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23rd Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology Course

RCPE Course Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019 - Friday, 25 January 2019


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
11 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.

Our expert speakers include Professor Janneke van der Woude, Netherlands; Professor Manuela Merli, Italy

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 24 January 2019

Session 1

Chair: Professor Jack Satsangi, Lee Placito Professor of Gastro-Intestinal Disease, University of Oxford and Consultant Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Professor Jack Satsangi


Using biologics wisely: keep calm and carry on? 
Dr Peter Irving, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Guy's and St Thomas Hospital, London


Endoscopy in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): the state of the art
Dr James East,  Consultant Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford


The interface  between IBD and oncology
Dr Oliver Brain, Consultant Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford








The management of post-operative Crohn's disease
Dr Craig Mowat, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Peri-anal Crohn's diseases: from basics to stem cells
Professor Ailsa Hart, Director of IBD Unit, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow

The management of pregnancy in IBD in 2019
Professor Janneke van der Woude, Professor of IBD, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands



Session 2

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


Eosinophilic oesophagitis: diagnosis and management
Professor Stephen Attwood, Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Professor,
Durham University


Management of non variceal GI bleed: state of the art 2019
Dr Nick Church, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Gastroparesis or cyclical vomiting? diagnosis and management
Dr Ken Trimble, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh



Session 3

Chair: Professor Adrian Stanley, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary 


Wireless capsule endoscopy for investigating the entire gut:  fantasy or reality?
Professor Mark McAlindon, Honorary Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Sheffield and Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield


IBS, food intolerance and gut dysbiosis
Dr Ana Wilson, Consultant Gastroenterologist, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow


Management of colonic polyps;  what's new?
Mr Mark Potter, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Feedback & Close
(immediately followed by a short drinks and canapés reception in the Foyer of the Conference Centre, to which all participants are warmly invited)

Day 2 Friday 25 January 2019


Registration and Coffee

Session 4

Chair: Dr Ewan Forrest, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary 


Autoimmune hepatitis
Professor Dermot Gleeson, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield


Hepatocellular carcinoma
Dr Tom Bird, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant Hepatologist, University of Edinburgh




Non alcoholic fatty liver disease
Professor Quentin Anstee, Consultant Hepatologist, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle


Iron overload: clinical challenges
Dr James Dooley, Emeritus Reader in Medicine, UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health & Honorary Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London



Session 5

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


What's new in portal hypertension 
Professor Peter Hayes, Professor of Hepatology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Hepatitis E
Dr Kenneth Simpson, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh




Nutrition in liver disease
Professor Manuela Merli, Associate Professor, Unit of Gastroenterology & Hepatitis, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy


Is Hepatitis B eradicable?
Professor David Mutimer, Professor of Clinical Hepatology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


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

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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 22 January 2019 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

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



Please note:  Due to the advanced content of this course we feel it is not appropriate for medical students to attend.  We recommend the Gastroenterology Symposium in November as appropriate learning

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 noted their attendance on-line and completed the feedback questions.

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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