Research News

BSG Prize Winners 2014

Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:48

The BSG congratulates all winners of BSG 2014 poster presentations, oral communications and the Endoscopy Dragons' Den for their hard work. Poster winners receive a certificate and up to £50; oral communication winners receive a certificate and up to £250. Endoscopy Dragons' Den winners were awarded on an individual basis. The names of the winners and their respective categories are listed below. Abstracts are available by logging into the BSG website and using the Gut journal link to access

Oral Communication Winners

Colon & Anorectum OC-043 Danny Cheung
Education & Training OC-050 Louise China
Endoscopy OC-014 Rehan Haidry
Gastroenterology Service OC-042 E MacRae
IBD OC-004 Graham Heap
Late-breaking science LB-003 Thean Chew
Liver OC-030 Palak Trivedi
NGM OC-066 James Ruffle
Nursing OC-057 Linda Ferris
Oesophagus, Stomach & Duodenum OC-016 D. Rachael Fels Elliott
Pancreas OC-074 Bharat Paranandi

Poster Winners

Colon & Anorectum PWE-021 Tom Jackson
Education & Training PTU-012 Paul Flanagan
Endoscopy 1 PTU-057 Tim Bracey
Endoscopy 2 PWE-031 Hari Padmanabhan
Endoscopy 3 PTH-003 Bharat Paranandi
Gastroenterology Service PTH-051 Matthew Johnson
IBD 1 PTU-094 K Robinson
IBD 2 PWE-091 Paul Flanagan
Late-breaking science LB-004 Mark Exley
Liver 1 PTU-122 Niloufar Safinia
Liver 2 PWE-131 David Sherman
Liver 3 PTH-082 Guru Aithal
NGM PWE-173 Lucy Wasse
Oesophagus PTU-145 Danny Cheung
Pancreas (split) PTH-101 Paul Banim
Pancreas (split) PTH-104 Shridhar Dronamraju
SBN PTH-140 Hannah Simpson
Stomach & Duodenum PTU-168 Oliver Old

Endoscopy Dragons' Den

NameAmount awardedTitle
Robert Driver £1,000 Semi-structured interviews to assess patient perceptions and priorities before and after endoscopic insertion of a SEMS
Nikhil Vergis £500 Whether right or left-sided starting position in colonoscopy leads to quicker completion times and more comfortable procedures for patients (and for BCSP endoscopists and trainees)
Melissa Hale £1,500 A pilot prospective single blind controlled trial comparing magnetically steerable gastric capsule examination to conventional OGD in diagnosing upper GI pathology in patients with recurrent/refractory IDA
Imdadur Rahman £500 To determine the effect on mental workload of performing colonoscopy assessed through two validated tools (NASA-TLX and ScopeGuide)
Bharat Paranandi £1,500 To determine the impact of a smartphone enabled endotherapy application for endoscopic management of UGI bleeding on GI trainees' endoscopic competence and performance



PI Recognition

Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:29

Earlier this year, all NIHR local research networks were asked to nominate 3 investigators who had made a difference to the commercial portfolio under the following categories:

  • Consistently delivered to time and target
  • Delivered first commercial study
  • Delivered first global/ European patient
  • Top recruiter globally/Europe-wide
  • Worked above and beyond their call of duty to support commercial research
  • Overcame the challenges of a particularly difficult study
  • Excellent team leader and mentor

The BSG congratulates the following investigators, all of whom received signed certificates acknowledging their achievements:

Tariq Iqbal - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust - GI
Kosh Agarwal - Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Hep
Daniel Forton - St George's Hospital - Hep
Steve Ryder - Queen's Medical Centre - Hep
Raj Srirajaskanthan - University Hospitals Lewisham – Hep

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme vacancies

Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:04

The Director of Research and Development for the Department of Health is recruiting for two part-time positions (one and a half days per week):

  • Programme Director of the HS&DR Programme
  • Deputy Programme Director of the HS&DR Programme

The HS&DR Programme was established in 2012 merging the Health Services Research and Service Delivery & Organisation Programmes. It is a key component of the NIHR's mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, producing rigorous evidence relevant to improving the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services.

The programme's key research users include health and social care decision-makers and professionals; patients and the public; and national agencies as well as the research producing community.

The closing date for applications is 4 July 2014.

Further details about the individual roles, and how to apply can be found online at:

More details about the programme can be found at:

IDRN event - Norovirus in healthcare settings and beyond

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:26

IDRN event - Norovirus in healthcare settings and beyond – a research workshop
Friday 17 October 2014
Location: Institute of Materials, central London

Norovirus is reportedly the most common enteric pathogen and a major cause of short-term illness in the UK. Although norovirus infections, which cause vomiting and diarrhoea, are short-term and mostly self-limiting with symptoms that typically resolve within three or four days, they impose a huge burden in all healthcare settings.

Within the UK portfolio of infectious disease research investments, there has historically been very little research directly focused on norovirus, particularly compared to other enteric pathogens. Thus, speakers at this workshop will focus on several key topic areas, including surveillance, perspectives from those in hospitals and care homes, norovirus in the community, and an update on vaccine development. They will speak of the current state of knowledge within their area, and highlight research gaps and priority areas. A panel discussion will give you an invaluable opportunity to engage with these academic and industry experts. There are also opportunities to present your own research via an abstract submission for poster presentations.

Sessions will be chaired by Sarah O'Brien (Liverpool) and John Harris (Public Health England). Speakers include representatives from University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, Public Health England and Takeda.

This event is a collaboration between Public Health England and the Infectious Disease Research Network, and will be of relevance to those who have an interest in enteric disease and infection control. These may include - clinical and public health staff and students, academics, the private sector, and funders of biomedical research and policy groups.

Deadline for abstract submission is 5pm, Wednesday September 17 2014.

See the event webpage for more information -


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