Keynote Speakers


Professor Gregory Dore

St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Professor Dore is Head, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, and Infectious Diseases Physician, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He has been involved in viral hepatitis and HIV epidemiological and clinical research, clinical care and public health policy for 20 years. He has developed extensive national and international collaborations, and is internationally recognised in the areas of HCV natural history and epidemiology, therapeutic strategies for acute and chronic HCV infection, particularly among people who inject drugs, and HCV elimination strategies.

He holds large-scale ongoing public sector research funding from U.S. National Institutes for Health and Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Professor Dore has been President of the Australian Society for HIV Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), a member of NHMRC Council, and is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Dore established the St Vincent's Hospital viral hepatitis service in 1999, and has led its development into one of the leading national and international HCV treatment services, with a particular focus on marginalised populations including people who inject drugs and homeless persons. 

Kay Greveson

Kay Greveson RGN, MSc, a qualified independent nurse prescriber, now works as lead IBD nurse at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

She trained at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she was first appointed an IBD specialist nurse in 2005. Her research interests include in travel health and IBD, transitional care and screening prior to Anti-TNF therapy.

She founded IBD Passport website in 2014 and has since won numerous prestigious medical and nursing awards for its development and success in the UK. A speaker at national and international events, she has published work in numerous journals and co-authored a chapter for 'IBD Nursing'.

Kay is the chair of the nurses committee of the European Crohns and Colitis Organisation and has been involved in IBD-related projects for the National Institute for Health and Care excellence and in Europe.

Dr Helen Griffiths, DNSci, MSc, RGN, Cert MHSc

Helen is a semi-retired Nurse Consultant in Gastroenterology continuing to work as an endoscopist undertaking diagnostic and therapeutic upper GI endoscopy and additionally private consultancy work within endoscopy services.

She works as a lead assessor for the Joint Advisory Group for Gastroenterology (JAG) at the Royal College of Physicians and as the Deputy Head of assessors. She is the decontamination advisor for the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and sits on a number of BSG committees and working parties producing guidelines and quality standards.

She lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of subjects but her passion is in promoting and supporting nurses and nursing practice. 

Chris Hair

In 10 years of clinical practice, the major highlights have included active ongoing research in natural history of inflammatory bowel disease, local medical education including physician training, development and teaching of the national capsule endoscopy teaching program and international volunteership towards gastroenterology and endoscopy capacity and sustainability program in the Pacific Islands, Timor Leste and Myanmar.  I've been fortunate enough to participate in teaching and training programs in the Pacific since 2010 originally with GesaFitt in collaboration with FNU, Suva, then ANZGITA in collaboration with Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and RACS Pacific Island Project.

In my spare time I coach junior cricket, aussie rules football and umpire weekend football when needed.  I was recently nominated as a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay.

Amyn Haji

Mr Amyn Haji was appointed as a Consultant in Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgery at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2011. He is currently the clinical lead for colorectal surgery and endoscopy at King's College Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London. 

His clinical practice primarily consists of laparoscopic colorectal surgery, advanced colonoscopy
and laparoscopic hernia surgery. He also has an interest in minimally invasive treatment of haemorrhoids and fistula in ano.

Mr Haji graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 where he was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree and a Master of Arts. His initial internship was in Cambridge and East Anglia and he subsequently moved to London to complete his basic surgical training at Basildon and University College London Hospitals. His higher surgical training was in the South East Thames area which included a research period of 3 years at King's College Hospital.

Mr Haji was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in February 2010 and received his certificate of completion of training (CCT) in March 2011.

His research and clinical interests are in magnification colonoscopy and utilization of
high frequency colonoscopy ultrasound in the staging of colorectal polyps and cancer. He completed a fellowship in advanced colonoscopy with Professor Kudo at Showa University in Japan in 2010 and since then has developed a practice of endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection in the treatment of colorectal polyps. He also leads the interventional luminal endoscopy service at King's including performing ESD, POEM and metabolic endoscopy.

Dr Charlie Lees

Dr Charlie Lees is a gastroenterologist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He trained at University College London and subsequently in Edinburgh, with doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh. He works as a full-time NHS consultant whilst maintaining a full research programme and a portfolio of local and international speaking activities. He specialises in the management of people with inflammatory bowel disease and is pursuing a range of innovative digital solutions to transform patient care and education.

Following a decade of gene discovery in IBD, Dr Lees' current research interests focus on the role of environmental factors, including diet, and the microbiota on disease flare and natural history. He is Chief Investigator of the PREdiCCt study, currently recruiting 3000 people with IBD in clinical remission from across the UK. PREdiCCt aims to discover how diet, environmental factors, the gut microbiota and host genetics influence disease flare. He also leads the UK arm of the GEM study, a major international study investigating the underlying cause of Crohn's disease.  

Charlie has been centrally involved with the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation over the last 10 years (EduCom 2009-2013; SciCom 2014-2018), and is the Chief Scientist Office Scottish Specialty Lead for Gastroenterology. He co-chairs the International IBD Genetics Consortium management committee and has just taken over chairing the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD Research Committee. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious UEG European Rising Star in Gastroenterology Award.



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