Northern Ireland Prostate Cancer Symposium 2021

A regional educational gathering to explore the latest developments in Prostate Cancer care locally, with content provided by leading urologists, oncologists and radiologists from the UK and Ireland.

Suitable for: Urologists, Oncologists, Radiologists, CNSs and healthcare professionals with a specialist interest.

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This event will facilitate the dissemination of best practice educational content to local cancer service clinicians, provided by key opinion leaders in Prostate Cancer care, both locally and nationally. The multi-disciplinary nature of the meeting agenda and faculty, with Urologists, Oncologists and Radiologists represented, will ensure knowledge transfer of best practices is provided for clinicians working in all aspects of prostate cancer care in the UK and Ireland.


Crowne Plaza Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast

CPD Points:


Event chairs:

Mr John McKnight and Professor Joe O’Sullivan.


Places are limited.


Please note, there will be additional covid safety measures in place whereby all attendees will be placed in seated educational bubbles and will be required to provide a negative lateral flow result and/or be fully vaccinated.


If you require further information, please contact us via or call 028 90 735 273.

Symposium Schedule

Arrival – 12.30PM

  • Lunch on arrival
  • Co-Chairs’ opening remarks and introductions


Session 1 – 1:30PM

  • Talk 1 – TP Biopsy and MP MRI Professor Caroline Moore
  • Talk 2 – PSMA PET/CT for High Risk Staging and Biochemical Relapse of Prostate Cancer Professor Tara Barwick
  • Talk 3 – Rectal Distancing (SpaceOAR VUE) & Brachytherapy Professor Michelle McNicholas
  • Panel Discussion 1


Interval – 3:30PM

  • Tea/Coffee & Shortbread


Session 2 – 4PM

  • Talk 4 – SABR for Non-Metastatic, Localised Prostate Cancer Dr Aidan Cole
  • Talk 5 – Non-Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (NMCRPC) Professor Joe O’Sullivan
  • Talk 6 – Therapeutic Radioisotopes for Metastatic Prostate Cancer Professor Joe O’Sullivan
  • Talk 7 – Enabling Risk Stratified Follow-Up Care for Men with Prostate Cancer: TrueNTH UK Supported Self-Management and Follow-Up Care Programme Dr Jane Frankland
  • Panel Discussion 2


Dinner – 6PM

  • 3 Course Buffet
  • Co-Chairs’ closing remarks

Speaker Bios

Professor Caroline Moore

Prof. Caroline Moore is the first woman in the UK to become a Professor of Urology. She is Head of Urology at University College London, the Lead of Integrated Academic Training for Urology at University College London, and is a member of the International PIRADS committee, all while leading national and international projects including the use of MRI in the diagnosis and active surveillance of Prostate Cancer, of which is supported by major funders including Movember, Prostate Cancer UK, the National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK.



Dr Aidan Cole

Dr Aidan Cole is a Consultant in Clinical Oncology and is a key member of a dynamic clinical academic team enhancing research into the treatment of Prostate Cancer. He is the Clinical Lead for Oligometastatic Stereotactic Radiotherapy in Northern Ireland and is a keen medical educationalist, currently supervising research in Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Cole is involved in many avenues of research including PSMA-PET to aid prognostication and treatment of prostate cancer, the radiobiology of targeted radionuclides and clinical trials using immunotherapy techniques and stereotactic radiotherapy.



Professor Michelle McNicholas

Professor McNicholas has been a Consultant Radiologist Mater University Hospital and Mater Private Hospital and is an Associate Clinical Professor, University College Dublin School of Medicine. Her expertise are gynaecologic imaging, Prostate Cancer imaging and Brachytherapy, Abdominal Imaging, Image-guided biopsy and other interventions. Prof. McNicholas pioneered the implementation of the first Brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer in Ireland with the MPH oncology team and also was the first user of SpaceOAR in the Republic of Ireland and the first user of SpaceOAR VUE in the UK and Ireland. She is also an author, an education co-ordinator for the Radiology training program and a lecturer in the Faculty of Radiology, RCSI.



Professor Tara Barwick

Prof. Tara Barwick is a dual accredited Consultant in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust London and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. Dr Barwick completed Radiology training at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry followed by subspecialist Nuclear Medicine and PET training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Her main clinical and research interests are oncological PET/CT, particularly prostatic and gynaecological malignancies, lung cancer and lymphoma.



Professor Joe O’Sullivan

Professor Joe O’Sullivan is a Prostate Cancer Oncologist and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Queen’s University Belfast. He is committed to improving the lives of patients through research and innovation, establishing the clinical research programme Centre of Excellence and conducting over 30 clinical trials, some in collaboration with The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research, leading to major technological development programme in Radiation Oncology. Prof Joe O’Sullivan is driven by the desire to develop new treatments in particular in the fields of External Beam Radiation Therapy, and Bone-seeking Radionuclide Therapy (Molecular Radiotherapy).



Dr Jane Frankland
BSc(Hons), PhD

Dr Jane Frankland is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. She is a medical sociologist and mixed methods researcher with particular expertise in qualitative methods, research on sensitive issues, and evaluation of complex interventions. Her research interests are the everyday experiences and work of health and illness; engagement with self-care, self-management and help seeking; and evaluation of self-management approaches. Dr Frankland led the evaluation of the Movember funded TrueNTH Supported Self-Management and Follow-Up Care Programme.






Special mention to Professor Suneil Jain (MB BCh BAO)

Professor Jain is an internationally recognised expert in the management of Prostate Cancer. He performed the first transperineal prostate biopsies, the first transperineal fiducial marker insertion and the first SpaceOAR insertion in Northern Ireland. He also introduced new services to NI, incluidng HDR brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer and stereotactic radiotherapy for Prostate cancer and Oligometastatic disease. Prof. Jain leads multiple drug and radiotherapy trials and is a member of trial management groups for national and international studies. He strives to reduce the side-effects of treatment while improving outcomes through treatment innovation.

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£150 (Including VAT) and all catering

Date and Time

Friday 5th November 2021

12.30pm – 8pm

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