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15
Mar
BASL Secretary Nominations 2017 - OPEN
News Type: BASL News

Overview

The tenure of the current BASL Secretary, Dr David Patch, will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position of BASL Secretary.

The Secretary is one of the three principal officers of the Association along with the President and Treasurer. The Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Association and serves for two years and may be re-elected once.

Nomination Process

Please send your nominations to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com by the deadline of 09:00 Monday 3rd April 2017.

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 member cannot be re-elected more than once to the post of Secretary.

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

The newly elected Secretary will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017. A handover period will follow leading up to the end of the tenure of the current Secretary.

If you require any further information please contact Judith@execbs.com .

15
Mar
BASL President Nominations 2017 - OPEN
News Type: BASL News

Overview

The tenure of the current BASL President, Professor Graeme Alexander, will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position of BASL President.

The President is one of the three principal officers of the Association along with the Secretary and Treasurer. The President is Chairman of the Association and serves for two years. The President will Chair the annual Scientific Meeting and the meetings of the Governing Board.

Nomination Process

Please send your nominations to the BASL Secretariat at Judith@execbs.com by the deadline of 09:00 Monday 3rd April 2017.

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 member cannot be re-elected to the post of President.

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 President will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017. A handover period will follow leading up to the end of the tenure of the current President.

If you require any further information please contact Judith@execbs.com .

09
Mar
NOW OPEN! Core-BSPGHAN Grant Round 2017 Deadline May 1st 2017
News Type: BASL News

Core and BSPGHAN are co-funding a scheme to provide financial support for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder.

Applications are invited from established investigators planning research studies on any topic within paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. We aim to fund 2 projects with a maximum budget of £35,000 per project and particularly welcome applications in nutrition, obesity and the microbiome.

Further details and the application form can be found > here.

09
Mar
Professor Thomas E Starzl: Liver Transplant Pioneer and Distinguished University Professor of the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh (1926-2017)
News Type: Transplant News

Professor Thomas E Starzl, who passed away last weekend a few days short of his 91st birthday, is universally regarded as the father of liver transplantation and intestinal transplantation. His career defining work as young liver transplant surgeon in Denver, Colorado comprised exhaustive laboratory and human clinical endeavours to overcome the technical, physiological, preservation and immunological barriers that had daunted liver transplantation during an era of hopelessness for the entire field. He moved from Denver to Pittsburgh, setting up what was to develop into the largest liver and intestinal transplant programme in the world in the early 1990s. He converted what was considered an experimental procedure into a standard low risk operation that is currently performed around 25,000 times a year worldwide.

The first and second generation liver transplant surgeons around the world have almost all learnt their skills working with Professor Starzl. His protégés went on to lead a multitude of the worlds’ liver transplant programmes. The other area where Professor Starzl played a pioneering role was in the complex field of intestinal and multivisceral transplantation, where he introduced the use of Tacrolimus and Campath, to overcome the major barriers of rejection and infection.
Professor Starzl remains the most published, most read and most cited transplant researcher in the history of this challenging field, with almost 2500 peer reviewed publications. He held innumerable honours and given hundreds of distinguished orations/lectures worldwide. Of the five books he wrote, The Puzzle People published in 1996, narrates stories on the incredible and brave lives of transplant patients, and their impact on the doctors looking after them.

His work in the areas of organ preservation, host graft interactions, microchimerism, immunosuppression and tolerance were truly groundbreaking, much of which has contributed to the safe and routine practice of organ transplantation, and his work remains one of the main reasons why transplantation became one of the most successful health care development stories of the 20th Century.

Despite these incredible achievements, Professor Starzl remained a humble, resolute, much respected and tireless researcher well into his 90s. His only concern remained the wellbeing of his patients and his entire life was devoted to findings ways to overcome the challenges in delivering these complex treatments for their benefit.

An example of his ongoing contribution was the transmitted lecture on the challenges facing intestinal transplantation at the 14th World Small Bowel Transplant symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2015. He trained several generations of surgeons, physicians, researchers and ethicists. Even for clinicians who never met or trained with him, he remained a source of guiding inspiration, and countless transplant surgeons around the world have been directly influenced by his achievements, for which they will always be grateful.


To follow is a copy of a report from Pittsburgh that shows how amazing Professor Starzl was with an incredible output for a very long duration of time;  Download Starzl_Thomas_PS_00_2016-02-04_1437_24449.pdf

08
Mar
Research - Role of primary care in PBC management: Clinician perspectives needed
News Type: BASL News

The University of Birmingham and NIHR Birmingham Liver BRU in conjunction with UK-PBC are conducting research into perspectives of patients, GPs and specialists around PBC care and potential future changes including an increased role for primary care.

We are looking for gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the West Midlands area to take part in qualitative interviews around the role of stratification.

Please see the advert to follow for further details;  Download Physician advert.pdf

Or contact the study team led by Gideon Hirschfield for more details contact Dr Margaret Corrigan (Clinical research fellow, NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Unit) at m.corrigan@bham.ac.uk.

08
Mar
Alcohol Health Alliance comment on the budget
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the Chancellor’s budget today, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said:

“Whilst we would have liked to see the Chancellor increase duty on the cheapest alcohol today, we are encouraged to see that the government will be consulting on introducing a new duty band for high-strength ciders, which would mean these ciders are taxed at a higher rate.

“At the moment, it is possible to buy a three-litre bottle of 7.5% ABV cider, containing the equivalent amount of alcohol as 22 shots of vodka, for just £3.50. As a result of these low prices, these drinks are a favourite among children and vulnerable groups like the homeless.

“High-strength cider currently receives the lowest duty per unit of any alcohol product, and the government clearly recognises the need to address the anomalies in the tax system which mean that these ciders can be taxed at such low rates. Dealing with these anomalies in the tax system would target those most in need, and would move the tax system towards a more sensible scheme where the stronger alcohol is, the more highly it is taxed.

“By taxing these drinks more strongly, the government will also encourage producers to lower the alcohol content in the drinks.”

 

The AHA is a group of 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The AHA works together to:

- Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
- Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
- Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, contact Matt Chorley, Policy and Communications Officer, Alcohol Health Alliance, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or 0203 075 1726.

 

23
Feb
"Little convincing evidence" of economic benefits from alcohol sales
News Type: BASL News

Report casts doubts on economic rationale for cuts to alcohol taxes.

A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, Splitting the Bill: Alcohol's Impact on the UK Economy, argues that the economic benefits of the alcohol industry are overstated, undermining the economic case for cutting alcohol duty in next month's Budget.
The report draws on government and trade statistics, academic evidence and economic theory to challenge arguments that the health and social benefits of reducing alcohol consumption are likely to come at a cost to the economy, finding:

  • Any reduction in employment and income resulting from lower spending on alcohol would be offset by spending on other goods
  • Econometric analysis of US states suggests that a 10% decrease in alcohol consumption is associated with a 0.4% increase in per capita income growth
  • Lower alcohol consumption could also reduce the economic costs of impaired workplace productivity, alcohol-related sickness, unemployment and premature death, which are estimated to cost the UK £8-11 billion a year.

The analysis comes at a timely moment, with health groups urging the Chancellor to raise alcohol duty in next month's Budget. Earlier this month, the Alcohol Health Alliance called for higher tax on high strength ciders and the reintroduction of the duty escalator, which ensured that alcohol taxes rose above inflation each year. Public Health England also recently identified raising duty as one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce alcohol-related harm.

The report's author, Aveek Bhattacharya, Policy Analyst at the Institute of Alcohol Studies said:

"Economic arguments are regularly used to resist policies that tackle excessive alcohol consumption, such as raising duty. Yet raising the price of alcohol is more likely to benefit the economy than harm it, by reducing the productivity costs associated with workers' harmful alcohol consumption." 
"Cuts to alcohol duty impose a heavy toll on our health service and our public finances, with no clear corresponding benefit to the economy. The Government should reverse course, and undo the damage of four successive years of falling tax on alcohol duty."

Splitting the Bill: Alcohol's Impact on the UK Economy is available for download from the Institute of Alcohol Studies website > here.

07
Feb
Two new hepatitis C therapies fast-tracked in Europe
News Type: BASL News

PM Live is reporting that two new drug combinations for Hepatitis C are being fast-tracked for approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 

Read the article > here. 

06
Feb
Developing national data standards for recording alcohol and tobacco use - participate in the survey here
News Type: BASL News

The University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, with support from the RCP HIU, are developing national data standards for recording alcohol and tobacco use in electronic patient records. Recording alcohol and tobacco use in health records is essential for identifying patients at high risk of future harm and for providing effective interventions.

The views of patients, carers, healthcare professionals, researchers, and clinical information system suppliers are currently being sought through two online surveys (one on alcohol and one on smoking) to inform the development of the proposed data standards to ensure that they are appropriate, acceptable, and implementable across the NHS.

Your views are important:

• To complete the alcohol survey please click > here
• To complete the tobacco survey please click > here

Closing date: 5pm, 17 February 2017

24
Jan
Local MP visits Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to raise awareness of excessive alcohol consumption
News Type: BASL News

On Friday 20th January, Ian Murray MP, the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South, visited Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s Gastroenterology Ward to discuss the effects of excessive alcohol consumption as part of the Alcohol Health Alliance’s (AHA) ‘Day of Action’.

This national initiative, instigated with the British Association for the Study of the Liver, sees the AHA working with doctors to raise awareness of alcohol-related liver disease.

The local MP met with Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Alastair MacGilchrist to discuss his work and the impact that alcohol-related disease has on the lives of many of his constituents, and they met a number of Dr MacGilchrist’s patients to see first-hand the effect of cheap alcohol consumption on individuals.

Speaking at the visit, Ian Murray MP said:

“From my conversations with Dr MacGilchrist today it is clear that excessive alcohol consumption is having a devastating impact on the lives of too many people in my constituency and across Scotland. The ready availability of cheap alcohol is a huge part of this, and tackling the low cost of alcohol, as well as discouraging excessive consumption, should both be priorities for the Government. I welcome the work of the Alcohol Health Alliance on this, and I hope that their Day of Action is successful in raising awareness in communities across the country”.