BLA Study Day: inaugural event in Edinburgh

The BLA’s first ever Edinburgh Study Day attracted 50 local, national and international participants to a state-of-the-art overview of the latest research and findings in laryngology. The meeting’s location at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh provided an inspirational backdrop for the course on 24 March, 2017.

“We were extremely pleased with the interaction and discussion on the day,” says course convener and BLA Council Member Sam Majumdar, Laryngologist and Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee.  “We felt that we were really able to update local clinicians with the latest information and stimulate discussion on a variety of important topics.”

Based on the success of this initial meeting, the BLA plans to plans to hold major events at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the future.

Leading practitioners contributing included:

  • Mr David Wynne, Consultant Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow
  • Andrew Kinshuk, ENT Registrar, Imperial College
  • Julia Selby, Clinical Lead SLT for Voice, ENT and Respiratory Services at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London
  • Mr Mark Watson, Consultant ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon, Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital
  • Mr Mered Harries, Consultant Laryngologist, Brighton NHS Trust and
  • Sally Kaighin, Senior Speech & Language Therapist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

as well as BLA Council members:

  • Kate Heathcote, Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
  • Yakubu Karagama, Consultant Laryngologist, Central Manchester University Hospital
  • R Sam Majumdar, Laryngologist and Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee
  • Christella Antoni, Consultant Speech & Language Therapist (Voice), and
  • Prof Martin Birchall, BLA President and Professor of Laryngology and Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London.

The BLA, whose membership is open to all medical, scientific and health-focussed professionals interested in diseases of the throat, runs several study days each year as well as an Annual Meeting and the Cutting Edge Laryngology conference in alternate years.

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The next BLA Study Day - Practical Skills in the Voice Clinic


The BLA:Practical Skills in the Voice Clinic will be held on Friday 10 February 2023 in central London (Welbeck Health, Wigmore Street).