Congratulations Vilius Savickas – Winner of 3MT® Competition


The challenge; presenting 80,000 word thesis in just 3 minute using only a single static slide. 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognised competition that requires PhD students to present their research in 3 minutes.  The concept was developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland, Australia.  

Vilius Savickas was this year’s competition winner at the University of Greenwich.

The award was presented by Professor Javier Bonet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise.

His presentation was titled: Atrial Fibrillation Screening in Care Homes by Clinical Pharmacists. 

Vilius won the competition with a compelling presentation on #thisisjerry, A 90-year-old former physicist who lives in a care home and suffers from Atrial Fibrillation (AF), a “funny” heart rhythm.

“This opportunity was a great learning experience.  We learnt how to present our research in simple terms and grab the attention of a wider audience. I encourage all PhD students to take part” - Vilius Savickas.

Vilius is an active researcher who is passionately advocating for better care for the ageing population. His research covers public health and the role of registered pharmacy professionals in primary care settings. As part of it, he’s been exploring the role of clinical pharmacists in the early detection of atrial fibrillation, which may help prevent stroke and other health problems. 

Vilius’ research shows that up to 1-in-3 care home residents may have undiagnosed heart conditions. “The worry is, these patients are not being checked as often as those attending general practice surgeries. There is a systematic issue that needs to be addressed” Vilius Savickas.

During the meeting Vilius emphasised the importance of partnership, he said “this research would not have been this successful without the support of a number of people”.  List of acknowledgement found below.

He is the first candidate at the University of Greenwich to have been given the opportunity to compete at a national level.  

Vilius won £1,500 funding towards conferences and further training.  This was in addition to the £1,000 he won during the faculty heat in Medway.

He plans to continue on campaigning for #thisisjerry.  He hopes with this opportunity he can continue on advocating for better care for all patients: “the need for everyone to receive the same level of care regardless of age or residency status is vital” Vilius Savickas.

Follow Vilius @viliussavickas


Research Acknowledgments

  • University of Kent and Kent Surrey and Sussex Community Education Providers Network for
    funding this study.
  • Public Involvement in Pharmacy Studies (PIPS) group for critically assessing all patient-related information documents.
  • Centre for Health Services Studies (University of Kent) for assistance with economic modelling.

Research Team for hard work and collaboration:

  • Chief Investigators:
    - Dr Emma Veale, Research Associate, Medway School of Pharmacy, Chatham Maritime, Kent.
    - Dr Sarah Corlett, Senior Lecturer, Medway School of Pharmacy, Chatham Maritime, Kent.
  • Co-investigators:
  • - Dr Adrian Stewart, Cardiologist, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gilliingham, Kent.
    - Prof. Alistair Mathie, Interim Head of School, Medway School of Pharmacy, Chatham Maritime, Kent.
    - Dr Sukvinder Bhamra, Lecturer, Medway School of Pharmacy, Chatham Maritime, Kent.
    - Dr Vanessa Short, GP and Research Lead at Newton Place Surgery, Faversham and Clinical Research Fellow General Practice at the University of Kent.

  • Gate Keeper:
    - Dr Melanie Rees-Roberts.

And, to all staff working in care homes where screening took place.


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