2016 BRS annual meeting report

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15th Annual BRS meeting
The Armouries, Leeds

20 May 2016

The Royal Armouries in Leeds was the grand setting for the 15th Annual meeting of the BRS this year. Paul Nix was the host and put on a notably interesting and educational meeting right from the outset, as delegates had the opportunity to try demonstration firearms as they entered the reception hallway.

After a warm welcome from Society president, Mr Sean Carrie, it was Prof Paulo Castelnuovo who gave the Storz Invitation lecture, drawing on his vast experience in dealing with sinonasal malignancies to reason that it’s just as important to adhere to sound oncological principles when managing such cases endoscopically as it is when dealing with them via open approaches. He also reiterated the importance of paying attention all available histological information as subtypes of the same category of tumour can behave very differently and hence need managed very differently.

The registrar papers followed and provided and interesting range of stimulating talks ranging from the search for an objective outcome in FESS and SRP, the mechanism for staph getting into mast cells in nasal polyp, to the optimum timing for nasal fracture reduction. The best paper was deemed to be from Ali Salamat, with a talk on the use of engineered honey for treating biofilms in CRS. Chris Potter lead up to lunch with yet more bewildering questions in the rhinology quiz, some of which even had a loose rhinological connection.

After lunch, the invited UK speakers gave their talks on important rhinological topics: Prof Gerry McGarry on whether there is still a place for open approached in frontal sinus surgery; Simon Watts on how to deal with that difficult septal deviation that does not want to straighten; and Julian Rowe Jones on techniques for getting some finesse in your aesthetic dorsal re-sculpting. The consultant cases and BRS fellowship report then followed.

Two new programme items finished the afternoon off: in the Big Debate, Carl Philpott took on Claire Hopkins - Carl arguing for full house FESS in the management of recalcitrant nasal polyposis and Claire arguing a more considered tailored approach. There was certainly discussion aplenty but it was Claire who took the vote in the end. Commiserations to Carl - it was always going to be a difficult case to argue.

The penultimate event of the afternoon was the inaugural ‘Dragons Den - Rhinology Edition’ which presented a new format for selecting the BRS Research Fund award, with 3 potential applicants pitching their research ideas to the fearsome quartet of Prof Valerie Lund, Tim Woolford, Claire Hopkins and Prof Anshul Sama. All involved got very much into the occasion making this a very successful item and it was Timothy Biggs’ proposal for ongoing work on the mechanism of staph internalisation in mast cells that caught the attention of the Dragons.

President Carrie closed the day with the AGM, announcing amongst other things that Nora Orban had taken the prize for the best poster of the day. Thereafter many delegates no doubt took the opportunity to look round the fascinating Armouries museum more properly.

Preparations are now underway for the 2017 meeting which will be held in Jersey in the Channel Islands on 19th May. Bring your swimming gear and your surf board.


President Sean Carrie presenting Prof Castelnuovo with his 'unique' gift from the BRS.
Exhibition Hall
Mr Julian Rowe-Jones presenting on aesthetic dorsal sculpting
The Big Debate
The Big Debate
1 Registration & coffee
2 Research group meeting - Carl Philpott
3 President's welcome - Sean Carrie
4 Endoscopic assessment & management of nasal and sinus malignancy - Paolo Castelnuovo
5 Registrar papers
6 Rhinology quiz
7 Lunch
8 Are open approaches to the paranasal sinuses still relevant? - Gerry McGarry
9 Managing the complex septal deviation - Simon Watts
10 Aesthetic dorsal sculpturing - Julian Rowe-Jones
11 Refereshments & sponsors
12 Debate: Nasal Polyposis: only full house FESS will do
13 BRS travel fellowship presentation
14 Case presentations
15 Dragons Den - which research pitch will win? - Carl Philpott
16 President's address and AGM - Sean Carrie
17 Meeting close

Click on a title to review the full abstract of the presented paper.

A systematic review of anti-thrombotic therapy in epistaxisJason PowellDepartment of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne 
Peak nasal inspiratory flow rates correlate with quality of life in functional endoscopic sinus surgeryKatherine WhitcroftRoyal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital 
Development of an engineered honey (Surgihoneyâ„¢) as a novel adjunctive biofilm-targeted therapy in Staphylococcus aureus chronic rhinosinusitisAli A SalamatUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Investigation of the Th17 inflammatory response in chronic rhinosinusitis with polypsTimothy BiggsUniversity of Southampton 
Mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus internalisation within mast cells and its relevance to pathogenesis of nasal polypsStephen M HayesUniversity Hospital Southampton
Evaluating three hundred and fifty one admissions and predictors of re-admissions for epistaxis – is it time to re-evaluate tranexamic acid in epistaxis?Suzanne JervisUniversity Hospitals Birmingham, NHS Trust 
Assessment of Nasal Patency using Bilateral and Unilateral Peak Nasal Inspiratory Flow Pre and Post Septorhinoplasty SurgeryAnika KauraRoyal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital 
Transcriptome analysis of nasal mucosal cells in Chronic rhinosinusitis without polyps Stephen BallFreeman hospital & Newcastle University 
Preliminary results of a questionnaire based study to identify the socio-economic costs of Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) to patients and societyRupert SmithNorwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
Optimal timing for nasal fracture manipulation: is a two week target really necessary? Victoria PerkinsColchester Hospital University Foundation Trust