Portal Hypertension Special Interest Group

The Portal Hypertension Special Interest Group (SIG) was established to facilitate collaborations in clinical and translational research, and to provide a platform to nurture discussion in best management of patients in this complex and rapidly evolving area. The SIG is linked to Cirrhosis and its Complications CRN topic area.

Portal Hypertension is a very active research area, with recent NIHR HTA funding of two randomised controlled trials which have the potential to become the largest ever clinical trials in cirrhosis. Translational research has been boosted by studies on non-invasive assessment of Portal Hypertension, and exciting new drugs.  There is also much debate on the best management of patients with regard to medical and radiological therapies. The SIG Lead is Dr Dhiraj Tripathi of University Hospitals Birmingham. If anyone wishes to join this group please contact Samantha@basl.org.uk.

Steering Committee

Dr Dhiraj Tripathi (Chair), University Hospitals Birmingham

Dr Abhishek Chauhan, University Hospitals Birmingham, Trainee representative

Professor Jonathan Fallowfield, University of Edinburgh

Professor Peter Hayes, University of Edinburgh

Dr Joanna Leithead, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Mandy Lomax, Patient representative

Dr Raj Mookerjee, University College London

Dr David Patch, University College London

Dr Vikram Sharma, Royal London Hospital

Professor Adrian Stanley, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Dr Emmanouil Tsochatzis, University College London


Annual reports

Annual report 2018-19 -  Download Annual report_2018-19_PH SIG.pdf.


1st Steering Committee meeting - 7 November 2018

Meeting report -  Download BASL Portal Hypertension SIG Steering Committee Teleconference Minutes- 7 Nov 2018.pdf.


1st full meeting - 1 May 2019

Report of meeting - Download BASL Portal Hypertension Special Interest Group Inaugural Meeting Report.._.pdf.

Updates on active research studies

Presentation on CALIBRE trial, Dhiraj Tripathi, University Hospitals Birmingham - Download CALIBRE_Presentation_BASL_PortalHypertensionSIG.pdf.

Presentation on CALIBRE trial, Khaled Ahmed, University of Birmingham - Download Khaled Ahmed (Abdul) BASL SIG V2.pdf.

Presentation on BOPP trial, Vish Patel & Mark McPhail, Kings College Hospital London - Download BOPPP Overview_Portal HTN SiG Birmingham_01.05.2019.pdf.

Presentation on ASEPTIC trial, Alastair O'Brien, University College London - Download SIG_BASL_BSG_ASEPTIC.pdf.

Presentation on vascular liver disease: MPN SVT, Frederick Chen, Barts Health NHS Trust - Download BASL talk 1.5.19 Vascular Liver Disease Chen.pdf.

Presentation on vascular liver disease, David Patch, Royal Free Hospital, London - Download BASL SIG2 2019 Vascular Liver Disease Patch.pdf.


Presentation on Public & Patient Involvement/Engagement (PPIE), Laura Chapman, University Hospitals Birmingham & Mandy Lomax, Patient Representative - Download Presentation on PPIE.pdf.

Clinical guidelines

Presentation on TIPSS guidelines, David Patch, Royal Free Hospital, London & Dhiraj Tripathi, University Hospitals Birmingham - Download TIPSS Guideline.pdf.

Presentation on ascites guidelines, Naaventhan Palaniyappan, University of Nottingham & Emilie Wilkes, Nottingham University Hospitals -  Download BSG Ascites Guidelines EW.pdf.

Service development

Presentation on management of refractory ascites and the role of the alfapump, Raj Mookerjee, University College London -  Download ALFA Pump discussion_BASL PHT SIG 010519.pdf.

Presentation on TIPSS service, David Patch, Royal Free Hospital, London, Peter Hayes, University of Edinburgh & Dhiraj Tripathi, University Hospitals Birmingham -  Download EarlyTIPSS_PHT_SIG_May2019.pdf

Research in development

Presentation on CALIBRE substudies, Raj Mookerjee, University College London - Download CALIBRE sub_study BASL SIG 010519.pdf.

Presentation on relaxin, biomarkers in AKI/HRS, Jonathan Fallowfield,  University of Edinburgh - Download BASL PHT SIG slides_JF.pdf.

Presentation on HVPG, Raj Mookerjee, University College London - Download MRI and Haemodynamics_BASLPHT SIG 010519.pdf.

Presentation on statins, Raj Mookerjee, University College London - Download Liverhope_BASL PHT SIG 010519.pdf.

Presentation on BEAMinG, Naaventhan Palaniyappan, University of Nottingham - Download BEAMING_PHTN SIG 1May2019.pdf.


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.



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