Hampson Memorial Prize & Hampson Travelling Awards

Gary Hampson (1937 – 79) was a senior registrar on the Bristol rotation and consultant at Southmead Hospital. He had particular research interests in post-op venous thrombosis and the biomechanics of the human spine, but also published on hip fractures, joint replacement and patellar dislocation. He sailed, travelled extensively, and ran a breeding colony of injured barn owls.

After his unexpected death in 1979, an appeal was launched for contributions to a fund to establish a memorial to him. This became the “annual WGJ Hampson memorial prize” for orthopaedic research – aimed to perpetuate his name but also to encourage the sort of research in which Gary was so interested.

There are 2 prizes:

The Hampson Memorial Prize (£500) – To support orthopaedic research: this does not necessarily have to be completed research, but may help fund an ongoing research project.

The Hampson Travelling Prize (£1000) – To support an orthopaedic orientated travelling fellowship.

Applications may be submitted below. Submissions will be regarded separate to SWOC presentation submissions.

The judging panel includes:

  • Professor Mike Whitehouse, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedics, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Professor Tim Parkin, Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University of Bristol
  • Mr Luke Brunton, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedics, SWOC Hon Secretary

Any of the judges are allowed to nominate a suitably qualified deputy.  The prize does not need to be awarded if there are no applications of sufficient merit.

The closing date is the same as the SWOC Abstracts for each meeting. In order to receive the funds, the winner of the Memorial prize is committed to giving a 10 minute podium at SWOC and for the travelling Prize a 10 minute podium on the next SWOC after their return.

Submission Form

Previous Prize Winners:

In 1980 an inaugural lecture was given by Mr Lance Lanyon (a vet), and since that date the prize has been awarded to:

Mr Graham Hall
Some observations on Perthes’ disease

Mr Keith Tayton
The semi-rigid total hip replacement – is this the way forward?

Dr Alan Goodship
The influence of controlled mechanical stimulation in fracture healing

Mr Paul Cook
The mechanical influences of ligament prostheses

Mr Gordon Bannister
Fixation of the femoral component in total hip replacement

Mr George Langkamer

Mr Christopher Weatherley
Comparative biomechanical study of spinal fixation devices for the lumbo-sacral junction

Mr David Warwick
Thromboprophylaxis after THR

Mr Timothy Bunker
Frozen shoulder

Mr John Newman
Contributions towards the evolution and acceptance of UKR

Mr Michael Parry
The indirect cytogenetic effects of orthopaedic wear debris generated by modern metal on metal hip implants.