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Professor Chris Hawkey awarded UEG's Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to announced that former BSG President and current Chairman of Core, Professor Chris Hawkey has been awarded UEG's lifetime achievement award for 2015. He will receive the award at the EUG Week in Barcelona in October. In receiving the award Chris’ influence on UEG has been deservedly recognised on a number of fronts:

  • His role in establishing the scientific programme of UEG Week, starting in 1997 in Birmingham, has shaped the quality of meetings today. Under his influence, a central scientific committee was set up which remains key to the way meetings are organised today.
  • His leading role in ASNEMGE promoted greater European collaboration and the creation of a permanent secretariat in Vienna. He helped lead the excellent Gastro 2009 Congress as the BSG president at the time, promoting key initiatives current in UEG today.
  • He was the mastermind of some of UEG’s most successful initiatives to promote young gastroenterologists, such as the Summer School, the Rising Star Award and the Young Investigator’ Programme.
  • His ground-breaking research has covered many areas of gastroenterology and he is still highly research-active.
  • He is particularly well known for his work on gastric protection against aspirin and NSAIDs and his work on IBD – the latter including recent work on stem cell transplantation and previous work establishing the value of azathioprine and anti-TNFα agents.

 

 

Independent Cancer Taskforce Report

The Independent Cancer Taskforce has published its report, Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020. This report sets out recommendations for a new cancer strategy for England. An Executive Summary and press release are also available.

The Chair of the Taskforce, Harpal Kumar, sets out the opportunities to transform cancer services in a letter to the Chief Executives of the bodies responsible for running the NHS, and on the Cancer Research UK blog.

 

Cancer Genetics in Clinical Practice

A Guide to Cancer Genetics in Clinical Practice

A Guide to Cancer Genetics in Clinical Practice

BSG member Sue Clark has recently published a new textbook 'A GUIDE TO CANCER GENETICS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE' which has a significant gastroenterology content.

This book covers the basic concepts of cancer genetics. The common inherited cancer syndromes are each dealt with in greater depth, with the current management outlined. It is aimed at all clinicians who may encounter these conditions in their practice. The book sets out to facilitate identification of high-risk individuals and families, to inform interaction with geneticists and other sub-specialists, to provide a basis for patient management and to stimulate interest in these fascinating conditions.

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Publication date: June 2009

   

BSG Guidance on Coeliac Disease 2010

The Management of Adults with Coeliac Disease

Summary

There is clear evidence that coeliac disease is a common gastrointestinal disease affecting up to 1% of the adult population. Individuals may go undetected for many years. This is despite multiple presentations to both primary and secondary care. This may reflect that fact that affected individuals have subtle gastrointestinal symptoms or no gastrointestinal symptoms.

An active case finding strategy will increase the number of patients detected with coeliac disease. Testing for coeliac disease should incorporate an IgA level, Tissue Transglutaminase antibody and/or Endomysial antibody (depending on what is locally available). In patients with a positive antibody a duodenal biopsy should be undertaken to confirm the presence of villous atrophy. In patients who are antibody negative but the clinician is suspicious then a duodenal biopsy should still be undertaken having ensured that the patient is not on a self-imposed gluten-free diet (GFD).

The cornerstone of treatment is a GFD. Patients require regular dietetic support with the opportunity or access to a gastroenterologist should further problems arise. Follow-up may be in primary or secondary care as long as the support is adequate (as noted previously).

In patients with persisting symptoms they should be investigated carefully with particular reference to ensuring that refractory coeliac disease is excluded.

 

BSG Response to White Paper: 'Healthy Lives, Healthy People'

Responses to Public Health White Paper: 'Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England'

Submitted 31st March 2011

BSG Response

Joint Response

The organisations that contributed to the joint response are:

  • The British Association for the Study of the Liver
  • The British Society of Gastroenterology
  • The British Liver Trust
  • The Hepatitis C Trust
  • Alcohol Concern
   

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