PARATHYROIDECTOMY IN CHILDREN
Dear colleagues and friends,
Tom Kurzawinski is inviting all BAETS members to contribute to a national survey of parathyroidectomies done in children and teenagers under the age of 18 years operated in the last decade (2004-2014). His personal experience of 38 such operations performed at the Great Ormond Street Hospital is already very impressive but through a national contribution we hope to reach even higher numbers.
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RESEARCH FORUM FOR BAETS MEMBERS
BAETS is committed to support and encourage the research work undertaken by younger members with an interest in this sub-specialty and to publicise the work of the more senior members who have contributed to this field.
BAETS Research Grant
BAETS executive have decided to award a research grant of up to £5000 to support work undertaken on a topic related to endocrine surgery. Funds will be allocated taking into account the financial position of the association and the merit of the applications.
Applications are sent for scoring to two experts in the relevant discipline. A decision is taken at the following BAETS executive meeting.
The winners of the three years grants were:
|2013/2014||Mr Sebastian Aspinall||Newcastle||Investigating the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stem cells in the aetiology of hyperparathyroidism|
|2012/2013||Mr Gerard Walls||Oxford||Use of a 46-gene signature to assess malignant potential in adrenal tumours|
|2011/2012||Mr Rajeev Parameswaran||Oxford||Helix pomatia agglutinin binding glycoproteins in adrenal tumours|
|2010/2011||Mr Saba Balasubramanian||Sheffield||Intra-operative Near Infra-red Fluorescence Imaging in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery|
British Journal of Surgery Prize for best presentation by a trainee at the annual BAETS meeting
In an attempt to acknowledge and encourage the contribution of our trainees to the BAETS meetings, a prestigious BJS Prize is awarded annually for the best presentation made a trainee. A formal Diploma and £500 prize was awarded in recent years to the following trainees.
|2014||Miss Kate Harvey||Plymouth||BRAF V600 Co-Testing in Thyroid FNA Cytology: Short-Term Experience in a Large Cancer Centre in the UK|
|2013||Mr Joel Smith||Birmingham||Exome sequencing of familial non-RET medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) identifies a novel potential disease susceptibility gene.|
|2012||Mr Neil Sharma||Birmingham|
|2011||Miss Anna Kamocka||Oxford||Impact of routine voice therapy on voice outcome after thyroid surgery – a randomised control trial|
BAETS Travelling Fellowship
The BAETS’ National Executive Committee has decided to reinstate the travelling fellowship. This will provide up to £1000 to trainees and Consultants in the first 3 years after their appointment. The aim is to support visits to prestigious units with the aim of learning a new technique or observing the management of complex cases.
The application will include: CV (maximum 4 pages) and letter of acceptance from the unit due to be visited. NON-BAETS members need a letter of support from an active BAETS member. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.
The successful candidate will be required to write a report on their visit to be published in the BAETS Newsletter and present at the first BAETS meeting after they return from their travels.
Mr Dae Kim benefited from this bursary in 2011 at he made a presentation at the 2012 BAETS meeting describing his training in robotic surgery in South Korea.
A list of papers published by BAETS members up to March 2012 was compiled (download page). More recently none of the members has submitted information for updating this file. At the next BAETS meeting will be discussed if this initiative should continue.
Registry of joint research projects
Projects for which it would be beneficial to gain the support of colleagues from other centres will be posted here. If you have patients that could be enrolled in such studies please contact the lead investigators.
|Birmingham||Urinary steroid profile in patients with adrenocortical cancer||Professor Wiebke Arlt|
|Birmingham||ADIUVO (randomized trial for adjuvant Mitten treatment in patients with early stage adrenocortical cancer)||email here|
|Cardiff||National Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Tissue Bank and Database project||Dr Laura
National Cancer Research Institute Funding
NCRI have recently produced a document collating funding opportunities for surgeons to undertake research, which can be downloaded here: http://www.ncri.org.uk/initiatives/surgery. The document is aimed at surgeons of all career stages and includes opportunities for both basic and clinical research. It has a cancer focus, although many of the opportunities are not exclusive to cancer.
Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust Research Funding
Applications are invited for the Research Fund of £60,000 (£30,000 per annum for two years) which are particularly patient focused and may lead to improving quality of life for thyroid cancer patients.
The award will be offered for projects with an anticipated completion date of two years and is available to projects undertaken within the UK and Eire.
Deadline : 30th June 2015”
Please click Butterfly research grant application for further details
Mr Kim Dae – Consultant ENT Surgeon at Portsmouth Hospital and Mr Radu Mihai – Consultant Endocrine Surgeon, Oxford have been elected as Surgical Speciality Leads for Endocrine Surgery as part of a new scheme organized by the Royal College of Surgeons. The support from the BAETS Executive played a major role in securing these positions. The remit of this job is to encourage, facilitate, initiate and/or coordinate three multicentre trials in the next 3 years.
One of the major aims of this initiative is to lay strong foundations for clinical research within our speciality by establishing multiple clinical research active units throughout the UK that work as a network. This scheme is not about the two elected Leads, it is about creating the environment in which each BAETS member can contribute to research and be recognized. Successful progress in this initiative is vitally important as it will shed a very positive light on our subspeciality and it would help with our continued recognition within the RCS. In addition, for individual members, participation to multicentre trials would be formally recognised in support of the pending revalidation process.
Initially we have created a core Clinical Studies Group (CSG) drawn from multiple research active centres that will spearhead this exciting project. We will then look to involve all our members for input and support. The BAETS website will form the main portal of information and communication. We ask you to regularly check the research section for updates and research involvement.
As one of the first steps, we would also like to create a register of current trials and clinical studies (and their funding). These current projects will be listed, future projects/trials added and all updated on the BAETS website. This will provide us with a running ‘statement’ of the current position for endocrine surgical research. PLEASE EMAIL ME DETAILS OF YOUR OWN STUDIES/PROJECTS THAT COULD BE LISTED (email here).
In anticipation of your support we look forward to making BAETS and Endocrine Surgery a research-driven & innovative specialty, which will allow us to successfully evolve and be stronger for it.
Thank you for your support !
Director of Research, BAETS Executive