BGS Rising Star Award Winners: Dr Jenni Burton and Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn

24 November 2021

The BGS has today announced Dr Jenni Burton and Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn as this year's winners of its Rising Star Awards for Research and Clinical Quality.

The Rising Star Award was inaugurated in 2014 to recognise young doctors, nurses and AHPs who have made an exceptional contribution to the field of older people's healthcare early in their career.  

Two awards are available each year: one for research contributions that have translated into, or are in the process of being translated into, improvements to the care of older people, and the other for a clinical quality project which improves the care of older people with frailty in the award holder's locality. 

The winners of this year’s awards will present their work at BGS meetings in 2022. 

BGS Rising Star Award for Research: Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn

Mary Ni Lochlainn

Mary Ni Lochlainn is a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine, and is currently completing a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship. She is based at the Department of Twin Research at King's College London and is interested in sarcopenia, frailty and the prevention of age-related disease.  

Her PhD research is on sarcopenia, and muscle health in older adults, with a particular focus on the role of the gut microbiome in maintaining healthy muscle. She was a co-recipient of the Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize from Age and Ageing.  

Mary will present her work at the BGS Autumn Meeting 2022. 

BGS Rising Star Award for Clinical Quality: Dr Jenni Burton

Jenni Burton is a clinical lecturer in geriatric medicine who divides her time 50/50 between academic work in the University of Glasgow and clinical work in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

She is passionate about improving understanding of the needs of those living in care homes, enhancing access to health care and support. Her research focuses on improving the use of routinely collected health and social care data to build an evidence base to support and enhance practice. ​

Jenni will present her work at the BGS Spring Meeting 2022.