We are delighted to welcome you to Liverpool where we are offering plenty for everyone with an interest in the pancreas – patients, public, nurses, dieticians, scientists, doctors, surgeons, managers, health service commissioners, pharmaceutical, medical diagnostic and device providers.

There will be the first National Pancreas Diseases Patient and Public Forum for information, updates, review, involvement, engagement, comment and input from patients and the public on front line research, health service provision and guideline development for pancreatic disease.

The Pancreas and GI Translational Science Symposium will focus on drug discovery and development for pancreatic and gastrointestinal inflammatory as well as neoplastic disease, with eagerly awaited input from leaders in these fields, carrying so much potential to transform the outcome of patients.

For example, there are no licensed drug treatments for both acute and chronic pancreatitis, and too few for pancreatic cancer, yet there are now promising targets with agents in early development that it is hoped will lead to standard therapy in future years.

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland will feature state of the art lectures on the management of acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic cancer.

There will be updates on endoscopic ultrasound, novel agents for neuroendocrine tumours and perspectives approaching stratification to personalized treatment of pancreatic malignancy.

Commissioning, guideline and national service capacity development will be highlighted and interactive case-based discussions will provide a stimulus to better practice.

The sixth Annual Nutrition Symposium will focus on enzyme replacement therapy, guidelines and much needed nutritional research.

The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition will host an important session on enhanced recovery after surgery and Clinical Nurse Specialists will review contributions to the management of complex pancreatic cases.

While the Patient and Public Forum is funded entirely from the public purse, we are most grateful for the support of the British Society of Gastroenterology towards the Translational Science Symposium.

We could not have mounted the Annual Meeting of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland without the outstanding support of industry – we are most grateful for all contributions, as well as continued positive dialogue in developing and supplying the very best agents, drugs, tools and instruments of care to our patients.

The contributions of each industry will be identifiable throughout the meeting, exhibiting the very latest products for all to take advantage.

Liverpool is a great city that also offers plenty for everyone with an interest in distinguished European cities, with so much to do and see for visitors and residents alike.

The Hilton Hotel is set amidst the new Liverpool One with many excellent restaurants, shops, department stores, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, arenas, galleries, museums and the Albert dock, the most popular attraction in the North West and largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK. Do join us and enjoy your stay!

Robert Sutton
President of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland