About this event

  • Date and time Wed 28 Oct 2020 from 10:55am to 2:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Gastroenterology and Hepatology

In this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to join eminent gastroenterologists and other specialists to explore the range of GI and liver diseases which arise from immunosuppression. Expert speakers will present on frequently encountered clinical problems in patients who are immunosuppressed and discuss the management of difficult or rare clinical cases. Then, trainees will be invited to present their own clinical cases and research with an interactive Q&A session. 

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the range of GI and liver diseases arising from immunosuppression
  • Recognise and understand management of GI and liver side effects and diseases from immunosuppression, including use of novel therapies
  • Engage interactively to consider the investigations and management of interesting clinical cases

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 2 CPD credit(s) will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety.

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Key speakers

Dr Emma Nicholson

Consultant Haematologist, Royal Marsden Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Emma Nicholson is a consultant haematologist with a specialist interest in stem cell transplantation and acute leukaemia. She graduated from Glasgow University in 2020 and undertook her postgraduate haematology specialist training in Glasgow and London. She was awarded a PhD in 2013 from University College London and her research focused on T cell receptor gene therapy. She was appointed as a consultant haematologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2016 and has been the transplant programme director since 2020. She is clinical lead for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and stem cell transplant in teenage and young adult patients, for clinical trails in stem cell transplant for chimeric antigen receptor T cells in haematological malignancies.

Dr Lucia Possamai

Consultant Hepatologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, St Mary’s Hospital and Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Lucia Possamai graduated from Edinburgh University in 2004. She undertook post-graduate training in Edinburgh and Cambridge, where she discovered her fascination and commitment to hepatology as a specialty. She undertook an Academic Clinical Fellowship at Imperial College in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and was awarded an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2010. Her PhD investigated genetic and immunological factors affecting outcome in paracetamol induced acute liver failure. Post-doctoral research as a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College involved the development of in vivo models of drug induced liver injury, novel intravital imaging techniques and the study of immunotherapy related hepatitis. Dr Possamai is currently a Consultant Hepatologist at St Mary’s Hospital and continues a clinical and research interest in immune-mediated and drug-induced acute liver injury. She runs a specialist liver injury clinic and has developed guidelines on the management of immunotherapy related liver injury for Imperial College NHS Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Professor Richard Pollok

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Infection, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's University of London

Speaker's biography

Professor Richard Pollok is Gastroenterologist working at St George’s University of London. He has a longstanding interest in GI infection and IBD having published widely in this field.

Dr Doug Macdonald

Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Doug Macdonald is a consultant hepatologist at the Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Associate Professor at University College London. He has been running a specialist clinic for GI and liver complications of immunotherapy since 2017.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Joel Mawdsley, President, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Michelle Cheung, Trainee Representative Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Gabriel Lambert, Trainee Representative, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Graft versus host disease of the liver and GI tract

Dr Emma Nicholson, Consultant Haematologist, Royal Marsden Hospital

Management of checkpoint inhibitor-induced diarrhoea and colitis

Dr Doug Macdonald, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital

Management of liver side effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors

Dr Lucia Possamai, Consultant Hepatologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, St Mary’s Hospital and Imperial College London


Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section Prize presentations

Dr Vincent Cheung, Clinical Research Fellow, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital

Dr Andrew Coppola, Foundation Year Two, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Eilis Kempley, Internal Medicine Trainee

Dr Kohilan Gannanandan, Gastroenterology Registrar, Royal Free Hospital


'Derivation of a novel risk score to predict the need for haemostasis in acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (The London Haemostat Score)'

Mr Imran Karim Janmohamed, Final Year Medical Student, University of Leeds

Infectious IBD mimics

Professor Richard Pollok, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Infection, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's University of London

Prize result and close of meeting



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

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.

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. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via 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.

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