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The Best of British

We live in a world that is getting smaller mainly because of global friendship, the Internet and the ease of travel. The British contribution to this should be a matter of pride for every UK urologist. Many friends and colleagues say that the BJUI has gone global, a decision that was made during the editorship of Hugh Whitfield and promoted under John Fitzpatrick. It was the correct move and has allowed British urology to maintain its prominent position in the rapidly changing world of academic publishing.

During BAUS 2013 we wanted our readers to know that the B in BJUI remains vital to the journal. We continue to publish and promote the best papers from UK for the benefit our local and international audience.

So here is the Best of British virtual issue, a selection of the most cited papers from UK in the BJUI in 2012-13. There are articles from every part of the British Isles proving that geography is not a barrier to quality.

It came as a surprise to me that Functional urology is the most cited section of the BJUI. We have highlighted a controversial but real life follow-up of patients having Botulinum toxin A injections for overactive bladder (OAB), a multicentre trial of a mini-sling and the natural history of urinary symptoms amongst ketamine users.

This is complemented by a Translational Science paper on the inhibition of stretching-evoked ATP release from bladder mucosa by anticholinergic agents. High-quality basic research with rapid translation is becoming real, thanks to the growth of Biomedical Research Centres in UK and overseas. We want to publish the best science papers and make them relevant to surgeons through Science Made Simple, a section that explains why our readers should care about science in a “dummies” fashion. The term “autophagy” is set to become as important as apoptosis.

Urological oncology is the largest section of the BJUI. There is considerable interest in prostate biopsies through the transrectal and transperineal routes and attempts at better imaging through MRI and perhaps Histoscanning. The role of surgery in high-risk prostate cancer is of particular relevance to British urologists within multidisciplinary teams as a number of our patients have aggressive, palpable and locally advanced disease. It is becoming clear that robotics can achieve oncological outcomes as robust as open surgery even in these patients. The Robotics and laparoscopy section of the BJUI has some of our most cited papers. We have given it prominence by featuring beautiful illustrations of  these common and evolving procedures in a Step by Step fashion on the front cover of our paper journal. Finally, a randomised controlled study evaluating the effects of metformin and lifestyle intervention on patients with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy, has an important message.

While a number of new modalities of resection such as blue light and narrow band imaging are emerging, good quality white light resection by experienced endoscopists must not be ignored. It is not just about resection, however; adjuvant intravesical gemciabine found its way into a systematic review in patients with non-muscle invasive disease.

The Upper urinary tract often suffers at the hands of the bladder and prostate but is equally important. We have highlighted systematic reviews of ureteroscopic and percutaneous management of upper tract urothelial carcinoma, its surgical management by other modalities and the changing trends in stone disease that will be of interest to our endourological colleagues.

We have introduced a new Surgical Education section and bring to your attention the first results from the BAUS SIMULATE project, which combines technical and non-technical skills. This will be of great importance to every British trainee and indeed we are the international standard bearers in this field, thanks to your active participation.

We thoroughly enjoyed selecting this issue for your reading pleasure. A number of these articles have already been free downloads on www.bjui.org as articles of the week, and are now free to everyone as part of this virtual issue. They are further promoted internationally through our social media network and we are hoping to see a number of you at the BJUI SoMe course during BAUS.

Enjoy the highest quality, most cited articles from Britain. And be very proud, you deserve it!

Prof. Prokar Dasgupta, Editor in Chief, BJUI, Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. @prokarurol

Scott Millar, Managing Editor, BJUI. @BJUIjournal

BAUS gears up for huge Annual Meeting

We are now in the last stages of preparation for this year’s British Association of Urologists (BAUS) Annual Meeting which takes place from 17th-20th June 2013 at Manchester Central.

This year’s meeting features a long list of distinguished International speakers including the following:

 

 

  • Professor Elspeth McDougall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Dr Paul Turek, The Turek Clinic, San Francisco, USA
  • Professor Simon Horenblas, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
  • Dr Gerard Henry, Regional Urology, Shreveport, USA
  • Professor Dirk De Ridder, University Hospitals KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor Roger Dmochowski, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
  • Professor Benjamin R. Lee, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, USA
  • Associate Professor Declan Murphy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Associate Editor (Social Media), BJUI.
  • Professor Glenn Preminger, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA
  • Professor Augustine Mallya, KCMC, Tanzania
  • Professor Markus Graefen, Martini-Clinic, Prostate Cancer Center, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
  • Dr Arthur Grollman, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
  • Professor Martin Gleave, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Professor Chandru Sundaram, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, USA
  • Dr A Brent Eastman, President of the American College of Surgeons
  • Associate Professor John W Davis, Associate Editor, Urologic Oncology, BJU International & The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA
  • Dr Quoc-Dien Trinh, Associate Editor, BJU International & University of Montreal Health Center, Canada
  • Professor Ramakrishna Venkatesh, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

These will all join with the leading figures in British urology to overview all of the hot topics in urology this year. We also have the best up and coming urologists presenting their research in our poster and plenary sessions throughout the week. The BAUS Office of Education have put together a very busy programme with 23 Teaching and Skills Courses running throughout BAUS week.

It all kicks off on Monday 17th with the Academic Urology subsection, the Annual Meetings of the Section of Andrology and the Section of FNUU (Female, Neurological and Urodynamic Urology) and the BJUI session for the Best Paper at BAUS 2013 10.00 to 11.00. All the subsections have an excellent programme with a tremendously varied agenda throughout the first day of the meeting.

Highlights for Tuesday include:

  • Point counterpoint sessions on working with industry in the morning and current urological conundrums in the afternoon
  • “Optimising the human mind” –  BAUS guest lecture from Steve Peters Consultant Psychiatrist who works with the national British cycling team   
  • Leading  Lights session: Tuesday pm, a chance for the up and coming scientific trainees to show their wares.

Wednesday highlights include:

  • The Urology Foundation lecture to be given by John Kelly 12.00-12.30. Bladder cancer State-of-the-Art
  • Prostate cancer update on national audit and NICE guidelines Wednesday am
  • SURG/TUF session on Wednesday afternoon concentrating on simulation and fellowships
  • Prostate Cancer UK guest lecture given by Martin Gleave 15.30 Wednesday

Thursday highlights include:

  • BAUS/AUA joint programme on minimally invasive renal surgery followed by the RCS Edinburgh Inaugural Guest lecture from Brent Eastman, President of the American College of Surgeons
  • Followed by a BJUI sub-plenary session  and BJUI guest lecture all on the Thursday morning.
  • Final session will be IBUS with four high profile speakers from the USA to finish of the meeting by 14.00

We are also presenting six satellite sessions throughout the week varying from prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction through to functional urology. Full details of the programme are at www.baus.org.uk/AGMpages/programme.

In addition, BAUS presents a number of prestigious awards each year to recognise individuals from within the UK and overseas who have made important contributions to urology and to recognise outstanding achievements. Here is a run down of awards to be presented during the upcoming Annual Meeting:

St Peter’s Medal 2013.

Citation by: Mr Mark Speakman, Vice-President of BAUS

Presented to: Mr Malcolm Lucas, Morriston Hospital, Swansea

St Paul’s Medal 2013

Citation by: Mr Adrian Joyce, President of BAUS

Presented to: Professor Glenn Preminger, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA

BAUS Gold Medal 2013

Citation by: Mr Jonathan Ramsay, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Presented to: Mr Justin Vale, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Karl Storz Harold Hopkins Golden Telescope Award

Presented to: Mr Paul Jones, Morriston Hospital, Swansea

BAUS Certificates of Distinction

Presented to:

Mrs Laura Knight, GlaxoSmithKline

Mr Richard Lawrence, Olympus Medical

Keith Yeates Memorial Medal and The Shackman Prize

Presented by: Professor Sam McClinton, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

On behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Presented to: Miss Tina Rashid, University College Hospital, London

The SURG/STORZ Silver Cystoscope Award to the UK Trainer of the Year

Introduction and presentation by Mr Ben Grey, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Presented to Mr Kieran O’Flynn, Salford Royal Foundation Trust

We will also be tweeting out highlights and information from our new Twitter account @BAUSurology. Follow the hashtag #baus13 for latest news and highlights and thanks to the BJUI Social Media team for helping with our social media activity. We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester!

Andy Thorpe

Mr Andy Thorpe, Urologist, Honorary Secretary British Association of Urological Surgeons, Scientific Convenor of BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting

BAUS Honorary Secretary Mr Andy Thorpe and BAUS President Mr Adrian Joyce preview some of the highlights of the forthcoming BAUS Annual Meeting

 

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The BJUI and BAUS join forces at AUA in San Diego

For the first time, the BJUI and our friends at the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), joined forces at the Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association to stage a satellite session focusing on some interesting areas of urology. While both BAUS and BJUI have long had strong relations and have worked together on many occasions, this was the first time we had an opportunity to present a full afternoon of plenary content at the AUA.

This year’s AUA took place in beautiful San Diego, a very popular destination for delegates, even those travelling all the way from the UK. The convention centre is very conveniently located and is state-of-the-art. The adjoining Marriott hotel hosts many of the satellite events and it was here on Sunday 5th May 2013 that the joint BAUS/BJUI session took place. We attracted over 200 delegates in the face of tremendous competition from parallel sessions and had a wonderful atmosphere all afternoon.

Prokar Dasgupta excited about this session at AUA Annual Meeting 2013

Part one was chaired by BAUS President Adrian Joyce and featured state-of-the-art lectures from Prof Tony Mundy, Dr Tamsin Greenwell, Dr Craig Rogers, Mr Ben Challacombe, Mr Simon Brewster , Dr Philippa Cheetham and Prof Mark Emberton.

The second session was opened by BJUI Chairman Dr David Quinlan who gave a great introduction before handing over to BJUI Editor-in-Chief Prokar Dasgupta who Chaired the session. This was a fascinating session which combined state-of-the-art addresses from well known BJUI editors/contributors Dr John Davis, Dr Peter Gilling and Dr David Ralph, along with an exciting overview of social media and digital publishing by Prokar Dasgupta, Casey Ng and myself. The future of publishing is certainly not in paper and attendees at this session were given a wonderful preview of how urology publishing might look in the future.

The joint session finished with the presentation of the BJUI Coffey–Krane Prize, which was accepted by Dr Christian Pavlovich on behalf of his team for their paper Impact of surgical technique (open vs laparoscopic vs robotic-assisted) on pathological and biochemical outcomes following radical prostatectomy: an analysis using propensity score matching. The Prize was presented by the great Dr Coffey who gave a humorous overview after his warm introduction by Dr Quinlan.

Dr Christian Pavlovich receives the CoffeyKrane Prize 2013 from Dr Donald Coffey,
Prof Prokar Dasgupta and Mr David Quinlan

Attendees enjoyed socializing over drinks following the session and toasted the strong relationship between BAUS, the BJUI and the AUA.

We look forward to similar conjoined events in the future and are particularly looking forward to the BJUI supporting the forthcoming BAUS Annual Meeting in Manchester from 17–20th June 2013.

 

Declan Murphy BJUI Associate Editor

Follow Declan on Twitter @declangmurphy

 

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