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Find out more about the work of our committee sub-groups and forums by clicking the logos below. These include The British Viral Hepatitis Group, British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurse Forum and the British Liver Transplant Group.

The British Viral Hepatitis 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.

British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurse Forum is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care.

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.

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BASL is a multi-disciplinary society with around 900 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions. Your Annual subscription is used to organise the Annual Meeting held each September.

Members of BASL receive the following benefits:

  • discounted registration rates for the annual meeting and other relevant meetings
  • eligibility for the BASL Travel Awards (for members below status of Senior Lecturer or Consultant to allow presentation of high-quality UK liver research at International meetings, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease)
  • eligibility for the prestigious Dame Sheila Sherlock Award (to an emerging researcher in the field of liver disease, for members below status of Senior Lecturer or consultant). Applications are usually submitted to the BASL Committee three months prior to the annual meeting - details are announced.

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News

17/05/17 Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2017 - apply now
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Friday 4th August 2017

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 Warwick Conference Centre, 19-20 September 2017.

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 held at 11.30-12.10 on Tuesday 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 steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of midday on Friday 4th August 2017.

17/05/17 Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2017 - apply now
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Friday 4th August 2017

Each year BASL presents the Dame Sheila Sherlock research prize, one of the highlights of the annual meeting. This prize is awarded annually to recognise the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock to the development of Hepatology as a discipline in its own right.

When Dr Sherlock started her medical career, little was known about liver disease. Her work helped to establish hepatology as a medical specialty. She pioneered the use of needle liver biopsy, which had been used purely as a research tool, based on the technique of Sir John McMichael; this improved understanding of the pathology of liver disease and is used in the diagnosis of liver diseases today. The liver unit that she set up at the Royal Free Hospital became the centre for both research into liver disease and the education of trainees in the specialty.

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 one of our past presidents 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 substantive posts in either medicine or science for their research contributions in the field of Hepatology.

The winner of the award will deliver a lecture presenting their research during the Annual Meeting, 20-22 September 2017. This year the prize is free registration to the meeting, a place at the Annual Dinner at Warwick Castle and £1,000.

To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet detailing the related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of midday on Friday 4th August 2017. 

11/05/17 AHA comment: Poorest people at greater risk of harm from heavy drinking, study finds
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the University of Glasgow study published on Wednesday 10th May 2017 in The Lancet Public Health which found that drinking heavily is more harmful to the poorest people in society, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

“The findings in this study are worrying if not altogether surprising. It is clear that the way alcohol is being sold and promoted in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK is harming some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“On the other hand, we know what needs to be done, in particular to tackle the scourge of cheap alcohol. In real terms, alcohol is 60% cheaper than it was in 1980 and measures like strength based pricing would disproportionately benefit the poorest groups, in terms of reduced deaths, illness and hospital admissions. Studies have shown that 82% of the lives saved through minimum unit pricing would come from the lowest income groups.

“Overall, in the first year alone minimum unit pricing in Scotland is expected to save 60 lives and lead to 1,600 fewer hospital admissions and 3,500 fewer crimes, yet its introduction has been held up for years by alcohol industry legal challenges.

“Importantly, minimum unit pricing would leave pub prices untouched, and moderate drinkers would spend only about £2.25 extra per year with a 50p minimum price.”

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 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, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 0203 075 1726.

04/05/17 Alcohol-related Hospital Admissions at Record High
News Type: BASL News

New figures released today show that hospital admissions due to alcohol are at their highest ever levels.

The data, summarised in a release from NHS Digital, shows that alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have increased by 64% over the last decade, with an extra 430,000 people being admitted due to alcohol-related causes in 2015/16 compared with 2005/06.

This takes the total number of alcohol-related hospital admissions to over 1.1 million in 2015/16.

Alcohol is linked to over 60 illnesses and diseases, including heart disease, liver disease and cancer. Figures from the local alcohol profiles for England show that admissions due to liver disease have gone up 57% over the last decade, and that the number of people diagnosed with alcohol-related cancer has increased 8%.

In contrast, separate data released today by the Office of National Statistics shows that the proportion of adults drinking is at its lowest level since 2005, with younger people more likely to be abstaining from alcohol. However, 7.8 million people admit to binge drinking on their heaviest drinking day.

In response to the figures, alcohol health experts called for more to be done in the UK to tackle the health harm done by alcohol.

Liver doctor Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

“These figures show that the UK continues to have a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol."

"We know that over the long term, rates of binge drinking are falling, and more people are choosing to abstain from alcohol."

"Worryingly, however, these trends do not appear big enough to stop alcohol harm from continuing to rise, and the sharp increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions over the last few years means hundreds of thousands more people each year are experiencing the misery associated with harmful alcohol consumption."

"The data released today should be sobering reading for whoever wins the upcoming general election, and we would urge the next government to make tackling alcohol harm an immediate priority to save lives, reduce harm, and reduce the pressure on the NHS.”

The data is available via the following links.
NHS Digital: Statistics on alcohol – England, 2017
Office of National Statistics: Adult drinking habits in Great Britain 2005 to 2016
Local Alcohol Profiles for England

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 0203 075 1726.

03/05/17 Vacancy for a National HCC-UK Cancer Analyst - closing date 8 May 2017
News Type: BASL News

National HCC-UK Cancer Analyst
Circa £35,000 per annum (London) or £33,000 (Regional).
Full time for 2 years, in the first instance.

We are seeking an experienced cancer analyst to join an exciting new partnership between HCC-UK, the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) and Public Health England (PHE). In this key role, you will be working to improve the outcomes for patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) – the most common type of liver cancer.

You must have demonstrable skills in gathering, understanding, managing, evaluating and manipulating large amounts of data from a range of sources. You will be an excellent communicator, building strong relationships and working collaboratively with key stakeholders in order to obtain vital data.

You will undertake a detailed review of at-risk HCC patients with regard to age, sex, cirrhosis, aetiology of the underlying liver injury (if any); a considered review of treatment effects on survival, adverse events and cost; and an overall examination of the relationship between these and the outcomes.

Based within the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) in PHE, you will work closely with a Clinical Research Fellow, representatives from BASL and HCC-UK, and other UK professionals with similar interests. You must be comfortable working in a remote-managed setting.

How to apply:
Please send your CV and a supporting statement together as one document of no more than five pages to Professor Graeme Alexander (g.alexander@ucl.ac.uk ) or Dr Aileen Marshall (aileen.marshall@nhs.net ). Your supporting statement should explain how you think you meet the requirements of the role and person specification in no more than one side of typed A4. If you require further information, please email Prof Alexander.

Download HCC PHE Cancer Analyst JD Final 210417.pdf

Closing Date: 8th May 2017
First Interview: To be held in May 2017

About the partnership
HCC-UK is a multidisciplinary UK-wide group interested in all facets of management and sits currently under the BASL umbrella. The collaboration between BASL, HCC-UK and PHE proposes to increase our understanding of HCC in England & Wales and to address many of the issues experienced by this patient group. The partnership aims to ensure that liver services in the UK deliver the best available therapy efficiently to all patients with HCC regardless of socioeconomic status or liver centre. The focus will be on extensive use of available retrospective data in the first instance, with prospective data collection a long term intention. The group will also include expertise in health economics for a cost evaluation of HCC, per se, and treatment of this condition in England & Wales.

27/04/17 NICE Final Guidance - Obeticholic acid for treating primary biliary cholangitis
News Type: BASL News

The Final Guidance was published on the NICE website on 26 April 2017.

Click here to read the final guidance.

27/04/17 Foul Play? New report highlights how Alcohol industry bent the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016
News Type: BASL News

A new report highlights how alcohol producers worked to circumvent legislation designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland. Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This was the case, despite the fact that the tournament was held in France, where alcohol TV advertising and sports sponsorship is banned under the ‘Loi Évin’.

The report, Foul Play? Alcohol marketing during UEFA Euro 2016, will be launched at the European Healthy Stadia conference at Emirates Stadium on Thursday 27th April.

An analysis of broadcast footage found that alcohol marketing appeared, on average, once every other minute. The majority took the form of ‘alibi’ marketing, whereby indirect brand references are used to promote a product, rather than a conventional logo or brand name. Carlsberg was the most featured brand, accounting for almost all references in each of the three countries, using their slogan ‘Probably the best in the world’ while avoiding the mentioning the product name. ‘Alibi’ marketing was a common practice of tobacco companies in sporting events when advertising restrictions were introduced.

Dr. Richard Purves, Principal Investigator, Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling said:

“Beamed to audiences across the world, major sporting events such as the UEFA EURO tournament, present a prime opportunity for alcohol companies to market directly to a global audience. In order to continue to protect children and young people from exposure to alcohol marketing, laws such as those in France need to be upheld and respected by all parties involved and not seen as something to be negotiated.”

Katherine Brown, Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies said:

“There is strong evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing encourages children to drink earlier and in greater quantities. The findings of this report show that alcohol companies are following in the footsteps of their tobacco colleagues by bending the rules on marketing restrictions putting children’s health at risk.”

Eric Carlin, Director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), said:

“Sport should be an alcohol-free space. The presence of alcohol marketing during UEFA EURO 2016 highlights that organisers of sporting events need to hold out against tactics of big alcohol companies to flout legal regulations designed to protect children.”

A copy of the full report is available here: https://bit.ly/alcfoulplay .

The research was carried out by the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, and funded by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), and Alcohol Action Ireland.

Interviews available on request in England, Scotland and Ireland. Please contact Habib Kadiri at hkadiri@ias.org.uk or 0207 222 4001.

21/04/17 NICE Press Release on testing for blood-borne viruses to people upon entry to prison
News Type: BASL News

NICE has published a press release announcing a draft quality standard which recommends that healthcare staff working in prisons should offer testing for blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B and C, and HIV to people upon entry to prison. It also recommends that they should also assess inmates for their risk of having a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The press release can be read – here.

Events

01/06/17 - 03/06/17 International Conference on Fatty Liver - Seville, Spain
News Type: Other Events

The 1st International Conference on Fatty Liver (ICFL 2017) is taking place on June 1-3, 2017 in Seville, Spain.

ICFL 2017 will bring together physicians, researchers and allied health professionals in the field of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, as well as Diabetology, Nutrition, Radiology, and Cardiology, in order to address the growing impact of Fatty Liver and its relationship with the other organs in the body.

ICFL 2017 will focus on unifying the global knowledge of Fatty Liver, which has the potential to yield valuable research through multidisciplinary involvement.

The scientific program will explore what is new in diagnostics and therapeutics modalities, and bring together a wider community to network and share knowledge.

For more information visit the website > HERE

07/06/17 RCP Medical Education Conference,
News Type: Other Events

The Royal College of Physicians are holding the Inaugural RCP medical education conference on Wednesday 7 June to support learning in the clinical environment.

The conference has been compiled by a collaboration of academic professionals, involving practical measures to optimise education and training in the clinical environment and features three nationally renowned keynote speakers and six workshops, which aim to provide attendees with practical outputs which will help them to improve the delivery of education and training in the busy service environment.

More information and a full programme can be found > here.

11/06/17 - 13/06/17 The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease Congress 2017, Frankfurt
News Type: Other Events

The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease Congress 2017 is take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Frankfurt over 11-13 June 2017.

It brings together internationally renowned speakers in a programme of the highest quality under the co-chairmanship of Professors Jacobson and Zeuzem.

To find out more information please visit the website > here.

 

15/06/17 - 17/06/17 2017 IMAGE World Endo Event in Milan, Italy
News Type: Other Events

The 8th International Management Advanced Gastroenterology and Endoscopy event takes place on 15-17 June in Milan, Italy.

To find out more about the event and to register visit the IMAGE website > here

19/06/17 - 22/06/17 British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting
News Type: Other Events

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) is holding its annual meeting on the 19th-22nd June at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

There are several elements of the conference which would be of interest to health professionals with a specialist focus on gastroenterological health and research. The BSG’s Senior Secretary Dr Jayne Eaden has produced a video explaining what you can expect and how you can get involved > click here.

The Annual Meeting will offer an exciting opportunity for medical professionals to hear the latest updates on research into everything from endoscopy to inflammatory bowel disease.

To find out more about the programme and events available to delegates, you can visit the BSG Annual Meeting website > here.

21/06/17 - 23/06/17 13th International Co-infection Workshop HIV & Hepatitis - Lisbon, Portugal
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The International Co-infection Workshop was initiated 13 years ago to address the rising need among clinicians and researchers for a workshop specifically focused on the very challenging co-infected patients. With the success of antiretroviral therapy, HIV infected patients were seeing improvement in longevity, only to be challenged with the dangers and complications of their additional viral infection. Over the years more educational components were added to the workshop, given the growing needs of clinicians to keep up with the rapid developments.

The 2017 workshop will consist of plenary lectures, abstract presentations, poster viewings, roundtable discussions, debates, clinical case discussions, and an educational course. The topics will include:

  • Management of HCV in intravenous drug users: special consideration
  • HBV cure: what is coming in 5-10 years?
  • The use of HIV+ or HCV+ organs in transplantation
  • Hepatitic regeneration after viral clearance in chronic hepatitis
  • Do we need resistance testing in HCV therapy to guide decision making?

For more details of the conference and the program, please > click here

01/07/17 - 02/07/17 BASL School of Hepatology - Newcastle upon Tyne - BOOK NOW
News Type: BASL Events

Join us at the BASL School of Hepatology on 1st - 2nd July in Newcastle.

The event, includes overnight accommodation, if required on Saturday 1st July, and is FREE to attend for BASL medically qualified members in training and is restricted to 40 delegates.  

View the draft programme here;   Download FINAL programme BASL school of hepatology July 2017.pdf

This event is aimed at SpRs / Doctors in Training with a NTN and is a weekend residential event. The School is free to BASL medically qualified members in training with a cost to non-members of £125 which includes:-

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation for Saturday night
  • Lunch and dinner with a drinks reception on Saturday night

NB: limited accommodation is available on Friday 30th June which will be allocated to BASL members on distance to travel, please apply directly to kim@basl.org.uk .

The School of Hepatology is a popular event so don't miss out and book your place early.  

05/07/17 Liver disease for the General Physician Conference - RCP London
News Type: Other Events

The RCP are holding a conference, Liver disease for the general physician on Wednesday 5 July at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE.

The conference will provide an update of state-of-the art liver medicine, with speakers delivering short, informative and cutting edge practical talks. Covering topics such as evolving new therapies for patients with liver disease and recognising challenges in the presentation of liver disease relevant to day-to-day clinical practice.

The full programme can be viewed here; Download RCP Liver Disease Conference 5 July.pdf

More information can also be found on the RCP website by clicking > here

Announcements

Join BASL Ward Membership Today - £100 per annum for up to 5 members per ward.

Benefits include; accces to educational meetings at reduced costs, including the Nurses Day at the BASL Annual Meeting in September. 

Download a flyer for your noticeboard -   Download BASLNF Ward Membership Flyer May 17.pdf.

To find out how to apply click here


Click here to view the BASL Newsletter - April 2017.


Click here to view the infohep.org Newsletter - January 2017.


Click here to view the Alcohol Health Alliance Newsletter - April 2017. 


Click here to view the Hepatitis C Coalition Newsletter - March 2017.


Click here to view the NICE Newsletter  - April 2017.

Learning Toolkits

The BASL Nurse Toolkits were developed following conversations with nurse specialists. These and a later email survey identified training needs to help nurses meet the liver nurse competencies. To access the Learning Toolkits sign in as a BASL Member and click on Manage Account

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