About this event

  • Date and time Mon 6 Sep 2021 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Coloproctology

This unique meeting will highlight a range of advances and challenges likely to impact healthcare over the next 20 years and will also delve into what they are and how they might be applied to coloproctology.

If you would like to watch the live stream version of this meeting, please book your place here.

Join a faculty of experts to explore short and medium-term advances that will change colorectal surgical practices, including exciting topics in technological, biological, IT and systems innovations. 

Various major challenges will also be addressed, including climate change, demographic alterations and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be reviewed.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about developments in robotics and how these will affect colorectal surgery
  • Gain awareness of what artificial intelligence and ‘big data’ are and how they can be used in healthcare
  • Know what technologies will impact surgical training and how
  • Become aware of risks and governance surrounding technology and innovation in healthcare
  • Understand the biology behind stem cell therapies, bioengineering and genomics, and how these can be used in colorectal practice
  • Know about challenges to colorectal services, including climate change and the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are aware of how these can be addressed

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Standard pricing available until 05 September 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£96.00 £57.00 £57.00 £57.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£160.00 £95.00 £95.00 £50.00

Key speakers

Kate Tatton Brown

Genomics Education Programme, NHS England

Michele Diana

Medical Scientific Director, IRCAD, Strasbourg

Ms Nadine Hachach-Haram

CEO, Proximie

Neil Mortensen

President, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Neil Smart

Editor in Chief, Colorectal Disease 


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Sue Clark, President, Coloproctology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark's, The National Bowel Hospital

Surgical technology coming our way

Chair: Pasha Nisar

Robotics – what next?

Henry Tilney, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Frimley Park Hospital

New reality - AR and VR

Nadine Hachach-Haram, CEO, Proximie

Technological solutions to training and proctorship

Jared Torkington, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Integrating imaging and surgery

Michele Diana, Medical Scientific Director, IRCAD, Strasbourg

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Biotechnologies and data

Chairs: Henry Tilney, Amy Lord

Artificial intelligence and big data – what are they?

Nicholas Fuggle, Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute

Stem cells in Crohn’s disease – science or fad?

Steve Brown, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Bioengineering - replacing the gut

Laween Meran, Gastroenterologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Innovation in surgery – facilitation, risks and regulation

Tony Young OBE, National Clinical Lead for Innovation NHS England and NHS Improvement


Genomics – what can it do for you?

Chair: Justin Davies, Meara Dean

Genomics – the interface between inheritance, disease and treatment

Ian Frayling, President, Association of Clinical Pathologists

The changing landscape of genomics services

Fiona Lalloo, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine

How does this impact on surgery?

Katy Newton, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust

Training – what and how

Kate Tatton Brown, Genomics Education Programme, NHS England

Panel discussion
The future of publishing - where and how will we get our information?

Neil Smart, Editor in Chief, Colorectal Disease

Tea and coffee break

A challenging future

Chairs: Sue Clark, Wal Baraza

Surgery for an aging and ailing population

Susan Moug, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley

Surgery in a sustainable world

Victoria Pegna, Member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of England

View from a Royal College President

Neil Mortensen, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Concluding remarks
Close of meeting

Drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

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