Presidential Introduction

Mike Parker - President ALSGBI I want to welcome you all to the 2010 ALS Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham which promises to be both an educational and enjoyable programme for laparoscopic surgeons throughout the UK and from abroad.

I am grateful to our local organiser, Ian Beckingham, for putting together an excellent academic, clinical and social programme including a wide range of operating procedures. As usual Thursday 25 November will be our live operating day, with four theatres transmitting to the East Midlands Conference Centre. There should be something for everybody with our visiting surgeons, Nick O’Rourke, Tony Dixon and Irfan Ahmed offering a range of laparoscopic procedures in the Queen’s Medical Centre. These will include laparoscopic hemi-hepatectomy, a range of colorectal surgery and some single port surgery. In addition we are privileged to have urological surgeons from Nottingham offering a range of laparoscopic procedures from the City Hospital and it will certainly be an interesting and exciting day for all concerned.

The social side of the programme is no less attractive with an ALS Conference Dinner at the Council House in Nottingham which, I am reliably informed, stands in front of the second largest open space in a city centre in Europe, after St Mark’s Square in Venice! We are to be treated to a range of local beers before and after dinner, and again my thanks go to Ian Beckingham for organising this.

Friday will be taken up with our BJS Lecturer, Nick O’Rourke, speaking on laparoscopic hepatectomy and also other invited guest lecturers followed by the usual range of DVDs and submitted abstracts, all presented by trainees and ALS members.

I would encourage you all to attend this year as the Association exists solely for the benefit of its members and strives to provide education and training opportunities for all. On that subject we are pleased to announce in addition the ALS Training Day on Wednesday 24 November. Aimed at ST6–8 trainees, this will feature the skills of suturing, knot tying and stapling, and is kindly sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Ethicon Products. We thank all our sponsors and particularly our Platinum Sponsors, Covidien, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Karl Storz and Stryker for their continued support. We are grateful to all our Industry Partners for their sponsorship of our education and training activities.

I look forward to seeing you all there in November 2010.


Michael Rhodes
President, ALSGBI


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