Frontiers in Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Disease 2020: Difficult Decisions in GI Disease

The St Mark’s 18th Annual International Congress, Frontiers in Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Disease, has a new 2-day programme taking place this November, free to attend and online. Our theme this years is 'Difficult decisions in GI disease'

Thursday 19th Nov - Friday 20th Nov 2020
9am - 5pm
Live Online


Click to read the latest edition of our Frontiers 2020 programme

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It is our pleasure to invite you to our Annual Frontiers in Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Disease Congress, on the 19th–20th November 2020. As always, we try to cover topics that we all come across on a day-to-day basis as well as some of those cutting-edge symposia that are likely to translate to clinical practice. This year, St Mark’s Frontiers is coming to you entirely online and registration is free.

About the programme

St Mark’s Frontiers is organised into a number of plenary sessions, all of which are multidisciplinary and presented by leading experts. Our theme for this year is ‘Difficult Decisions in GI Disease’ so expect some fascinating talks and insights from across the spectrum of gastrointestinal disease and care. We are sure you will find this two day event interesting, stimulating, educational and at times controversial.

Five sessions over two days

  • IBD Crohn’s Disease: The causes and management of strictures and recurrences.
  • Intestinal Failure. Getting it right first time: The difficult surgical abdomen – from prevention to treatment.
  • The troublesome bottom: Low rectal polyps, anal pain and perianal Crohn’s disease.
  • Cancer In The Young: What’s So Special About Cancer in The Young?
  • Year of the Nurse: Innovations and transformations in nursing practice.

Click to read the latest edition of our Frontiers 2020 programme

CPD points: The Webcasts are free to attend and CPD points are 6 points for Thursday and 7 points for Friday.

These sessions will be interactive: We encourage all colleagues to participate in these interactive sessions by posing questions to the expert panel. We will tackle these as we go and seek your opinions on hot topics via simple polls.

We would like to thank our sponsors:


St Mark’s faculty and international speakers will be presenting live, with more to be confirmed.

Michael Bourke

Professor Michael Bourke is Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney and Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is an internationally renowned leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP and advanced endoscopic tissue resection with a reputation for pioneering endoscopic therapy techniques and research to influence clinical practice.

Katie Cross

Mrs Katie Cross is Lead for all Cancer services for North Devon District Hospital. She has an interest in inflammatory bowel disease and benign anal conditions such as anal fissures, fistulas and haemorrhoids and recruits into trials to try to improve patient outcome. As a member of the South West Senate Council, she strives to optimise patient care at all levels.

José Perea García

Dr José Perea García is a Consultant Surgeon and Principal Investigator of the Research Institute at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain. He is board member of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the Spanish Association of Coloproctology (AECP), the Fight CRC’s Medical Advisory Board and the Colon Cancer Foundation’s Integrated Medical Advisory Committee.

Heather Hampel

Professor Heather Hampel is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics. She coordinated the Columbus-area Lynch syndrome study that determined its frequency among newly diagnosed patients with these cancers. She was on the Council of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer from 2016-2019, serving as president in 2017-2018.

Francisca Joly

Professor Francisca Joly is a Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology, IBD and Nutritional Support at the Hôpital Beaujon, Paris. Her areas of special interest are intestinal failure, short bowel syndrome, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, parenteral nutrition and malnutrition.


Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles is Professor of Surgery at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and consultant colorectal surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. Professor Knowles is Deputy Director of the Blizard Institute (QMUL) and Honorary Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at UCL. He is Chair of several research committees including the European Society of Coloproctology. His research interests centre on the development and evaluation of new technologies for chronic bowel diseases including neuromodulation and cell therapies. He has authored over 190 peer-reviewed publications and contributed to major colorectal and general surgical texts.

Amy Lightner

Dr Amy Lightner is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, the Associate Chair of Surgical Research, and is an Associate Professor of Inflammation and Immunity with a focus on regenerative therapy for Crohn’s disease.

Benjamin Wakefield

Benjamin Wakefield has been the editor of the journal Gastrointestinal Nursing since May 2016. He is also the host of ‘GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast’ and has spoken to nurses about writing for publication at GI conferences across the UK and in Europe.

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