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. 


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.










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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Inaugural President's Vlog

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Annual call for topics open - UK NSC - closes midnight 4th December 2019

News Type: BASL News

The UK NSC has opened the annual call for new screening topics. It provides every individual, group or organisation with the opportunity to submit a proposal for a new screening programme. This window of opportunity closes at midnight on 4th December 2019.

If you wish to propose a new screening topic that is not already on the UK NSC list, the guidance, submission form and an example proposal are all available at the end of this link: .

Please ensure you read through the guidance and use the template submission form which will guide you through all the requirements of a proposal.

For more information about the annual call please read our blog: 

Evidence Team
UK National Screening Committee 

Vacancy - Clinical lecturer in Gastroenterology/Hepatology - Birmingham - closing date 12 November

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Clinical lecturer in Gastroenterology/Hepatology - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

  • Full Time for 5 Years, or until CCT plus 6 months (whichever is sooner)
  • Starting salary is normally in the range £31,931 to £59,401 a year
  • Closing date: 12 November 2019 Reference: 82161

The post is an HEFCE funded Clinical Lectureship at the University of Birmingham, in Gastroenterology/Hepatology. This post is available for 5 years or until CCT plus 6 months (whichever is sooner). It is, therefore, anticipated that the training programme will attract applicants who have already completed part of their higher specialist training in general medicine or gastroenterology.

The post-holders have responsibilities, which include the care of inpatients and outpatients with general medical and gastrointestinal or liver problems and which from time to time include teaching of introductory course students, final year students and postgraduate students and co-ordination of undergraduate medical examinations at the training hospital.

The appointee will be encouraged and supported to develop a programme of discovery and/or translational research in line with current areas of interest in the unit. The department has an international reputation in the following research areas including immunology, stromal cell and stem cell biology focusing on regeneration in inflammatory bowel and liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Another major area of interest is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with strength in pre-clinical and clinical phases. The successful candidate would work closely within the £12M NIHR Biomedical Research Centre hosted in Birmingham which supports world-leading translational research.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the academic gastroenterology and hepatology training scheme.

Clinical placement will be divided between the Gastroenterology and Liver Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. During the Gastroenterology placement there will be exposure to general medicine and acute medical takes. During the placement on the Liver Unit the candidate will participate in ward work, clinics as well as the on call rota. Clinical contribution will be on a 0.5 WTE basis.

Academic placement will be in the Centre for Liver and Gastrointestinal Research (CLGR) and the lecturer will benefit from the close collaboration between clinicians and scientists in the CLGR. Training will be overseen by Professor Newsome (Director of Centre) and Dr Shetty (Academic Training Lead for Gastroenterology/Hepatology). The Lecturer will be expected to develop a novel research programme under their supervision in line with those of the Centre, with a view to applying for clinician scientist/intermediate fellowship funding. The successful candidate would work closely within the £12M NIHR Biomedical Research Centre hosted in Birmingham and world leading experts and state of the art facilities in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

• A higher degree (MD/PhD) is desirable
• Ability to analyse information and communicate effectively
• Ability to access and organise resources successfully.

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit the University of Birmingham website here >

For informal queries please contact Prof P Newsome .

Alternatively information can be obtained from or by visiting .


New report on alcohol duty: cuts linked to 2,000 additional deaths

News Type: BASL News

new report from the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, commissioned by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, finds that almost 2,000 people in England, and 250 in Scotland, have died as a result of recent government cuts to alcohol duty.

Tax on alcohol has been reduced in real-terms in five of the last six Budgets, and, as a consequence, there are estimated to have been:
- over 100,000 additional crimes,
- 500,000 additional days of work lost, and
- over 61,000 additional hospital admissions.

This comes at a cost to the NHS of £341 million. The report also finds that reintroducing the duty escalator, which ensured that tax rates rose by 2% above inflation each year, could reverse these trends. A duty escalator in place until 2032 is estimated to save over 4,700 lives. The Independent has the story.

These findings come at a crucial time for the AHA duty campaign and to support the AHA campaign. BASL has sent a letter to the Chancellor, see below, highlighting the need to increase alcohol duty by 2% in the upcoming Budget.  

Download Letter to Chancellor-Duty Campaign October 2019.pdf

Officials at the Treasury have told the AHA that they noticed the increase in letters asking for alcohol tax increases, both from organisations and MPs, so the campaign is having a real impact. 

Minimum price ‘cuts drinking by half a pint a week’

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‘Another string of evidence supports the effectiveness of introducing minimum price based on the strength of alcoholic drinks’.

The introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland appears to have cut drinking, a study suggests.
View the article on the BBC News website here > .



RCPE Symposium: Gastroenterology - Edinburgh
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Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Venue: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Topics: Gastroenterology at the forefront of public health endeavours; nature or nurture - lifestyle diseases; reflux; bariatric endoscopy; mesenteric ischaemia; nutritional challenges in a failing gut


BVHG Meeting - 29th November - Birmingham - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

The aims of the BVHG is to improve the management and study of patients with chronic viral liver disease. The group brings together UK hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians as well as virologists with an interest in viral diseases of the liver.

Join us at the next meeting of the BVHG:

Date: Friday 29th November 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

We have an eminent panel of speakers and delegate participation is encouraged throughout the day.

View the programme here >  Download BVHG Programme 29 Nov 2019_Web version.pdf

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact .  

The BVHG would not be able to continue to function without the support of its members and we would love to hear from you with suggestions for future meetings and other areas where you think the BVHG can make a valued contribution.

CPD applied for.

We would like to thank our sponsors AbbVie and Gilead Sciences Ltd who have supported this meeting by providing an unrestricted educational grant.  They have had no input into the programme.


Wilson's Disease SIG
News Type: BASL Events

The next meeting of the Wilson's Disease SIG will be held from 1-5 pm on Friday 29 November at Queen Square, UCL. If you would like to attend, please register with Samantha Jones,  

Download BASL Wilson SIG meeting 29 Nov 19 programme.pdf.

13/01/20 - 14/01/20

13th Paris Hepatology Conference (PHC)
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The 13th Paris Hepatology Conference (PHC) is taking place on 13th - 14th January 2020.

The event is an independent educational meeting on the management of liver diseases taking place every year in Paris. The conferences to date have gathered up to 1000 specialists from more than 60 countries.

Read more by visiting the event website here > . 


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,

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