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February 02, 2009

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Derek Larcombe

The inaugural meeting of the London/City branch of the Barretts Support Network was held at University College, London, in the new state of the art Education Centre.

Thanks to the help and support of Dr Laurence Lovat, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Senior Lecturer in Laser Medicine the evening was a resounding success and extremely well attended by Barrett's sufferers. After speeches by Dr Paul Salmon and myself, Dr Lovat took control of the proceedings and gave a detailed talk on Barrett's and oesophageal cancer followed by a question and answer session. The audience was then split into eight groups each headed by a GI specialist nurse to discuss how they wanted to see the branch develop and what the priorities should be. Awareness within the public domain was a strong opinion throughout all the groups.

Dr Paul Salmon presented the new branding of the charity. In brief, the Barrett's Oesophagus Foundation changes its' name to the Barrett's Oesophagus Campaign and PROBE becomes the Barrett's Support Network. The aims and focus of the charity remain unchanged. A new logo has been designed, two new leaflets have been produced, with a third in progress, and the website is being redesigned and will be 'live' shortly.

Mimi McCord
Chair - Barretts Support Network

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