Medical Spotlight on Aberdeen

Last week we welcomed two hundred surgeons to the Venue for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (ALSGBI) Conference.  This is the first time the national conference has taken place in Scotland, and featured live laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery direct from the operating theatres at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).


This branch of surgery involves specialist equipment, including high definition (HD) and now 3D laparoscopic cameras the size of a thick pen. Surgeons can view HD images from inside the patient using 3D screens during the procedure. Advantages include a quicker recovery and less pain for the patient, tiny or invisible scars, and reduced risk of infection.


Surgeons at ARI have performed thousands of keyhole procedures since it was introduced by the late Mr Stanley S Miller and Prof Krukowski in 1991. ARI has been at the forefront of laparoscopic surgery and pioneered operations, including  the adrenal glands, hiatus hernia, spleen, liver, kidneys  and bowel.


“The annual meeting is an excellent opportunity to showcase the outstanding skills of our surgical teams in the North East, and the quality of surgery available to patients in Grampian, ” said NHS Grampian surgeon Professor Zyg Krukowski, organiser of the 2014 event at AECC.


As a City rich in medical research, it is significant that AECC along with support from key local ambassadors has managed to win conferences of this magnitude for the region.


Medical conferences heading for Aberdeen, with the help of local Ambassadors include the United Kingdom Continence Society (UKCS) and the Scottish Pelvic Floor Network (SPFN) whom have chosen the Venue and Aberdeen as hosts for their 2015 Combined Annual Conference.


The three-day Conference will take place at AECC from 25th to 27th March 2015.  The event is expected to attract around 300 experts to the Region; with a scientific programme offering high quality, clinical education for all specialists promoting continence.


This prestigious meeting was secured through the support of local ambassador, Mohamed Abdel-Fattah.  Doctor Abdel-Fattah, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, is based at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and was assisted in securing the Conference with subvention funding awarded through VisitScotland’s National Bid Fund.


Dr Abdel-Fattah, Chairman of the SPFN said: “I am delighted that we were able to attract this important meeting to Aberdeen. The UKCS Annual Meeting is the largest national meeting in our specialty followed by the SPFN Annual Meeting. This is the first time that the two societies will hold their annual meeting together and I am honored to chair such an important combined medical event.  I would like to thank VisitScotland for their support in securing this meeting for Aberdeen. In the organising and scientific committees, we are working relentlessly to ensure an excellent scientific program to showcase Aberdeen as the temple of evidence-based medicine in our specialty. We are also preparing an enjoyable social program for the delegates to experience a quality time.”


Aberdeen also look forward to welcoming the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 2015 run jointly alongside the Society of Paediatric Anesthesia, an American association that focus on the safety and quality of anaesthetists care.   By providing this joint opportunity the two associations can compare and contrast practice on both sides of the Atlantic. The conference will be held in May 2015 over two days and is set to welcome 500 delegates from throughout the world.


The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland exists to further the clinical and research aspects of the specialty. Members are drawn from every type of hospital both in the UK and Ireland, and from further overseas. Members of the Association are also active in the fields of acute and chronic pain management, and paediatric intensive care. The Association has two meetings a year.


AECC and ACB successfully secured this conference as a joint bid in conjunction with local Ambassador Dr Graham Wilson from the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital who will be part of the conference’s 2015 Local Organising Committee.




For more information please contact Sarah Coutts, Senior PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on 01224 330430 or email [email protected]




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