Attendees at last night's MRS Awards ceremony in London saw Ipsos MORI and biopharma client Amgen scoop both 'The Grand Prix Award for Greatest Impact' and the 'Healthcare Research' prizes for their work highlighting patient experience for Psoriasis sufferers.
The Grand Prix Award was introduced last year 'to recognise the submission that succeeds in demonstrating the impact that research can have when properly commissioned, delivered, designed and acted upon. This year, the Ipsos MORI and Amgen team (pictured with MRS President Dianne Thompson, second left) received it for their global syndicated ethnographic investigation into patients living with Psoriasis, which the judges say 'should be read by any researcher interested in the power of research for genuine social change'.
The Best In-house Team went to Guardian News and Media for the number of research projects its team undertakes each year, and for being able to demonstrate 'impressive commercial returns' on investment, described by the judges as 'the Holy Grail in research'.
BBC Media Action were also among the winners at the awards, with the broadcaster taking home the President's Medal, presented by new MRS President and former Camelot CEO Dianne Thompson.
Additionally, the night saw a re-introduction of an award presented to the Newcomer of the Year to recognise the contribution of new talent in the industry. This year's winner was Northstar Research Partners' SRE Samantha Bond for her 'outstanding achievements during the formative years of her career'.
Other winners at this year's event were:
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