Research News

NASBO - National Audit of Small Bowel Obstruction

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:46

Friday 1st December 2017
The Bramall, University of Birmingham


First complete presentation of NASBO results

Facilitated break out sessions on:

  • Implementing change
  • Defining quality
  • Developing clinical guidelines
  • Designing trials in SBO

Target Audience:

  • NASBO collaborators
  • All health professionals involved in management of SBO
  • All surgeons and trainees providing emergency general surgery
  • Hospital nutrition teams

Cystic Tumours of the Pancreas – Research Workshop hosted by UKI EUS Users Group

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:31

UCLH Education Centre, Monday 25th September 2017

A Cystic Tumours Workshop is being held on Monday 25th September (the day before UKI EUS Users meeting). The aim of the meeting is to provide a forum for clinicians, health professionals, GPs and patients to review the latest evidence and guidelines in cystic tumours.

Go to for details on the programme, the venue hosting the meeting and to register for the workshop (which is supported by the BSG Research Committee).


Full report identifying priorities for future alcohol-related liver disease research published

Friday, 14 July 2017 11:40

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) has published the full report of its Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) identifying priorities for future research into alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD).

The NIHR highlighted the importance of ARLD when it jointly funded the JLA's PSP with the BSG. Now the JLA has released the full details in the report. It includes the list of top 10 research priorities and the remaining unanswered questions that patients, carers and health professionals taking part in the PSP said concerned them the most - both of which were published last year.

But it also explains the process that was followed to reach the agreed list of research priorities and includes more information on the types of people who responded to the survey.

ARLD is the most common type of death caused by alcohol in England - accounting for two-thirds of alcohol-related deaths in 2011 - causing 4,441 (64%) of drink-related fatalities. The disease is the second highest cause of years of life lost in young men and of 65% and 62% of male and female alcohol-related deaths respectively - most among those aged 50-59.

BSG chief executive Richard Gardner said: "The British Society of Gastroenterology is delighted to have supported such an important piece of work with our colleagues at JLA and NIHR.

"ARLD is an area of significant unmet patient need where outcomes are far below what we would like to see.

"Identifying the key research questions in this important area was a priority for the Society and we are hopeful that the high quality research questions identified will lead to funding to support new innovations and improvements for patients with ARLD."

Research Priorities for Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Friday, 23 June 2017 13:54

Alcohol-related liver disease accounts for the majority of UK liver disease, which is the third most common cause of premature death in the UK. It has had disproportionately little research attention or spending in the past, despite its impact on patients and their families, and there are still many questions about the diagnosis, treatment and care of the disease that remain unanswered.

Traditionally, the focus of medical research is decided by funders and researchers. There is often a mismatch between what gets researched and what would actually make a real difference to the lives of patients. The James Lind Alliance (JLA) offers a process to ask patients, carers and health professionals to identify and then prioritise the unanswered questions that concern them most. In 2014, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) asked the JLA to run a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to find unanswered questions about the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of alcohol-related liver disease that are important to the people it affects. This is the first known PSP involving an alcohol-related condition.

This report explains the process that was followed to reach the agreed list of research priorities, what the priorities were and who was involved to make sure that it was independent and fair

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