant appointments in London and the UK. His research and teaching have involved many national and international presentations and projects.

He was appointed Professor of Head & Neck Oncology at Imperial College and Imperial NHS Trust Hospitals in 2007.

David has retired from full-time NHS and University work but continues with busy commitments to High Altitude and Critical Care medical research with the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment at University College, London, and teaching /surgery at Korle Bu Hospital,Accra, Ghana.

Previous Winners

2023
The inaugural joint meeting between BLA/UEP

Thursday, 14 September 2023, Royal Society of Medicine 

Best Oral Presentation

 “Speech & Language Therapy led 2 Week Wait ENT Clinic: Pilot clinic findings from Sunderland”

Mandeep Bhabra , South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Trust

 

Best Poster Presentation

Joint Winners

“Is translaryngeal ultrasound a useful tool in the assessment of inducible laryngeal obstruction? Heathy volunteer data from the ILOTUS: A two-stage exploratory feasibility study”

Claire Slinger, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

“A Systematic Review of Speech and Language Therapy Interventions for Presbyphonia”

Brian Saccente-Kennedy, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2022
Cutting Edge Laryngology Virtual Conference

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2022

 

Best Oral Presentation

“Machine Learning-based Voice Analysis for the screening of Obstructive Sleep Apnoe”

Carlo Robotti, Department of Clinical-Surgical, Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

 

Best Poster Presentation

“The Phonetically Specific Oral Cavity Detection by Applying Nasal electrolarynx-Programmed High Frequency Signal”

Shu Wei Tsai, MD, Otolaryngology , National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

2021

 

Best Oral Presentation

“Incidence, diagnosis and natural history of vocal fold dysfunction after congenital cardiac surgery: a prospective implementation study.”

Gareth Lloyd, Dept of ORL, Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Best Poster Presentation

“Retrograde Cricopharyngeus Dysfunction: Safety and Efficacy of Botox injections under EMG control in an outpatient setting”

Eleanor Crossley, ENT registrar, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

2019
Cutting Edge Laryngology 2019, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

25 – 27 September 2019

 

Best Oral Presentation

“Tissue engineering the upper airway mucosal lining”

Nick Hamilton, University College London

 

Best Poster Presentation

“A high-fidelity, fully immersive airway fire simulation for ENT Trainees”

Ciaran Walsh, University Hospital Aintree

2018
BLA Short Paper Sessions, European Laryngological Society Congress 2018, Queen Conference Centre, London

Best Oral Presentation

“Laryngeal distribution of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in a previously untreated cohort”

Gregory Dion, New York Univsersity, USA

2017

Best Oral Presentation

“A 6 year retrospective review of 97 adolescent patients seen in a tertiary referral voice”

Anya Selwyn, University Hospital, Lewisham

Best Poster Presentation

“Transnasal oesophagoscopy: diagnostic and management experience of in 490 patients with various upper aerodigestive complaints”

Shaden Al Riyami, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

2016

Best Oral Presentation

“Chronic neurostimulation for treatment of age related laryngeal muscular atropy”

Markus Gugatschka, Medical University Graz, Austria

Best Poster Presentation

“Perioperative compliactions of Type II Thyroplasty”

Kenji Mizoguchi, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Medicine

2015

Best Oral Presentation

Samantha Holmes

Best Poster Presentation

Jason Powell

2014

Best Oral Presentation

Jonathan Fishman

Best Oral Presentation in Speech and Language

Jennifer Craig

2013

Best Poster Presentation

Chaitanya Gadepalli

Best Oral Presentation

Amanda Domer

2012

Best Poster Presentation

Nupur Nerurkar

Best Oral Presentation

Amanda Domer

2011

Best Poster Presentation

Raul Cetto

Best Oral Presentation

Sally Kamal