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Bristol-Cardiff Surgical Exchange

posted 27 Jan 2013, 10:01 by Bristol Scrubs   [ updated 27 Jan 2013, 10:09 ]

The big surgical event of the year is less than a week away!
Event:Bristol Cardiff Surgical Exchange
Date: Saturday 2nd Feb 2013
Time: Pickup from outside senate house at 9am and return by 5pm
Open to: Medics in all years
Cost: £3
This year it is Bristols turn to host the annual Bristol-Cardiff Surgical Exchange and we planto make this event even bigger and better than before. There are talks throughout the day by surgeons from each of the surgical specialties about the future and major breakthroughs that have occurred. There are also 6 great surgical workshops that include:
-plating bones + arthroscopy
-cyst removal
-pyloric stenosis simulation
-basic and advanced suturing skills
-intubation simulation
-ear sculpting
All of this plus lunch, snacks and transportation is included for just £3. This really is incredible value for money.

RCSEd Student Surgical Skills Competition

posted 8 Nov 2012, 06:17 by Bristol Scrubs   [ updated 8 Nov 2012, 06:43 ]

Following the overwhelming success of the 2011/2012 Lister Surgical Skills Competition, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to announce the launch of the 2012/2013 Surgical Skills Competition.
This nationwide competition will give aspiring surgeons in their 4th or 5th year of UK medical school an opportunity to practise and compete in a range of surgical challenges, from suturing and knot-tying to undertaking key-hole surgery skills tests. There are 20 places available in each heat. The winner of each heat will progress to the grand final to be held in Edinburgh in March 2013 (all expenses covered) for a chance to be crowned overall winner and to win a trip to the famous Johnson and Johnson surgical institute in Hamburg.
Date: Sat 24th Nov 2012
Location: Bristol
Open to: 4th and 5th year medical students
To enter the heat, you simply need to register on the College website at<>.

Cell Bandage to treat meniscal tears

posted 30 Aug 2012, 12:33 by Bristol Scrubs   [ updated 30 Aug 2012, 12:39 ]

Azellon, from the University of Bristol, and the developer of stem cell therapies for tissue repair has announced that recruitment has commenced for the phase I/IIa trial of its Cell Bandage for knee meniscus repair. The Azellon procedure takes stem cells, harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, grows them on a structural bio-scaffold, and two weeks later implants the newly created Cell Bandage into the patient’s knee.
Meniscal tears currently only have the potential to heal if they are located in the peripheral edge of the meniscus however this accounts for only 10% of cases. Instead, treatment usually involves removal of the damaged part of the meniscus, although this surgery is strongly correlated with development of osteoarthritis.
Azellon’s Cell Bandage is designed to enable the tear to repair itself by encouraging cell growth in the affected tissue. The Cell Bandage trial is a Phase I/IIa clinical study at Southmead Hospital in Bristol under the supervision of Professor Ashley Blom. The Cell Bandage trial will run throughout the second half of this year, with preliminary results expected by the middle of 2013.

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