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22nd Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology Course

RCPE Course Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018 - Friday, 26 January 2018


The Great Hall and New Library
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


This well-established, two-day course attracts trainees and consultants from across the UK and Europe. This event provides an update on the latest evidence base for the management and treatment of gastrointestinal and liver conditions.

The course will be held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Owing to renovation works being carried out in the College Conference Centre, the Course will be held in the Great Hall and delegate numbers are limited to 120.

Our expert speakers include recently retired Professor Chris Mulder, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Professor Wolfgang Stremmel,Heidelberg,Germany; Professor Dominique Valla, Paris, France.

Organising Committee
Dr Andy Bathgate
Dr Ewan Forrest
Professor Peter Hayes
Professor John Plevris
Professor Jack Satsangi
Dr Adrian Stanley

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Day 1 Thursday 25 January 2018


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Professor Jack Satsangi, Professor of Gastroenterology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Session 1

Chair: Professor Jack Satsangi


The use of biologics in inflammatory bowel disease
Dr Fraser Cummings, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital, Southampton


Acute colitis
Dr Ian Arnott, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Stopping drugs in inflammatory bowel disease
Professor Jack Satsangi, Professor of Gastroenterology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh




Clinical case-based presentations 




Session 2

Chair: Professor John Plevris, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Update on achalasia: diagnosis and management
Dr Jonathan Fletcher, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Borders General Hospital, Melrose


Gluten sensitivity and Coeliac disease
Emeritus Professor Chris Mulder, Gastroenterology & Hepatology Unit, VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam


Upper GI bleeding: what's new?
Dr Adrian Stanley, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor & Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary



Session 3

Chair: Dr Adrian Stanley 


Minimally invasive endoscopy: is this the future of diagnostic endoscopy?
Professor John Plevris, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Microscopic colitis: update in diagnosis and management
Dr Tassos Koulaouzidis, Associate Specialist in Gastroenterology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Functional bowel disorders and functional abdominal pain: an update
Professor Qasim Aziz, Professor of Neurogastroenterology, Queen Mary University of London


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(immediately followed by a short drinks and canapés reception in our historic Cullen Room, to which all participants are warmly invited)

Day 2 Friday 26 January 2018


Registration and Coffee

Session 4

Chair: Dr Andrew Bathgate, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Update from the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit
Dr Michael Williams, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


What to do with Hepatitis C from now on
Professor Graham Foster, Consultant Hepatologist, Queen Mary University of London




Primary biliary cholangitis
Professor David Jones, Professor of Liver Immunology, Newcastle University


Alcoholic liver disease
Dr Ewan Forrest, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, and Consultant Hepatologist, Glasgow



Session 5

Chair: Professor Peter Hayes, Professor of Hepatology, University of Edinburgh


Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Dr Douglas Thorburn, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London


Wilson's disease: an update
Professor Wolfgang Stremmel, Chairman in Dept of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Germany




Splanchnic thromboses
Professor Dominique-Charles Valla, Professor of Hepatology, University of Paris Diderot, France


Non-invasive markers of hepatic fibrosis
Dr Jonathan Fallowfield, NRS Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh


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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 23 January 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only 120 delegate places available at this course. Places will be awarded on first come first served basis.

Registration fees


2 Day fee

1 Day Fee

Standard fee



Reduced fee for Fellows/Collegiate Members/Associates of RCPE


Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist /
Postgraduate student






Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Due to the limited number of delegates, we are unable to accept Medical Students at this event this year.

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator.


Christine Berwick,
Education Co-ordinator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3634
FAX: + 44 (0)131 220 4393

Email: c.berwick@rcpe.ac.uk

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of postgraduate medical, health care and scientific staff. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on-street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/Sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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