It was heartening to see so many people make the trip across the Channel to Jersey for the 16th annual meeting of the BRS. The Radisson Waterfront provided the venue and the beach of St Aubin’s Bay and the Harbour of St Hellier provided the backdrop. And the weather was on our side, despite an unseasonably wet few days leading up to it. A hundred delegates made the trip across, as did 16 of our exhibitors.
Due to unforeseen travel problems, the newly crowned Professor Carl Philpott had to prelude the meeting with the research roundup via Skype. The main focus for this roundup was the MACRO study and the NAIROS study, both of which are now in the stages of being setup via the NIHR.
After the a quick introduction to Jersey by the meeting host, Russell Cathcart, our president Sean Carrie officially opened the meeting with the President’s Welcome and then we were into the free paper session which was won by Mr Neeraj Sethi for his presentation entitled ‘Genomic Profiling of Sinonasal Inverted Papilloma - a pilot study’. We were then privileged to hear from the Storz International speaker, Prof Philippe Hermann, who probably had the least distance to travel, having made it over from Paris. Prof Hermann enlightened and educated us with his vast experience in benign sinonasal disease, focussing mainly on the management of inverted papilloma - something that we all come across on regular basis and which often proves quite troublesome. Philippe certainly gave out some pearls of wisdom for us to take to our own practice. Chris Potter then lightened things before lunch with the inevitable, loosely-titled rhinology quiz.
After lunch, we hear a trilogy of talks from UK experts regarding nasal obstruction throughout the ages. First, Ben Hartley from Great Ormond Street gave the view of a Paediatric ENT surgeon with regards to nasal obstruction in children and when and when not to operate. Then Prog Valerie Lund gave a thorough and thoughtful overview of the various strategies for quantifying nasal obstruction on an objective basis, including NPIF, acoustic rhinomanometry and rhinospirometry. Finally, Shahram Anari from Birmingham gave a helpful overview of techniques which may help to overcome nasal obstruction in the ageing nose.
A round-table discussion followed chaired by Peter Andrews who grilled experts from facial plastics and rhinology about their experience of complications in septorhinoplasty and how they might best be avoided. Prof Lund stood in during the Travel Fellowship slot, which was not able to be given this year, to give an overview of plans for ERS London 2018 which the BRS are hosting, largely through the relentless efforts of Claire Hopkins. There was time for one Consultant Case, before the Dragons’ Den saw 3 hopeful candidates pitch their idea to the panel of experts in the hope of receiving the BRS Pump-priming Research Grant. In the end, it was Stephen Ball from Newcastle who most impressed the judge with his proposal to look at the microbiology of complicated sinus infection.
Sean Carrie gave the President’s Update followed by the AGM and then it was off to freshen up in time for the inaugural BRS social event, comprising drinks and hot buffet beside the beach followed, eventually,, by some rather enthusiastic ceilidh dancing and salsa dancing. no injuries have been reported to date.
Next year there will be no dedicated annual meeting due to the BRS hosting the ERS meeting in April, so the next 17th annual meeting will be in Glasgow in May 2019 at the Science Centre, hosted by Nick Calder and David Crampsey.
|1||Registration & coffee|
|2||Research group meeting - Carl Philpott|
|3||President's welcome - Sean Carrie|
|4||Registrar papers - Russell Cathcart|
|5||Endoscopic management of benign sinonasal tumours - Philippe Herman|
|8||Management of paediatric nasal obstruction - Ben Hartley|
|9||Objective testing in nasal obstruction - Valerie Lund|
|10||Nasal obstruction in the context of the ageing face - Shahram Anari|
|11||Roundtable discussion: Complications in septorhinoplasty - Peter Andrews|
|12||Refereshments & sponsors|
|13||ERS London 2018 update - Valerie Lund|
|14||Case presentations - Jose De Cordova|
|15||Dragons Den - which research pitch will win? - Russell Cathcart|
|16||President's address and AGM - Sean Carrie|
|Do Intra-operative findings predict patient outcomes of endoscopic sinus surgery?||Anna Kaleva||Ipswich Hospital|
|A review of orbital cellulitis guidance in the United Kingdom||Stephen Ball||Freeman Hospital & Newcastle University|
|Assessment of posterior choanal obstruction caused by adenoidal hypertrophy: intra-operative mirror exam versus nasendoscopy||Phui Yee Wong||Queen's Hospital, Romford|
|Can olfactory function improve after nasal surgery?||Amanda Bartolo||Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK|
|Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma; natural history and management||Mark Ferguson||The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital|
|A simulation based Rhinology curriculum for ENT Specialist Training||Melanie Dowling||Stockport Hospital|
|Management of epistaxis in patients taking NOACs compared to warfarin||Charn Gill||Birmingham Heartlands Hospital|
|Genomic profiling of sinonasal inverted papilloma – a pilot study||Neeraj Sethi||Leeds Institute of Cancer Pathology|
|An Observational Study Highlighting Current Expenditure and Trends in Prescribing for Allergic Rhinitis and Rhinosinusitis Across England.||Haroon Saeed||Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS trust|
|Rhinosinusitis-inducing Medications in Rhinological Surgery||Kirsten Stewart||Royal Glamorgan Hospital|