Welcome to Dublin! Croeso i Ddulyn! Fàilte go Baile Àtha Cliath!
I am delighted to be hosting the Autumn BSSH scientific meeting in Dublin and feel privileged to share this conference with Patricia Eadie and the members of the Irish Hand Surgery Society (IHSS). I’ve tried to accommodate a wide range of topics to suit all tastes and trust you’ll also enjoy the ‘craic’!
I extend a very warm welcome to Eduardo Zancolli (Buenos Aires), Yngvar Krukhaug (Bergen) and Arnold Schuurman (Utrecht), our invited international guest speakers. Each of them has a vast knowledge and expertise of Hand Surgery and I am sure they will educate and entertain.
I’m also grateful for the significant contributions from BSSH and IHSS members on their specialist topics as they relate to the hand.
I’ve continued with the hitherto successful formula of “some didactic lectures + interactive symposia = stimulating and instructive meeting”! We skip from Tendon Transfer, Evidence Based Intervention, Congenital Thumb, DRUJ dysfunction to the Harold Bolton Lecture, where Eduardo will discuss the anatomy and pathophysiology of the extensor apparatus of the finger – can’t wait!
I’m particularly looking forward to the ‘Current Controversy’ section and Wrist fracture debate, which feature UK, Irish and Norwegian leading experts and I’m sure Jeremy Field will skilfully orchestrate the case discussion. Equally, the debate on Medicolegal dilemmas will no doubt educate and divide opinion and I’m grateful to David Warwick for organising it. Professor Sean Carroll will also deliver the basics, sharing his tips for those contemplating building a Medicolegal Practice.
It is extremely encouraging that we continue to receive a wealth of submissions for presentations and posters; I’m sure you’ll support our trainees in the ‘free paper’ sessions and provide constructive appraisal and questions. Please also show your support and thanks to the industry representatives who support these meetings – visit the stands and make them feel welcome.
Finally, I hope you enjoy your stay in Dublin and use the opportunity to explore this famous, vibrant capital city on the banks of the Liffey. I encourage you to use the meeting to make new friends and meet old ones. The dinner will facilitate, and is being held in the historic Guinness Museum – dress code had to be ‘black and white’! An Irish male voice choir will welcome you all and after dinner there is traditional Irish dancing.
As President of the Irish Hand Surgery Society, I am delighted to co-host this meeting with Dai Newington and to welcome you all to Dublin for the joint meeting of BSSH and IHSS. It has been fun organizing it with Dai, and I hope that you will enjoy the programme we have put together. I think there is much in it that will be interesting for many, and I personally am looking forward to the treatment dilemmas and current controversies. Eduardo Zancolli will undoubtedly deliver a lecture worthy of the name of Harold Bolton, one of the original members of the Second Hand Club and subsequently the BSSH.
For Dai and I, organising this has been a chance to renew our friendship commenced in South Wales in the early 1990s where we were both trainees with Phil Sykes. We have both maintained our interest and dedication to hand Surgery, and I do hope this meeting will be a catalyst for a similar interest for many of the Irish and British trainees who attend, and that the two societies continue to maintain close links.