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Family Day 2021

Sat. Nov 13th 10-4pm

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Free to all. Creche for children 3 and older


Discussion and Q&A sessions, meet others with CVS experience.


Our Speakers


"An Introduction to CVS"

Dr Osvaldo Borrelli

Dr Borrelli

Head of Clinical Services for Gastroenterology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children


Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, Institute of Child Health.


"A&E and me: an adult sufferers perspective"

Rebecca Griffiths

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Rebecca is a management consultant who works at one of the world’s largest consulting firms and who specialises in ‘Learning and Professional Development’ as well as helping blue chip companies operate across different time zones, language barriers and age ranges.

She is an adult CVS sufferer and has struggled with the condition since diagnosis in 2013. In her presentation, Rebecca will outline the challenges that adult CVS sufferers face and how she aims to get the UK CVS community of adult patients involved to find a ‘best practice’ set of guidelines to treat patients in A&E departments/urgent care settings, encouraging the NHS to provide timely, appropriate and supportive care during episodes.

 We need to do whatever we can to ensure everyone’s safety. If you have any symptoms of infection, of any kind, please do not attend. There may be people with other conditions that make them vulnerable in the audience or at home and we don't want, for example ‘flu to be passed between attendees or carried home to vulnerable people.

We ask that anyone planning to attend carries out a lateral flow test on Friday, prior to travelling. Do not attend if you test positive. Tests are free and simple to use. Consider the safety of others at all times.

The Hospital and education centre will have their own rules. You must adhere to these at all times. We ask you to wear a mask when in confined spaces and near to others, this includes the lecture room.

Please check back for updates and any chnages based on government advice etc.



Disability Info

A useful document from the government on their disability strategy with lots of helpful info. click to download.





The first clinical trial for a CVS drug

The vast majority of drugs for treatment of many conditions and diseases used in children are not specifically licenced for such use. They are give "off label". It is a medico-legal issue and the prescriber does it at his/her own risk. Simplistically, this is because trials in children may pose financial and ethical barriers for companies so they will rarely sponsor them unless the potential return is very high.

The market for drugs to treat CVS is quite small and trials can be very expensive. So no drug used to actually treat CVS has ever been licenced for the specific use to treat CVS. Use to treat vomiting in other conditions and situations, e.g. in cancer chemotherapy-induced vomiting may be licenced in adults.

That is why this is big news. The drug is not new, the method of delivery is. To have a clinical trial of a drug specifically in CVS is a big step. This is a long way from it being licenced specifically for this use but it's progress. The trial is recruiting now, and is USA only. One to watch!


Another differential diagnosis

Some childhood onset symptoms that may be diagnosed as CVS, might be a completely different condition. We know CVS symptoms are common to many conditions, and only when they have been ruled out should someone be diagnosed as having CVS.

Jansen de Vries Syndrome was relatvely recently recognised, 2017, and there are diagnostic tests available. Presentation of symptoms is variable but develpmental delay is the most prevalent and repeated vomiting episodes are common.

Currently there is no "cure" and treatment is largely supportive. There is a support group in the USA who can provide more information. It would be sensible to ask your medical support, if this syndrome has been ruled out in those sufferers who display the symptoms listed on the de Vries website.


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Dr Sonny Chong Consultant Paediatrician 
Queen Mary’s Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey
Keith J Lindley BSc (Hons) PhD MB MRCP(UK) MRCPCH  
UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh, 
Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology Forth Valley Royal Hospital and the 
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
Dr Alberto Ravelli
Pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist Brescia University, Italy

Dr Simon Moodie
Consultant Gastroeneterologist
Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust Surrey

Dr Maureen Lawson
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Great Northern Children's Hospital Newcastle

Osvaldo Borrelli MD PhD
Consultant In Paediatric Gastroenterology
Head of Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology
Division of Neurogastroenterology & Motility
Hon. Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Gastroenterology
University College of London (UCL) 
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children

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