The 2017 annual conference of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) was held between 24-26 November at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium pavilion in Manchester. The conference saw many delegates of Asian as well as British nationality taking part. The scientific sessions were very varied, covering many diverse and interesting topics from the fields of medical science.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Bapio Research and Innovation (BRIC) session, where medical students and trainees were given an opportunity to participate in a scientific paper presentation contest focusing on new and upcoming research methods and techniques in medicine.

Dr Chaitra Naik Khanna, one of the Cohort 10 MCh Surgical trainees at Edge Hill University in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, presented her work on “ A prospective cohort study on Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment in the management of complex anal fistulas”. Her presentation was deemed among the top 3 in the competition, and she was among the recipients of the BRIC award.