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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

27/06/17 Vacancy - Senior Clinical Fellow in Hepatology - QEH Birmingham
News Type: BASL News

To view the details of the Senior Clinical Fellow in Hepatology post click > here.

27/06/17 AHA comment: Minimum pricing in Wales
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the announcement that the Welsh government is set to legislate for a minimum price for alcohol, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

“We welcome the Welsh government’s announcement today that it will introduce legislation to set a minimum price for alcohol.

“The cheaper alcohol is, the more alcohol-related harm is done, and at present there is a proliferation of cheap alcohol across the UK. Raising the price of the cheapest alcohol by setting a price below which it cannot be sold will save lives, reduce hospital admissions and cut crime.

“With Scotland also set to introduce minimum unit pricing, it is vital that the UK government now legislates for minimum unit pricing for England too, something it committed to doing five years ago but failed to follow through. With lives being lost as a direct result of freely available cheap alcohol, a decision to delay further will be in effect a death sentence for some of the most vulnerable in society.”

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of 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.

22/06/17 Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2017 - apply now - deadline 4th August 2017
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. 

22/06/17 Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2017 - apply now - deadline 4th August 2017
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.

22/06/17 BLTG Transplant Meeting - Warwick Conference Centre - 19th - 20th September 2017 - Registration now Open
News Type: Transplant News

REGISTRATION OPEN

The third meeting of the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) integrates the meetings previously organised by each individual transplant centre and will offer a platform for those operating in or with a strong interest in the field of liver transplantation.

BLTG as ever includes the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

There are considerable 'Early Bird' discounts available for BLTG members and the deadline for early bird registration is Monday 31st July 2017.

View the Programme and Register now on the BASL Annual Meeting website for both meetings by clicking > here.

22/06/17 BASL Annual Meeting - Warwick Conference Centre - 20th - 22nd September 2017 - Registration now Open
News Type: BASL News

Please join us at Warwick University for the BASL 2017 Annual Conference where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students.

BASL follows seamlessly from the third meeting of the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG), making it easy for the many delegates who want to attend both conferences. BLTG as ever includes the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

The BASL conference opens after lunch on Wednesday and will explore clinical and liver related aspects of senescence with a distinguished international faculty. A highlight of the meeting will be the state of the art lecture by Professor Judith Campisi (Buck Institute, California).

The second day has two streams: first, the interaction between the Liver and the Gut and second, the named lectures. These include the Ralph Wright Lecture (Professor John O’Grady) the British Liver Trust Lecture (Dr. Mary Ramsay), the inaugural Alex Mowat Lecture (Dr. Sue Beath) and the annual Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize Lecture.

The main poster session is on Wednesday evening with supper provided and the conference dinner (supported by BASL) is at Warwick Castle, a stunning venue, on Thursday evening.

The Nurses Day runs in parallel to the BASL meeting on Thursday 21st September and this year has especial importance as it will be celebrating the launch of the newly formed British Liver Nurses Association following a merger of the BLNF & the BASLNF. This day promises to deliver exciting and inspiring sessions for all nurses working within Hepatology, with the programme including a wide range of topics relating to liver disease and its associated issues and challenges.

There are considerable 'Early Bird' discounts available for BASL and BASLNF members and the deadline for early bird registration is Monday 31st July 2017.

View the Programme and Register now on the BASL Annual Meeting website for both meetings by clicking > here.

22/06/17 Enough alcohol sold in England for every drinker to consume 50% more than guideline levels
News Type: BASL News

New figures published today reveal that enough alcohol is being sold in England and Wales for every drinker to consume 21 units of alcohol a week – far more than the low-risk level of 14 units per week for both men and women recommended by the UK's chief medical officers.

The figures reveal that the situation is even worse in Scotland, with enough alcohol being sold for every drinker to consume 24 units a week.

The data was released by NHS Health Scotland, who also looked at consumption in England and Wales in order to compare patterns across the UK.

Roughly speaking, a regular-strength pint of beer and a 175ml glass of wine both contain 2 units of alcohol.

To tackle high levels of alcohol-related deaths and illness, Scotland is set to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol, which would raise the price of the cheapest alcohol products which do the most harm. The Scottish government passed minimum unit pricing over 5 years ago, though implementation of the measure has so far been delayed due to legal challenges from the alcohol industry.

Minimum unit pricing formed part of the Westminster government's alcohol strategy in 2012, though has yet to be implemented in England and Wales.

Responding to the publication of the figures, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

"These figures are shocking and show why minimum unit pricing is needed in Scotland, as well as in the rest of the UK.
As a result of the legal challenges from the alcohol industry, lives will undoubtedly have been lost in Scotland. We hope and expect minimum unit pricing to be ruled legal in the final court hearing in this case in July, so that implementation in Scotland can follow.
If minimum unit pricing is ruled legal in Scotland, a decision by Westminster to delay would be a death sentence for some, including many from the lowest income groups. The evidence is already clear - minimum unit pricing saves lives, prevents illness and lowers hospital admissions."

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.

20/06/17 BASL Commitee Trainee Representative - Expressions of Interest 2017
News Type: BASL News

The tenure of the current BASL Trainee Representative will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position.

To apply for the position you must be a BASL Medically Qualified Member in Training and hold a national training number (NTN). The position is open to all trainees who are at least 24 months pre-CCT from September 2017.

The Trainee Representative will serve on the BASL Commitee for a maximum of 2 years. They are expected to comment on all issues pertaining to training to ensure that trainee views are heard, to ensure that the annual meeting and schools of Hepatology meet trainees needs and in addition to attend BASL Committee meetings (face to face or teleconference) as well as the Annual Meeting. A strong link with the BSG trainee representative is helpful.

Application Process

Please send your expressions of interest to the BASL Secretariat at Judith@execbs.com by the deadline of 17:00 Monday 17 July.

Emails should clearly have as the subject: BASL Trainee Representative Post 2017.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to provide a short personal statement containing no more than approx. 250 words explaining why you want to be the BASL Trainee Representative and what relevant skills or training you have.

A panel comprising of three BASL committee members will review and score the applications to select the successful applicant.

The new Trainee Representative will take up their position at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017.

If you require any further information please contact Judith@execbs.com .

Events

01/07/17 - 02/07/17 BASL School of Hepatology - Newcastle upon Tyne - Event Full
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

20/07/17 - 23/07/17 12th Liver Update Meeting, 20-23 July 2017, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
News Type: Other Events

The 12th Liver Update meeting in 2017 takes place from 20-23 July 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

To find out more information about the meeting contact the 12th Liver Update Meeting Secretariat at prema@loveyourliver.org.my or aida@loveyourliver.org.my

31/08/17 - 01/09/17 International Conference on Chronic Diseases - Brussels, Belgium
News Type: Other Events

For more details of the conference visit the official website – here.

05/09/17 - 06/09/17 International Symposium: Liver Transplantation & Liver Research - Birmingham
News Type: Other Events

Join us on 5th-6th September 2017 to help celebrate 5000 Liver Transplants and 30 years of Liver Research in Birmingham.

Keynote speakers will include internationally renowned pioneers of liver transplantation and experts in liver disease.

There will be parallel specialist sessions for basic scientists, nursing staff and allied health professionals.

Abstract submissions are being accepted for the poster sessions during the conference.

We would like to invite all trainees, international fellows, researchers and all other colleagues who have contributed to this success, to get together, share our experiences and discuss the future of liver transplantation and liver research in a scientific forum.

Registration and abstract submission details are available on the website > here.

Venue: Medical School University of Birmingham

19/09/17 - 20/09/17 BLTG Transplant Meeting - 19-20 September 2017 - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

Venue - Warwick Conference Centre at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

As an affiliate of BASL, the BTLG has built on the role of the UK and Ireland Annual Meeting and will integrate the meetings previously organised by each individual transplant centre to offer a central stage for those operating in or with a strong interest in the field of liver transplantation.

The third meeting of the Britsh Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) takes place on Tuesday 19th September and carries over to the morning of Wednesday 20th September before the BASL Annual Meeting starts at lunchtime on the Wednesday.

Highlights of the meeting include the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

A copy of the draft programme can be viewed here: Download BLTG Transplant Meeting 2017 - Draft Programme.pdf

For full details about the BLTG Transplant Meeting visit the BASL Annual Meeting 2017 website - here.

REGISTRATION OPEN

The BLTG Transplant Meeting registrations are now live with 'Early Bird' discounts available.

To register now click - here.

DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: MONDAY 31st JULY 2017.

20/09/17 - 21/09/17 World Gastroenterological Conference - Philadelphia,USA
News Type: Other Events

The World Gastroenterological Conference is taking place on 20-21 September 2017 in Philadelphia, USA.

Gastro 2017 will be structured around the theme “Advancing the science of gastroenterology and patient care” and is directed to Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Care doctors, Faculties, Gastrointestinal fellows, Delegates. Our goal is to enhance the knowledge as well as to emphasize novel discoveries in the research and practice of Gastroenterology and Digestive diseases. It is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions and workshop on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in gastroenterology.

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

To find out more information about the event visit the conference website > here.

BASL members have been offered an exclusive discount on registration fees and 2 nights accommodation for the cost of $799 USD. Please contact gastro@alliedconferences.org for further information.

To register for the event click here and enter the following discount code: WGC106.

20/09/17 - 22/09/17 BASL Annual Meeting - 20-22 September 2017 - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

Venue: Warwick Conference Centre at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

The BASL Annual Meeting is the highlight of the BASL calendar and the main liver meeting in the UK. This year we hope to attract in excess of 500 delegates, where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students.

This year the BASL conference opens after lunch on Wednesday 20th September and continues through to lunchtime on Friday 22nd September. With the BASL NF Nurses Day running in parallel on Thursday 21st September.

On Wednesday the BASL conference explores clinical and liver related aspects of senescence with a distinguished international faculty. A highlight of the meeting will be the state of the art lecture by Professor Judith Campisi (Buck Institute, California). The second day has two streams: first, the interaction between the Liver and the Gut and second, the named lectures. These include the Ralph Wright Lecture (Professor John O’Grady) the British Liver Trust Lecture (Dr. Mary Ramsay), the inaugural Alex Mowat Lecture (Dr. Sue Beath) and the annual Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize Lecture.

For full details about the BASL Annual Meeting and the BASL NF Nurses Day visit the BASL Annual Meeting 2017 website - here.

REGISTRATION OPEN

For both the BASL Annual Meeting and the Nurses Day registrations are now live with 'Early Bird' discounts available.

To register now click - here.

DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: MONDAY 31st JULY 2017.

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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