belfast 2011report

The 15th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting 2011, Belfast
September 15-16 2011 | Belfast

augis_belfast_2011The 15th AUGIS Scientific Meeting, held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, was a resounding success, with the highest number of delegates to date, presentations from speakers of international renown and highly informative talks by specialists from across the UK.

We were delighted to be joined in Belfast by colleagues from the British Hernia Society and from the Dutch and Swedish GI surgical societies.

Friday’s parallel sessions for oesophago-gastric, hepato-pancreato-biliary, bariatric, affiliates and talks led by the British Hernia Society were all well-attended and proved extremely useful.

The Meeting was preceded by a successful teaching day for trainees and young consultants and there were also useful debates on the future of training in the main meeting, plus updates on audits.

Partners in industry supported the Meeting with a busy trade exhibition.

The Annual Dinner was held in at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and was a great success. We dined in the central hall, surrounded by steam engines and with diners able to take in a fascinating Titanic exhibition during the evening. We were also treated to Irish dancing and live music.

Training Day:

An Upper GI training day preceded the annual meeting.

Day 1 – Symposium 1: Neuroendocrine Tumours

Chaired by Professor Graeme Poston and Mr Declan Carey

The role of somatostatin analogues in neruroendocrine surgery
Prof Brian Johnston

Surgery for Neuroendocrine Tumours
Dr Casper van Eijck

Multi-organ transplantation
Mr Christopher Cahlin

Treatment of Advanced Disease
Dr Martin Eatock, Consultant / Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology,
Northern Ireland Cancer Centre

Day 1 – Symposium 2: Gastro-oesophageal Cancer

Chaired by Prof Derek Alderson and Prof Michael Griffin

Adequate Surgery for Gastric Cancer
Prof Takeshi Sano, Cancer Institute Hospital, Tokyo

Endoscopic Therapy for Early Barrett’s Neoplasia
Dr Bas Weusten, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam

Imaging: The impact in the management of oesophago-gastric cancer
Mr Declan Clary

Multimodal therapy
Professor John Reynolds, St James’ Hospital, Dublin

Day 1 – Symposium 4: Quality and Outcomes in Upper GI Surgery

Chaired by Dr Marc Benelmans and Professor John Primrose

UK improving outcomes – 10 years on
Mr William Allum, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Understanding patient reported outcomes to improve upper GI surgery
Professor Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery,
University of Bristol and University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

The Swedish register of cholecystectomy
Dr Bengt Hallerback, department of surgery, Trollhattan, Sweden

Day 2 – Oesophagogastric session:

Chaired by Mr David Hewin and Mr Paul Barham

The new Japanese Classification of gastric cancer
Prof Takeshi Sano, Cancer Institute Hospital, Tokyo

Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in patients with potentially curative oesophageal cancer.
Dr Wijhoven. Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam

Enhanced recovery in oesophageal and gastric cancer.
Mr Shaun Preston, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

Aetiology and prevention of oesophageal cancer
Professor J Lagergren, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

Day 2 – Hepatopancreatobiliary session:

Chaired by Mr Giles Toogood and Mr Mark Peterson

The Treatment of Extrahepatic Disease in CRLM
Prof Peter Lodge

Current management of gall bladder cancer
Professor Derek Manas, Professor of Transplant Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Day 2 – Batriatric session:

Chaired by Mr Roger Ackroyd and Mr Alberic Fiennes

Endoscopic weight loss interventions: initial UK experience with endobarrier and POSE.
Mr Jim Bryne

By-Band Study
Prof Jane Blazeby

Day 2 – British Hernia Society – Emergency Hernia Surgery:

Chaired by Mr Martin Kurzer, President, British Hernia Society

The management of internal herniation post-bariatric surgery
Mikael Ekelund, Head of Bariatric Surgery, Skåne University Hospital, Sweden

The impact of intra-abdominal adhesions: need to change the scope!
Ass Prof Dr Harry van Goor, Department of Surgery,
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Day 2 – Upper GI Disease

Chaired by Miss Jane Tallett and Ms Louise Collins

Nutrition and pancreatic cancer: dealing with exocrine insufficiency and options for feeding
Ms Sinead Duggan, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin

Emotional distress of oesophageal cancer survivors
Dr Martin Dempster

BJS Prize Session Winner
Absorption of nutrients after bariatric surgery

Poster of Distinction Winner
Establishing a role for targeted therapies in oesophageal adenocarcinoma