Young Investigator Award – John Scott Lecture

The “Young Investigator Award” is a prestigious award presented annually to an early career researcher who has made a significant contribution to matrix biology and has excelled in the early stages of their research career.

Following the generous bequest from the estate of Professor John Scott (1931-2012), the winner of the Young Investigator Award will be presented with a cheque for £1000, and will deliver the ‘John Scott Lecture’ at one of the biannual meetings of the society (normally at the Autumn meeting).

Early career researchers up to the age of 36 are encouraged to apply.

NB: The application deadline for the 2017 award is the 31st July

Application Rules

Young Investigator 2017 – Dr Elena Raniero

Young Investigator 2016 – Dr Thomas Cox

Young Investigator 2015 – Dr Vivien Coulson-Thomas

Young Investigator 2014 – Dr Blandine Poulet

Young Investigator 2013 – Dr Anna Piccinini


Dr Anna Piccinini
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology
University of Oxford

Comments from Previous Winners


“Winning the Young Investigator of the Year Award was a complete privilege knowing that it had been decided by such an esteemed panel of senior researchers who had contributed so much to our understanding of matrix biology. The prize of an oral presentation at a national meeting and publication of a review of my work in the ‘International Journal of Experimental Pathology’ has contributed greatly to my CV and I have been able to use this as a demonstrable measure of my career achievements and pathway to independent research for the preparation of grant and fellowship applications.”

Ian Clark

“I won the BSMB Young Investigators Award in 1999 when I was 34 years old, probably the last time anyone called me ‘young’. At the time I was an Arthritis Research Campaign (now Arthritis Research UK) Postdoctoral Fellow, establishing my own research group at the University of East Anglia. The award was an excellent opportunity to give a seminar at the BSMB meeting and gain from new collaborations with the attendees. Since that time I spent 2001 on sabbatical at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals getting an excellent insight into drug development in osteoarthritis. I came back to UEA as a Reader and was promoted to the Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology in 2006.


Ian Clark (YIA 1999)

Jerome E. Lafont

The Young Investigator Award of the BSMB gave me a real input in my career. When I was awarded, I was a postdoc at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London in the group headed by Chris L. Murphy. With that prestigious prize I was successfully appointed to a lecturer position in the Institute of Biology and Chemistry of Proteins, University of Lyon, France. I am still a BSMB member and I strongly recommend the BSMB meetings for any student in the field of cartilage and extracellular matrix.


Jerome Lafont (YIA 2009)

Adam Byron

I received my PhD in the laboratory of Professor Martin Humphries in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research at the University of Manchester, where I am currently undertaking postdoctoral work. When I applied for the BSMB Young Investigator Award, early in my postdoc, my PhD and postdoc work had recently led to the description of the first experimentally defined integrin proteomes. It was an exciting time, which was further enhanced by being selected for the Award. Receiving the Award presented the valuable chance to deliver a plenary lecture on my work at a BSMB meeting, which is a rare opportunity at such an early career stage. The Award certainly strengthened my CV, and I’m sure it has played an important role in me being invited for subsequent talks and being awarded grants.


Adam Byron (YIA 2010)


“The Young Investigator Award was an exceptional prize to start my scientific career”
“I’m sure the Award has played an important role in me being invited for talks.”
“The Award presents a valuable opportunity to highlight your hard work, and I’d thoroughly recommend applying.”
“It was an honour to be chosen for this prestigious award. It provided personal recognition of my work from leaders in the field at an important time in my career and motivated me to continue pursuing my research with vigour.”

Previous Winners