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From Mr Kevin Byrnes & Mr Arjun Nathan - Co-Chairs of BURST

"... an expanded programme across all three days ..."

We are delighted to welcome our colleagues and collaborators to BAUS 2024. BURST continues to go from strength to strength, and this is well represented in BAUS activity this year. This year, for the first time, BURST will expand its programme across all three conference days to cover the wide range of ongoing studies involving all sections of BAUS.

The first day will cover “Big Data, AI and International Collaboration”, chaired by Jo Cresswell and Kevin Gallagher. We anticipate this topic will be timely, given growing interest in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across urology. Our keynote speaker, Professor Nikhil Vasdev will explore how AI will be applied to our clinical practice in the coming years. Further, the recent release of our RESECT study results, the largest dataset on TURBT quality with nearly 20,000 patients, will be sure to generate a buzz. Our study leads Kevin Gallagher and Nikita Bhatt will be leading the discussion alongside our star-studded panel of Veeru Kasivisvanathan, Param Mariappan, Elsie Mensah and John Kelly.

Our second day introduces WASHOUT, our latest and greatest project investigating the management of inpatient haematuria. This session will be chaired by Kevin Byrnes and Nikita Bhatt. This session will involve a quick-fire MDT on emergency haematuria, with a selection of diverse specialists providing insights on CEPOD management (John McGrath), hyperbaric oxygen (Thomas Lynch), oncological management (Amy Clifford), interventional radiology (Conrad Von Stempel), surgical management (Jhumar Pati). Ben Challacombe will chair a round-table discussion and pitch clinically relevant cases to the panel to see how expert knowledge can be applied to achieve optimal patient management.

Our last session will include a pair of debates on controversial areas in urology, chaired by Veeru Kasivisvanathan and Hannah Warren. The first quick-fire debate will pitch Milan Gopan against Caroline MacDonald for the motion “Improving the Pathway in Testicular Torsion in the UK: More than a Pipe Dream?”. We hope this subject will generate much discussion given the recent publication of GIRFT and CEPOD national guidance. It also bears direct relevance to the RESCUE study by BURST. Our second debate will see the motion “Anticoagulation in The Postoperative Period: How Do We Get the Balance Right?” debated by Kari Tikkinen and Alex Colquhoun. Accompanying this will be an introduction to the ARTs trial by Alex Ng. These debates promise to be a lively, engaging and interactive discussion.

We look forward to welcoming our project collaborators to the annual BURST dinner on Monday evening, but also welcome all attendees to join us for a welcome drink on Monday afternoon, just before we kick off the BURST programme.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Birmingham ...