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