Advancing the Frontiers
Those present at the last meeting of the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge 4538 were treated to fascinating presentations by members of the Royal College of Surgeons, entitled "Advancing the Frontiers of Surgical Research".
Prior to the presentation, the business of the Lodge was conducted very efficiently by W Bro Roger Mac, Master, and included the reception of several joining members. A further fifteen 2012 Festival Mauls were presented by W Bro Eric Rymer, Assistant PGM, to Lodges which had met their 2012 target, taking the total who have done so to 75. W Bro Simon Grove, Charity Steward, gave an outline of support given to the Royal College of Surgeons, to whom the proceeds of the evening's collection would be given.
After the meeting and before the presentations commenced, Mr Martyn Coomer, Head of the Research Department of the Royal College of Surgeons of England explained how freemasons have been helping the College since the Grand Charity set up a Trust Fund of £500,000 in 1967 to coincide with the 250th Anniversary of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England. Some further £4million had been donated to them by freemasons since then. He then introduced the following surgeons:
Mr Neil Sharma MRCS, RCS Research Fellow based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, who gave a presentation "Taming the Butterfly" on the advances made in the treatment of Thyroid cancer.
Mr Simon Bach FRCS Consultant Colorectal Surgeon based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, who gave a presentation "New Developments in Colorectal Surgery" on the advances made in the treatment of bowel cancer.
Mr Satoshi Hori MRCS, RCS Research Fellow based at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, who gave a presentation "Targeting growth factors in Prostate Cancer" on the advances made in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Surgeon Captain Mark Midwinter, Defence Professor of Surgery Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, whose presentation "Surgery from the Front Line" reminded the brethren that the UK has been at war for the past 10 years as a result of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. He explained the importance of early and effective treatment at the field of battle because whilst the military has field hospitals these naturally have limited facilities, so they can only make the casualties as comfortable as they can until they can be repatriated to hospitals in the UK. Their surgeons have to be experienced in a wide range of disciplines as it is not practical to have specialists in every area of surgery and medicine.
(l-r) Neil Sharma, Mark Midwinter, David Macey, Roger Mac, Simon Bach, Martyn Coomer, Satoshi Hori
The Worshipful Master thanked the surgeons on behalf of the Lodge for an informative and educational talk which had left everyone enlightened, and confident that should we be unfortunate enough to require their services we would be in safe hands.
RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, also thanked them on behalf of the Province for giving up their valuable time to come to talk to us, and stated that their enthusiasm for the work they were doing was transparent. He pledged the Province's continued support to assist them with their research.
The brethren showed their appreciation with enthusiastic applause.
All Master Masons are welcome to visit the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge, where many very interesting presentations take place. Visitors are encouraged to attend, whether staying for dinner or not. Meeting dates and contact details can be found in the Provincial Yearbook.