Dear Association members and potential delegates,
We welcome you to City Hall, Cardiff, the venue for the 2017 ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting.
The broad theme is innovation which purposefully ties in with the ethos of laparoscopic surgery in Cardiff which has a distinguished tradition in this field and an active innovating programme. Our thanks go to Jared Torkington and his team for co-ordinating the local programme and to the speakers who have agreed to present to us. I am confident we will have a couple of days of very enjoyable company and educational activity to enjoy in the most pleasant of environments.
It is a particular honour that Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri has agreed to be our BJS lecturer and keynote speaker. Sir Alfred is one of the world’s true pioneers in laparoscopic surgery and his contributions and influence have been, and continue to be, immense. Many of our current leaders in laparoscopic surgery have been trained by him and they speak about their time with him in reverential tones. Sir Alfred has been a member of the ALSGBI ever since its creation and although retired from full clinical practice he continues to innovate and is renowned for his rare and accurate vision for the future direction of surgery. I am sure we will come away brimming with ideas and inspired to take our craft forward to the next level.
We are also proud to have Dr Dominic King from Google’s Deep Mind project come to present to us and to Mr Romain Pizzi, who has pioneered veterinary laparoscopy in exotic animals in the UK and whose clinical practice requires adaptation of basic principles and clinical innovation on a daily basis. His practice is anything but protocol driven!
Our annual training day will be held at the Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT). This will be the second occasion we have held a training day there and I have no doubt it will be, once again by a margin, the very best laparoscopic training day of the year in the UK. Places are free to trainee delegates attending the conference thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the enthusiasm of our faculty but limited in number, so early application is strongly recommended. Mr Paul Leeder, our Director of Education will be running this.
Our live operating day will feature three parallel operating theatres, of which one will be robotic and in recognition of the growing influence of robots in laparoscopic practice we will in future incorporate more on the topic of robots in our Association’s overall structure.
At the conclusion of the live operating we again host a mini symposium on the challenges of procurement in 2018 and how to procure the equipment we need before the drinks reception at City Hall and the conference dinner at Cardiff Castle.
Throughout the live operating and scientific programmes we will be conducting LapPass assessments. Full information can be obtained from Mrs Jennifer Treglohan (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of the meeting and we hope this year to see a significant number of certificates being awarded. LapPass is tough. Please practise!
Friday will see us reconvene at City Hall for the scientific programme and in parallel with this the ALTS programme will be co-ordinated by Mrs Deborah Gooch and will feature a Schwartz round and also consider how human factors influence patient safety.
For those interested Wales will be playing Australia at the Principality Stadium (aka Millenium Stadium) at 17.15 hr. Why not extend your stay!
Registration is open, the stars are aligning. Please come and join us!Mr Peter Sedman