It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the traditional venue for our Winter Scientific Meeting, London. We have an excellent programme for you, ranging widely across plastic surgery. It includes the Gillies Lecture and two Hunterian Lectures, international guest lecturers from The Netherlands, Germany and Brazil, and leading home speakers, both medical and non-medical.
On Wednesday, the first day, after presentations on wound healing there is a Hunterian Lecture by Amit Roshan on keratinocyte behaviour in wound healing and skin cancer. In the afternoon Steven Hovius from Rotterdam starts the upper limb session with a guest lecture on Dupuytren’s disease. Later there are several presentations on lower limb reconstruction, concluding with a guest lecture by Umraz Khan. The day closes with the Annual General Meeting for BAPRAS members, and a drinks reception kindly sponsored by PRASIS, indemnity insurers for plastic surgeons.
On the second day, Thursday, there will be an informal breakfast at which you can meet and talk to the BAPRAS Officers and members of Council. BAPRAS is a membership organisation, and this is an opportunity for you to input into your Association. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
The meeting continues with experiences in Manchester and London after major civil incidents, followed by two keynote lectures on microsurgery, Venkat Ramakrishnan for the Gillies Lecture on microsurgical breast reconstruction, and Milomir Ninkovic for the Mercian S&T Microsurgery Lecture on results in microsurgery.
On Thursday afternoon there are updates on the provision of plastic surgery, including progress in our burgeoning UK National Flap Registry. Afterwards, in a session sponsored by PRASIS, the increasing burden of litigation in surgery will be discussed by a High Court Judge, an indemnity specialist and a surgeon.
That evening, the Association's annual dinner will be in the House of Lords, kindly hosted by Lord Ribeiro, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
On the last day, Friday, after the President’s prize competition, speakers will educate us about facial, aesthetic and body contouring surgery. The BAPRAS body contouring guidelines will be launched, Carlos Roxo from Rio de Janeiro will give us his wisdom about body lifting, and Greg Williams his expertise in hair transplant surgery.
The meeting concludes that afternoon with another Hunterian lecture, Ranjeet Geevan on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, and papers on breast surgery, including an update on Breast Implant Associated ALCL by Nigel Mercer, and Paul Harris on mastopexy augmentation.
Interspersed throughout the meeting there are free paper sessions, and workshop sessions on training fellowships, developing clinical trials (an area in which plastic surgery has recently advanced considerably), and innovation.
London always has much to offer to visitors, and I hope very much that you will enjoy this meeting, not only the scientific parts, but also the networking and socialising.