Cardiff hosts international surgical conference

17 October 2017

Photograph of Vaughn Gething speaking at the surgical conference

The Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative (CCMRC, Cardiff University) and the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) hosted an international surgical conference showcasing the interface of science and surgery, and the value of working together across disciplines to benefit patients across Wales and the world.

Director of CCMRC, Prof Wen Jiang, MBE, was joined by several high profile speakers including Mr Vaughan Gething AM - Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, and Miss Rachel Hargest, President of the RSM's Surgery Section and winner of the Silver Scalpel Award 2017.

The conference explored how medical professionals and politicians work together to introduce presumed consent for organ donation in Wales. Other key topics included cancer vaccination, intestinal failure, advances in vascular surgery and the role of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

Participants included senior academics along with trainees and students who will be delivering healthcare to the people of Wales and beyond in the future.

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething said: “An opportunity to learn and share best practice like this, for those on all levels of delivering healthcare, will contribute to safeguarding the future of our health service.

“It makes me proud to know that initiatives developed here in Wales, such as presumed consent for organ donation and its effect on transplantation rates, are being showcased to the international medical community.”

We have formal links across more than 35 countries and and hold strategic partnerships with Xiamen University and KU Leuven.