Enteric Hackday 2014

08 July 2014

New frontiers in GI healthcare technology development.
Wednesday 8 October 2014 - The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, London W1G 0AE

A one-day event providing a major networking opportunity for clinicians, industry, patients and healthcare professionals, exploring the unmet needs and brainstorming the upcoming opportunities in gastrointestinal technology development.

The National Institute for Health Research Enteric Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR Enteric HTC) is back with its Hackday 2014, following the success of the event in 2012. Not only will we share the lessons we’ve learnt as one of NIHR’s first Healthcare Technology Cooperatives, but you will also hear from opinion leaders about the unmet clinical needs at the forefront of functional and inflammatory gastrointestinal medicine and surgery. This will then feed into our innovative open space workshop (see below for details).

With leaders from research, healthcare and industry, along with patient representatives, this event provides a unique opportunity for networking and forming new collaborations around potential future joint ventures in gastrointestinal technology development. Our aim is to see several groups forming out of the workshop, ultimately leading to tangible innovation projects and consortia for relevant UK and EU grant applications.

Who should attend?

  • Clinicians and healthcare professionals with an interest in gastrointestinal medicine and surgery
  • SMEs with an interest in medical technology development and/or manufacturing in fields that could translate to gastrointestinal medical technology
  • Technology specialists in the fields of imaging, biosensing, neurostimulation, surgical safety, surgical instrumentation and point-of-care diagnostics
  • Software developers interested in computational interpretation of medical imaging and sensing modalities
  • Commissioners and regulators
  • Patients, carers and charities


09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Today and tomorrow: an update on the work of NIHR Enteric HTC

Transanal minimally invasive surgery: TAMIS - Mr Lee Edwards (Frankenman International) and Mr Mo Thaha (Queen Mary, University of London)

CONFIDeNT and GEKO trials in neuromodulation - Professor Charles Knowles (NIHR Enteric HTC) / Mr Bernard Ross (Firstkind Medical)

Gastrointestinal imaging and diagnostics - Dr Alex Menys (Motilent) / Dr Mark Scott (Queen Mary, University of London)

Safe and effective surgery - Mr Shafi Ahmed (Barts Health NHS Trust) / Mr Adrian Hall (Brandon Medical)

10:45 Challenges ahead: areas of unmet clinical need

Bowel control, constipation and incontinence in long-term care situations - Professor Christine Norton (Imperial College)

Patients living with a stoma - Mr Alex Hotouras (Queen Mary, University of London)

11:15 Coffee

11:45 Challenges ahead: areas of unmet clinical need (continued)

Major functional GI disorders - Mr Anton Emmanuel (University College London)

Reflux disease - Professor Shaheen Hamdy (University of Manchester)

12:15 Funding opportunities

Introduction to Knowledge Transfer Network funding and collaboration opportunities - Professor Mehdi Tavakoli (KTN Ltd.)

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Solutions in gastrointestinal healthcare technology - Professor Guang-Zhong Yang (Hamlyn Centre,Imperial College)

13:45 Open space workshop - 

A structured forum for discovering, networking, brainstorming and collaborating, with private breakout rooms available
Facilitated by Mr Alan Nobbs (NHS LeadershipAcademy)

15:45 Debrief and close

Open Space Workshop

We are excited to announce our innovative afternoon session facilitated by Alan Nobbs from the NHS Leadership Academy. Open Space workshops are a way to meet and discuss ideas and interests without sticking to a formal agenda.

The format is flexible and allows open forums and private discussions to happen all at the same time. It is used across the world by organisations such as NASA.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss whatever you are interested in. Bearing in mind who will be attending, we expect to have discussions on, but not limited to, four key technology areas:

1. GI imaging and sensing
2. Neuromuscular stimulation
3. Surgical safety and instrumentation
4. Point-of-care diagnostics

Because the format is flexible, individuals or groups who progress in the open space and then wish to have a level of confidentiality can continue their discussions in our private seminar rooms.

Registration is available online at www.enteric.org.uk

Registration fee: £130 (early bird), £150 (from 1 August), concessions available (e.g. NIHR, patient representatives and nurses).

Please contact NIHR Enteric HTC for details.
Tel: 01580 201011
Email: carole.wanless@enteric.org.uk