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BSG Gastro Taster Course 2017 - 2nd-3rd December, UCH London

Monday, 03 July 2017 13:13

Online booking for this year's course is now available.

We would be very grateful if you could advertise the course to junior colleagues (CMT1, CMT2 and foundation doctors) who are interested in pursuing gastroenterology as their medical specialty.

The course will cost £150 to attend. There is a good mix of hands-on experience of the latest diagnostic technologies alongside interactive workshops, lectures on career pathways and how to secure higher medical training in GI medicine.

To book a place on the course, please visit www.gastro-tastercourse.co.uk and follow the instructions on the website. If you have any queries in the meantime, you can contact MCI UK Ltd at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone them on 0141 202 2888.

Tickets are limited to 120 spaces and are sold on a 'first come, first served' basis and are likely to sell very quickly - so 'don't delay, book today'!

Free places for medical students...

The BSG Trainees Section is inviting UK final year medical students to apply for one of 5 fully funded places on the fifth 'Taster Course in Gastroenterology' Applicants need to be UK-based medical students starting their final year of study this year.

Applicants should send a 2-page CV and 250 word (maximum) supporting statement (explaining why they want to do gastroenterology, their inspiration, experience and steps they have taken to gain insight into the specialty) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5pm on the 6th October 2017. All applications must be supported by a covering letter, which is officially stamped or verified by the medical school faculty office.

An independent panel of gastroenterologists will choose the best applications. Successful applicants will be informed by the 20th October 2017. They will enjoy free registration to attend the course, have fully funded return transport to the course, and have overnight accommodation arranged for the 2nd December 2017.

BSG SpR/StR Education Weekend, Newcastle

Monday, 03 July 2017 13:02

6th - 7th October 2017

Places are now available on the BSG Education Weekend course being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne. Course content will be delivered by nationally recognised experts-in-the-field.

Topics included in this year's Education Weekend include:

Luminal Session

  • Moving on from Mebeverine in chronic abdominal pain
  • Food Allergy and food intolerance

Endoscopy & Radiology Session

  • Lesion recognition in the upper GI tract: Seek and you shall find
  • Lesion recognition in the lower GI tract: Is that an adenomatous, sessile serrated or hyperplastic polyp?
  • Pancreatobiliary imaging for the non-specialist

Hepatology Session

  • Corticosteroids and Alcoholic Hepatitis (Edinburgh vs Newcastle)
  • This house believes corticosteroids have no role to play in Alcoholic Hepatitis vs. steroids are a vital part of the treatment paradigm in Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Role of transplant for Alcoholic Hepatitis

To book online please visit the dedicated course website: www.gastro-educationweekend.co.uk and follow the instructions. The website contains further information about the course including programme, faculty, details of the venue and cost. Please note the course is highly subsidised at £75/person for BSG Trainee Members, and travel costs (up to £100) are reimbursed for those travelling >100 miles.

If you have any queries in the meantime, you can contact the course organiser, MCI UK Ltd, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone them on 0141 202 2888.

BSG 2017 Prize Winners

Friday, 30 June 2017 10:11

The BSG congratulates all winners of poster presentations, oral communications and journal prizes for their hard work. All winners receive a certificate. Poster winners receive £100; oral communication winners receive £250. Poster and oral communication prizes are funded by the BSG Research Committee's budget. Journal prize winners were awarded on an individual basis, as outlined below. The details of winning presentations are listed further below. Abstracts are available by logging into the BSG website or using the Gut journal link.

The winner of the BMJ Open Gastroenterology prize for the "Best clinical science abstract for oral presentation" was chosen by Dr Joseph Lim (Editor) and presented on his behalf by Prof Emad El-Omar to Dr Megan Rossi, King's College London for OC-024: "Volatile organic compounds predict response to both low FODMAP diet and probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial". This Oral Communication was presented during the Small Bowel & Nutrition free papers symposium on Tuesday 20 June 2017. Dr Rossi won an article processing charge waiver for BMJOG.

The winner of the Frontline Gastroenterology prize for "Best patient benefit in gastroenterology" was chosen by Dr Anton Emmanuel (Editor) and team. The prize was presented by Dr Emmanuel to Dr Theresa Hydes, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for OC-013: "The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) accurately discriminates the risk of serious in-hospital adverse outcomes in patients with liver disease". This Oral Communication was presented during the Liver free papers symposium on Tuesday 20 June 2017. Dr Hydes won £250.

The winner of the Gut prize for the "Best basic science abstract for oral presentation" was chosen by Prof Emad El-Omar (Editor), who presented the prize to Dr Rimma Goldberg, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London for OC-066: "Gut specific regulatory T cells - a new frontier for Crohn's Disease therapy". This Oral Communication was presented during the IBD Section Symposium: New Insights into Biologics on Wednesday 21 June 2017. Dr Goldberg won £350.

Join the global GI community at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 in Orlando, Florida

Monday, 05 June 2017 12:24

First time in the U.S. in more than 20 years

The American College of Gastroenterology and the World Gastroenterology Organisation invite you to attend the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 (WCOG at ACG2017), October 13-18, in Orlando, Florida. This will be the first time in more than 20 years that the World Congress will be held in the U.S.

The meeting will provide state-of-the-art education and science by a global faculty focusing on a world-view of GI and hepatology diseases and treatments and will afford attendees an opportunity to present their research in an international forum. Attendees have the option to choose from one-day courses on Friday, the weekend Postgraduate Course, or the three-day Scientific Meeting, which will be held Monday-Wednesday.

The conference begins with Friday courses and attendees can choose half-day courses, the GI Pathophysiology Course and the What's New in GI Pharmacology Course, or a full-day program, which includes the WGO and ASGE Endoscopy Course and the Practice Management Course.

The Postgraduate Course, the premier GI clinical event offered in the U.S., will be offered Saturday and Sunday, and provides the latest clinical updates and what is on the horizon that may impact your practice. The Scientific Meeting, which is free for all ACG members, showcases oral and poster presentations by colleagues from around the world, as well as feature lectures and simultaneous symposia.

Additionally, the Hands-on Endoscopy Workshop Center, which will be located in the Exhibit Hall, will offer more than 40 hands-on endoscopy sessions led by leading experts. Gain practical experience performing the latest techniques and using cutting edge devices when you participate in one of the many workshops offered. Participants will be able to fine-tune their endoscopy skills by interacting with the experts. Limited spaces available.

In selecting the site for the WCOG at ACG2017, there was no better choice than Orlando, Florida. This warm-weather destination, considered the "Theme Park Capital of the World," is home to Walt Disney World®, Universal Studios®, SeaWorld®, and many other attractions. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the numerous rides while movie fans explore attractions based on their favorite characters. Orlando is a great vacation destination for adults as well as families with children of all ages.

Special meeting rates at area hotels may be found on the meeting website, www.worldcongressacg2017.org/. You can learn more about popular attractions in Orlando, as well as access special discount pricing to Walt Disney World, when you visit the Explore Orlando page on the WCGO at ACG2017. Special registration packages are also available. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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