POSTPONED: Pybus Lecture and NESS/NESTAC Scientific day (not) Friday 1st May 2020

Date tbc – Autumn 2020
Institute of Transplantation,
Freeman Hospital
1pm – 6pm

Given the COVID-19 outbreak, the upcoming NESTAC/NESS scientific day on 1st May is being postponed. We will be in touch with a revised date later in the year. Many thanks to those of have submitted abstracts. Given abstract markers may change for the re-arranged meeting, and to ensure fairness, we will ask for all abstracts to be re-submitted when the event is re-advertised.
Apologies for the inconvenience, and we hope everyone is keeping well in these testing times.

Kind regards, NESTAC committee


The North East Surgical Training Academy (NESTAC), in association with the North East Surgical Society (NESS), are now receiving applications for the award of the NESS George Feggetter Medal for trainees and NESTAC Medal for medical students. In the past this medal has been won by Orthopaedic registrars, Upper GI registrars and ENT surgeons amongst others.

In 2020 the NESS/Feggetter and NESTAC medals, along with a £250 prize for each winner, will be awarded to the best abstract presentation by a trainee and student respectively later this year in the Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital. The session will run from 1pm to 5pm, lunch and refreshments will be provided, with a drinks reception to follow.

Entries are welcomed from medical students, junior doctors and surgeons in training across the Northern Region. The entries should follow a standard abstract format with a maximum limit of 250 words (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions) and can include 1 image (graph, table, photo).

The theme is Scientific Surgery, and can include clinical, translational and basic science studies, whilst the majority of the work should have been completed in the Northern Region. Student MRes projects are welcomed. Presentations will be 5 minutes with 2 minutes questions. Entries will be judged by a panel of Consultant Surgeons and medals presented after the Pybus lecture at 6pm.

The Pybus Lecture

5-6 pm

NESTAC and NESS are delighted to welcome Prof Dave Deehan to give the 2019 Pybus Lecture.

The past, present and future of Robotics in surgery

David Deehan was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon in 2000. He holds a chair in Orthopaedics at Newcastle and is a visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He is the co-founder / co-Director of the NSTC

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