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The Morris Markowe Public Education Prize

 

The prize was established in 1989 from funds donated in the memory of the late Dr Morris Markowe, Honorary Fellow, and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1972-78. An award of  £1,000 will be make in 2014 to the successful entrant. 
 
The prize is open to all members of the College, including trainees. Entries for the Prize are limited to one a year. Joint entries are accepted, so long as one of the authors is a member of the College, or a trainee.
 
Regulations:
The Morris Markowe Prize is awarded annually for:
 
  • An original article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public and suitable for publication in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet;
OR
  • An article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public and published in the last year (between May and April annually) in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet;
OR
  • An article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public, commissioned by the Public Education Committee for publication in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet.
 
Entries will be judged on their readability, originality and newsworthiness from the viewpoint of the general public or lay reader, by designated members of the College’s Public Education Committee.
 
Entries should indicate whether they have been edited for publication.

Members who submit entries for the Morris Markowe Prize will be considered for membership of the Public Education Editorial Board.  This Board produces the College's award-winning mental health information materials.
 
Closing date:
Entries can be submitted electronically to Deborah Hart, Director of Communications and Policy, or in typescript, indicating the target publication/audience (e.g. local newspaper) by 1st May of each year.
 
Previous Morris Markowe prize winners:
 
2013     Dr Clementine Maddock: "Hogarth Revisited"

2012

   

Dr Claire Polkinghorn: "Doctors go mad too"

2011    

Dr Val Yeung: "Dispelling Dyslexia with Omega-3: Fishy or For Real?"

2010

   

Dr Kamran Ahmed: "Beards and Bow Ties: The Recruitment Crisis in Psychiatry"

2009

   

Dr Ashley McKimm: "Making Crystal Clear: The Myth of Methamphetamine"

2008

   

Dr Gillian Doody: "Dying for a fag: whose choice is it anyway?"

2007

   

Dr Julius Bourke: "God opens the floodgates in our brains"

2006

   

Dr Alex Shand: "Trust me I’m a junior doctor"

2005

   

Dr Raj Persaud: “Who needs their head examined?”

2004

   

Prize not awarded

2003

   

Prize not awarded

2002

   

Dr James MacCabe: "Psychiatric wards: breaking the cycle of decay"

2001

   

Dr Bhargavi Chatterjea Bhattacharyya: "When your child asks for moon"

2000

   

Prize not awarded

1999

   

Dr Robert Clafferty: “Alzheimer’s Disease – should patients be told their diagnosis?"

1998

   

Dr Jonathan D Chick: “Medical students and alcohol: many students drink, but what if there are problems?”

1997

   

Dr Maureen Johnston: “What’s the point” (article on suicide in young people)

1996

   

Prize not awarded

1995

   

Prize not awarded

1994

   

Dr Peter M Haddad: "Post natal depression: why getting help is important"

1993

   

Prize not awarded

1992

   

Dr Ros Ramsay: “The trauma of psychosis: a personal disaster”

1991

   

Dr Clare Hilton: “Alcohol in the elderly – a neglected problem”

1990

   

Dr Paul Harrison: “Searching for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease”

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