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Conference report: Cutting Edge Laryngology 2016

Cutting Edge Laryngology 2016:
Pushing the boundaries in research, education and collaboration

This landmark event - the BLA’s most successful conference to date - offered an inspirational, world-class platform for leaders in the field to learn and debate over three information-packed days at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.   

The meeting featured separate laryngology and speech and language therapy talks as well as panel discussions, interactive poster sessions and rich opportunities for conversation, education and hands-on practice. 

Professor Sophie Scott's opening message Voices on the Brain was a tremendously well-received starting point for the meeting.  Other highlights included Paul Carding's live address from Australia and a lively and thought-provoking keynote message from Nathan Welham on the aerodynamics of the larynx.  Sessions covered a wide range of subjects including vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal dysfunction, neurolaryngology and regenerative approaches to the airway and also featured interactive panel discussions on difficult cases. Parallel SLT-focussed sessions covered evidence-based practice in voice therapy and invited active contributions.

A moving performance from laryngectomy patient choir Shout at Cancer offered a standout moment for delegates on the first evening of the conference, receiving rave reviews from conference visitors and a supportive online audience. The BLA also wishes to congratulate Guri Sandhu, winner of the prestigious Isshiki Award, as well as David Howard Award winners Markus Gugatschka and Kenji Mizoguchi and Laryngograph Trust Prize winner William Gao.

The conference was only the fifth in a series of increasingly popular annual BLA meetings and attracted 215 delegates from over 30 counties. Following on from this successful event, the BLA has been delighted to welcome an impressive group of new members to its growing and active community.   

BLA President Martin Birchall comments: “This year’s conference has surpassed our expectations, pushing the boundaries and encouraging the highest levels of education and collaboration.  We were thrilled to have contributions from such notables as Clark Rosen, Nathan Welham, Jean Abitbol, Stellan Hertegård, Sue Jones, Fiona Robinson and a host of other luminaries in our exciting field. I encourage everyone - surgeons, speech pathologists, physicians, scientists and students - to join us as a delegate at one of our growing number of educational meetings, and as a member of our vibrant association.”

The BLA would like to thank sponsors Aquilant Edoscopy, DP Medical, Karl Storz Endoskope, Laryngotech, Merz, Neurosign, the National Association Of Laryngectomee Clubs, Olympus, Pentax, Sigmacon and Soluvos Medical BV, whose support greatly enriched the conference and provided a valuable platform for learning and dialogue.

Conference sessions have been recorded and are available online as Talking slides > 


For more information about joining BLA, benefits of membership, partnership opportunities, education, meetings or any other aspect of our work, please contact the BLA secretariat:

British Laryngological Association c/o ENT-UK
Royal College of Surgeons 
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields 
London WC2A 3PE, UK 

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