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CLDF Small Grants Research Programme

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Professor Andrew Burroughs

BASL are sad to announce the recent death of Professor Andrew Burroughs.

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On-line survey – Palliative Care Provision in UK Liver Services

This national survey looking at palliative care provision in liver services across the UK should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.  All nurses, doctors or allied health professionals in each institution are being encouraged to fill out this survey (even if you work in the same institution/department).  The aim is to help to improve future collaboration between palliative care, liver services and primary care.

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APPHG Liver Disease Inquiry Released

As reported on the BBC 25 March 2014, the All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG) have released their Inquiry into Liver Disease, calling for greater action from the Government in the face of a 40% rise of Liver Disease related death from 2001-2012.

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Liver Disease in the UK: A Lancet Commission

The Lancet are collating data on nurse roles and nursing networks in Liver Disease.  Please could you complete a short survey by 14th April to assist with their investigation.

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Southampton University Symposium Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Influence

In response to the halt on the UK alcohol duty escalator, Southmapton University have added online videos from their Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Influence symposium. Please watch and pass on the link to your colleagues.

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The APPHG Inquiry on Liver Disease: "Today's Complacency, Tomorrow's Catastrophy"

The All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG) Inquiry into Improving Outcomes in Liver Disease.

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Gilead UK and Ireland Viral hepatitis Fellowship Programme 2014

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Job Advert. UK based Clinical Specialist

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BASL Online Abstract Submissions 2014

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Dame Sheila Sherlock Research Prize 2014

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Call for expression of interest in joining/communicating with a UK Wilson’s Disease Network.

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Poor Sleep Worsens Cognitive Function in Cirrhosis

A US study by the University of Illinois

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Shape of Training Final Report

Following the 'Shape of Training' report for HEE, we would like your comments on the potential implications for Hepatology and Gastroenterology if training is shortened and "specialism” reduced.

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Commissioning Specification for HCV

We would like your feedback on the recent draft commissioning specification for HCV

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Required:Two Specialist Trainees to participate in the development of NICE clinical guidelines on Liver Disease (non-alcoholic) and Cirrhosis.

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Calling Gastro Consultants & Nurses - Crohn's Disease Survey

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Child Liver Disease Foundation Small Grant Round

CLDF’s small grant round (£5000) is now open for applications

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BASL Members win substantial funding for clinical trial

Several BASL members were co-applicants on a recent successful application for substantial funding of a clinical trial in hepatology.  The group received £1.6 million from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (joint Wellcome Trust and Department of Health) for ATTIRE (Albumin To prevenT Infection in chronic liveR failure).

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Bursary for EASL 2014 - Application Deadline 17/01/2014

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Call for participants to workshop on Cholangiocarcinoma: Sharing the Disease Burden in the UK and South-East Asia

The British Council and The Thailand Researcher Fund have launched an initiative programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and Thailand.

Application deadline Wednesday 15th January 2014.

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Job Advert - Senior Clinical Lecturer and Non-Clinical Lecturer in Hepatology - South West

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BASL launches e-learning toolkit for liver disease nurse specialists and community nurses

The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) has launched an e-learning toolkit designed to offer opportunities for liver nurses, ward nurses and community nurses to access evidence-based information and resources about liver well-being and disease.

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Programme now available for the Cambridge Liver Symposium Robinson College – 28th September 2012

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BASL School Of Hepatology: Special one-day viral hepatitis meeting

Tuesday 12th June, Welcome Centre, Central London.

With all the noise around the new generation treatments in hepatitis C, the BASL School of Hepatology is offering a special one-day educational meeting in central London on 12th June for those wanting a well-rounded update across the viral hepatitis field with a focus on the new treatments.

The programme is led by Professor Graham Foster and features a distinguished faculty discussing the very latest therapies for chronic hepatitis C.

The day is designed to maximise interaction between the faculty and the delegates and will involve case discussions as well as lectures and formal presentations.

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Cambridge Liver Symposium 28th September 2012

The Cambridge Liver Symposium is an annual event, held at Robinson College in Cambridge, covering various elements of liver diseases with the aim of:

Providing ongoing profesional development,

providing updates regarding ongoing improvements in patient care

educating doctors and specialist nurses in the treatment of liver disease and increase delegates' awarness.

 

The is no charge to attend the symposium and CPD points are available for consultants, with a certificate of attendance for SpR's and clinical nurse specialists. 

To book your place or request further information please email:

michele.atiemo@addenbrookes.nhs.uk 

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ICS: Liver Failure - Medical and Surgical Aspects Seminar

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Applications for the Sheila Sherlock Research Prize and Lecture

The Governing Board invite applications for the 2012 Dame Sheila Sherlock research prize. This prize is awarded annually by BASL to mark the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock to the development of Hepatology as a discipline in its own right and to recognise young research investigators. The recipient of this year’s award will deliver the prize lecture during the BASL Scientific Meeting, which is being held at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon between 5th and 7th Sept 2012.

 

Dame Sheila was involved in the foundation of the British Liver Club in 1961, which subsequently evolved into The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). She was a Past President and the first recipient of The BASL Distinguished Service Award. In keeping with Dame Sheila’s enthusiasm for fostering young researchers, this eponymous research prize is awarded to young investigators without a substantive post in either medicine or science for their research contributions in the field of Hepatology.

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BVHG: Viral Hepatitis and the Kidney

The first meeting in the 2012 series arranged by the British Viral Hepatitis Group takes place on Thursday, 26th April at the King's Fund in London.  The meeting is open to all BASL and BVHG members free of charge. Non-members may attend for £120 (including VAT), although if you join before the event the charge will be waived.

 

Click here to be taken to the event.

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Consensus Conference: The allocation of liver organs for transplantation

Royal College of Anaesthetists, 9.30am, March 29th 2012

In recent years consensus conferences have successfully addressed the issue of minimum selection criteria for transplantation in chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. In this conference we now wish to consider whether new systems of organ allocation and distribution should be introduced across the United Kingdom. The conference is open to all interested parties; from units which refer patients to transplant centres, transplant surgeons and physicians and representatives of patient groups and liver disease charities.  

Please contact Kamann Huang Kamann.Huang@nhsbt.nhs.uk on 01179 757 422/589 to book a place.  

Organ Donation & Transplantation Directorate
NHS Blood and Transplant
Bristol
BS34 8RR

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16th Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology Course

Thursday, 9 February 2012 - Friday, 10 February 2012

Venue:
Queen Mother Conference Centre
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JQ

This well established 2 day course attracts trainees and consultants from around the UK and Europe. It is designed to cover important and "hot" topics and will have experts speaking in their fields. The course will highlight some of the new advances in the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal and liver disease. The course will be held in Edinburgh at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on Queen Street.

Overall the course provides an update on the latest evidence base for the management and treatment of gastrointestinal and liver conditions. 

For more information:

http://events.rcpe.ac.uk/events/175/16th-advanced-gastroenterology--hepatology-course

To see the draft programme:

http://events.rcpe.ac.uk/booking-forms/Advanced_Course_2_day_programme_2012.pdf

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British Society of Gastroenterology: 2nd Clinical Update Meeting

On behalf of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL), we are delighted to invite you to the 2nd Clinical Update Meeting taking place on Wednesday 15th February 2012, in the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC), Nottingham.

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Research Funding for the Diagnosis or Treatment of Primary Liver Cancer

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New viral hepatitis diagnosis tools available for GPs

Simple tools for GPs to tackle undiagnosed and treated viral hepatitis have been launched by the Hepatitis B Foundation.

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BASL urges trainees to come forward on out of programme training pressure

The British Association for the Study of the Liver has issued a statement urging members who have had difficulty in gaining permission from their deanery to undertake out of programme research or training to contact them so that the Association can collate evidence before taking it up with deaneries and the other stakeholders.

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HepBase: national hep B database

HepBase, a real time clinical and research tool to support patient care, has been developed in conjunction with Sciensus and supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences.

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Sign up to NHS liver networks

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BASL Annual Meeting success

Feedback from the 2011 BASL Annual Meeting, held at the Royal College of Physicians, 7-9 September was once again overwhelmingly positive. “Well constructed, highly informative and enjoyable,” and “Getting better year on year, the best BASL yet” were just two delegate comments.

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Dame Sheila Sherlock travelling fellowships in hepatology

These travelling fellowships are funded by a donation from Dr Geraint James in memory of his wife, Dame Sheila Sherlock. Their purpose is to offer consultants and trainees the opportunity to learn new techniques and acquire new experiences, ideas and stimulation through travel and the exchange of ideas.

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CLINICAL FELLOW IN HEPATOLOGY: Job Vacancy

The Hepatology Unit and Liver Transplant Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital invite applications for the post of Clinical Fellow in Hepatogy from 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 (6 months initially, extendable to 12 months if progress satisfactory).
  

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HBV Casebook

HBV Casebook is a website featuring interactive case studies and teaching slides on the management of chronic hepatitis B for UK healthcare professionals.

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World Hepatitis Day 2012

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2012, is coordinated by the World Hepatitis Alliance to prompt people to think about the global viral hepatitis epidemic; about whether they may be at risk (and if so, to get tested) and also about how to avoid becoming infected .

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UK Chronic Disease and Development Task Force call for Government action

The United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) is being held in New York, 19-20 September 2011. The UK Chronic Disease and Development Task Force – made up of NGOs, including BASL, BSG and the Alcohol Health Alliance – are urging the Prime Minister to attend.

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Department of Health Infection Inside Newsletter

The Health Protection Agency has dedicated it's Quarterly Newsletter Infection inside to the discussion of World Hepatitis Day and the promotion of that hepatologists should become more active in prisons. 

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BSG and BASL response: NI Parliament’s introduction of min price per alcohol unit

The British Society of Gastroenterology and the British Society for the Study of the Liver (BASL) are the professional organisations representing the views and policies of doctors in the UK including Northern Ireland who practice in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Consultants in Gastroenterology and Hepatology are the main carers of patients with physical harm from alcohol in the hospital service.  This response has been discussed with and approved by the British Liver Trust (BLT) which is the main UK charity fighting the burden of liver disease in the UK.

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New BASL President and Secretary Elected

Professor Graham Foster from Barts and the Royal London NHS Trust has been elected as the new President of the British Association for the Study of the Liver this week.  His two year term will start on 9th September.

At the same time Dr Phil Harrison of King's College London has been confirmed as the BASL Secretary-elect.   His three year term will also commence on 9th September.

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BASL and other key health organisations do not sign responsibility deal

Six health organisations previously involved in the government’s Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network (RDAN) have decided not to sign up to the overall Public Health Responsibility Deal because of serious reservations about the proposed alcohol pledges.

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Gillian Kenny Associates - Hep B Research

We are currently conducting market research interviews with patients who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B.
 
Consenting patients will be required to take part in a face to face interview lasting 60 minutes with a qualified interviewer at a time convenient to the patient. 

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