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International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) World Congress 2017

13 September 2017

Karen Coulman, James Hopkins and Jane Blazeby were involved in the 2017 International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) World Congress, held at the QEII Centre in London from 29th August – 2nd September. The Congress was hosted by the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), led by Richard Welbourn and Cynthia Borg. The congress focused on all aspects of multidisciplinary care with excellent presentations from world leaders in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgery. International explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes gave a keynote lecture which was very well-attended!
Jane gave an invited talk entitled: “Large, pragmatic RCTs and By-Band-Sleeve – relevance to practice”. Karen gave two invited talks entitled: “Evaluating the success of bariatric surgery: Key outcomes to consider”, and “Outcome reporting in bariatric and metabolic surgery”.
Jane Blazeby and Chris Rogers (Bristol CTEU) were co-directors (along with Scott Shikora – USA, and Michel Suter – Switzerland) on the post-graduate course “Bariatric Surgery Research: From Concept to Publication and Presentation”. Sessions included how to conduct a thorough literature search (James Hopkins), how to critically review a paper (Jane Blazeby), and statistical topics (Chris Rogers).
The team organised a very successful Dragon’s Den meets Shark’s tank session (chaired by Jane, helped by Karen and James). The session was very well-attended with the teams receiving many questions from the audience (as well as the Dragons!). All four presentations were excellent, with the Dragons having a hard time selecting the winner! The winning presentation came from a collaboration of surgeons from the Whittington Hospital (London) and Sunderland Royal Hospital, and was entitled: “Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass versus One anastomosis (Mini) gastric bypass: A prospective randomised controlled clinical trial.” Many thanks to the mentors from the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research who provided guidance to the teams: Barry Main, Sean Strong, Kerry Avery and Neil Jennings (Sunderland Royal Hospital).

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