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BASL ANNUAL MEETING

8th-11th October 2024

Thank you to all that attended the BASL Annual Meeting 2023 in Brighton from 19th - 22nd September. 


BASL 2024 SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th October, including BLTG & BLNA. Location: Harrogate.  

BASL ANNUAL MEETING

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BASL AND BASL SUB-GROUPS

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 Nurses' 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 Group 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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British Association for Allied Health Professionals in Liver is a professional group for AHP’s specialising or working with patients with liver conditions. Bringing together specialist hepatology AHP’s from across the four Nations. Their aim is to promote excellence through the provision of AHP care to all patients with liver disorders.

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News

Foundation for Liver Research 2024 Legacy Grant Scheme Call now open

News Type: BASL News

The Foundation for Liver Research has created the Legacy Grants Scheme in memory of the late Professor Roger Williams CBE (1931-2020). This scheme is open to any applicant in the UK and has one annual funding Call in Spring each year.

This translational research funding scheme will award one grant of up to £50,000 to support experimental studies in the field of liver research.

The aim of this translational research scheme is to support experimental studies in the following key areas of liver disease:

(1) Improved understanding of the pathogenesis of liver disease

(2) The development of accurate diagnostic tests, identification of early risk biomarkers, and exploration of protective and therapeutic vaccination strategies for liver disease.

(3) Accelerated translation of research discoveries from bench-to-bedside

Further information is available in the Scheme Overview below and full details can be found on the Foundation for Liver Research website > Here .

Download Legacy Grants Scheme_Overview 2024.pdf 

Closing date 5pm Friday 12th April 2024

For further details or in case of queries, please contact grants@researchinliver.org.uk  

Closure of HCV Research UK

News Type: BASL News

As many in the hepatology community are aware, HCV Research UK has been operating for more than a decade, providing clinical data and biological samples from a national cohort to support research studies into HCV infection. In total, more than 100 applications for accessing data and samples have been approved, enabling unique insight into the characteristics of infection, pathogenesis and the mechanisms underlying treatment response.

With the advent of direct acting antivirals and the progress towards elimination, there are now few applications requesting access to the resources. In addition, the clinical database has not been updated for several years. As a consequence, the HCV Research UK Management Group has decided to close provision of data and samples by the end of this year. Therefore, we would urge anyone who may wish to use the clinical data and biological samples to lodge applications by the end of May 2024. The process for applying to access HCV Research UK resources can be found at www.hcvresearchuk.co.uk . We also suggest contacting either Will Irving (will.irving@nottingham.ac.uk) or John McLauchlan (john.mclauchlan@glasgow.ac.uk) in the first instance. This would allow sufficient time to process the applications, complete the necessary MTAs, prepare the clinical data and set aside any samples that would be needed for any research studies.

The Management Group wishes to express its gratitude to the clinical teams and HCV Research UK staff whose commitment and efforts enabled the creation of a national cohort. Finally, we will be forever grateful to the individuals living with the virus who generously provided their clinical data and samples to the benefit of studies that have deepened our knowledge of HCV infection.

HCV Research UK Management Group

Professor Will Irving (University of Nottingham)
Professor John McLauchlan (University of Glasgow)
Professor John Dillon (University of Dundee)
Professor Sharon Hutchinson (Glasgow Caledonian University

British Liver Trust Love Your Liver Awareness Month - January 2024

News Type: BASL News

January is Love Your Liver Awareness month a campaign ran by the British Liver Trust. The key aim of the month is to put a spotlight on liver disease risk factors and the steps we can take to keep our livers healthy.

The liver is a vital organ with an amazing ability to regenerate. Performing over 500 jobs, including producing energy and fighting infection, it works hard and can tolerate a lot of abuse. But like an elastic band – it can only stretch so far before it breaks. Taking steps to look after your liver will give it the chance to replace damaged tissue with new cells.

One in three of us is at risk of liver disease. While there are over 100 types of liver disease, with some conditions caused by genetic and autoimmune factors, a staggering 90% of cases are linked to alcohol consumption, excess body weight, diet and viral hepatitis.

Pamela Healy, Chief Executive at the British Liver Trust, said: “Liver disease has been a growing public health concern in the last twenty years during which time deaths have more than doubled with more than 10,000 people dying from the disease every year. Ninety per cent of liver disease is avoidable and sadly, the numbers of people being diagnosed have been increasing at an alarming rate".

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign has three simple but effective steps to improve your liver health:

  • Drink less than 14 units of alcohol and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week.
  • Cut down on sugar, carbohydrates and fat, and take more exercise.
  • Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated if at risk. There are now highly effective cures for hepatitis.

(Blog supplied by the British Liver Trust)

Become a Trustee at the British Liver Trust

News Type: BASL News

The British Liver Trust is looking for new Trustees to join their Board.

Their Trustees play a pivotal role in providing governance and guidance to ensure they are delivering for people with liver disease and liver cancer. They are involved in setting the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as holding the senior management team to account. The trustees work closely as a team with the senior management team of the charity, playing an active role advising and mentoring as required.

The British Liver Trust is a small charity with big ambitions. They want liver disease to have the same profile and awareness as the other big killer diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

They are looking to recruit trustees to help the charity grow and develop to meet this challenge. At this time, they would particularly like:

  • to recruit a clinician with specialist Hepatitis B knowledge, and
  • to broaden the diversity of their Board, particularly ethnic diversity which they recognise as limited currently

The British Liver Trust is committed to improving equality, diversity, and inclusion across the organisation and to building a Board with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views, so that their leadership reflects the population at large and the communities they serve. They also welcome applications from people who have personal experience of liver disease. Please tell us if there may be any barriers to your engagement with us and we will actively work with you to remove these.

They currently have 4 Board meetings a year, usually virtually, Trustees may be asked to sit on a Board sub-committee relevant to their skill set and are invited to get involved in other ways from time to time.

If you have the skills, knowledge and experience required, please ask for a pack from helen.westhead@britishlivertrust.org.uk .

If you would like an informal chat with the British Liver Trust Chief Executive, Pamela Healy, please email Helen with your availability so that she can arrange this.

Applications close midnight on 14 February 2024.

www.britishlivertrust 

2024 Guts UK/Dr Falk Awards

News Type: BASL News

The 2024 Guts UK/Dr Falk Awards are now open to submissions.

These awards recognise the achievements of those who bring new insight to gastroenterology, pancreatology and hepatology, and the collaboration that furthers patient care. They are also an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as financial support for career progression.

Visit the Guts UK/Dr Falk Awards webpage > here .

There are seven prizes in total available, including a Nurse Recognition Prize.

Deadline - submit your application by Monday 12th February 2024 at 5pm.

Events

07/03/24

Haemochromatosis SIG meeting - SAVE THE DATE
News Type: BASL Events

Please save the date for the next Haemochromatosis SIG meeting which will take place via Teams.

Speaker:
Date: 7th March 2024
UK Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Location: Teams

FREE to attend for BASL & BSG Members.

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Not a member of BASL, then why not join by clicking > HERE

Remember to read the BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer below before registering  Download BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer_2022.pdf

Please contact Georgia@basl.org.uk should you have any questions.

 Agenda: Download Haemochromatosis SIG meeting 7th March.pdf

07/03/24

BAAL Event - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

Get Involved with BAAL the British Association for AHP's in Liver.

Please join us to learn about:

  • Past BASL work and vision for the future
  • How you can get more involved with BAAL and BASL
  • How to have your say on future research, education and networking support

Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 13:00 - 14:15
Online via MS Teams

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NB: MS Teams link will be sent to your email address 24 hours before the event.

11/03/24

BASL Portal Hypertension SIG Online Meeting - SAVE THE DATE
News Type: BASL Events

 PH Sig virtual meeting around a theme of research update, a discussion of 2 papers-to be presented by a registrar-one clinical and one scientific, which he/she believes is practice changing, and two interesting cases.

Speaker:
Date: 11th March 2024
UK Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

FREE to attend for BASL Members.

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DATE TO BE CONFIRMED 

13/03/24 - 15/03/24

Royal Free Sheila Sherlock Postgraduate Course 2024 - Register Now
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The Royal Free Sheila Sherlock Hepatology Postgraduate course has developed an excellent reputation for its clinically relevant, interactive and curriculum-focussed content, designed for both gastroenterology and acute medicine trainees and consultants seeking an update that is tailored to everyday practice.

The aim is to equip clinicians with the knowledge and skills to expertly manage patients with liver disease. The programme has been re-vamped for 2024, with sessions covering hepatology in the clinic, acute medical take, ITU and liver transplant settings. This is the 10th year that the course has been run, with consistently excellent delegate feedback.

This year the course will be held virtually, with live-streamed speakers and plenty of opportunities for audience interaction and questions.

  • BASL Trainee/Nurse/AHP Member £84.00
  • BASL Consultant Member £126.00

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The course programme can be viewed here >  Download RoyalFreePCGJan 2024_programme.pdf

For all queries in regards to this course please contact the Lynn Knight at l.knight@ucl.ac.uk .

14/03/24

BLTG UK Liver Critical Care & Anaesthesia Transplant School Webinar Series March meeting - Registration now open
News Type: BASL Events

British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) are pleased to announce the 5th meeting in their webinar series.

The BLTG UK Liver Critical Care and Anaesthesia Transplant School is a series of monthly webinars (held via Zoom), aimed at promoting education and sharing knowledge amongst the seven UK Liver Transplant centres. We will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to the perioperative and critical care management of these patients, delivered by expert clinicians from around the UK and the world.

Each session will comprise two 30-minute talks, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The webinars will be free to watch live by both BASL members and non-members following registration and are open to both trainees and consultants.

NB: catch up recordings will be accessible to BASL members ONLY via the BASL website members area.

Programme series can be viewed here:  Download BLTG UK Liver Critical Care & Anaesthesia Transplant School Webinar Series 2023-2024_website v4.pdf


Session 5:

Webinar time: 17:30 - 19:00pm

Dr Lisa VanWagner, Hepatologist & Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Cardiovascular – Assessment and management of the high-risk Cardiovascular patient for Liver Transplant.

  •  Assessment of Cardiac Disease & Risk stratification
  •  Management of IHD / Valve disease pre/peri-transplant
  •  Combined Tx & Cardiac Procedures and ECLS for Cardiac Support

Dr Nick Scholfield, Liver Anaesthetist, Royal Free London
Cardiovascular – Peri-transplant monitoring and management.

Followed by 30mins for questions and discussion.

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Not a BASL BLTG member? Why not consider joining, read more > HERE

Contact Kim@basl.org.uk if you have any questions.

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