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Chair’s Blog December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close it is time to reflect on what has been an interesting 12 months for the PCSG. This has been a year of change: a new chair, secretary and treasurer; two editions of The Digest and two editions of the Digestif;and the most successful Annual Scientific Meeting yet with over 100 delegates attending a meeting that covered a wide range of topics with the largest number of companies and charities exhibiting. The Sharing For Success initiative has given us the opportunity to reach new audiences and our membership has continued to grow.

We will continue this enthusiasm into next year as we plan further editions of The Digest and Digestif, the next Annual Scientific Meeting, and a joint meeting with the European Society of Primary Care Gastroenterology in London on 16thand 17thMay.

2019 is an exciting year for gastroenterology. Progress is being made on the elimination of Hepatitis C and research continues to demonstrate the role of the microbiome in regulating inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions and how this might be modified for therapeutic advantage. I’m particularly looking forward to the publication of the British Society of Gastroenterology Inflammatory Bowel Disease Guidelines and the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Standards.

Season’s Greetings and wishing you all a Happy New Year!