On Tuesday 4th July 2023, the winners of the British Skin Foundation’s Battle of the DermSocs (BOTDS) 2022-23 were announced. This annual fundraising initiative, supported by Cinapsis, unites
dermatology societies from universities across the UK to compete to raise the
most amount of money for skin disease research. The BOTDS fundraising challenge kicked off last October, with 17 teams from across the country organising a series of activities such as raffles, quizzes and conferences over the past nine months. With the final fundraising deadline on 16th June, the total amount raised has now been tallied up...
Overall, these teams collectively raised an amazing £4,901.
Why are Cinapsis supporting BOTDS?
At Cinapsis, we are very concerned about the rising skin cancer rates in the UK, which have more than doubled over the past 30 years.Additionally, patients with suspected skin cancer are facing some of the longest wait times for specialistcare. In light of these challenges, research plays a vital role infinding innovative ways to diagnose and treat various skin diseases, including
cancer. Funding more research is the key to improving patient outcomes and recovery.
Our team at Cinapsis is committed to facilitating faster access to urgent care. Therefore, we’ve taken great pride in supporting this year's Battle of the DermSocs. Throughout the competition, we have witnessed the great commitment displayed by dermatology societies across the UK. Their collective efforts in raising funds and raising awareness for vital skin disease research have been truly
"We are especially grateful to Cinapsis for their generous sponsorship of the Battle of the DermSocs event, our annual fundraising initiative. This collaborative effort brings together dermatology societies from across the UK, united in their mission to raise funds for vital skin disease research. By supporting initiatives like Battle of the DermSocs, Cinapsis demonstrates their commitment not only to teledermatology but also to the advancement of scientific knowledge and breakthroughs in the field of dermatology.The British Skin Foundation is proud to collaborate with Cinapsis and other partners who share our vision, as together, we strive to empower healthcare professionals, improve patient experiences, advance research, and make a lasting impact in the fight against skin diseases."
- Matthew Patey OBE, CEO of British Skin Foundation
What did it involve?
The participating societies in BOTDS 2022/23 included Aberdeen, Aston, Barts, Birmingham, Brighton and Sussex, Buckingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, KCL, KCL Psychoderm, Liverpool, Newcastle, St George's University of London, and UCL.
And the BOTDS 2022/23 Champions were Glasgow DermSoc who raised an outstanding £1,055. Congratulations to their team!
The total fundraised amount was raised through a variety of successful events organised
by the societies, such as raffles, quizzes, Secret Santa exchanges, valentine's
day card sales, and dermatology conferences featuring brilliant speakers. The joint
winners of the “Most Creative” award were Edinburgh, who organised a raffle,
pub crawl, student symposium, and Liverpool whose events included yoga
evenings, a surgical skills workshop and a national conference.
In addition to fundraising, these DermSocs have also been competing to achieve the greatest
media presence during their campaign, helping spread awareness of the cause.
The winner of the best media presence award was named as Birmingham DermSoc,
whose efforts have made a significant impact in raising awareness for skin
It has been an absolute honour to see theincredible efforts made by DermSocs from all across the UK in raising funds for skin disease research through BOTDS. We are so proud to have supported this amazing initiative.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this extraordinary fundraising event.