Training opportunity

The 11th Annual Laparoscopic Training Day will be held on Friday, 26 October 2018, Musgrove Park Academy, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

This Training Day is aimed at Consultant Surgeons and Trainees. The Laparoscopic Training Day will include procedures being projected to the Academy Lecture Theatre live from the operating theatres at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, as well as presentations.

Course Organisers: Prof Giles Toogood (Pres-Elect AUGIS) Mr Richard Welbourn, Mr Paul Mackey, Mr Simon Dexter (President ALSGBI) Mr David Mahon, Mr Hamish Noble

To register for this FREE training day email /   tel 01823 342430.





Could you be the new AUGISt rep?

AUGIS Council is seeking nominations for the role of AUGIS Trainee Representative from September 2018. The primary role of Trainee Representative involves attending AUGIS Council meetings, chairing the AUGISt committee, writing for the AUGIS Newsletter and contributing to the Training Day.  There are also other responsibilities that arise on an ad hoc basis from both ASiT and AUGIS.

If you wish to be considered for the role of AUGIS Trainee Representative, an expression of interest should be to Mr Adrian O’Sullivan, Honorary Secretary of AUGIS, c/o Nichola Bartlett ( You must be a current paid up Trainee Member of AUGIS and AUGIS/BOMSS.

Applicants will also require a proposer and seconder, who should also both be current Trainee Members and must email their support to Nichola Bartlett ( prior to the closing date.

The deadline for nominations is 9am, Thursday 27 July.  If more than one person is nominated for the position a ballot will take place and nominees will be required to provide a 100 word personal statement to accompany the ballot.


Sign up for the ASM

We hope to see you at the forthcoming AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting which will take place from Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 September at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

The provisional Scientific Programme is available online at:

You can find out more about the meeting including how to submit an abstract  – the closing date for the submission of Abstracts is 9am on Monday 2nd July.

If you have not already done so you can now register for AUGIS (at the Early Rate) by going to:

Remember that to receive your appropriate Membership Discount, you will need to make a note of your Membership number as will be asked for your it when you register.

All other details including information on the venue and hotel options can also be found on the Meeting Microsite:


Make a booking for Edinburgh

The AUGIS Council is looking forward to welcoming you to the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting which will take place from 19 – 21 September at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. There will be a Gala Dinner at the National Museum of Scotland on the Thursday evening.

When booking your leave, flights etc please note that the meeting will start at lunchtime on Wednesday, 19 September and finish at lunchtime on Friday, 21 September. In addition, there will be dedicated workshops on the morning of Wednesday 19 for Trainees, CNSs and AHPs.

The final programme will be published shortly but we have a host of great speakers including Takeshi Sano, Rob Padbury, Don Low, John Windsor to name but a few. Keep track of the ASM at


International Oesophago-Gastric Symposium

The 16th International Oesophago-Gastric Symposium will take place on 9 March in London.
An expert faculty will discuss the optimal techniques of performing minimal access cancer, anti-reflux, achalasia, bariatric and gallstone surgery. Expert surgeons will share their experience and lead discussion among participants about the merits of 2D laparoscopic visualisation, versus 3D with hands-on laparoscopy, versus 3D with robotic assistance, versus flexible endoscopic surgery.
There is a discounted rate for trainees and registration can be made online at If you have any queries email

Views needed on HPB research focus

Please complete the following survey aimed at identifying research priorities in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery –

This study is supported by the GBIHPBA committee.

Following the collation of round 1 responses, a further two rounds will be performed through the GBIHPBA membership for prioritisation scoring. It is hoped that the final list of prioritised research questions will inform the direction of HPB surgery over the coming years.

Contact the project lead with any queries or to request the study protocol at

HPB Delphi Steering Group
Mr Stephen Knight
Mr Samir Pathak
Mr Jonathan Rees
Mr Philip Whelan
Mr Ewen Harrison
Mr Mark Taylor

Upper Gastro-Intestinal surgeon receives major national research funding for translational science

AUGIS member, Tim Underwood, has achieved the notable accolade of becoming the first surgeon to be awarded an Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship by Cancer Research UK.

Tim, Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Southampton, trained in London and Wessex. He completed a PhD in molecular biology and took an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Surgery in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship. He became a Cancer Research UK & Royal College of Surgeons of England Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow in April 2017.

He leads a programme of research which studies the role of the tumour microenvironment in the development and progression of cancer. Other areas of interest include the metabolic regulation of gene expression in oesophageal malignancy and the influence of exercise on the response to therapy, including surgery.

The award of £1.4 million will be used to support his group’s study of cancer ecosystems. Advanced technology is used to evaluate cellular interaction in oesophageal cancer; including genome-wide expression profiling of single cells using nanolitre droplets and the generation of multicellular organoid models. Through investigation of the molecular determinants of the response to chemotherapy, Tim anticipates that new therapies which target the tumour microenvironment will be developed, enhancing the efficacy of conventional treatments. He believes that the time is right for a radical change in cancer management, with surgery being personalised to individual patients based on the specific genetics of their own tumours and the host response to cancer.

For the majority of solid organ tumours, surgery is central to the chance of a cure, yet basic scientific research relating to surgery has often been overlooked in favour of studies pertaining to chemotherapy or radiotherapy. At present, many patients do not survive despite radical multimodal therapy.

Tim anticipates that his research could improve outcomes with directed multimodal therapy in selected patients. He foresees the potential to increase the chance of cure from oesophageal cancer to 50% in selected patients. Similarly, it will identify those patients who are unlikely to survive despite being identified as potentially curable under present staging. In his words “we will operate more on fewer patients, with greater success”. In order to achieve this, cancer management will become more collective and less the responsibility of individual institutions.

The successful award is based on eight years of research. Much of this has been achieved using a collaborative approach. For example, work with the Oesophageal Cancer Clinical and Molecular Stratification (OCCAMS) consortium identified new mutational profiles of oesophageal cancerwhich will form the basis of the Southampton group’s work for the next five years.


Tim hopes that other AUGIS members will be encouraged by his award which demonstrates that there can be high-level support for surgeons who have an interest in basic and translational science.

An exciting Scientific Programme lined up for Cork

The BJS Speaker at the Cork meeting in September will be Professor Richard Van Hillegersberg from the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

Professor Nigel Heaton, Head of Liver Transplantation at King’s College Hospital and Professor John Reynolds, Professor of Clinical Surgery at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, will also be presenting.

Amongst other speakers, Mr Marc Besselink, an HPB surgeon based the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam will be joining Ireland-based laparoscopic and bariatric consultant surgeon Mr Colm O’Boyle.

The Scientific Programme promises to be an exciting one – join us in Cork!



Getting ready for Cork 2017!

AUGIS members should start to plan their to journey to Cork for the 20th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting which will be be held at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork from 21 – 22 September.

Take a look at the Microsite for more information.

Registration is open and we are happy to be able to offer our members the same registration rates as our 2014 meeting.

The AUGIS Gala Dinner will be a ticketed event and will be held at the Cork City Gaol and there will be a limited number of places available.

  • To register now for the meeting please visit:
  • Don’t forget to also submit your abstractsbefore the closing date for submission of abstracts: 9am on Monday, 26 June.

    Submitted abstracts will be considered for either poster presentation, the plenary short paper session for the BJS prize, or the parallel paper sessions for OG, Bariatric and HPB topics.Successful authors will be notified by Wednesday, 12 July.

    We would also encourage you to book your accommodationto attend the AUGIS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in Cork as soon as possible to ensure you get the accommodation you require and benefit from the best rates. You can book accommodation via MICE Concierge. Finally, if you are travelling to Cork from the UK, we recommend that you book your flight as soon as possible to benefit from lower rates.

Please contact Nichola Bartlett in the AUGIS office if you have any questions.