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Professor Mike Parker, President ALSGBI

Presidential Introduction

Message from the President, Professor Mike Parker

It is exactly 8 years since ALSGBI (or AESGBI as it was then) held an Annual Scientific Meeting in Colchester. How time has flown. It seems only yesterday that we all congregated in the postgraduate centre to listen to and watch the impressively talented Christiano Huscher operating via live link with all of us both in the main auditorium and in the adjacent annexe and with the Industry Exhibition accommodated in a huge outdoor marquee.

How things have moved on in less than a decade. Since then laparoscopic surgery has become much more widely accepted both in the UK and internationally. Indeed, for some centres it has become the default procedure such that the word laparoscopic is no longer placed on a theatre list before the name of the operation to take place. The word “open” is now used only if a procedure is not to be performed laparoscopically! Surely this is the way things will become on a much wider basis in the very near future.

Talking of the future, the title of our meeting this year reflects that concept and the programme has been constructed to take into account the latest developments and subspecialty interests now incorporating laparoscopic techniques. There will be the usual mix of live operations on the Thursday which should include a variety of subjects creating interest for all. There will be high quality lectures given by renowned colleagues both from the UK and abroad as well as an invited British Journal of Surgery Lecturer.

Industry have demonstrated their enthusiasm for our Association and will be present in even greater numbers than previously, such that I am anticipating a really excellent couple of days in Maldon near Colchester as we return to hold our Annual Scientific Meeting again just outside the oldest Roman garrison town in England.

Our Association is growing and now has more than 600 members. We are healthy and we are intent on driving the concept of minimally invasive operations in order to promote and develop the various techniques of laparoscopic surgery. I do hope that the forthcoming Annual Scientific Meeting of ALSGBI near Colchester will be as attractive to you as it is to both all of our Council and myself.

I look forward to seeing you all in November.

Mike Parker