BASL2019 17- 20 September - Technology & Innovations Centre, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow.  Including the BLNA Nurse Meeting and BLTG Transplant Meeting. Abstract Submission Open - full information available on the Events Listing page > here.  


17th - 20TH September, University of STRATHCLYDE

Save the Date - 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. 

Further details will be available in 2019.









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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Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2019 - apply now - deadline 3rd 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.

This year the award will take place during the BLTG Transplant Meeting at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 17th - 18th September 2019. The winner will deliver the prize lecture at the Meeting and will also receive free registration and £1,000.

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). 

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 before the deadline of 09:00 on Monday 3rd June 2019.


Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2019 - apply now - deadline 3rd 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. This year the prize is free registration to the meeting, a place at the Annual Dinner and £1,000.

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 before the deadline of 09:00 on Monday 3rd June 2019.

Vacancies - The Royal College of Physicians London

News Type: BASL News

The Royal College of Physicians has 2 Vacancies that members might be interested in: 


1. Clinical Director, Digital Health in London - click here to view, or visit the RCP website job page here -  .

Closing date: 4.00pm on Friday 3 May 2019.


2. Research & Academic Medicine committees: Two senior research-active clinicians - click here to view the commitee roles on the RCP website.

Closing date: Friday 3 May 2019.

Vacancy - two Senior Clinical Fellow posts in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation - Cambridge - deadline end of April 2019

News Type: BASL News

Applications are invited for two Senior Clinical Fellow posts in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation for twelve months, from 02 September 2019 to 04 September 2020 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

These posts are geared towards furthering a career in Hepatology. It is available to applicants who are within Gastroenterology/Hepatology training and wishing to seek an out of programme training/research period or to those who are seeking additional experience in tertiary Hepatology and Liver Transplantation following completion of training. The post could be extended subject to satisfactory progress particularly if pursuing out of programme research.

A breadth of subspecialist learning opportunities are available, depending on the applicants preference, which include tertiary level Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, Research or Management. For example in NASH, alcoholic hepatitis, HCC and PBC, we can offer involvement in translational research projects, in collaboration with research partners on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, as well as involvement in Clinical Trials.

The successful candidates would both contribute to the Hepatology on call rota (1 in 8) and one of the posts will contribute no more than 4 weeks per six months to the general medical take rota.

These posts are not accredited as part of a speciality training programme but could be used for purposes as stated above.

Applicants must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013).

Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Bill Griffiths (Specialty lead for Hepatology) at or Dr Victoria Snowdon (Consultant Hepatologist) at .

Deadline - end of April 2019.

End of Life SIG Lead - Expressions of Interest

News Type: BASL News

BASL has set up a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are linked to the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) topic areas.

The End of Life SIG has been active for one year, with an initial lead appointed by the BASL Committee. BASL is now seeking nominations for an elected Lead for this SIG.

Eligibility requirements:

• All nominees should be members of the End of Life SIG, as a BASL member or as an associate member of BASL through being a member of the SIG

• Each nominee should have a proposer and seconder, who should also be BASL members or associate members through the End of Life SIG

• The initial Lead can stand for election once

• Should a contested election be held, BASL / End of Life SIG members may vote in this

• The elected Lead will serve for two years, when there will be a further election.

Nomination process:

Please send nominations to the BASL Secretariat at by 17:00 on 22nd March 2019

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election, in which all BASL / End of Life SIG members may vote

Should an election be required, candidates will need to submit a personal statement of up to 300 words

The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting

Any queries should be addressed to

The role of the SIG Lead
A SIG is expected to meet at least once a year. The BASL secretariat provides administrative support for SIGs, which includes creating and maintaining SIG member databases, arranging meetings and associated materials, and arranging publicity.

The role of the SIG Lead includes:

• Chairing SIG meetings and co-ordinating actions to be pursued

• Helping to co-ordinate bids for funding for trials and other research, and linking with the NIHR and other funders

• Ensuring the SIG is recognised and supported within the Metabolic CRN topic area

• Reporting on SIG activities to BASL, in particular via liaison with BASL’s Research Subcommittee.



BASL Portal Hypertension SIG meeting - Register Now - Last Few Places
News Type: BASL Events

The inaugural meeting of the BASL Portal Hypertension SIG will be held from 12.30-4.30 on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at the Medical School, University of Birmingham. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones,

Download BASL Portal Hypertension SIG Annual Meeting_010519_FINAL.pdf

We would like trainee SIG members to submit an abstract of an audit or project you have done for presentation at our inaugural meeting. This will give you the opportunity to not only present your work to the leading portal hypertension experts in the UK but will also help to foster future collaborations. If your abstract is accepted, we would expect you to deliver a short, 5 minute talk broadly outlining your work and key findings on the day.

Abstracts should be 400 words maximum and sent to Abhishek Chauhan, BASL Committee Trainee Representative,, by 31 March 2019

03/05/19 - 04/05/19

BASL/BLTG School of Transplantation - Cambridge - Now Full
News Type: BASL Events

This event is now full - please contact Kim Girling at to be put on the waiting list.

Are you a Gastroenterology or Surgical trainee with an interest in liver disease and transplantation? Then we are very much looking forward to meeting you at the BLTG/BASL School of Liver Transplantation on 3rd & 4th May in Cambridge.

The aim of the day is for as much interaction as possible and we intend for the atmosphere to be cosy and relaxed.

Average feedback score for the 2018 school 4.7/5 (5 being excellent) - "excellent meeting", "case studies were excellent", "great topics".

Message from the Chair:

If you are looking to expand your CV, there are multiple opportunities in the programme to do so. We require an enthusiastic individual to present the case for 'The patient with alcohol related cirrhosis' in a case based discussions, with discussion led by a supervising consultant. This will require a small amount of preparation in advance.

If you would like to participate formally, please could you let me (Dr Jo Leithead) know by email at . Participants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Delegate information:

The event is FREE to attend for BASL / BLTG members (a refundable deposit of £120.00 is taken at the time of booking). It is primarily aimed at SpRs and Doctors in Training and is a 2 day residential meeting running from Friday lunchtime to Saturday afternoon. A non-member rate is set at £125.00.

A draft programme can be downloaded here >  Download Programme - BASL BLTG Transplant School 2019.pdf

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kim Girling at or telephone 01543 442154. 

08/05/19 - 10/05/19

AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Conference - London Stansted Airport
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The AMMF’s Cholangiocarcinoma Conference 2019 is dedicated exclusively to cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) – with international speakers presenting what’s new in treatments and clinical trials, updates on the cholangiocarcinoma research that AMMF is supporting, and more. Plus, there will be plenty of time for networking and one to one conversations with world-class specialists.

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, very close to London Stansted Airport. 

This conference is for everyone with an interest in cholangiocarcinoma, including:

• Radiologists
• Surgeons
• Gastroenterologists
• Hepatologists
• Scientists and researchers
• GPs
• Nurse specialists
• Pharmaceutical companies
• Patients, their families and friends
• AMMF’s supporters and fundraisers

Visit the AMMF conference website for full information and to register by clicking > here

CPD Accreditation has been applied for.


15/05/19 - 17/05/19

Royal Free Sheila Sherlock Hepatology Post Graduate Course - Register Now
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

A curriculum based course in Hepatology for Medical/Surgical GI and acute medical trainees and comprehensive clinical update for consultants.

Course information
This comprehensive course in Hepatology is to be held at The Royal Free Hospital from the 15th to 17th May 2019.

The aim of the course is to provide a strong foundation in clinical hepatology, equipping both future and current gastroenterologists and acute physicians to expertly manage patients with liver disease.

Location: The Atrium, The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG.

A programme can be downloaded here:  Download 2019 Programme Royal Free Postgrad course.pdf

A flyer here:  Download 2019 Flyer RF Postgraduate Course.pdf

Course application - Early Bird Deadline 17th April 2019

  • Trainees (confirmation of trainee status will be required) £200 / Early Bird Rate £180
  • Consultants £300 / Early Bird Rate £270
  • Single Day Rate (Day 2, acute medical doctors only) £90 / Early Bird Rate £81

Register via the following link: 

RCP accreditation applied for.

For further information please contact: .


Acute Liver Failure (ALF) Special Interest Group meeting - London
News Type: BASL Events

The next ALF SIG meeting will be held from 13.00 - 16.30pm on Thursday 23 May 2019. The venue is the Andy Burroughs seminar room, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Hospital Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF.

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

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