Dublin 2019

An interview with ACPGBI President, Brendan Moran

Mr Brendan Moran

In a series of interviews we will be previewing this year’s ACPGBI Annual Meeting in Dublin, 1-3 July.

We talked to Mr Brendan Moran, President of the ACPGBI, who highlighted some of the key sessions, presentations and speakers, as well as encouraging those with an interest in coloproctology to attend the meeting.

“The focus this year is on education, training, research and innovation. Practical aspects and novel approaches in the subspecialty areas of pelvic floor, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer are addressed,” he explained.

“There are sessions on providing emergency surgical services, and an important session on dealing with career adverse events such as returning to work after illness, trouble with the GMC, dealing with difficult colleagues and criminal allegations.”

As ever, the meeting will be representative of the multidisciplinary aspects of coloproctology and will be reflected in the overlap between topics for surgeons, nurses, patients and healthcare personnel, accompanied by parallel sessions for nurses and allied healthcare professionals, a separate patients’ programme and a strong focus on multidisciplinary research.


“At this year’s meeting The Dukes’ Club’s involvement will be the largest ever and includes the inaugural Dukes’ Lecture, which I have instigated and which will be an annual event. This year the Dukes’ Lecture will be delivered by Professor Scott Steele from the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Professor Steele is the instigator of ‘Behind The Knife’ a surgical podcast, and he and his team plan an ACPGBI Meeting podcast in Dublin.

“There is a parallel trainee programme but trainees will be involved in the main podium sessions at all levels. There are three parallel short paper sessions on Wednesday, in addition to the Prize Paper session on Monday, aiming to incorporate more podium presentations of the top submitted papers by our invaluable trainees, the future of our whole organisation.”

Keynote speakers

The meeting will welcome several world renown keynote speakers including Professor Michael Solomon (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney), Professor Scott Steele (Cleveland Clinic, Ohio ), Professor Per Nilsson (Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm and current President of the European Society of Coloproctology) and Professor Ronan O’Connell (St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin and current Vice-President, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).

“We are delighted that our colleagues from around the world – all of whom are leaders in their fields and outstanding speakers, educators, surgical scientists and innovators – will be speaking in Dublin, said Mr Moran.

“Professor Michael Solomon, a graduate of RCSI Dublin, will deliver the BJS Lecture on Decisional Conflict and Resolving Bias in Surgical Research. Professor Ronan O’Connell will delve into the papers and publications that have changed practice in colorectal surgery in the annual BDRF Lecture.

“Professor Per Nilsson delivers the Colorectal Disease Lecture on the fascinating, though still controversial, topic of Complete Response after Radiotherapy for Rectal Cancer with a Non-operative Approach and Managing Regrowth of the Primary. Per is the current President of our European sister organisation, ESCP, who are very much partners in the ACPGBI Journal, Colorectal Disease, now in its 21st year since first publication.

“Last but not least, Scott Steele has the honour of the Inaugural Dukes’ Lecture and will speak on ‘Training and being Trained’ and will incorporate some social media ideas and experiences from the podcast ‘Behind The Knife’.

“There will also be several new sessions at this year’s meeting, including the first main session on the programme which will feature aspects of emergency surgery with an increasing awareness by ACPGBI that forms a major part of most colorectal surgeons’ day-to-day practice. Colorectal surgeons are at the forefront of optimal delivery of emergency care and ACPGBI embraces an increasing involvement in emergency surgery planning and delivery.”

Intervening sessions will focus on a whole range of topics from early to advanced cancer, faecal immunohistochemical testing (FIT), pelvic floor issues, and will include a trainees, nursing and patient group programme.

The final session addresses some of the worrying areas of practice including criminal allegations, problems with the GMC and medicolegal defence and returning to work after illness, issues that can affect any of us in a life-time in colorectal surgery.


“The ACPGBI is the flagship organisation for surgeons who perform most of the emergency on-call in the British Isles, in addition to managing one of the commonest and most curable gastro-intestinal tract cancers. With a dynamic trainees and nursing groups and a growing patient group, ACPGBI is rapidly becoming a global leader in surgical research. Research, Innovation and Training will be the focus of much of the meeting aiming to inspire future generations of leaders and innovators in surgery.

“Dublin is one of the exciting capital cities in the world, with some of the leading pubs and restaurants where good Guinness is always flowing and has to be sampled in Dublin to truly appreciate the flavour. There is a drinks reception on Monday allowing delegates to mingle with friends and colleagues and arrange gatherings in the many city centre pubs and restaurants.

“I advise delegates to plan early – it’s easy to remember – 1-3 July! Book flights and accommodation as soon as you can and take advantage of the early bird registration rates. Come for the science but mainly for the fun.

“Unmissable and let’s make it the largest ACPGBI meeting ever!”

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Complimentary ACPN spaces

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