The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is holding a scientific meeting for health professionals on 9 July 2018 focused on HPV prevention and the latest research on HPV associated cancers.

The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers takes place in RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 9 July 2018 at 09:30 and is approved for 6 CPD credits. All healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.
Professor Ian Frazer, the Australian immunologist who co-invented the HPV vaccine Gardasil, is among those speaking at this event. He predicts that cervical cancer can be eliminated over a 20-year period if a comprehensive vaccination programme is implemented.

GPs are on the frontline of HPV vaccination and we are pleased to welcome Dr Deirdre Lundy, GP and coordinator for sexual and reproductive education, ICGP, as one of our guest speakers for this event.

We will hear the facts about HPV and head and neck cancers from Prof James Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI.

We will also hear from patients who have been directly affected by HPV, including Emily Hourican, a journalist and best-selling author who was diagnosed with mouth cancer, caused by the HPV virus, in 2015.

Topics to be discussed on the day include

  • The burden of HPV related cancer in Ireland
  • Screening – the benefits and limitations
  • Improving HPV vaccine uptake - how can GPs help?
  • HPV and Head and Neck Cancer
  • A case for gender neutral HPV vaccination
  • Developing a therapeutic mucosal-targeted HPV vaccine
View the full programme for this event (PDF)

We hope you can join us on 9 July to hear the latest scientific updates on a vaccine that promises to save tens of millions of lives over the coming decades.

To read more or book online go to

Minister for Health Simon Harris will be in attendance on the day.

Dear Colleagues,

Professor Gerard O’Donoghue (Nottingham) is being awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, on Tuesday 10 July. Ms. Camilla Carroll (RVEEH, Dublin) will read the citation.
Do try and make it to this august event!

Dear Colleagues,

The North of England Otolaryngology Society meeting will take place in Liverpool on the 19th of October, and Ray Clarke (President) would love to welcome colleagues from Ireland! The event is to be held at the Liverpool Medical Institute, and Professor Terry Jones has already confirmed his talk - 'The Management of Oropharynx Cancer in the HPV Era'. The conference will also feature short papers, and Ray would very much welcome abstracts from our trainees. The program is currently being developed ... details are to be found at:

Do try and make it!

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society will be held in the unique setting of the Galgorm resort in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, thirty minutes north of Belfast.

We are delighted to welcome the 2018 Wilde discourser Blake Papsin from Canada, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto and the Otolaryngologist-in- Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children where he has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and led the Cochlear Implant Program. Dr Papsin has published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, 47 book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss.

The IOS annual meeting is a forum for specialist registrar presentations, consultant round table discussions and invited speakers, which this year includes Ben Hartley, Otolaryngologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Abstract submissions and meeting registration are encouraged through the IOS webpage link below which includes details of a social programme with optional tour of the North Antrim coast on Friday for significant others. The black tie gala dinner on Friday night will be located in the Great Hall at Galgorm immediately after the Wilde discourse and is a ticketed event only. We are hoping to take credit card payments on arrival for conference fees and dinner tickets.

Please buy your dinner ticket with your conference registration. Hotel room reservations at conference rate are encouraged through the webpage. Cottages and cabins are held on our behalf and may be of interest to groups of trainees; the agreed prices are listed below:

  • 3 x Fisherman Cottages @ £140.00 per cottage per night (sleeps 2 per cottage – can be set up either as twin room or double). Link
  • 2 x Riverside Log Cabins @ £360.00 per cabin per night (sleeps either 4 or 8 guests – can be 4 double beds for single occupancy or 4 double beds for shared occupancy. Please note these beds cannot be made into twins) Link
A warm Northern Irish welcome is extended to all, from your President Ms. Cate Scally FRCS.


By Car

From Belfast (30-40 Minutes) Take M2. Take the turnoff for A26 to Ballymena. Travel along the A26 for approximately 5 miles. Take turnoff on the left sign posted for County Hall. Continue straight ahead at the 3 mini roundabouts. At the end of the road, just past the County Hall keep left at the 2 mini roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the third off (Fenaghy Road) Galgorm Resort & Spa is approximately 2 miles along the left.

By train

There are two train stations nearby; Ballymena/Cullybackey.
Cullybackey station is 3-minute car journey away.
Ballymena station is an 11-minute car journey

Professor Jatin Shah of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, receiving an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin (seen here with Professor James Paul O'Neill)

Countdown to IOS 2018

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Meeting

RCSI is delighted to host the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) for the inaugural Women in Surgery meeting in Dublin.
This unique event is the first Association of Women Surgeons meeting to take place in Ireland and seeks to celebrate the work of women surgeons from around the world. The event will focus on the experience and evolution of gender equality in surgery in the United States and Ireland.

Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Location: College Hall, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.


Professor John Fenton has recently been appointed President of the Board of the UEMS ORL Section.

He takes over from Professor Ulrik Pedersen (Denmark).

We wish him all the very best in his new position!

Yours sincerely,

Nash Patil