2017 BRS annual meeting report

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16th Annual BRS meeting
Radisson Waterfront, Jersey

19 May 2017

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.


Prof Philippe Herman giving Storz Invited Lecture
Prof Philippe Herman giving Storz Invited Lecture
Breakout room/exhibion space
Breakout room/exhibion space
Ben Hartley
Valerie Lund
Valerie Lund
Sharham Anari
Expert Round-table on complication in SRP
President Sean Carrie giving the President's Address
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
6 Rhinology quiz
7 Lunch
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
17 Meeting close

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

Do Intra-operative findings predict patient outcomes of endoscopic sinus surgery?Anna KalevaIpswich Hospital 
A review of orbital cellulitis guidance in the United KingdomStephen BallFreeman Hospital & Newcastle University 
Assessment of posterior choanal obstruction caused by adenoidal hypertrophy: intra-operative mirror exam versus nasendoscopyPhui Yee WongQueen's Hospital, Romford 
Can olfactory function improve after nasal surgery?Amanda BartoloDepartment of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK 
Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma; natural history and managementMark FergusonThe Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital 
A simulation based Rhinology curriculum for ENT Specialist TrainingMelanie DowlingStockport Hospital
Management of epistaxis in patients taking NOACs compared to warfarinCharn GillBirmingham Heartlands Hospital
Genomic profiling of sinonasal inverted papilloma – a pilot studyNeeraj SethiLeeds Institute of Cancer Pathology
An Observational Study Highlighting Current Expenditure and Trends in Prescribing for Allergic Rhinitis and Rhinosinusitis Across England.Haroon SaeedPennine Acute Hospitals NHS trust 
Rhinosinusitis-inducing Medications in Rhinological SurgeryKirsten StewartRoyal Glamorgan Hospital