Mr. Kamal Sayed Prize in Neurosurgery

The "Mr Kamal Sayed Prize for Neurosurgery" was established by Dr Yacoob Kadwa, RCSI graduate (Class of 1965) and is is presented to pay special tribute to the memory of Mr Kamal Sayed, a graduate of RCSI (Class of 1960). A solid silver College medal is awarded to a postgraduate neurosurgical trainee to reward outstanding work and excellence in the field of neurosurgery. This is a prestigious award of RCSI and is run in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a postgraduate neurosurgical trainee at an Irish Clinical Neuroscience Centre (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland)

The award recognises and rewards excellence in neurosurgery training or research to trainees of exceptional calibre who have demonstrated a high level of potential such as:

  • research contributions, both fundamental and applied, which will add significantly to our knowledge base
  • who set a standard of excellence in research amongst peers
  • whose work will bring distinction in the field of neuosurgery who are recognised by the Irish Institute of Clinical Neurosciences for what they have accomplished as scholar

Call for applications for the 2017 Prize

Applications are currently invited for the 2017 Mr. Kamal Sayed Prize in Neurosurgery. For details regarding eligibility and the application process please click the link to follow Mr. Kamal Sayed Prize 2017 The deadline for application submission is Monday 13th February 2017

Previous award recipients.

  • 2016 Winner: Mr. Jahangir Sajjad, Research Registrar, Department of Neurosurgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, for two projects:
    Project A: Examination of the involvement of glutamatergic system in gender differences in visceral pain.
    Project B: Audit of complication of brain tumour surgery at a low volume Neurosurgical centre. 
  • 2015 Winner: Dr Zaitun Zakaria Beaumont Hospital
    Project: Preclinical evaluation of apoptosis re-sensitization with Smac mimetic in Glioblastoma (GBM) cell lines and in intracranial xeno-transplantation mice GBM model.
  •  2014 Winner: Dr Kieron Sweeney Beaumont Hospital
    Project: Validation of an Imageable Surgical Resection Animal Model of Glioblastoma (GBM)
  • 2013 Winner: Philip O'Halloran Beaumont Hospital.
    Projet: Anti-angiogenic Efficacy of Bevacizumab alone and in combination with a dual P13/Mtor inhibitor in a reproducible orthotopic explant, using a multi - modality molecular imaging approach.


  • 2012 Winner: Dr Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal,  Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery, Cork University Hospital
    Project: Comparison of surgical outcomes with subdural drain to sub periosteal drain in chronic subdural hematoma- a prospective randomized controlled study in a tertiary care centre.
  • 2011 Winner: Mr Khalid Abubaker, Beaumont Hospital
    Project: Mechanisms of brain damage following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

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