Society of Academic and Research Surgery

The Society of Academic and Research Surgery (SARS), located at the Royal College of Surgeons, has fostered and enhanced research in various disciplines of surgery under its auspices for more than 50 years.  The society has links with other important surgical research forums in USA, Europe and South Africa. It provides a platform to aspiring surgical trainees to present their laboratory as well as clinical research. Even in an era of specialization, SARS has maintained its independent status but at the same time maintained vital links with other surgical associations & societies.


1. To provide for the interchange of information about research related to surgery and surgical disease.
2. To foster interchange between surgical science and clinical practice.
3. To promote humanity and high ethical standards in clinical and experimental research.
4. To comment on the standard, place and educational value of surgical research in the training of surgeons.
5. To maintain high standards of scientific evaluation of surgical research by ensuring that the format, quality of slides and illustrations, clarity of presentation and ability to respond to questioning of presentations to the Society are of the highest quality.
6. To promote the interchange of information internationally through collaboration with other national surgical societies.
7. To maintain low subscriptions and registration fees to encourage young research workers in surgery to participate in the activity of the Society.

SARS Membership Benefits

1. Reduced registration fee for SARS Annual Meeting.
2. Eligible to apply for one of a limited number of £100 bursaries towards travel costs to attend SARS Annual Meeting.
3. BJS subscription (online only).
4. Opportunity to participate in the activities of the Society such as helping to organise meetings and membership of Council in the future.
5. Access to SARS workshops for Trainees and Medical Students.

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SARS Annual Meeting

SARS hosts its Annual Meeting in January every year. The Annual Meeting provides a forum to present laboratory and clinical research as well as an opportunity to link and meet with other research groups in Great Britain & Ireland and abroad. Many prizes are offered at the meeting, including a medical student prize, a future projects prize and the prestigious Patey Prize. The next Annual Meeting will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on 18th and 19th January 2017.

Abstracts from SARS Annual Meetings