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Conference report: Cutting Edge Laryngology 2019

Cutting Edge Laryngology 2019 - by Natalie Watson, BLA Council Member

Cutting Edge Laryngology was a three-day conference organised by the British Laryngological Association (BLA) in the splendid surroundings of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It was a truly international affair with experts speaking on hot topics, new and developing skills and technologies. Keynote lectures were delivered from Lucian Sulica, New York, on vocal cord palsy, Mark Watson, the BLA President on laryngopharyngeal reflux, Christian Sittel, the current European Laryngological Society President and host of the 2020 ELS Conference in Stuttgart, on cricotracheal resection for subglottic stenosis, and Kishore Sandhu from Lausanne, Switzerland on laryngeal trauma.

A host of additional invited speakers imparted knowledge with updates and expert opinion on idiopathic subglottic stenosis (Alex Gelbard, Nashville, USA, Marshall Smith, Salt Lake City, USA). Office-based procedures were explored by Yakubu Karagama, London, Reza Nouraei, Poole, and Lucian Sulica. Taran Tatla, London, highlighted endoscopy advances in technology and Cian Hughes from Google explored the use of Artificial Intelligence in medicine. A section on the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia discussed the use of Botulinum toxin (Declan Costello, Wexham Park), Type 2 thyroplasty (Tetsuji Sanuki, Japan), and endoscopic thyroarytenoid neuromyectomy (Domingos Tsuji, Brazil). The Reverend Peter Meager led us through his patient journey with adductor spasmodic dysphonia for the past 40 years.

The dysphagia section included presentations on the MDT approach by Justin Roe, London, office balloon dilation by Kate Heathcote, Poole and pharyngeal pouches by Sam Majumdar, Dundee. Scharukh Jalisi, Boston, spoke on laryngeal rehabilitation after head and neck cancer treatment and Chadwan Al Yaghchi, London, on surgical voice rehabilitation after laser cordotomy. We were also updated by the lastest RRP evidence in adults and children by Sam Majumdar and Michelle Wyatt, London and Margaret Stanley, Cambridge, who explained the immunology. This was timely given the BLA’s position paper on Gardasil for patients with RRP (http://www.britishlaryngological.org/news/position-statement-gardasil).

There was a dedicated speech and language therapy session on the final day which enthralled the audience with the latest in the MDT approach to head and neck cancer, benign airway disorders and voice therapy. Free papers were also presented from a number of UK and international speakers. In addition, on each of the three days, discussion of difficult cases closed the sessions, with the debates continuing into the evening.

Finally, the BLA decided to go paperless for this year’s conference producing the “BLA Connect” app. This was no ordinary conference app and remains live to function as an interactive educational resource. This open-access app will help us to stay connected, share information and hopes to encourage debate and discussion. Please do download “BLA Connect” from your app store to your device and the BLA can keep you updated on the new resources coming soon.

Conference sessions have been recorded and are available online as Talking slides > 

For more information about joining BLA, benefits of membership, partnership opportunities, education, meetings or any other aspect of our work, please contact the BLA secretariat:

British Laryngological Association c/o ENT-UK
Royal College of Surgeons 
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields 
London WC2A 3PE, UK

enquiries@britishlaryngological.org 

 

 

Cutting Edge Laryngology 2016:
Pushing the boundaries in research, education and collaboration

This landmark event - the BLA’s most successful conference to date - offered an inspirational, world-class platform for leaders in the field to learn and debate over three information-packed days at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.   

The meeting featured separate laryngology and speech and language therapy talks as well as panel discussions, interactive poster sessions and rich opportunities for conversation, education and hands-on practice. 

Professor Sophie Scott's opening message Voices on the Brain was a tremendously well-received starting point for the meeting.  Other highlights included Paul Carding's live address from Australia and a lively and thought-provoking keynote message from Nathan Welham on the aerodynamics of the larynx.  Sessions covered a wide range of subjects including vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal dysfunction, neurolaryngology and regenerative approaches to the airway and also featured interactive panel discussions on difficult cases. Parallel SLT-focussed sessions covered evidence-based practice in voice therapy and invited active contributions.

A moving performance from laryngectomy patient choir Shout at Cancer offered a standout moment for delegates on the first evening of the conference, receiving rave reviews from conference visitors and a supportive online audience. The BLA also wishes to congratulate Guri Sandhu, winner of the prestigious Isshiki Award, as well as David Howard Award winners Markus Gugatschka and Kenji Mizoguchi and Laryngograph Trust Prize winner William Gao.

The conference was only the fifth in a series of increasingly popular annual BLA meetings and attracted 215 delegates from over 30 counties. Following on from this successful event, the BLA has been delighted to welcome an impressive group of new members to its growing and active community.   

BLA President Martin Birchall comments: “This year’s conference has surpassed our expectations, pushing the boundaries and encouraging the highest levels of education and collaboration.  We were thrilled to have contributions from such notables as Clark Rosen, Nathan Welham, Jean Abitbol, Stellan Hertegård, Sue Jones, Fiona Robinson and a host of other luminaries in our exciting field. I encourage everyone - surgeons, speech pathologists, physicians, scientists and students - to join us as a delegate at one of our growing number of educational meetings, and as a member of our vibrant association.”

The BLA would like to thank sponsors Aquilant Edoscopy, DP Medical, Karl Storz Endoskope, Laryngotech, Merz, Neurosign, the National Association Of Laryngectomee Clubs, Olympus, Pentax, Sigmacon and Soluvos Medical BV, whose support greatly enriched the conference and provided a valuable platform for learning and dialogue.

Conference sessions have been recorded and are available online as Talking slides > 

 

For more information about joining BLA, benefits of membership, partnership opportunities, education, meetings or any other aspect of our work, please contact the BLA secretariat:

British Laryngological Association c/o ENT-UK
Royal College of Surgeons 
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields 
London WC2A 3PE, UK

enquiries@britishlaryngological.org 

Botulinum toxin injection course

BLA Study Day in 'Botulinum Toxin Injection in Head & Neck Region'
Tuesday 7 January 2020
Guy's Hospital, London