Community and collaboration are at the heart of the Charing Cross Symposium. We want to recognise our top contributors and delegates who competed and showed their expertise in competitions, who are all vital members of the CX community!

Top Scoring Abstract Presentations: 

Senior Clinical Abstract Winner:

  • Rockwood Frailty Scale score above 5 is associated with a six-fold increase in mortality in patients undergoing surgical revascularisation or major amputation for critical limb-threatening ischemia. – Walid Al-Natsheh (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Trainee Clinician Abstract Winners:

  1. Life expectancy following carotid endarectomy – Does age matter? – Hannah Burton (Buntingford, United Kingdom)
  2. Sex differences in chronic limb threatening ischaemia outcomes – Krishna Ravulapalli (Newcastle, United Kingdom)
  3. Impact of age differences in chronic limb threatening ischemia outcomes in octogenarians – Krishna Ravulapalli (Newcastle, United Kingdom)

Worrying Foot Competition:

Following from the success of the Hurting Leg Competition at CX 2023, CX once again teamed up with the Rouleaux Club and World Federation of Vascular Societies for the Worrying Foot Competition, all shortlisted entries can be viewed here!

Balraj Maan (Willington, United Kingdom) won the £500 prize for the best infographic, chosen by public vote.

Natalie Yonan (Newcastle, United Kingdom) took home the coveted #1,000 prize for her infomercial, “TIME to act”.

Innovation Showcase and Dragons’ Den

In an unprecedented turn of events, the fearsome CX Dragons were unable to select only one winner of the Dragons’ Den competition and decided to split the prize between two physician inventors.

The prize for innovation was split between Jan Heyligers (Tilburg, Netherlands) The Augmented Reality ARCUS technology to look through patients using the Microsoft HoloLens 2 and Bart Steensma (Utrecht, Netherlands) Portable RF coil to measure instantaneous cardiac output. View the Innovation Showcase on-demand now!

Workshops & Hands-On Activities

CX 2024 saw a number of new hands-on activities in the workshops area, including two new competitions — the Anastomosis Technique in Vascular Access Procedures Competition and Aortic Triathlon designed to test and improve the hands-on skills of attending physicians.

The Aortic Triathlon which took place on Wednesday, 24 April 2025 was designed to enhance basic AAA skills, like measuring and choosing the right endovascular components for infrarenal EVAR, performing simple EVAR, and basic open AAA repair. The competition, designed by the ESVS and EVST was won by Petar Galo (Linz, Austria).

The hands-on simulated workshop competition for arteriovenous fistula creation required participants to demonstrate the basics of anastomosis technique and provided a comprehensive understanding of anastomosis structure and potential technical pitfalls. Chaveles Apostolos (Athens, Greece) showed mastery in this workshop run by Laminate Medical Technologies and YourAnastomosis and took home the top prize.