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06
Jul
BASL Trainee Mentoring Sessions at BASL2018
News Type: BASL News

When - on the morning of Thursday 20th September 2018.

Where – during BASL 2018 at the University of York.

Criteria – you must be a BASL Medically Qualified in Training Member and be registered for the BASL Annual Meeting 2018.

The mentoring sessions will be informal and will cover advice on career development. They will be led by Professor Michael Heneghan, Consultant Hepatologist & Professor of Hepatology at the Institute of Liver Studies, King's College Hospital and Dr Tim Cross, Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Times: a slot can be booked from 09:15 – 11:45 and are being offered on a first come first served basis. They can be booked in advance with up to 12 one to one slots of 30 minutes each available, with the final sessions starting at 11:45.

To Book: to book a session in advance please email steve@basl.org.uk before 2 p.m. on Friday 7th September 2018, or to book a session on the day please speak to one of my colleagues on the Registration Desk at BASL2018.

We look forward to seeing you at BASL2018. 

06
Jul
Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2018 - apply now - deadline 31st July 2018
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Tuesday 31st July 2018

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 the University of York, 18th - 19th September 2018.

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 during the morning session on Wednesday 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 17:00 on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

21
Jun
Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2018 - apply now - deadline 31st July 2018
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Tuesday 31st July 2018

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 BASL Annual Meeting, 19-21 September 2018 at the University of York. This year the prize is free registration to the meeting, a place at the Annual Dinner 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 17:00 on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

25
May
BLTG COMMITTEE POST VACANCIES - DEADLINE FRIDAY 15TH JUNE
News Type: BASL News

The tenure of a number of BLTG Committee Posts will come to an end in September 2018. As such, BLTG are now seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

Secretary – elected by the BLTG members to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The Secretary is responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function and will work closely with the BASL Secretariat, which is appointed by the BASL Governing Board.

Transplant Hepatology Representative – elected by the BLTG members and will service for a period of 3 and 2 years alternating. This post is for a period of 2 years.

Nurse Representative (x1 post) - the Nurse Representative is elected by the BLTG members and will serve for a period of two years and may be re-elected once. The Nurse Representative post is for a transplant co-ordinator.

Pathology Representative – elected by the BLTG members for a term of 3 years.

Nomination Process
Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com by the deadline of Friday 17:00 15th June 2018.

Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BLTG member to propose them and a second BLTG 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 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 posts will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the BLTG Transplant Meeting in September 2018.
If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy.hawksworth@execbs.com .

Best regards,
BASL Secretariat

 

25
May
BASL Committee Post Vacancies - deadline Friday 15th June
News Type: BASL News

The tenure of a number of BASL Committee Posts will come to an end in September 2018. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

Research Committee Chair
The Research Committee Chair is elected by the membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The appointee is responsible for basic science and portfolio development. In addition to his/her role on the Governing Board, the Chair of the Research Committee will make specific recommendations to Governing Board regarding the program of the Annual Scientific Meeting. The BASL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) also report to the BASL Committee through the Research Lead who will co-ordinate this.

Educational and Training Councillor
There are two Educational and Training Councillors and one of the posts is up for election. The post is elected by the membership to serve for a period of four years and may be re-elected once. In addition to their role in the Governing Board, the Education and Training Councillors are responsible for Educational tasks as defined by the Governing Board, such as supporting the School of Hepatology.

Services Committee Chair
The Services Committee Chair is elected by the membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The Services Chair is commissioned by the Governing Board to support the development and implementation of Clinical Standards and the provision of Clinical Services, including preparation and delivery of advice to national health authorities concerning liver diseases.

President Elect – new post
BASL is also seeking expressions of interest for a new post that of The President Elect who is elected by the membership and will work with the BASL President from September 2018 and take up the role of President at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2019. The President is the Chairman of the Association and serves for two years and Chairs the Annual Scientific Meeting and the meetings of the Governing Board. Public Affairs are also managed by the President, who liaises closely with the Secretary and Treasurer, and other members of the Governing Board, as required.

Nomination Process
Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com by the deadline of Friday 17:00 15th June 2018.

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 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 posts will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during BASL2018 in September.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy.hawksworth@execbs.com .

Best regards,
BASL Secretariat

08
May
BASL Professional Development Awards - APPLICATIONS OPEN
News Type: BASL News

BASL is offering two competitive awards in 2018 up to a value of £3,000 each to contribute to the costs of an international attachment in clinical liver disease (including liver transplantation and liver surgery) or research into any aspect of liver disease.

Applications are open to any healthcare professional or scientist working in the field of liver disease who are members of BASL, BLNA, BLTG or BASL affiliated groups.

To find out further details and how to apply download the information document here;   Download BASL professional development awards final 15.3.18.pdf

The deadline for submitting your application is 17:00 on Friday 29th June 2018.

Applications should be emailed to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com .

03
May
100K – LAST CALL
News Type: BASL News

The 100,000 genomes project will finish recruiting around September of this year.

There is a category for liver - ‘ductal plate malformation’ - which enables patients to be entered with any form of congenital liver disease including vascular.

Please liaise with your local clinical genetics department regarding any outstanding cases so that we can maximise numbers nationally.


Bill Griffiths
Consultant Hepatologist, Cambridge

 

02
May
Vacancy - Alcohol Liaison Nurse - Oxford
News Type: BASL News

Job Reference: 321-SS-HEP-ALN-B7
Employer: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Hepatology
Location: John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Salary: £31,696 - £41,787 per annum
Closing Date: 13 May 2018

Full details can be found on the NHS Jobs site > here.

02
May
CAMPAIGNERS URGE UK GOVERNMENT TO ADOPT MINIMUM PRICING PLAN FOR ALCOHOL
News Type: BASL News

Health, homelessness and children’s leaders have urged the government to implement minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in England.

The calls come as MUP comes into effect in Scotland, where it is expected to reduce alcohol deaths and levels of alcohol-related harm, as well as cut crime and reduce costs to the health service.

Campaigners said that, following the roll out of MUP in Scotland, it is vital that England does not get left behind in terms of reducing the harm done by alcohol. Campaigners pointed to estimates which suggest that, if MUP in England were to be delayed by 5 years, over a thousand lives could be lost.

MUP works by setting a floor price below which a unit of alcohol cannot be sold. In Scotland, this floor price will be set at 50p per unit. This means that a pint of beer containing 2 units will now have to cost at least £1, and a bottle of wine containing 9 units will have to cost at least £4.50.
The measure is designed to increase the price of the cheapest, strongest drinks consumed by those experiencing the worst alcohol-related harms.

In practice, MUP will leave prices in pubs, bars and restaurants virtually untouched, and raise the price of products like supermarket own-brand vodka and super-strength lagers, which are typically consumed by the most vulnerable groups, such as children and street drinkers.
Moderate drinkers are estimated on average to barely change their consumption or spending in response to MUP.

In response to the introduction of MUP in Scotland, and commenting on the need for the measure in England, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

‘We congratulate the Scottish government on the introduction of minimum unit pricing. The Westminster government should now follow Scotland’s lead, and introduce MUP in England.

‘Cheap alcohol is wrecking lives and livelihoods in England as well as Scotland. There are more than 23,000 deaths a year in England due linked to alcohol, and many of these come from the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society.

‘Minimum unit pricing will save lives, cut crime and benefit the public finances. At the same time, pub prices will be left untouched, and moderate drinkers will barely notice the difference under MUP.

‘Any delay in implementing MUP in England will only cost lives and lead to unnecessary alcohol-related harm. We urge the Westminster government to act now.’


About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 50 organisations and 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.

27
Apr
BASL Special Interest Group (SIG) position statement on palliative and supportive care in patients with chronic liver disease
News Type: BASL News

There is increasing recognition that although great strides have been made in treating liver disease, sadly many patients still succumb to it and need good quality health care in the final stages of their lives, which is sometimes lacking compared to other diseases.

In the discussion document below, which came out of two recent meetings by the BASL End of Life Care Special Interest Group, we outline the key issues and suggest a plan of action going forward to improve matters.

Download End of Life Care in Liver Disease 2018.pdf

Contributors: Mark Wright, Michael Allison, Ben Hudson, Suzanne Ford-Dunn, Fiona Finlay, Graeme Alexander and the BASL End of Life Care Special Interest Group.