BASL2019 17- 20 September - Technology & Innovations Centre, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow.  Including the BLNA Nurse Meeting and BLTG Transplant Meeting. Early Bird Rate ends 31 July. Further information available on the conference website.  

BASL2019 ANNUAL MEETING

17th - 20TH September, University of STRATHCLYDE

Join us at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for the BASL2019 Annual Meeting where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students. The programme runs from Wednesday 18th through to lunchtime on Friday 20th September, with the BLNA Nurses Day meeting running in parallel on Thursday 19th September. The BLTG programme runs from Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th September. 

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BASL AND BASL SUB-GROUPS

The British Association for the Study of the Liver is a multi-disciplinary society with around 900 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions.

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British Liver Nurse Association is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care.

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The British Viral Hepatitis aims to improve the management and study of patients with chronic viral liver disease, bringing together UK hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians, virologists and interested epidemiologists.

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The BLTG (British Liver Transplant Group) was launched in 2014 to represent the professional interests of liver transplantation in the UK and promote strategic and academic development. The BLTG will foster close relationships with BTS (British Transplant Society) and LICAGE (Liver Intensive Care Group of Europe) and will build on the role of the UK and Ireland Annual Meeting by delivering structure and authority to the group.

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Is a professional pharmacy organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disorders including viral hepatitis, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through medicines optimisation, collaborative and multi-disciplinary working and promoting patient-focused research.

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HCC UK is a multi-disciplinary organisation aiming to promote collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancer. We bring together leading oncologists, liver surgeons, hepatologists, basic scientists, radiologists, pathologists and specialist nurses to lead improvement in the quality of patient care.

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News

Vacancy - BASL Trainee Representative Expressions of Interest - Deadline 17th June

News Type: BASL News

The tenure of the current BASL Trainee Representative will come to an end in March 2020. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for this position with a view to shadowing the current representative for 6 months.

To apply for the position you must be a BASL Medically Qualified Member in Training and hold a national training number (NTN). The position is open to all trainees who are at least 24 months pre-CCT from September 2019.

The Trainee Representative will serve on the BASL Committee for a maximum of 2 years. They are expected to comment on all issues pertaining to training to ensure that trainee views are heard, to ensure that the annual meeting and schools of Hepatology meet trainees needs and in addition to attend BASL Committee meetings (face to face or teleconference) as well as the Annual Meeting. A working knowledge of Twitter is desirable and a strong link with the BSG trainee representative is helpful.

Application Process

Please send your expressions of interest to the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk  by the deadline of 23:59 on Monday 17th June 2019.

Emails should clearly have as the subject: BASL Trainee Representative Post 2019.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to provide a short personal statement containing no more than approx. 300 words explaining why you want to be the BASL Trainee Representative and what relevant skills or training you have. Your personal statement should accompany your expressions of interest email where possible.

A panel comprising of 3 BASL committee members will review and score the applications to select the successful applicant.

The new Trainee Representative will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2019 and will work with the current trainee representative for 6 months and take up their post in March 2020.

If you require any further information, please contact judy@basl.org.uk .

Vacancies – BASL Committee Posts 2019 - Expressions of Interest - Deadline 17th June

News Type: BASL News

The tenure of a number of BASL Committee Posts will come to an end in September 2019. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the following 5 positions:

Treasurer
The BASL Treasurer is elected by the membership and can serve for up to three years, and may be re-elected once. The Treasurer is also a member of the BLTG Committee.

The Treasurer has the following duties:

  • To represent the Association in financial negotiations with third parties together with the Secretary or any other person designated for the task by the Governing Board;
  • To oversee the collection and distribution of money on behalf of the Association and keep records of all transactions;
  • To engage and supervise an accountant who will keep the books of the Association;
  • To present the annual accounts, consisting of the profit and loss statement and balance sheet, to the Business Meeting;
  • To present the current accounts to the Governing Board.

The newly elected or re-elected Treasurer will take up the role at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2019.


Secretary Elect

The Secretary Elect is elected by the membership and will shadow the BASL Secretary from October 2019, taking up the role of Secretary at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2020.

The Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Association, serves for two years, and may be re-elected once. The Secretary is responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function and will work closely with the Secretariat, which is appointed by the Governing Board.


British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG) Committee Chair 

The BVHG Chair is elected by the BASL / BVHG membership to serve for a period of up to three year’s and may be re-elected once.

The BVHG is commissioned by the Governing Board to:

  • Promote research and the exchange of scientific information concerning viral hepatitis;
  • Foster multicentre scientific studies pertaining to viral hepatitis within the UK;
  • Promote education of physicians, surgeons, clinical nurse specialists and scientists with regard to viral hepatitides and their management;
  • Promote interaction between clinical disciplines to promote good care of patients and foster research and clinical trials.

The newly elected BVHG Commitee Chair will take up the role in December 2019 and will have a handover with the current Chair. 


Educational and Training Councillor
The BASL Committee has two Educational and Training Councillors and one of these posts is up for election. The post is elected by the membership to serve for a period of four years and may be re-elected once.  In addition to their role on the Governing Board, the Education and Training Councillors are responsible for Educational tasks as defined by the Governing Board, such as supporting the School of Hepatology.

The newly elected Education and Training Councillor will take up the role at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2019.


Scientist Representative

The Scientist Representative is elected by the membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once.
In addition to his/her role on the Governing Board, the Scientist Representative is responsible for the organisation and programme for the annual Basic Science Retreat meeting. This post is a non-clinical committee post.

The newly elected Scientist Representative will take up the role at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2019.


All of the above posts, with the exception of Secretary Elect, shall be registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL and registered with the Charities Commission as a Trustee.

Nomination Process

Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 23:59 on Monday 17th June 2019.  

Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting.

A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be required from the candidate should an election need to take place.

The newly elected posts will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during BASL2019 in September.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk .

Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2019 - apply now - deadline 10th June

News Type: BASL News

Deadline: 09:00 Monday 3rd June 2019

The Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award was set up in honour of the late Professor Andrew Burroughs, who sadly passed away in March 2014. Professor Burroughs was an eminent and world renowned Professor of Hepatology and Consultant Physician/Hepatologist and among his many achievements was his significant contribution to liver transplantation.

The winner of the award will deliver the prize lecture at the BLTG Transplant Meeting which this year is taking place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow between 17th - 18th September 2019. The winner will also receive free registration to the meeting and £1,000.

Eligibility
This prize is awarded to young investigators, scientific or clinical, who are in training or within 2 years of taking up consultant positions (or equivalent), with an interest in liver transplantation. 

How to Apply
Please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of 09:00 on Monday 10th June 2019.

Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2019 - apply now - deadline 10th June

News Type: BASL News

Deadline: 09:00 Monday 3rd June 2019

Each year BASL presents the Dame Sheila Sherlock research prize, one of the highlights of the annual meeting. This prize is awarded annually to recognise the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock to the development of Hepatology as a discipline in its own right.

When Dr Sherlock started her medical career, little was known about liver disease. Her work helped to establish hepatology as a medical specialty. She pioneered the use of needle liver biopsy, which had been used purely as a research tool, based on the technique of Sir John McMichael; this improved understanding of the pathology of liver disease and is used in the diagnosis of liver diseases today. The liver unit that she set up at the Royal Free Hospital became the centre for both research into liver disease and the education of trainees in the specialty.

Dame Sheila was involved in the foundation of the British Liver Club in 1961, which subsequently evolved into The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). She was one of our past presidents and the first recipient of The BASL Distinguished Service Award.

The winner of the award will deliver a 30 minute lecture presenting their research during the BASL Annual Meeting, 18-20 September 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The prize is free registration to the meeting, a place at the Annual Dinner and £1,000.

Eligibility
In keeping with Dame Sheila’s enthusiasm for fostering young researchers, this eponymous research prize is awarded to young investigators without substantive posts in either medicine or science for their contributions in the field of hepatology research.

How to apply
Please send one A4 sheet outlining your research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of 09:00 on Monday 10th June 2019.

Vacancy – Nursing Representative HCC-UK Committee - Expressions of Interest - Deadline 17th June

News Type: Nurse News

HCC-UK Committee – 1 x Nursing Representative.

The purpose of HCC UK is to promote the professional collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancers. The successful representative is elected by the HCC-UK members and will serve for a period of up to 3 years. The newly elected post will take up their position on the HCC-UK committee as soon as possible. 

Nomination Process
Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 23:59 on Monday 17th June 2019.

Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BASL / HCC-UK member to propose them and a second member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all HCC-UK members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting.

A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be required from the candidate should an election need to take place.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk .

Events

27/06/19 - 29/06/19

ICFL 2019 - Germany - Save the Date
News Type: Other Events

The 2nd International Conference on Fatty Liver (ICFL) will take place in Berlin, Germany on June 27-29, 2019.

ICFL 2019 will bring together physicians, researchers and allied health professionals in the field of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, as well as Diabetology, Nutrition, Radiology, and Cardiology, in order to address the growing impact of Fatty Liver and its relationship with the other organs in the body. ICFL 2019 will focus on unifying the global knowledge of Fatty Liver, which has the potential to yield valuable research through multidisciplinary involvement.

Please see the conference website for detailed information.

05/07/19 - 06/07/19

BASL School of Hepatology 2019 - Plymouth - Last Few Places
News Type: BASL Events

Join us at the BASL School of Hepatology on 5th - 6th July 2019 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth.

The event is FREE to attend for BASL medically qualified members in training (a £120 refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking) and is aimed at SpRs / Doctors in Training with a NTN.

Non-members are also welcome to attend the event, the cost for non-members is £150. 

The BASL School of Hepatology offers an excellent platform for trainees in hepatology, with lectures delivered by leading speakers from the UK. There will be ample opportunities for interaction with case presentations and group discussions.

The event runs over 2 days from Friday lunchtime to Saturday afternoon.  If you are travelling some distance there is some overnight accommodation available on Friday 5th July. 

Numbers are restricted to 40 delegates so book early to avoid disappointment.

A draft programme can be downloaded here >  Download School of Hep Programme 2019_web.pdf

Book your place here> https://www.basl.org.uk/conference-booking/book-now.cfm?e=45 

11/07/19

Immune-Mediated Liver Disease SIG Meeting - Birmingham
News Type: BASL Events

The first meeting of the Immune-Mediated Liver Disease SIG will be held from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 11 July 2019 at the Medical School, University of Birmingham. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk.

11/07/19

HBV Special Interest Group meeting
News Type: BASL Events

The next meeting of the HBV SIG will be held from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 11 July 2019 at the Clark Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Innovation Building, Queen Mary University of London. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk.

11/07/19

Discovery to clinical application of Regulatory T cells in autoimmune diseases - Birmingham
News Type: Other Events

Edgbaston Park Hotel, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK Thursday, 11 July, 2019 - 08:45 to 17:00

'Discovery to clinical applications of regulatory T cells in autoimmunity and transplantation' - hosted by the BSI West Midlands Immunology Group in conjunction with the University of Birmingham. 

The keynote speech will be given by Prof Shimon Sakaguchi, from Osaka University, Japan. The one-day symposium will cover both the function and development of regulatory T cells and how their biology is being exploited in the clinic to combat autoimmune diseases and promote transplantation tolerance.

The event will also provide an opportunity for early career researchers to present their cutting-edge work within the regulatory T cell field.

Visit the meeting website for more information and to register your place, numbers are limited to 90 places. https://www.immunology.org/events/discovery-clinical-applications-regulatory-t-cells-in-autoimmunity-and-transplantation .

Abstracts

All attendees at the meeting are invited to submit an abstract using an abstract submission form. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and should be submitted by Thursday 20 June 2019.

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