Message from the Chair

Cork with Augis then looking ahead to 2018

Planning is well underway for the 2018 GBIHPBA meeting and have secured Chesford Grange in Leamington Spa again for the 1516 March. They have hosted the meeting on three occasions and the venue has been popular because of its central position, the accommodation and the professional way the hosts organised the academic and social programme. We did investigate a number of alternate venues but they could not compete in terms of cost, experience of similar meetings or the combination of suitable accommodation and location.

Since the last GBIHPBA conference there have been a number of important meetings addressing topical and developing HPB areas and in 2017-18 we have a number of further exciting conferences to look forward to. This year began with EIPTA in Innsbruck and the [now] traditional ALPS meeting in Madonna di Campiglio in February which was again a tremendous success and a represents a unique opportunity to meet and interact with European colleague. This was followed by the European Guidelines Meeting on Laparoscopic Liver Surgery in Southampton in February and the regional European-African HPB Association (EAHPBA) in Mainz, Germany in May.

Looking ahead, there is the AUGIS meeting in Cork in from 21-22 September.

David Adams will host the second International Symposium on the Medical and Surgical Management of Chronic Pancreatitis in Charleston, South Carolina from 1-3 February 2018. The first symposium three years ago was outstanding and it is certainly worth GBIHPBA members considering pencilling this into their diaries for 2018. The next IHPBA meeting will be in Geneva, Switzerland from 3-7 September 2018. It is hoped that there will be good representation from the UK and Ireland at both these international congresses which no doubt will prove to be outstanding educational and social events.

For the 2018 GBIHPBA meeting we (Ashley Dennison, Mark Taylor, Ian Pope, Jeremy French and Fenella Welch) hope to continue the tradition of the previous meetings which had an excellent attendance and appealed to consultants and trainees alike. The meeting has attracted delegates from all the major UK HPB units and offers the opportunity to discuss developments in liver and pancreaticobiliary surgery, address political issues affecting the specialty and as previously genuinely include trainees in the programme. There has also been interest in the Society from China with requests for membership and we hope to include a speaker from Shanghai where the experience in HPB surgery is simply vast.

Mark Taylor together with Helen Riley maintain this website and our Twitter page – @GBIHPBAnews. We wish to encourage members to follow and tweet anything of interest to HPB surgeons and facilitate communication between our members.

Ashley Dennison


Prof Ashley Dennison
President, GBIHPBA