After a brilliant and thoroughly engaging Conference in Edinburgh I am looking forward to the next two years as AUGIS President. We are seeing some real growth in our society particularly in the new trainee group, now known as the Roux Club. Under the leadership of Siobhan McKay there are exciting plans to arrange a training weekend and expand the Registrar Collaborations in research and trials.
Research will also be supported by our new Specialist Surgical Leads, Professor Tim Underwood and Mr Keith Roberts. The Pancreatic Cancer Research Lead has been sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer UK, whilst the Oesophageal Cancer Research Lead has been sponsored by Heartburn Cancer UK.
The attendance of our Integrated Health Professionals in Edinburgh was also very encouraging. Through the leadership of Bernadette Fairley, Orla Evans and Louise Jones AUGIS continues to provide a focus and platform for communication, support and education.
Our next Conference will be in Liverpool where there will be a big focus on emergency and benign surgery and then in 2020 we are already planning a Big Meeting where AUGIS, Pancreatic Society, GBIHPBA and BOMSS will all meet together in Belfast.
An exciting time for the Association. Please engage with our managers or committee members if you have any concerns, issues or ideas.
Professor Giles Toogood