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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: 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.

Trainee Research Awards: Deadline 30 June 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:52

Core and the British Society of Gastroenterology are inviting applications under this new research programme which is open to UK-based gastroenterology specialty trainees who would like to conduct research in any area of gastroenterology, pancreatology, liver disease or nutrition.

Up to four grants of up to £5,000 each will be made. The following awards are available:

  • Two awards will be available to individual applicants; and
  • Two will be available for collaborators within a Trainee Research Network. Applications for the network awards may be for new projects for existing networks or for the development of a project within a new research network.

Please note there is a separate application form for each award stream (individual stream and network stream) and applicants should make sure that they complete the correct form for the correct stream.

Further details and the application form can be found here:

Leeds Course in Clinical Nutrition, 13-15 September 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:07

This 3 day course, which has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee, is aimed at all professions with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and will appeal to clinicians, dietitians, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff and others with an interest in patient nutrition. The course is particularly suitable for SpRs (Specialist Registrars) as it is now a mandatory requirement to attend a clinical nutrition course. BSG members will be offered a reduced registration fee; further information is available from Early registration is recommended.

Securing the future workforce supply - Gastrointestinal endoscopy workforce review

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:24

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and Health Education England (HEE) to contribute qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, and modelling to support HEE and NHS England in providing sufficient medical and non-medical gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopists to deliver GI endoscopy services.

This is the first review of the endoscopy workforce undertaken by the CfWI, and this report represents the most complete picture to date of the GI endoscopy workforce in England in 2015. It contains combined analysis of three national endoscopy workforce datasets described below. The data yielded, coupled with wider work will support initial modelling, allowing a degree of extrapolation of demand and supply. However, it will not answer all questions about all subcomponents of this workforce.

TRITON grant announcement

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:21

Professor Spiller and a team of experts from the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology who are based in 12 major research centres in the UK have been awarded a £2.1M grant from the National Institute of Health Research Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR EME) Programme to perform a clinical trial entitled "Treatment of IBS with diarrhoea with Titrated Ondansetron (TRITON)”. The trial will be coordinated from the Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit and the mechanistic studies will involve specialist centres in Leeds, University College London and Barts and the London Hospital. Recruitment is expected to start in autumn 2017.

The trial offers a great opportunity for two specialist registrars to obtain a higher degree in the rapidly expanding field of neurogastroenterology. The trial will include studies of how ondansetron affects bowel motility and sensitivity. Understanding how ondansetron works will improve our ability to predict who will respond and will inform the development of new treatments for this common and distressing condition. One registrar will be based at QMC, Nottingham and the other at QMUL, London; both are expected to start their fully supported OOP work in September 2017. The posts will be advertised soon with full information on how to apply.

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