The BSG typically awards the President’s Medal at the plenary of the Annual Meeting, due to take place in June 2020. However, due to the circumstances of 2020, BSG has awarded the President’s Medal for 2020 remotely and will invite Dr Nick Kennedy to receive the award personally at the next BSG Annual Meeting.
Dr Nick Kennedy is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. His clinical and research interests are in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), particularly in understanding treatment response in IBD. He is a member of the UK and international IBD genetics consortia, sits on the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD clinical research group and is an associate editor of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was a key member of the group that wrote the BSG guidance for IBD including the risk grid helping to determine which patients should be deemed clinically extremely vulnerable. He then worked with the IBD Registry to develop a patient-facing tool to help patients and their clinical teams determine their individual risk. He has also been working on five studies to help understand the impact of IBD and its treatments on COVID-19.
This work is of enormous benefit to patients and has identified a realistic way forward for future data collection, innovating and using technology to overcome traditional barriers in this field of work.
The impact of this innovative work has had a great impact on data collection and collaboration in gastroenterology, and the BSG is grateful for the time and commitment Dr Kennedy has given to this important work.