The Bernard and Joan Marshall Awards of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research (BSCR) were introduced in 2010. The Society was founded in 1973 by Professor David Hearse of the Rayne Institute, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and was initially called the Cardiac Muscle Research Group. At that time, the British Cardiac Society did not admit basic scientists and Professor Hearse felt that Britain needed a forum in which researchers could exchange ideas and present their results. The BSCR continues with its main aim being to provide a forum for scientists to discuss their research and, in particular, to provide a platform for students and early post-docs to present their work. To facilitate this, the society organises two main meetings a year. The Spring Meeting forms part of the annual conference of the British Cardiovascular Society (as the British Cardiac Society now is) and is organised with the British Atherosclerosis…

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