10th & 11th November 2016

BJA Research Forum Winter Meeting 2016


This year’s Winter meeting will be held on Thu & Fri 10th & 11th November 2016 at the Golden Jubilee Conference Centre, Glasgow. Delegates may claim a maximum of 9 CME credits (approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists).

The meeting will include keynote lectures and research presentations. Abstracts are particularly welcome from Anaesthesia Trainee Research Groups and RAFT.

Registration IS NOW OPEN and the ABSTRACT DEADLINE has been EXTENDED to OCT 3rd

Keynote Lectures will include

  • Bridging the gap between healthcare data and big data analysis
    by Chris Hawthorne
    Dr Chris Hawthorne is a Consultant in Head and Neck Anaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow. His clinical work is focused on the care of patients with brain and spinal injuries. His current research reflects this clinical interest and belief that the innovative use of clinical data and technology can lead to advances in patient care.

    During his talk entitled “Bridging the gap between healthcare data and big data analysis” Chris will illustrate the novel techniques his group have developed for rapid, online analysis of high frequency ‘waveform level’ clinical data, culminating in the development of the ‘CHART-ADAPT’ (Connecting Healthcare And Research Through A Data Analysis Provisioning Technology) project.

    CHART-ADAPT is an Innovate UK funded project which brings together leaders in healthcare technology and informatics to collaboratively develop a platform capable of extracting high-frequency physiological patient data, analyzing it, and then returning the results directly back to the clinician, enabling clinically important physiological models and analyses to be implemented more quickly into clinical practice.

  • Invasive physiological assessment of the coronary circulation and its relevance to anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and critical care
    by Professor Keith G Oldroyd
    Professor Keith G Oldroyd is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the West of Scotland Regional Heart and Lung Centre in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

    Professor Oldroyd holds a personal chair within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. He qualified in medicine from the University of Aberdeen in 1982. Following clinical training in Glasgow he was awarded a BHF Clinical Research Fellowship and received his MD degree with Honours for work on the pathophysiological role of endogenous opioids in patients with coronary disease and heart failure. Subsequently he was a Fellow in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Toronto. From 1995-2002 he led the Interventional Cardiology Service at Hairmyres Hospital. In 2002 he moved to the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. In 2007 he became the first Clinical Director of Cardiology at the newly created West of Scotland Regional Heart and Lung Centre. From 2011-2014 he was also Director of R&D and currently he leads on CV research for NHS Scotland.

    His research interests include the clinical and experimental assessment of novel drug eluting stents and the use of invasive physiological indices of stenosis severity to guide decision making in the cath lab.

    He has been a principal investigator in several international trials including FAME, FAME 2, PRAMI and LEADERS FREE, all of which have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Currently he is the UK principal investigator for several studies including two trials of stem cell therapy in acute myocardial infarction.

  • Patient record linkage in Scotland and the UK: Opportunities for future research
    by Professor Colin McCowan
    Colin McCowan is Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Glasgow and has research interests in the use of existing routine data within epidemiological studies and in the support of clinical trials and other research methods. He has an interest in the provisioning of data for research and the Robertson Centre jointly runs the West of Scotland Safe Haven with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, providing access to routine clinical data for research. He leads the capacity building work stream of the Farr Institute and has published widely in the epidemiological and clinical medicine literature.

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5pm Monday 3rd October 2016



A limited number of hotel rooms may still be available, please contact the meeting organiser Dr Ben Shelley ( b.shelley@clinmed.gla.ac.uk ) directly to enquire.

£150 ARS members 2 day conference only rate (includes lunches only)
£180 ARS non-members 2 day conference only rate (includes lunches only; to join the ARS is £30)
£75 Student or Research Methods attendee 2 day conference only rate (includes lunches only)
£100 ARS members 1 day rate (includes lunch)
£130 ARS non-members 1 day rate (includes lunch; to join the ARS is £30)
£50 Student or Research Methods attendee 1 day rate (includes lunch)
£40 Dinner only


The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel (formerly known as the Beardmore Hotel) is an international conference centre with the high standards and comfort of a four star Hotel.

It is set on the picturesque banks of the River Clyde less than 20 minutes from Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow City centre and the beautiful Scottish countryside in nearby Loch Lomond.

The hotel has more than 300 free parking spaces, a health club which includes a 15 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and fully equipped gym. There is free Wi-Fi internet access with high speed broadband and free transfers from Glasgow airport.

Research Methods

A Research Methods training meeting will be held on the day before the main conference (Wed 9th November 2016). For more information about this email Irene.Kielty@gjnh.scot.nhs.uk.


If you have any queries please email Irene.Kielty@gjnh.scot.nhs.uk for further information. Accommodation on Wed 9th or Fri 11th Nov may also be available.