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The Voice For Breast Surgery in the UK
ABS ~ Association of Breast Surgery

Calendar of Meetings

The ABS includes a calendar of meetings on its website for general information.  It does not represent an endorsement of any of the meetings here.
Oxford Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course (OOPS)
16 Mar 2017 - 17 Mar 2017

The Oxford Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course (OOPS) is being held at the Said Business School in Oxford on the 16th and 17th of March 2017. 

Day-1: Therapeutic Mammoplasty & Breast Reduction

Day-2: Partial Breast Reconstruction (Chest wall Perforator flaps)

To view the full programme for this event please click here.

For more information or to register, please contact Lauren Janssen (Course Administrator) at

Breast Cancer: Living with and beyond
28 Mar 2017

On 28th March 2017 Dr Margaret Spittle OBE will be chairing the Breast Cancer: Living with and beyond Symposium at the Medical Society of London.

Please click here to view the flyer for this event and RSVP to if you wish to attend.

POSNOC Regional Investigator Meetings 2017
30 Mar 2017 - 4 Jul 2017

POSNOC will be holding five regional investigator meetings this year, taking place in the following regions:

30 March 2017 - Birmingham

28 April 2017 - Leeds

30 May 2017 - London

8 June 2017 - Edinburgh

4 July 2017 – Cardiff

You can download the flyer here.

Please register your interest by emailing the POSNOC trial team for a registration form at

Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Conference 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017

Conference Highlights

Submit your research and audit abstracts to be considered for presentation at an international conference.

• Accepted abstracts published in International Journal of Surgery (Pubmed indexed)

• Over £3,500 of specialty prizes to be won!

• Choose from a broad range of low-cost, high-quality preconference educational courses covering technical skills, specialty specific skills, research and non-technical skills

• Educational conference programme with clinical updates, topical discussions and career planning.

• Dedicated content for both senior trainees and medical students.

• Socialise with trainees from the UK and abroad at our free welcome drinks reception.

• Attend our famous Charity Gala Dinner at The Bournemouth Pavilion

To view the conference flyer please click here or visit the website for more information

iBRA-Net Reconstruction Evaluation Network Launch
3 Apr 2017

You are invited to the launch meeting of  iBRA – Net. 

We are seeking to set up a network of surgeons committed to innovation with evaluation and this inaugural meeting will focus on how we can do this effectively, so that new techniques can be introduced quickly, and  safely.  We hope to have surgeons from most units involved, and are looking forward to your input on the day when there will be time for discussion of the proposal (which will be circulated in advance) and we will be setting up the inaugural steering group. 

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here and the programme can be accessed here.       

Hope to see you there.

Prof Chris Holcombe and Shelley Potter     

Advanced Skills in Breast Disease Management
4 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017

Advanced Skills in Breast Disease Management is a four day course aimed at ST6-8 & consultants and carries 24 CPD points.

This state-of-the-art course delivers the opportunity to learn a wide range of advanced knowledge and examine best practice from the cutting-edge of breast disease management. You will benefit from interactive lectures and lively discussions based on real life scenarios, working alongside colleagues and leading experts in the breast disease field.

Candidates can gain advanced knowledge and examine best practice from the cutting-edge of breast disease management. 

You can find out more about this course here.

King George Hospital Breast Study Day
5 Apr 2017 - 6 Apr 2017

King George Hospital will be holding a Breast Study Day on Wednesday 5th April 2017 in the Lecture Theatre of the Education Centre and it is open for any interested students to join for a fee of £50 only. The study day is aimed at surgical students who will be sitting their FRCS exams in early summer. You can find a flyer giving details of what the day will entail here. If you are interested in attending please download the booking form here.

For further details please contact Diane Sondhi on 0208 970 8128 or at

ESSO Course on the Management of High Risk Patients for Breast Cancer: A multidisciplinary Approach
7 Apr 2017 - 8 Apr 2017

This course in London will provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of the management of patients with increased risk for developing breast cancer.

The goal will be to provide evidence based and up-to-date information on all aspects of care for those with a higher than average level of risk for developing breast cancer.

The course will deliver a practical, workshop-based approach for surgeons and clinicians providing them with the scientific evidence and information to help their patients to reach informed decisions about their future.

To find out more about this course please click here, or visit

Cambridge Chest Wall Perforator Flap & Reconstruction Course
20 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017

The Cambridge Chest Wall Perforator Flap & Reconstruction Course will take place on 20th and 21st April 2017 at the Evelyn Cambridge Surgical Training Centre.

This course is targeted at Consultants, Senior trainees and SAS grades.

You can view the programme for this event here.

For further details please contact Mrs Julie Graham on 01223 274452 or at or apply online here. 

IBSD 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017

The 5th International Breast Symposium Düsseldorf (IBSD) will take place at the InterContinental Hotel situated at the Königsallee in Düsseldorf.

 Scientific Director:

Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Andree

Director of the Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Sana Kliniken Düsseldorf

BREAST & BODY – Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Königsallee 88, Düsseldorf

Date / Venue

Friday, 28th - Saturday, 29th April 2017

Hotel InterContinental Düsseldorf, Großer Ballsaal I + II

Königsallee 59, 40215 Düsseldorf

Telefon: +49 211 8285-0

Click here to find out more. 

Pain Study Day: Persistent Pain Following Breast Cancer
28 Apr 2017

Venue: The Royal Marsden Conference Centre, London, UK

Persistent pain following breast surgery occurs frequently and often has a devastating impact on those patients affected. Our understanding of the condition remains rudimentary, although progress has been made in delineating its epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors and treatment.

This cross-specialty study day will draw together surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, physiotherapists and any other interested parties to review these topics. An International faculty of speakers will present the latest thoughts on persistent post breast surgery pain. Areas covered include risk stratification of patients, the impact of surgical and anaesthetic techniques and treatment approaches. There will be ample opportunity throughout the day (and afterwards!) to discuss points of interest and to network with like-minded colleagues.

International Surgical Congress of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
3 May 2017 - 5 May 2017

The ASGBI 2017 International Surgical Congress will be held in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th May.

The theme of the congress will be ‘Safer Surgery’, recognising the significant efforts and initiatives to ensure contemporary surgical services deliver safe and effective care. 

You can view the provisional programme for this event here or find out more on the website. 

Clinical Leadership and Management Courses for Surgical Specialties
8 May 2017 - 10 May 2017

Keele University are running a course for Clinical Leadership and Management for Surgical Specialties.  The course is run over 3 days and is intended for Specialty Trainees in their penultimate or final year of training.  Trainees at an earlier stage may also be interested.

For further information please see the flyer or the website

Breast Surgery as Day Surgery: A Joint HCUK & BADS conference
11 May 2017

The Breast Surgery as Day Surgery: A Joint HCUK & BADS conference will take place at The Studio Conference Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 11th May 2017. 

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland has awarded this conference 4.5 CPD points.

You can download the programme and registration form here, or find out more on the website. 

Mammary Fold Pre-ABS Conference Education Day
14 May 2017

Mammary Fold members can click here to downlad the programme for the Pre-ABS Conference Education Day which will be held on Sunday 14th May at Ulster Hall, Belfast.

Specialty Skills in Breast eLearning Programme
9 Jun 2017

The Specialty Skills in Breast eLearning Programme is a combination of online learning materials and activities with two face-to-face days, the first took place on 19th January at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in London and the second will take place on 9th June in Milton Keynes.

This course is suitable for CT1-2 & ST3-4 and those interested in the last few places can register their interest online.

ESSO Course on Intraoperative Ultrasound Guided Breast Surgery
14 Jun 2017 - 15 Jun 2017

How to Start a Successful Breast Intraoperative Ultrasound Surgery Program at your Institution

This course intends to address and explore a variety of topics, from principles, indications, surgical planning and decision making to operative techniques and complications management.

It will provide a practical workshop-based approach to advance expertise and clinical competency for surgeons who use ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures in their practice.

For more information on this course please click here or visit

BAPRAS & FAPRAS Summer Scientific Meeting
15 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and the Finnish Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons will be holding a joint summer scientific meeting in Helsinki, Finland. 

For more information on how to register for the meeting, go to Early registartion rates are available until 16 March - book now for a 10% discont on the standard prices. A list of guest speakers confirmed so far is available on the website. 

Fertility, Sexuality and Menopause in Cancer
21 Jun 2017

Venue: The Royal Marsden Conference Centre, London, UK

Treatment of cancer has always been the primary focus on the oncological agenda. Survivorship has received a growing attention and we believe that it is best addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective starting from time of cancer diagnosis into the follow-up phase. This study day will focus on three challenging areas in the management of women with cancer. By the end of the day, we anticipate that you will have had an overview of the current evidence supporting treatment decisions and challenges faced by women and health professionals working in this field. This day will be suitable for all those directly or indirectly involved in the care of women with cancer across different malignancies; gynaecological and breast cancer surgeons, general gynaecologists, medical and clinical oncologists, cancer nurse specialists, and other health workers caring for women with cancer.

Wolverhampton Breast Meeting (WBM) - Innovations and Advances in Breast Surgery (IABS)
26 Jun 2017

The Wolverhampton Breast Conference on Innovations and advances in Breast Surgery (IABS) at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park is a one day meeting on Monday 26th June 2017 with an exciting scientific programme, expert international faculty and lively discussion and debate. It is the first international prepectoral based implant reconstruction conference.

Registration for this event is now open and you can view the programme here. 

Register by visiting the website here.

National Oncoplastic Fellows Meeting - Liverpool
30 Jun 2017

This meeting is for all current and incoming Oncoplastic fellows (TIG and Trust funded), all past TIG fellows and all educational supervisors of the fellowship. We have an exciting day planned for you with a stimulating programme to be released soon and the Keynote speaker as below.

Leading in hostile and challenging environments – Lessons from the Military 

Major General Paul Nanson CBE,

Commandant, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Places are limited so please register your interest by 

West Midlands Chapter of Breast Meeting
5 Jul 2017

Date for your diary:  Wednesday 5 July 2017

Venue:  Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester WR5 1DD

Further programme details to follow.

Integrating Inherited Cancer syndromes into Cancer Care
6 Sep 2017

Venue: The Royal Marsden Conference Centre, London, UK

This one day course will examine the relevance of genetic test results for management of oncology patients presented in the format of a site specific multidisciplinary meeting. The panel will present each case and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about each case. The learning objectives of the course is an appreciation of the contribution of genetic results for planning treatment, prognostic indicators, assessing future cancer risk and planning long term cancer surveillance for the patient as well as understanding the relevance of genetic testing for patients’ relatives. The course will cover colorectal cancer, breast cancer and endocrine cancer cases. This study day will use interactive learning to explore the advances which make mainstreaming cancer gene testing possible and the challenges and potential processes to its implementation. It will be of interest to all geneticists, genetic counsellors, oncologists, oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals with an interest in cancer genetics.

ORBS 2017 – 6th International Scientific Meeting
25 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017

ORBS 6th Scientific Meeting in Nottingham is aimed at consultant and trainees who are specialists or interested in Oncoplatic Surgery. One of the only focused Scientific Oncoplastic meetings in the UK ORBS invites its delegates to submit abstracts for consideration for oral and poster presentations.

Early Bird rates ends 30th April 2017

Abstract submission closes 30th June 2017

For more information please see the  meeting flyer, download the programme and visit our website

The 10th Annual Royal Marsden Breast Cancer Meeting: Hot Topics in Breast Cancer
6 Oct 2017

Venue: The Royal College of Physicians, London UK

This year’s meeting aims to provide an update on what is new, challenging and controversial in the management of patients with breast cancer. The meeting will address the contentious dilemmas surrounding Post Mastectomy Radiotherapy and Reconstruction, and the change in practice. Various other challenges and hot topics in medical oncology will also be addressed.

This year marks a decade of organising these annual meetings and are delighted to announce our Cridlan lecturer - Professor Mitch Dowsett, who will be ‘unravelling the mysteries of ER + Breast Cancer’. His research focuses almost exclusively on breast cancer and predominantly on hormonal aspects of the disease and biomarkers of response. The meeting is open to all professionals who are involved in looking after women with breast cancer, including clinicians and senior nurses.

**Early booking highly recommended as we were heavily oversubscribed last year!

Anaesthesia for Major Surgery: what’s new?
12 Oct 2017

Venue: The Royal Marsden Conference Centre, London, UK

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in this very popular international seminar on anaesthesia for major surgery.

This year’s topics will cover various aspects of anaesthesia management of major surgical patients, including pre-operative assessment, intra-operative monitoring, evidence based practice of fluid and haemorrhage management and problem based solutions. Lectures will be delivered by well-known international and national speakers and there will be a unique opportunity for trainees to submit abstracts for the case presentation competition.

The conference is for all practicing anaesthetists and intensivists involved in the management of major surgery patients. Last years event was a sell out and this is a great opportunity to meet with key decision makers from across the country. We look forward to you joining us at this very exciting seminar 

BASO Annual Conference and NCRI Cancer Conference
5 Nov 2017 - 8 Nov 2017

The BASO Annual Conference and NCRI Cancer Conference will take place from 5th-8th November at The BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. Abstracts on all cancer related topics and specialty areas are invited for the forthcoming meeting. There will be oral and poster prize sessions.


Abstract Submission: 3rd April-4th June

Early bird Registration: 3rd April – 30th June

Standard Registration: 1st July – 22nd October

Late breaking Abstract: 31st July – 28th August

Abstract submission via website only, please visit

The Royal Marsden Pain and Opioid Cancer (2-Day) Conference
16 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017

Venue: The Royal Marsden Conference Centre, London, UK              

It is a great pleasure once again to invite you to the 10th Royal Marsden Pain and Opioid Conference. This follows on from last year’s very successful event organised as part of the 4th Global Conference on Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient.

Opioids still form the mainstay of many types of pain for both cancer and non-malignant pains. Although there is evidence for their effect, opioids also are associated with significant side effects in the short and long term. This day will examine these varied aspects of opioids from targeting multiple receptors to a detailed examination of adverse gastrointestinal effects. We will also hear up to date reviews on opioids for non-malignant pain, addiction, the use of opioids at end of life and in paediatric practice from experts in these fields. The programme aims to update practitioners with useful and informative facts that will keep their opioid knowledge fresh and contemporaneous.

Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Symposium
15 Jan 2018 - 16 Jan 2018

The first UK Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Symposium exploring the latest advances in research and treatments will take place in January 2018.

The event will include national and international keynote speakers, plenary sessions, mini symposia, workshops, free oral communications and poster presentations.

Click here to view the flyer.

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