After the success of BASL2019 Save the Date for BASL2020 - 8th - 11th September at The Guildhall in Plymouth. Next year's meeting will include joint symposiums with colleagues from AASLD. 

BASL2020 ANNUAL MEETING

8th - 11TH September, PLYMOUTH

Save the Date - BASL2020 Annual Meeting - Plymouth. The BASL programme runs from Wednesday 9th September to lunchtime on Friday 11th, with the BLNA Nurses Day meeting running on Wednesday 9th PM & Thursday 10th. The BLTG programme runs from Tuesday 8th to lunchtime on Wednesday 9th September. 

More details will follow when available.

 

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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

BLNA Committee Members – Nominations Open

News Type: Nurse News

The BLNA Committee are seeking three new committee members from April 2020 and as such, are now seeking expressions of interest for the following posts:

• One X 2-year tenure
• Two X 3-year tenure

This is an exciting opportunity for liver nurses to get involved with our friendly committee and share their skills and experience. You will gain experience working collaboratively and strategically at a national level to ensure that the needs of people with or at risk of liver disease and liver nurses are represented at the highest levels in the UK.

If you are interested in joining the BLNA Committee, you must be a registered nurse with an interest in liver care and be a BLNA member.

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

Please note to be eligible to nominate, both the proposer and seconder must be a registered nurse and any nomination should include your NMC PIN number.

Please send your nominations, including your NMC PIN number, to Judy Hawksworth at the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 09:00 hrs on Friday 7th February 2020.

It would be helpful when proposing a candidate if you can advise if they prefer to stand for a 2 year or a 3-year tenure.

A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be requested from the candidates following nomination.

If more than three candidates are nominated, the BASL Secretariat will arrange for an election of all BLNA members. Three candidates will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.

The newly elected committee members will be announced at the BLNA meeting in Birmingham on 24th April 2020 and will take over in post from April 2020. It would be expected that candidates who are successful will attend the BLNA meeting on 24th April.

Alcohol Health Alliance UK - Commission on Alcohol Harm calls for evidence

News Type: BASL News

The Commission on Alcohol Harm is today launching a call for evidence as part of its inquiry into alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

The Commission will hold three oral evidence sessions across the UK later this year, and has launched a call for written evidence, with submissions welcomed before the deadline of 12 noon on 17 February 2020.

The Commission is interested in receiving evidence from academic researchers, charities, healthcare professionals, professional bodies, commissioners and those affected by alcohol harm in their personal, professional or family life.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said: “The Commission on Alcohol Harm is an extremely important investigation into how all parts of our society are impacted by our drinking habits.

“We need to have voices representing the wide range of experiences of alcohol harm; including those on the front-line, researchers and those with first hand experience of alcohol harm. Together, we can build a solid case for change.”

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair of the Commission on Alcohol Harm, said: “Alcohol plays a huge part of the everyday lives of many people across the UK, and therefore it is important to examine its impact on our society more closely. We need to understand how our drinking habits affect our own health as well as the way alcohol can affect those around us.

“We welcome the input of those who face the effects of alcohol harm in their professional or personal lives in order to help us make meaningful recommendations on a vision for the future.”

To share your views, please submit written evidence to harms_commission@ahauk.org  by 17 February 2020.

Visit the AHA website for submission guidelines: http://ahauk.org/commission-on-alcohol-harm/  .

President's Blog December

News Type: BASL News

On the verge of Christmas holidays, the final report of the Lancet Commission has been published and it calls out ‘unacceptable failures’. Harmful effects on health resulting from lifestyle causes have been unrelenting and the frustration growing with the burden on health services.

About 80% of cirrhosis occurs in individuals with at least one of the risk factors- alcohol excess, type 2 diabetes or obesity. Nearly half of the patients with cirrhosis are diagnosed when they are admitted to an in-patient service with acute problems. The outcome of patients with cirrhosis diagnosed as in-patients are worse than those diagnosed as out-patients even when corrected for the stage of cirrhosis. So, it is logical to look to diagnose cirrhosis earlier, intervene to prevent the decompensating episode with an intention to reduce hospitalisation.

UK National Screening Committee (NSC) invites new screening topics annually. On behalf of BASL, I have proposed a screening programme to identify cirrhosis among high-risk group using non-invasive tools that are now widely accessible, (link to Scarred Liver PDF -  Download UK NSC Annual Call Template Submission Form 2019 Scarred Liver BASL.pdf). Such a proposition is bound to be provocative, but, I hope that it generates serious debate.

Guruprasad Aithal
President, BASL

BASL Committee Communications and Website Lead Post - Nominations Close 13th December 2019

News Type: BASL News

The tenure of the current Communications and Website Lead will come to an end in January 2020 and as such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for this post.

The Communications and Website Lead 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 post holder is responsible for working with the BASL Secretariat on any website upgrades, to increase BASL’s presence on social media and to work with the committee on developing the BASL member’s portal. A working knowledge of Twitter is desirable.

The post holder will 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 17:00 on Friday 13th December 2019.

Candidates wishing to be considered for this post 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 post will be announced in the January 2020 newsletter to members.

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

BASL BVHG Secretary Post - Nominations Close 13th December 2019

News Type: BASL News

The tenure of the current Secretary will come to an end in January 2020 and as such the British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG) are now seeking expressions of interest for this post.

The British Viral Hepatitis Group 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.

The BVHG Secretary 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 Secretary is responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function and will work closely with the BASL Secretariat, which is appointed by the BASL Governing Board.

The main roles of the post are to support the BVHG Chair in the organisation of educational events and to help arrange the BASL / BVHG Hepatology and Viral School.

The BVHG is commissioned by the BASL Governing Board to:

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

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 17:00 on Friday 13th December 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 post will be announced in the January 2020 newsletter to members.

If you require any further information about this role please contact the current post holder Dr Will Gelson at william.gelson@addenbrookes.nhs.uk  .

Events

23/01/20

Portal Hypertension SIG
News Type: BASL Events

The next meeting of the Portal Hypertension SIG will be held from 12.30-17.00pm on Thursday 23 January 2020. The venue is the Medical School, University of Birmingham. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk.

Download Portal Hypertension SIG Meeting 2020_FINAL.pdf

 

23/01/20

Unacceptable Failures: the Sixth Report of the Lancet Commission into Liver Disease in the UK - London
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

Launch meeting hosted jointly by the Foundation for Liver Research and the British Liver Trust

Venue: The Royal Society of London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Date: 23 January 2020 - 13:00 - 17:00

View the agenda here >  Download Agenda Lancet Commission 23 Jan 2020.pdf

For details of this meeting or to book a place, please contact Natalie Day: n.day@researchinliver.org.uk or telephone 0207 255 9832

30/01/20 - 31/01/20

RCPE Course: 24th Advanced Gastroenterology and Hepatology Course - Edinburgh
News Type: Other Events

Registration is Open

The above course will feature experts speaking in their fields from The Netherlands, USA, Devon, London, Oxford, Birmingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.

Oversea Speakers include Professor Michael Wallace from The Mayo Clinic USA speaking on Artificial intelligence in endoscopy and Professor Ernst Kuipers from Rotteradam The Netherlands speaking on Chronic atrophic gastritis and intestinal metaplasia.

This well-established, two-day course attracts trainees and consultants from across the UK and Europe. It is designed to cover important and "hot" topics, including an update on the latest evidence base for the management and treatment of gastrointestinal and liver conditions..

The course will be held in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Please visit the course website for full programme details and registration - https://events.rcpe.ac.uk/advanced-gastroenterology-hepatology-2020 .

01/02/20

BASL/BSG Introduction to Hepatology Day, London - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

Join us at the Introduction to Hepatology Day on Saturday 1st February 2020, which is taking place at The Hallam Conference Centre, London.

This one day event is FREE to attend for both BASL & BSG Trainee Members (a deposit of £50 will be taken at the time of booking). *BSG members will need to provide their BSG membership number via email to judy@basl.org.uk please.

The meeting is aimed at Junior Gastroenterology trainees (ST3/ST4) or those considering applying for Gastroenterology (IMT2 / IMT3/CMT2) to ensure the fundamentals of Hepatology are taught well aiming to cover some of the core Hepatology curriculum and for those considering pursuing a career in Hepatology who want advice.

Topics covered in the programme will be:

  • Why choose Hepatology?
  • The Why, How and Future of Hepatology
  • How can I become a Hepatologist?

Junior Gastroenterology trainees who are not members of BASL or the BSG and want to attend the meeting should enquire to judy@basl.org.uk  in the first instance.

Download a draft programme here >   Download Intro to Hep Day Prog - 1 Feb 2020 Web 3.pdf

Download Introduction to Hep Day Flyer v2.pdf

Sponsors - BASL would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this meeting; Intercept Pharma UK & Ireland and Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

13/02/20

Acute Liver Failure (ALF) SIG
News Type: BASL Events

The next SIG meeting has been arranged for Thursday 13 February 2020. The timing is TBC, but is likely to be a mid to late morning start, finishing late afternoon. The venue is the Institute of Liver Studies, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5, 9RS.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk, as places are limited.

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