Dear Colleagues,

The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies have announced Dublin as one of four cities (Budapest, Dublin, Lima & San Jose) for their 2020 World Tour. RCSI will host the 2020 IFHNOS conference.

IFHNOS is a global organization established through cooperation of national and regional Societies and Organizations in the Specialty of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology with membership from national and regional multidisciplinary organizations, representing 65 countries.

On an annual basis IFHNOS offers a global continuing medical education program featuring the most respected clinical and scientific leaders in the field. The conference provides state of the art knowledge and explores the frontiers of Head and Neck cancer diagnosis through introductory lectures, intense interactive discussions with regional specialists through case presentation and demonstration of operative techniques through video sessions. IFHNOS will also be running the Graduate Online Fellowship Program (GOLF) oral examinations for national and international students who have completed 6 online examinations as part of the International GOLF initiative.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Irish Head, Neck and Skull base surgical oncology

James Paul O'Neill
Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Dear Members,

The 2019 CEORL-HNS congress will be held in Brussels from 29 June – 3 July 2019. It promises to be a superb meeting in a beautiful and historic city.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has just been extended to 13 January 2019 – submit your abstract here:

You can view the preliminary congress program here:

Use this chance to showcase your science at the largest ENT gathering in Europe.

See you in Brussels!

15th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

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

Photos by Oliver OFlanagan