Annual Meeting

The 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland will be held on

Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 April 2018 at The University of Manchester




Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to take over from David Lomas as President of the Association and welcome you to Manchester for the 112th Annual Meeting. We have been working very hard on the programme. Annual meetings can always benefit from a refresh. Alongside favorite elements, we have made some changes to broaden and reinforce the Association's appeal and purpose. I would like to thank members for their feedback, and David, Colin Dayan and the rest of the Executive Committee for their hard work. Some of the highlights are below.

The Meeting will be held over the usual Thursday-Friday format in the Renold Building at the University of Manchester with registration this year including the Annual Dinner. The meeting venue is very close to Piccadilly Station and surrounded by a range of good hotels catering for all budgets. The Scientific Programme will be focused on breaking news presented by our emerging stars. Please do encourage them to submit abstracts for the November 1st deadline (Note - abstract submission is now closed). The importance of engaging the next generation has been brought into sharp focus recently by the 2017 UK-wide Survey of Clinical Health Research Fellowshipsshowing a worrying decline in the numbers of clinical academics establishing their independence. I know members will join me in recognizing that the Association has an important role to play here. The MRC, NIHR and Wellcome Trust would like our input. Therefore, we will start Thursday morning with a new initiative, a Career Development Workshop, for the holders of prestigious clinical fellowships from within our specialties in conjunction with the funding agencies. The Fellows, introduced by a member, will then be invited to join us for the remainder of the meeting.

The more traditional Association business will commence at lunchtime. The George Griffin Lecture will be delivered by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health, on his vision for NIHR. Professor Sir Doug Turnbull will deliver the Osler Lecture on his pioneering work on mitochondrial disorders. We have Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, as a plenary speaker on the challenges of providing evidence-based guidance in modern medicine and Professor Caroline Dive, Deputy Director & CEP Group Leader, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, as a plenary speaker on liquid biopsy, cencer detection and precision medicine. On Thursday evening, the Reception will be hosted in the beautiful setting of the Manchester Museum followed by the Annual Dinner in the adjacent, and equally beautiful, Whitworth Hall. It is a great pleasure to have Sir Howard Bernstein delivering the pre-dinner address reflecting on nearly 20 years running Manchester City Council and overseeing the city’s regeneration and prosperity. On Friday afternoon, following last year’s success, we will host the Second Joint Association of Physicians – Academy of Medical Sciences Symposium, chaired by myself and Professor Paul Stewart, the Academy’s Vice-President on the cutting-edge topic of “Big Data in Clinical Research”.

Please book early and join us in Manchester for an exciting programme.

Professor Neil Hanley

Professor of Medicine, University of Manchester

Please refer to Scientific Programme for more information 


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