The competition ran on Saturday 12th April 2014 and was open to all medical students attending a medical school in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Prof. Sir Graham Teasdale
Sir Graham Teasdale qualified in medicine from the University of Newcastle and was initially attracted to neurology. After working at the Birmingham Accident Hospital, Prof. Teasdale trained in neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurological Sciences at the University of Glasgow. In 1981 he was made Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery. His interests include head injury and vascular neurosurgery and he has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Professor Teasdale co-invented the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) with Professor Bryan Jennett and together they published their work in The Lancet in 1974. Their original article has now been cited over 500 times! Between 2003-2006 he was the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2006, Professor Teasdale was knighted for his services to neurosurgery.
Mr Diederik Bulters
Mr Bulters is a consultant academic neurosurgeon at the Wessex Neurological Centre with a specialist interest in neurovascular surgery and head injury. He undertook his medical undergraduate training, including an intercalated BSc in neurophysiology, at the University of Edinburgh. He underwent basic surgical training in Edinburgh before completing his neurosurgical training in Wessex. At the end of this he moved to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for a fellowship in vascular neurosurgery. He has worked as a consultant in Southampton since 2012.
Mr Bulters is currently the principal investigator for numerous randomised surgical and drug trials aiming to improve patient outcomes following neurotrauma and intracranial haemorrhage. He also works to develop new techniques of minimally invasive surgical approaches to intracranial lesions and studies of the biochemical changes following head injury and haemorrhage. He widely teaches and lectures on a range of courses including the Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy.