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RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


The 2018 Gastroenterology symposium looks at the challenges faced in day to day practice, with highly relevant lectures and interactive sessions.

We will look at biosimilar drugs in real world practice and in the future. We will examine the best approaches for dealing with gut disease in millennials – could social media and apps be the answer? We will learn from colleagues in paediatric practice about coeliac disease and immunology, and from oral medicine specialists about the relationship between the mouth and the gastrointestinal tract; an area often overlooked.

The Professor Anne Ferguson Lecture, delivered by Dr Cathryn Edwards, President of the British Society of Gastroenterology, will look at the future challenges for UK gastroenterology.  We will look at unmet need in liver disease palliative care, the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy and its effect on the gut, and will have an interactive session of endoscopy with a focus on relevant and common problems that are met in endoscopic practice.

We welcome all interested in gastroenterology.  The programme is aimed at consultants and those in expert practice to specialist nursing and general practice colleagues.  We particularly welcome our training colleagues and medical students.

Dr Basant Chaudhury and Dr Elaine Henry
Co-Chairs, Organising Committee


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Wednesday 14 November 2018


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Chair: Dr John Mansfield, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle


Biosimilar drugs in IBD
Dr Fraser Cummings, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Southampton
* real world experience: are they as good as brands? * how to switch * therapeutic monitoring and future strategies


Microbiota transplants
Professor Ailsa Hart, Consultant Gastroenterologist, St Mark’s Hospital, London
* our relationship with microbiota *the evidence for transplantation * diet and microbiomes: are we what we eat?


IBD and millennials: recognising chronic disease in a youthful population
Dr John Thomson, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Clinical Lead eHealth, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
* use of apps and social media * does the clinic model work?   * building relationships in the era of Google health


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Future challenges for UK gastroenterology
Dr Cathryn Edwards, President, British Society of Gastroenterology


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Session 2 - Liver disease

Chair: Dr Jude Morris, Consultant Gastroenterologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde & Dr Ruairi Lynch, Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


Palliative care in liver disease
Dr Fiona Finlay, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
* gauging the unmet need *anticipatory care planning * when to start palliative care


Hepatitis E: not as benign?
Dr Harry Dalton, Consultant Gastroenterologist,  Peninsular Medical School, Truro
* epidemiology * chronic hepatitis E – should we treat or not?


Drug induced liver disease
Professor Guruprasad Aithal, GI & Liver Disorders Theme Lead, Professor of Hepatology, Head of Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, Nottingham
* long term effects  * making the diagnosis  * understanding the risks for prescribers



Session 3 - Disorders of nutrition

Chair: Dr Basant Chaudhury, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital of North Tees


Anorexia nervosa for physicians
Dr Caroline Reynolds, Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, Northern Centre for Eating Disorders, West Park Hospital, Darlington
* understanding the patients beliefs *psychological approaches to treating  eating disorders * MARSIPAN guidelines 


Coeliac disease
Dr Peter Gillett, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
* immunology *lessons from paediatric practice * understanding the long term risks


Oral medicine and gastroenterology
Professor John Gibson, Professor of Medicine in Relation to Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital
* the mouth as part of the GI tract * the mouth in systemic disease  * therapeutic interventions


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - Endoscopy

Chair: Dr Umesh Basavaraju,  Consultant Gastroenterologist,  Aberdeen Royal Infirmary & Dr Debasis Majumdar, James Cook University Hospital


Endoscopic therapy for the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy
Dr Elaine Henry, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
* recognising the late effects of radiotherapy *evidence for endoscopic therapy *what do patients want?  


Endoscopy video presentations: keeping it real ...
Dr Umesh Basavaraju, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
* cases of pancreatic pseudocyst drainage * GI Bleeding * cysts in the pancreas

Panel Discussion:  Dr John Morris, Dr Jude Morris, Dr Helen Gillett


Endoscopic research: lessons from the north east of England
Dr Tom Lee, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle
*working in a network * how to get started * common pitfalls




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Online booking for this event closes on Friday 9 November 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 16 October 2018

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Tuesday 16 October 2018

from Wednesday 17 October 2018

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

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

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please visit our website for instructions on how to join, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

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

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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