2015 BRS annual meeting report

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14th Annual BRS meeting
Central Convention Centre, Manchester

18 May 2015

A very successful meeting was held by Tim Woolford and Raj Bhalla in the Manchester Central Convention Centre, with the hosts evening managing to organise some Northern sunshine for delegates on the day.

After an introduction to Manchester from Tim Woolford, the meeting was opened formally by Paul White, wearing his presidential badge for one last time. Thereafter the Registrar oral presentations were made, covering a wide mix of rhinology and facial plastics topics, from the effectiveness and safety of tranexamic acid to the incidence of body dysmorphia amongst rhinoplasty patients. The winning presentation was given by Stephen Hayes for his talk on "A novel finding of S Aureus within mast cells in nasal polyps". Congratulations to Stephen, who will now be invited to give his presentation at BACO courtesy of Clinical Otolaryngology.

This year's meeting ran under the theme of 'Complications in Rhinology' and to start off, The Karl Storz Invitation Lecture was given by Prof Piero Nicolai from Brescia in Italy who gave a very honest account of complications in his extensive practice in anterior skull base surgery. In a very comprehensive talk, Prof Nicolai covered everything from the common but minor complications such as adhesions and middle turbinate lateralisation, to the far rarer, more catastrophic complications such as internal carotid lacerations. It was reassuring to hear that even a rhinologist of Prof Nicolai's standing experiences complications but further reassuring to learn that there is a way of dealing with all complications. The traditional rhinology quiz compared by Chris Potter then took us to lunch and lived up to it's expectations as it does year after year.

After lunch we heard from 3 experts about their detailed experiences of complications - David Roberts from London on CSF leaks, Ann Cooke from Manchester on an ophthalmologist's perspective on orbital complications of FESS including an instructional piece on how to perform a lateral canthotomy and cantholysis, and Paul White from Dundee on how to avoid complications in rhinoplasty by keeping your patients happy.

A new discipline was introduced to the meeting this year - that of a round table panel discussion: this year discussing management of epistaxis and SPA ligation. The panel this year included Andrew Swift, Philip Harries and Shaz Ahmed. This proved to be a great success and is a format which has been proposed to carry through to successive meetings with similar topics already planned.

The fellowship presentations and consultant cases were then given before the AGM of the Society. At the AGM, the presidential badge was passed from Paul White to our incoming president, Mr Sean Carrie. Announcements were also made regarding imminent change to Council and a call for prospective council members will soon be put out by the Executive Members.

Above all it was a smooth and captivating meeting and thanks goes to all of the Exhibitors and Sponsors for their continued support of the meeting which means that the Society was once again able to freeze the meeting registration fees for a further year.


Presidents past, present and future(?) with Prof Nicolai
Handing over of presidency
Meeting hosts with Prof Lund
Delegate audience
1 Introduction and welcome to Manchester - Tim Woolford
2 President's welcome - Paul White
3 Registrar papers
4 Karl Storz Guest Lecture - "If I new then what I know now: lessons learned from my experience in transnasal endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery". - Prof Piero Nicolai
5 Rhinology quiz - Chris Potter
6 BRS research group meeting - Carl Philpott
7 CSF leaks: prevention and managment - David Roberts
8 Orbital Complications: an Ophthalmologist's persepective. - Anne Cook
9 Rhinoplasty: avoiding difficulties and keeping patients happy - Paul White
10 How I do it: SPA ligation / epistaxis round table discussion - Shahz Ahmed
11 BRS travelling fellowship presentation - Irfan Syed
12 Expert case presentations
13 President's address and AGM - Paul White