2013 BRS annual meeting report

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12th Annual BRS meeting
The Sage, NewcastleGateshead

17 May 2013

As venues go, this year's meeting will take some beating. On the banks of the River Tyne overlooking the Tyne Bridge and Millenium Bridge, meeting attendees found themselves within Gatehsead's resplendent Sage music hall which is both aesthetically and acoustically pleasing in equal measure.

This was the first meeting with Paul White at the helm of the Society, so the meeting opened with demitting president Andrew Swift handing over the presidential medal to Paul. After a short welcome to delegates from the incoming president the meeting started in earnest with the Registrar Papers and once again it was welcoming to hear so many high quality presentations from the trainees. The eventual winner was Mr Woo-Young Yang from Newcastle with his presentation relating to work looking at an agent for dispering biofilms in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. The runner-up presentation was given by Timothy Briggs, who argued that bacteria may contribute to the development of nasal polyps. Following the registrar papers was the Storz invitation lecture given by Prof Wytske Fokkens from Amsterdam who gave a very clear and well-illustrated lecture on endoscopic pituitary surgery and extended endscopic skull base surgery. The annual rhinology quiz didn't fail to entertain, as always, as we learned that ephedrine can be manufactured from crack cocaine and that performing a rhinoplasty can be a death sentence. We also learned via Prof Fokkens that the famous dutch artist is in fact "Van Hogh" and not "Van Goff".

After lunch, came the lectures from the experts. This year's host, Sean Carrie, complimented Prof Fokkens lecture with an informative overview of what is required to run a successful endoscopic pituitary surgery servicel both in terms of personnel and theatre equipment. A very thought provoking lecture then followed from Prof Sir Alfred Cushieri who had a proposal for introducing surgical robots to assist with endoscopic skull base surgery. Prof Cushieri was quick to point out that robots by definition are master-servant entities and as such it is not anticipated that robots will ever be performing surgery themsleves but rather are intended to assist, by getting to areas and performing tasks that humans cannot. Prof Cushieri concluded, however, that ENT instrumentation has a long way to go before robots could realistcally be brought in to assist in endsocpic surgery.

Tim Woolford gave a very frank and honest account of what is involved with developing (and maintaining) a private practice in rhinoplasty and Tim Leontsinis counter-balanced this with a talk on how providing a rhinoplasty service in the NHS differs from Private Practice but yet how it also mirrors it. Consultant interesting cases gave food for thought for all of our clinical practice, before the meeting closed with the AGM of the Society and prize-giving.

Things move South again next year as Carl Philpott hosts the meeting in Norwich - home of Ed Balls and Tim Westwood, no less.


1 Welcome & Introduction - Paul White
2 Registrar Papers - Raj Bhalla
3 Karl Storz Guest Lecture - Prof Wytske Fokkens
4 Rhinology Quiz - Chris Potter
5 A proposal for endoscopic Robotic Assisted Anterior Skull base surgery - Prof Alfred Cusheiri
6 A pituitary surgery practice – having all the pieces in place - Sean Carrie
7 Developing & surviving a private rhinoplasty practice - Tim Woolford
8 Developing a rhinoplasty practice in the modern NHS - Tim Leontsinis
9 Medtronic Bursary report
10 Holes in the head from Gloucester to Rangoon - Robin Youngs
11 A difficult nasal dorsum - Sagir Sheikh
12 A fibrous lesion of the skull base - Raj Bhalla
13 President's Address - Paul White
14 AGM - Paul White