The Annual meeting of the BSG was held in a sunny Liverpool from the 4-7th June with over 2,200 delegates attending.  766 abstracts had been submitted with over 460 posters presented, there were 54 symposia, including 9 solely for oral abstract presentations.  The Monday Masterclass was attended by around 500 delegates with excellent initial reports – over 700 delegates have given structured feedback of the conference so far, please do complete this as soon as possible, if you haven’t already.  All speakers at the Masterclass have recorded short video blogs of their presentations which are available on the website – have a look for “state of the art in a nutshell”!  

Prof Ken McColl gave a memorable Sir Arthur Hurst lecture where he emphasised the crucial importance of taking notice of the unexpected result, even when it seems to be irritating.  Live endoscopy came from Aintree University Hospital - expert skills were demonstrated with the satellite link working smoothly.  The EndoVillage was even more popular than last year.  The BSG Research strategy and new Mentoring programme were both launched successfully and we had our first joint symposium with Cancer Research UK.  Industry symposia were well supported and the Exhibition full during the conference breaks.  The BSG stands were busy, none more so than the one with ice-cream where more than 3000 cones were consumed over 3 days!  Al in all, it seems that  the conference delivered  for enjoyable  education and a shop window for the best in British gastroenterology and hepatology.

 - Dr Nick Thompson, BSG Senior Secretary

Monday, 16 July 2018

BSG 2018 Bulletin Video

A bulletin video highlighting the key points from BSG 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

BSG 2018 prize winners

The following prizes were awarded at BSG 2018 in Liverpool

Friday, 15 June 2018

BSG Awards - Liverpool 2018

A number of awards were handed out at BSG 2018 in Liverpool.

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Ulcerative colitis - what to use after steroids fail in acute severe disease

Professor Ailsa Hart

Thursday, 09 August 2018

The incidental finding at gastroscopy, what can and must not be ignored

Professor Pradeep Bhandari

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: the patient hasn't lost weight, what now?

Dr Stuart McPherson

Thursday, 09 August 2018

What treatment for C difficile?

Dr Tim Planche

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Managing an IBS patient when standard treatments fail

Professor Qasim Aziz

Thursday, 09 August 2018

How to treat severe Alcoholic Hepatitis when Steroids fail

Dr Ewan Forrest

Thursday, 09 August 2018

IBD - What to do when the anti TNF stops working

Dr Krisztina B Gecse

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Long term treatment for microscopic colitis

Professor Chris Probert

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Constipation - What to do when standard laxatives haven't worked?

Dr Ayesha Akbar

Thursday, 09 August 2018

How to deliver high quality colonoscopy

Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson

Thursday, 09 August 2018

How and when to use post-pyloric feeding; NJ, PEG-J or Jejunostomy

Dr Clare Donnellan

2018 Prize Winners

The BSG congratulates all prize winners. All winners receive a certificate. Poster winners receive up to £100; oral-presentation winners receive up to £250. Poster and oral-presentation prizes and abstract-related bursaries are funded by the BSG Research Committee’s budget. Journal prizes for abstracts are co-funded by the BSG and the awarding journal, as outlined below. Abstracts are available here and on the conference app.

Journal prizes

Certificates for the following three prizes were presented during the BSG Plenary session on Tuesday 5 June 2018 by BSG President Prof Martin Lombard.

The winner of the £200 BMJ Open Gastroenterology prize for the “Best clinical science abstract for oral presentation” was Dr Mark Hull, University of Leeds for OTU-023: “Randomised trial of EPA and aspirin for colorectal cancer chemoprevention: The seAFOod Polyp Prevention Trial”.  Dr Hull’s abstract was chosen by Dr Joseph Lim (BMJOG’s Editor). This Oral Communication was presented during the Colon and Anorectum free papers symposium on Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The winner of the £250 Frontline Gastroenterology prize for “Best patient benefit in gastroenterology” was Dr Rona McGeer, Royal Sussex County Hospital for OTU-034: “IBD psychological support pilot reduces IBD symptoms and improves psychological wellbeing”. Dr McGeer’s abstract was chosen by Dr Anton Emmanuel (FG’s Editor) and his team. This Oral Communication was presented during the Gastroenterology Service free papers symposium on Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The winner of the £350 Gut prize for the “Best basic science abstract for oral presentation” was Dr Alexander Maini, University College London for OWE-015: “Prostaglandin E2 mediates innate immune suppression in acute-on-chronic liver failure via the EP4 receptor”. The abstract was chosen by Prof Emad El-Omar (Gut’s Editor). This Oral Communication was presented during the Liver free papers symposium on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

BSG Trainees Section Prizes

BSG Trainees Section Out of Programme Award (£1,000): Dr Shraddha Gulati, Endoscopy Clinical Research Fellow at King’s College Hospital, London

BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year – Clinical & Translational Science (£1,000): Dr Mark Samaan, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London

BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year (£1,000) - Emerging Leader: Dr Tahir Akbar, University Hospital of Southampton

The Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training (£1,000 to winner and £500 to each of two runners-up):

Winner: Dr Amir Halim, ST5, Worthing Hospital, West Sussex for “Radiology for Gastro Trainees”


Dr Ahmed Hashim, Gastroenterology & Hepatology trainee – KSS; Hepatology Clinical Research Fellow - University of Sussex, Brighton, for “Introducing an optional training module on Liver Ultrasound and Elastography”

Dr James Hawken, North Bristol NHS Trust for “Improving long term post transplant care for patients and trainees”


BSG Hopkins Prize for Endoscopy 2018: Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson “Improving safety and quality of endoscopy through the development of innovative training and assessment tools in technical and non-technical skills”

Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Award 2018: Dr James Lee “Genetics of prognosis in Crohn’s disease”

Sir Arthur Hurst Lecture 2018: Prof Kenneth McColl “Progress in understanding and treating disease and how it comes about”


Abstract-related bursaries were awarded to the following 12 people:

Travel (free registration for the whole meeting and up to £500 to support expenses)

  • Diego Caroli (Italy) to present poster PWE-074 “Hospitality discharge for alcohol related problems in north of Italy: a sixteen - years period.” Dr Caroli also presented poster PTH-083 “Impact of hospitalization rate for HCV related liver diseases in north of Italy”.
  • Arun Nachiappan (USA) to present poster PTH-116 “Barrett's neoplasia detection: systematic or targeted biopsy?”
  • Pierfrancesco Visaggi (Italy) to present oral communication OWE-031 “Oesophageal aperistalsis is under investigated in those without achalasia or reflux”
  • Sreelakshmi Kotha (Canada) to present poster PWE-081 “Early change in organ failure scores predicts survival in acute on chronic liver failure”. Dr Kotha also presented poster PTU-111 “Setting up an integrated service for PSC-IBD patients: A quality improvement project”.

Lab science (free registration for the whole meeting and up to £250 to support expenses)

  • Louise Thompson for oral communication OTH-001 “Gliadin peptide P56-68 enhances epithelial permeability in a 3D enteroid model”
  • Harween Dogra for oral communication OTH-002 “Nutrients modulate cytokine release from ex-vivo intestinal mucosa via distinct sensing pathways”

Lab science (up to £250 to support expenses)

  • Nick Kennedy for oral communication OTU-002 “HLA-DQA1 contributes to the development of antibodies to anti-TNF therapy in Crohn’s disease”
  • Ibrahim Al Bakir for oral communication OTU-004 “Shallow whole-genome sequencing predicts the future cancer risk of low-grade dysplastic lesions in ulcerative colitis”
  • Alexander Maini for oral communication OWE-015    “Prostaglandin E2 mediates innate immune suppression in acute-on-chronic liver failure via the EP4 receptor”
  • Nidhi Sagar for oral communication OWE-021 “Describing the gut microbiome and metabolomic changes in bile acid diarrhoea”
  • Mohammed Nabil Quraishi for oral communication OWE-014 “Whole transcriptome shotgun sequencing reveals significant upregulation of colonic mucosal immune-mediated anti-microbial mechanisms in PSC-UC”
  • Steven Dixon for abstract of distinction ADTU-07 “5-aminosalicylic acid targets colorectal cancer stemness in vitro”  


Oral presentation winners

Sunil Dolwani

Colon and anorectum


Feasibility & Economic Evaluation - Chromoendoscopy for Detecting Proximal Serrated Neoplasia: Randomised Controled Trial, CONSCOP

Nicholas Burr

Colon and anorectum


A Study of Post Colonoscopy Colorectal Cancer (PCCRC) in England

Richard Ingram

Education & Training


Prospective multi-site audit of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding delivered across multiple regions by trainee-led networks

Pradeep Bhandari



Acetic acid guided biopsies versus mapping biopsies for Barrett's surveillance: The ABBA study

Keith Siau

Gastroduodenal & Oesophageal


Time to Endoscopy for Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Results from a Prospective Pan-Midlands Trainee-Led Audit

Emma Robbins

Gastroenterology Service


Faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) for surveillance after screening and polypectomy: an accuracy and efficiency study

Nick Kennedy



HLA-DQA1 contributes to the development of antibodies to anti-TNF therapy in Crohn’s disease

Marsha Morgan



Genetic variants in PNPLA3 and TM6SF2 predispose to hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis

Hazel Everitt



ACTIB trial (Assessing Cognitive behavioural Therapy in Irritable Bowel): a multicentre randomised controlled trial

Emma Culver

Pancreas and neuroendocrine


Altered Fc and Fab glycosylation status in patients with IgG4-related sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune pancreatitis

Jonathan Segal

Small bowel & Nutrition


The natural history of terminal ileal resection in Crohn’s disease

Jacqueline Jennings



Ambulatory liver services avoid admissions and reduce length of stay with high patient satisfaction.




Poster presentation winners

Monika Widlak

Colon and anorectum


Risk stratification of symptomatic patients using faecal biomarkers and urinary volatile organic compounds

Heather Walker

Education & Training


Improving junior doctors confidence and competence in consenting patients for ERCP – an educational intervention

Hey-Long Ching



Capsule endoscopy has better diagnostic yield than gastroscopy in recurrent iron deficiency anaemia

Lauren Marks



Is serology predictive of persisting villous atrophy in patients with established Coeliac Disease (CD)?

Shameena Bharucha

Gastroenterology Service


Ambulatory Management of Symptomatic Anaemia

Paula McParland



Baseline calprotectin predicts steroid free remission with biological therapy in ulcerative colitis at 1 year

Rooshi Nathwani



Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Acute Liver Injury - A National Cohort Study

Dina Mansour



NAFLD: Case-finding in diabetic patients from Primary Care using Fib4 score

Anne-Sophie Donnet



Hypnotherapy For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Patient's Perception

Rebecca Ford



A pilot of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (‘MUST’) in a general outpatient department

Caroline Race



Studies of Salivary Pepsin in Patients with Reflux Disease

Trevor Tabone

Pancreas and neuroendocrine


Are extra-pancreatic malignancies more prevalent in patients with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the pancreas?

Gaurav Vashisht

Small bowel


Effect of turmeric on the Faecal Volatile Organic Metabolites in healthy individuals

Siddharth Birdi



Vedolizumab dose escalation as a way of recapturing response in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

2018 Posters