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The BASL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are being established to foster, promote and encourage collaborative research and clinical trials in liver disease and are open to all members of BASL.
The SIGs are being aligned to the 7 topic areas recognised by the Hepatology CRN. BASL is keen to set up and establish a new SIG covering immune mediated liver disease and is asking for expressions of interest from BASL members to lead these SIGs for the first year, pending a formal election of post holders.
Please send expressions of interest to Samantha Jones at the BASL Secretariat Samantha@basl.org.uk by 31st October.
Public Health England (PHE) has developed the first ever clinically validated whole genome sequencing test for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) as part of a global effort to eliminate HCV by 2025. PHE will be the first place in the UK to offer a clinically validated test which looks at both viral strain and resistance in one test. The previous test PHE used involved two separate processes, one which identifies the strain and another which identifies the virus’ resistance. The new combined test took over 5 years to develop and will halves the current HCV diagnosis period from 20 to 10 days. This enables clinicians to provide patients with quicker access to curative treatment plans, thus reducing complications of the disease. Clinicians will also see a £130 saving per test compared to the existing system. PHE hopes that as the first WGS test for viruses this will serve as a model for other viruses such as HIV.
You can find out more about requesting a test here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/antiviral-unit-avu-reference-services .
The link to the HCV testing request form can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hcv-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-request-form
Two new hepatology trials have been discussed and intellectually supported by the BSG-BASL Liver Research Development Group. These are supported from the NIHR HTA funding stream.
Beta Blockers Or Placebo for Primary Prophylaxis of oesophageal varices (BOPPP) is a UK wide multi-centre liver study. It will address whether primary prophylaxis against future variceal haemorrhage with non-selective beta blockers is clinically and economically effective in patients with cirrhosis and small varices. £2.3 million will be provided to consent, treat and follow up 1,200 patients at 25 different hospitals across the UK. The trial is led by the Institute of Liver Sciences, King’s College Hospital and King’s College London Clinical Trials Unit. For more information: Download Press release BOPPP_FINAL_19.09.2018.pdf.
Antibiotic SpontanEous PeritoniTIs Cirrhosis (ASEPTIC) is a double blind placebo controlled trial to determine whether primary antibiotic prophylaxis with Cotrimoxazol substantially reduces the incidence of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) in people with advanced liver disease. This will be the largest study of SBP prophylaxis ever, involving patients at 30 sites. The trial is led by Unveristy College London. For more information: Download ASEPTIC trial information for BSG and BASL.pdf.
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is launching a new campaign calling on MPs to end alcohol tax breaks in the upcoming Budget to ease the pressure on the NHS and other public services.
We need your support! Will you send a postcard to your local MP asking them to increase alcohol duty by 2% above inflation, and to introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol (MUP)?
The postcards carry the photos of six people who have been affected by alcohol in different ways: a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter to cheap white cider; an alcohol harm police officer with Durham Constabulary; a homeless support worker; two frontline doctors; and a Teesside newsagent. All feel passionately that more needs to be done to tackle the harms caused by cheap alcohol.
Watch these videos to hear their stories, and send your postcard here. Please share this important campaign with your networks and encourage them to send postcards too.
The purpose of HCC UK is to promote the professional collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancers. Its affiliation with BASL recognises the multi-disciplinary nature of collaboration in research and clinical practice needed to lead improvement in the quality of patient care. In particular, HCC-UK, through its committee, shall:
a) Maintain a suite of educational activities across basic research and clinical practice relating to primary liver cancer in the UK, acknowledging the multi-disciplinary nature of UK practice and including scientists, specialist, generalist and trainee clinicians.
b) Be a forum for sharing research initiatives, including the collection of material for national studies.
c) Build links with other health professionals in primary care, gastroenterology, radiology, surgery and pathology, including development of referral pathways that provide equity of access to surveillance, diagnosis and treatment for patients with primary liver cancer throughout the UK.
d) Develop guidelines to promote best practice.
e) Arrange an annual Business Meeting open to the full Group, to ensure that the formal organisational arrangements set out below are adhered to.
The HCC-UK committee meetings take place three to four times a year.
HCC-UK Committee positions
HCC-UK are seeking nominations for the committee positions set out below. Once elected, all post holders will serve for three years and may be re-elected for one further term:
Chair - will chair committee meetings
Secretary - will be responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function.
Conference & education lead
Basic science lead
Please send your nomination, clearly stating the relevant position that your nomination is for to the BASL Secretariat at Samantha@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 17:00 on Thursday 6 September 2018.
Candidates wishing to be considered for election should be a member of BASL HCC-UK, and will require one BASL HCC-UK member to propose them and a second to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.
If more than one candidate is nominated the Secretariat will arrange for an election of BASL HCC-UK members, in which all BASL members affiliated to HCC-UK 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.
If you need any more information, please contact Samantha@basl.org.uk.
A Hepatocellular Carcinoma Staging Calculator is now availablle. This tool is designed to aid calculation of the mandatory liver-specific COSD items BCLC stage, UKELD score and TNM stage, which are used to inform treatment decisions. Use of this calculator ensures standardised and accurate calculation of these items. Click here to access the calculator.
Hepatitis C in the UK 2018 report - a copy of the report, press release, infographic and slide set can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/deaths-from-hepatitis-c-have-fallen-by-11-per-cent-in-the-last-year .
The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) are now recruiting for the AHA Media and Comms Adviser position.
Application deadline is 19 August, interviews on 6 SeptembeN
About the Role
The Alcohol Health Alliance is looking for a proactive communications professional to drive its media work and cement its position as the leading national voice on alcohol and health. Based at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians, this is a rare opportunity to work with high-profile partners and internationally-renowned experts to influence public health policy at the highest level.
• You’ll drive our media work and position yourself as journalists’ first point of contact for alcohol-related stories
• You’ll find creative new ways to make our messages heard, drafting press releases, web copy, briefings and articles
• You’ll develop and deliver a communications strategy that positions the AHA as leading national voice on alcohol and health
• You’ll work with the AHA’s policy and advocacy team (based at the Institute of Alcohol Studies) and the AHA’s 50 members to influence alcohol-related policy at the highest level
• You’ll manage the day-to-day operation of the AHA.
Salary Band: Grade 4, £30,188 - £36,226 per annum
Benefits include 27 days of annual leave, 7% employer pension contribution, free lunches, season ticket loan (access to this loan is after probation) and much more.
More information can be found here: https://jobs.rcplondon.ac.uk/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyID=570 .
When - on the morning of Thursday 20th September 2018.
Where – during BASL 2018 at the University of York.
Criteria – you must be a BASL Medically Qualified in Training Member and be registered for the BASL Annual Meeting 2018.
The mentoring sessions will be informal and will cover advice on career development. They will be led by Professor Michael Heneghan, Consultant Hepatologist & Professor of Hepatology at the Institute of Liver Studies, King's College Hospital and Dr Tim Cross, Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Times: a slot can be booked from 09:15 – 11:45 and are being offered on a first come first served basis. They can be booked in advance with up to 12 one to one slots of 30 minutes each available, with the final sessions starting at 11:45.
To Book: to book a session in advance please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 2 p.m. on Friday 7th September 2018, or to book a session on the day please speak to one of my colleagues on the Registration Desk at BASL2018.
We look forward to seeing you at BASL2018.
Deadline: Tuesday 31st July 2018
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 York, 18th - 19th September 2018.
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) and the winner will deliver the prize lecture at the Meeting, which will be being during the morning session on Wednesday 19th September, and will also receive free registration to the meeting and £1,000.
To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.
Please send submissions to email@example.com before the deadline of 17:00 on Tuesday 31st July 2018.