About this event

  • Date and time Wed 10 Jun 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Digital Health

Dr James Kinross, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, will speak about the future of personalised medicine made possible by listening to the patient's gut bacteria

Our gastrointestinal tract harbours a dynamic and complex ecosystem of trillions of microbial cells, called the gut microbiome, which plays a critical role in maintaining our health.

Join us for this interactive webinar, as we explore:

  • The extent of microbial variability between individuals, and within an individual over time and some of the factors influencing this variation
  • How changes in gut bacteria in response to surgical or medical interventions can affect a patient's health and their individual response to interventions
  • Comparisons between consumer tests available for gut microbiome and the sophisticated analytic techniques used in clinical laboratories
  • The likely developments for future sampling and testing of the microbiome - including ingestible devices and home or point of care tests and how this may influence personalised medicine.

Chaired by David Taylor, Patient Lead of the RSM Digital Health Council and Vice-Chair of The Patients Association, join us for this interactive webinar, with plenty of opportunities to pose your questions to Dr James Kinross. 

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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This meeting is a part of the Digital Health Section webinar series, The power of Patient Generated Data, that will be broadcast weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 12:00pm. This series will showcase digital health technologies used to collect data directly from patients that are available today and those in the research pipeline. If you would like to find out more about the series, please visit the Digital Health Section homepage.


Key speakers

Dr James Kinross

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mary's Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

James Kinross is a Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery and a Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College London. His clinical interest is in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for colorectal cancer.


He was trained in Northwest London, and he was an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery and an Ethicon Laparoscopic Fellow in Colorectal Surgery. He was awarded a Royal College of Surgeons of England training fellowship during his PhD on the gut microbiome and he was funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences as an early stage lecturer. He is a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.


He performs translational research into gut microbiome and its role in the causation of cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He is also funded by the NIHR to perform intra-operative mass spectrometry (known as Real-time Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry or REIMS) for improving precision in the surgical treatment of colorectal cancer.


View the programme





Mr David Taylor, Digital Health Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine

Listening to the patient's gut


Dr James Kinross, Colorectal Surgery Senior Lecturer, Consultant Surgeon, Imperial College London

Question and answer session



Close of meeting





Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available 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. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.