Dear Association Members & Potential Delegates
I am looking forward to giving you a very warm welcome to London for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the ALSGBI. It is the first time that the meeting will be held in Central London and I very much hope that it will prove a popular venue. Live surgery will on this occasion not be local to the meeting venue, but will be transmitted in 3D HD from the MATTU (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit) based at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, which should be both a novel experience and an excellent teaching modality. Professor Dr Martin Walz from Essen in Germany will be presenting a retroperitoneal adrenalectomy also in 3D HD. Surgery on display will vary on the day, but we plan to include some or all of the following: pancreatic surgery, adrenalectomy (both transperitoneal and retroperitoneal), colorectal resection, benign oesophagogastric surgery, bile duct exploration and hernia surgery (TEP and TAPP).
We are delighted to have attracted some really highquality national and international speakers including Dr Jean-Louis Dulucq from Bordeaux, France, who will be giving lectures on the subjects of laparoscopic management of acute pancreatitis and the role of laparoscopy in the management of pancreatic cancer. I am also delighted that this year’s BJS Lecture will be delivered by Professor Michael Bailey, a past President of this Association.
The programme has been designed to appeal to as many of our members as possible, and I really do encourage you to attend the conference which I am sure will be a great learning experience for many. I would encourage you to bring your teams with you as there is much in the meeting for trainee surgeons and theatre staff in particular with a simultaneous Association of Laparoscopic Staff (ALTS) programme. For those submitting abstracts there are fantastic prizes as well as a number of bursaries available for ALTS members to aid travel and accommodation at the meeting.
This Annual Scientific Meeting is undoubtedly the premier meeting for laparoscopic surgeons in the UK yet in contrast to many national meetings, the ALSGBI Council have been very conscious of the rising costs of attending such events and we have set the registration fees at a very low and affordable rate. We are working very hard to deliver a superb meeting in all its aspects, so please make the effort, submit an abstract or two, bring your juniors and help make this another successful ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting.
Professor Tim Rockall
Tel: (0)20 7869 6941
Tel: (0)20 7869 6940
ALSGBI, Room 505, 5th Floor
at The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3PE