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28 June 2019

Dr David Lloyd wins award for iFIND project

Dr David Lloyd, Clinical Research Fellow at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, has been granted the inaugural Research Impact Award for his work on the iFIND project.

Dr David Lloyd accepts his award

Dr Lloyd has won an award to make a film about his research into diagnosing heart conditions in unborn babies. The Research Impact Awards are for research taking place within the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London, with the winner receiving £3,000 to promote their work visually.   

Dr Lloyd told the panel how the team would use the prize money to tell the story of their research – recognising the contributions of staff and all the women who participated in scans to build the technology.             

We have scanned over 240 pregnant women, who have given us their time and energy and made a huge contribution to the research. This new technique has now been fully translated into clinical practice here at St Thomas’, something we wouldn’t have been able to do without them.

Dr David Lloyd, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences

“This project is the result of a huge team of people working together over the last few years. This is an opportunity to showcase the work of the whole team.”   

Professor Andrew Shennan, Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London said several outstanding presentations competed for the award in the first ever Research Impact Award. He explained Dr Lloyd’s presentation on research into foetal heart imaging was voted best by the audiences.

The new techniques that David described deserve more attention and we’re glad that the funding that comes with this award will support the production of an impact video for this research.

Professor Andrew Shennan, Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London

Dr Lloyd and his team are now working to combine this 3D imaging with other advanced ultrasound and MRI techniques to try to understand why some babies go on to develop more severe forms of congenital heart disease than others.

The iFIND project, funded by the Biomedical Research Centre, allows doctors to get detailed 3D images in unborn babies with a congenital heart condition to plan ahead and ensure they get the best treatment from birth.