Category Archives: Education

Cholangiocarcinoma day

The 17th of February is an important day in our house as it is the birthday of one of our kids. This year it has an added significance as it is the very first cholangiocarcinoma day. Bile duct cancer or … Continue reading

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Practical information for Online Surgery Masters courses in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Surgery group have developed a number of distance learning courses in surgery through the initiative of Professor James Garden.  Applications for this academic year are now closed but if you are considering applying for next year this article … Continue reading

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Transplantation ethics Glasgow Science Festival

Well here goes a bit of an experiment. I recently gave a lecture in the Goodall symposium at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow as part of the Glasgow Science festival. I used the zooming presentation platform … Continue reading

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TACE – Good radiological response does not necessarily equate with improved overall survival

Here is my highlight from the March edition of the journal HPB The treatment options for non-resectable primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are limited. Trans arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is a therapy which has achieved considerable popularity as a means for treating … Continue reading

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Is it time to revisit elective ventilation?

Elective ventilation is in simple terms the process of keeping a person alive through artificial ventilatory support for the purpose of procuring organs. The Exeter Protocol famously used elective ventilation as a means of maintaining physiology of patients who were … Continue reading

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A small piece of transplant history

When my colleague and friend Phil Dyer recently retired as Professor of Histocompatability and Immunogenetics at Edinburgh in the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service he brought with him a small gift from his bookshelf. Phil was determined to retire without any … Continue reading

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Liver resection or liver transplantation for solitary hepatitis C virus associated hepatocellular carcinoma?

This is my february highlight from the journal HPB In the September issue of HPB we published a meta-analysis which showed that outcomes for patients with HCC from all causes were better after liver transplantation than after liver resection but that this … Continue reading

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