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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

22/03/17 BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results
News Type: Nurse News

BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results

A big thank you to all those who completed the recent survey regarding the proposed merger of the BASLNF with the BLNF. We now have the results and I can confirm that 100% of those who completed the survey support the merger.

In the next few weeks I will be back in touch with more details on the timelines for the merger, including the priorities for the new group; launch dates and membership details. I will ensure that this is all as seamless as possible.

The survey has given us a lot of ideas on areas where we need to be focusing on in the future and as always I welcome your input and suggestions.

 

16/03/17 Public Health England (PHE) - publishes their updated report on Hepatitis C in England
News Type: BASL News

Public Health England (PHE) has published its updated report on Hepatitis C in England, the documents for which can be found > here.

Additionally, Dr. Helen Harris from PHE has written a blog to mark the report’s publication. It states that they are on track to meet the new World Health Organisation’s target to reduce hepatitis C mortality by 10% by 2020, but stresses the need for improved diagnostics and case finding.

15/03/17 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 .

15/03/17 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 .

13/03/17 ACCEA 2017 Round Open - BASL support deadline 31 March 2017
News Type: BASL News

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) opened the 2017 awards round on Tuesday 28th February. The final closing date for applications to the ACCEA is 17:00 on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Application for BASL support
BASL will need to complete the process of selecting applicants who will receive our support shortly. If you would like to apply for BASL support please complete and submit Application Form A to BASL along with any other supplementary CVQs available as detailed below:

Form A – Application Form
Form D – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Research & Innovation Assessment
Form E – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Teaching & Training Assessment
Form F – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Leadership & Management Assessment

In addition BASL also requires a short piece with your application on why you feel you should be supported by BASL.

The deadline for applying for BASL support is 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017.

All applications have to go through the ACCEA on line system, however downloadable forms to send to BASL can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

Please be aware that there is a maximum number of supplementary forms that can be completed at each National Level: Bronze and Silver applicants: 1 and Gold applicants: 2. These forms are optional and it is for the applicant to decide whether using them will increase chances of success.

(For use of the Supplementary Forms, please see 'Domains' within the Application form A). Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

Eligibility
As in previous years BASL would be able to support colleagues directly by nomination for national Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As a specialist society, BASL cannot make nominations for Platinum awards; this must be done through the applicant’s University/Research Body and Universities UK. BASL can however provide a citation to support an application for a Platinum award.

As a rule, candidates for National Bronze (Level 9) should have a minimum of at least five local Clinical Excellence Awards. Award holders applying for higher level awards or a renewal must specify which achievements have been made after the date of their last award or renewal particularly concentrating on current activities and activities in the last 4 or 5 years, therefore you must date activities.

To apply for BASL support, please follow these steps:
1. Send a completed application form along with a short piece as to why you feel you should be supported to the BASL Secretariat, Judy.Hawksworth@execbs.com  by 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017 for review.
Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.

2. All applicants will be asked to provide the name of an individual who could write a supporting citation upon submitting their application to BASL. ACCEA regard the citations provided in support of individuals as giving added value to the process. The citation MAY be stronger if it comes from outside ones institution.

3. You must submit your own application to ACCEA online by their deadline 17:00 on Tuesday 25th April. This is your own responsibility.

4. If you are in receipt of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation - please can you ensure your application is uploaded at least one week before the ACCEA deadline - before 17:00 on Tuesday 18th April 2017, so that we have sufficient time to upload your citations onto your application on the ACCEA website.

 

09/03/17 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.

09/03/17 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

08/03/17 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.

Events

30/03/17 HCC-UK 2017 - A FOCUS ON TREATMENT
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The HCC-UK meeting in 2017 takes place on Thursday 30th March at Hilton Newcastle/Gateshead.

HCC-UK comprises professionals of multidisciplines interested in improving outcomes for the increasing numbers of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

The meeting will focus on:

• an update of surgical treatments for early stage disease
• locoregional and medical therapies for those with more advanced disease
• current best practice clinical management across early and more advanced stage disease.

Case presentations, within a multidisciplinary environment, will play a key part of all sessions.

This meeting is accredited for 6 hours CPD and should appeal to all members of multidisciplinary teams, as well as trainees in gastroenterology and hepatology.

The registration website is now closed, however if you wish to attend HCC-UK 2017, please email Misti McCain .

31/03/17 - 01/04/17 HBP Surgery Week 2017 & the 46th Annual Congress of the Korean Association of HBP Surgery - Jeju, Korea
News Type: Other Events

The HBP Surgery Week 2017 & the 46th Annual Congress of the Korean Association of HBP Surgery is taking place on 31st March - 1st April at ICC JEJU, Jeju, Korea. The congress is hosted by The Korean Association of HBP Surgery and the official language is English. 

The Korean Association of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreas Surgery (KAHBPS) was founded 20 years ago in 1996. During the short period of time since its establishment, KAHBPS has become an important international association through the annual congresses and international symposiums it has held to provide a platform to communicate about its clinical experience and knowledge with other professionals in the field of HBP surgery in the world.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 12 (Sun), 2017
  • Abstract Acceptance Notice: February 28 (Tue), 2017
  • Deadline for Pre-registration: March 11 (Sat), 2017

More information about the meeting can be found on the website > here

 

10/04/17 - 12/04/17 23rd APASL Single Topic Conference in Nagasaki, Japan 2017
News Type: Other Events

APASL is one of the leading associations based on investigation and treatment of liver diseases that upholds the standards and profession, research and create improved treatment methods for millions of liver patients particularly in the entire Asia Pacific Region.

Meeting Venue: Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki, Japan

For more information please visit the APASL STC 2017 Nagasaki website > HERE.

Important dates can be found below:

  • January 31, 2017 - Abstracts - now closed
  • February 14, 2017 - Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • March 10, 2017 - Pre-Registration will Close

19/04/17 - 23/04/17 European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Annual Meeting - Amsterdam
News Type: Other Events

The International Liver Congress™ 2017 (ILC 2017) is the 52nd annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the Home of Hepatology.

Join the international liver community at the RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam,The Netherlands from 19 to 23 April 2017.

In the digital communication era, ILC 2017 still provides a unique opportunity for clinicians and scientists from all over the world to meet not only to discuss clinical innovation and research challenges but also to interact socially, network and develop future collaborations. Although EASL is a professional medical organisation based in Europe, ILC has attracted over the past years, an increasing number of participants from 120 countries thanks to an exciting programme mixing state-of the art education and cutting edge science.

Registration and Abstract submissions are now open. For further information about the meeting click > HERE.

Early Registration Fees end 31 December 2016. 

24/04/17 Pregnancy and Liver Disease: Research Development Meeting - London
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The Pregnancy and Liver Disease: Research Development Meeting is taking place in the Courtyard Suite at BMA House, Tavistock Square, Londom WC1H 9JP.

View the agenda here > Download Pregnancy and liver disease research meeting 24.4.17.pdf                 

Registration is Free and the meeting is open to anyone interested in research into maternal liver disease.

To register please email Rachel Westbrook - Rachel.westbrook@nhs.net .  

 

28/04/17 - 29/04/17 BASL - BLTG School of Transplantation Meeting - Birmingham - BOOK YOUR PLACE
News Type: BASL Events

Following the very successful meeting of the School of Transplantation at the BASL & BLTG Annual meeting in September 2016 booking is now open for the 2017 event which is taking place from Friday 28th - Saturday 29th April.

The BASL / BLTG School of Transplantation offers an excellent platform for trainees in liver transplantation with lectures delivered by carefully selected leading speakers from the UK. This year’s meeting is a standalone event on the beautiful Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham.

Over the 2 days topics covered include assessment of patients with substance misuse, pathology update, long term management of liver transplantation, infections, paediatric/transition care and a surgical workshop. There are ample opportunities for interaction with case presentations and group discussions.

The meeting is FREE to BASL members and early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment as the meeting is restricted to 40 places. The meeting is a Friday/Saturday residential event and non-members are welcome at a cost of £125 which includes: 

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation for Friday night.
  • Lunch on both days and dinner on Friday night. 

Download a copy of the draft programme here >  Download BASL Transplant School 2017_Programme.pdf

To reserve your place click > here.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support:
Complete Supporter - Norgine

Should you have any questions please contact Kim Girling at kim@basl.org.uk or telephone 01543 442154. 

29/04/17 - 30/04/17 Hepatology Ultrasound Course - Royal Free, London - 5 places still available
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The Hepatology Ultrasound Course takes place on 29 - 30 April 2017 at The Atrium at the Royal Free Hospital Pond Street NW3 4AG.

The course is endorsed by: EASL, BASL, BMUS, Global Health and has received approval for 12 CPD credits.

Book now to avoid disappointment - there are only 5 places available.

Brief outline of the course:
2 days intensive course in clinical ultrasound applied to hepatology.
Attendees will benefit from hands-on training to complement the essential theory sessions. Both theory and practical sessions will be held in the Atrium at the Royal Free Hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to be guided by internationally recognised experts in clinical ultrasound. The lectures will range from basic medical ultrasound to the assessment of chronic liver disease, vascular and biliary pathology to the latest advances such as contrast enhanced ultrasound and tissue elastography. On the first day practical sessions will be carried out on healthy subjects to familiarise with normal anatomy and on the second day attendees will have the opportunity to focus on different real cases of liver pathology as well as use transient and shear wave elastography.

EDUCATIONAL ENDPOINTS:

  • To review and further understand the clinical approach to non- invasive assessment of liver disease
  • To learn how to use an ultrasound machine in the context of different clinical scenarios of patients with liver disease
  • To develop an integrated approach to clinical management in order to improve patient care
  • To discover a potential new area of interest in clinical research.

SPEAKERS:
All speakers are recognized experts in the field of ultrasound and hepatology.

Dr Matteo Rosselli (UCL-RFH - London UK))
Dr Dominic Yu (RFH - London UK)
Prof Adrian Lim (Imperial College - London UK)
Dr Davide Roccarina (RFH - London UK)
Professor Sporea (University of Timisoara - Romania)
Dr Ivica Grgurevic (University of Zagreb - Croatia)

View the programme here;  Download Hepatology Ultrasound Course Programme.pdf

For further information please contact the course administrator - Miss Lynn Knight at l.knight@ucl.ac.uk .

Director and organizer of the course is Dr Matteo Rosselli - m.rosselli@ucl.ac.uk .

To register please click > HERE and then click on the APPLY button. 

03/05/17 - 05/05/17 BASL 4th Basic Science Retreat 2017, 3 - 5 May, Newton Abbot, Devon - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

The 4th BASL Basic Science Retreat takes place at Hannah's at Seale-Hayne in Devon from 3rd-5th May 2017.

Previous events have been a resounding success and hopefully again this unique meeting will offer plenty of interaction and discussion as well as an opportunity to foster new and lasting collaborative projects across all areas of hepatology research.

The organising committee is working hard to finalise the programme but the latest draft programme can be found here;Download Basic Science Retreat 2017 - Draft Programme.pdf

Your accommodation and meals at Seale-Hayne are included in the price of the registration fee which is just £150 per person.

Register now the event is limited to a maximum of 80 places  - to register click > HERE. 

Submit your Abstracts

The programme covers six sessions and if you would like the chance to present your latest research on one or more of the topics below please submit an abstract for review:

• Precision medicine
• Fibrosis and regeneration
• Single cell analysis & therapy
• Liver cancer
• Imaging
• 3D in vitro model to study liver disease & therapy

The quality in previous years has been outstanding and we hope to receive more top submissions for the 2017 event.

The format is simply free text, one page of A4 of contemporary research which should be submitted by email to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of midday on Friday 31st March 2017.

 

Announcements

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

Benefits include; access to Nurse e-learning toolkits, reduced fees at BASL Events including the Nurses Day at the Annual Meeting. 

To find out how to apply click here


Click here to view the BASL Events Newsletter - February 2017.

Click here to view the BASL Newsletter - March 2017.


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


Click here to view the Alcohol Health Alliance Newsletter - March 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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