From Mr John McGrath
Chair of the BAUS Section of Academic Urology
"We rely on the support of our membership ..."
I am very pleased, on behalf of the Section’s Executive Committee, to welcome you to this year’s meeting in Glasgow. We are building upon our last two-day, annual research meeting in January which was organised by the committee and in particular, by Vincent Gnanapragasam. This was well attended and allowed young researchers an opportunity to present their work. It was also a focal point to highlight trials from the National Urology Portfolio, many of which are recruiting strongly across UK urology units.
For BAUS 2017 we are continuing the very popular "Best Academic Paper Session" by giving the opportunity to a select group of young researchers who have been chosen by the Abstract Committee to present their work to an audience of critical friends. This is followed by a lecture from the recipient of this year’s John Blandy Prize, which I am sure will give credit to Professor Blandy’s memory. We are very grateful to the BJU International and its Editor, Professor Prokar Dasgupta, for supporting this first session. We will then be announcing the winners of the competitive Medical Student Essay and CT Audit/QuiP prizes.
Recognising that research for most urologists is delivered in the course of our clinical practice, we have put together a very practical, late-morning session that aims to provide advice and guidance for clinicians on the successes and pitfalls of establishing a successful research portfolio within your unit. Embedding a research culture in clinical units is integral to the delivery of high quality urological care and, as a Section, we are keen to engage with all urologists in this endeavour. I would also encourage you to attend the session at 09.00hr on Wednesday morning where we will continue to build on the theme of “Research Driving Excellence in Clinical Care”.
After lunch on Monday, we are delighted to present a joint programme with the Section of Oncology where we will explore the emergence of genomics and its potential relevance to our clinical practice. We are delighted to welcome an eminent Faculty with Professor Trinity Bivalacqua - Professor of Urology from John Hopkins University, Professor Eamonn Maher - Professor of Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine, University of Cambridge and Professor Sue Hill - Chief Scientific Officer for England to participate in this session.
We end the day with the BURST session, where our younger colleagues will update us on the exciting work of the trainee research collaborative. Taimur Shah will be presenting the results of the MIMIC study - recruitment to this study exceeded all expectations and has demonstrated the ability of the trainee research collaborative to recruit at pace and scale. We look forward to an update on their future research strategy.
The Academic Section relies on the continuing support of its membership and I would encourage all urologists, both clinical and scientific colleagues, who are not currently members to consider joining and contributing to the Section. We have an extremely attractive programme in store; we look forward to meeting you and discussing future developments during BAUS week.