Report
53rd Annual Conference
Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen,
Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland
Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th October 2012

The annual IOS meeting is one of the key events in the Irish Otolaryngology calendar.

This year the meeting was held in the Lough Erne Golf resort in Enniskillen and as usual the attendance from North and South of the Border was excellent, with a number of British presenters in addition. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Tadgh O Dwyer and the IOS committee and was attended by over 120 delegates.

The opening day highlights included talks on monitoring of the neck in patients with a history of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (Mater University Hospital), chemoradiation in elderly patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer (Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center) and petrous apex lesions (Beaumont Hospital) followed by a most entertaining and enlightening Wilde discourse, entitled “The art of getting by” which was given by Mr. Richard Canter (Bath), after which a gala dinner was held.

Day two began with a free general and pediatric papers session, and included a variety of interesting topics from the use of botox in the treatment of pediatric drooling (Children’s University Hospital), to the use of robotic surgery in head and neck cancers (Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center).

The meeting concluded with a guest lecture by Mr. Paul White from Dundee, an excellent debate on day case tonsillectomy by Ms Helena Rowley (Mater University Hospital) and Mr Joe Toner (Belfast City Hospital), and very informative talks on the effects of the current economic climate on training and employment opportunities for the ENT trainee by Professor Michael Walsh, Beaumont Hospital, and Mr. Richard Canter, Bath.

This annual meeting is hugely popular, and the high caliber of contributions at this year’s conference will ensure its continued support in the future.

Our next meeting will take place at the historic Ashford Castle on the 11 th and 12th of October 2013. A number of innovations to the program are planned.

P Roche *, N Patil **
* SpR in Otolaryngology
** ENT Consultant, Sligo

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Left to right: Tadhg O'Dwyer (President, Dublin) and Michael Walsh (Dublin)

Left to right: Martin Donnelly (Waterford), Tadhg O’Dwyer (President, Dublin) and Richard Canter (Wilde Discourser, Bath)

Left to right: Ivan Keogh (Galway) and Stephen Hone (Dublin)

Left to right: Nash Patil (Sligo), Martin Donnelly (Waterford) and Michael Walsh (Dublin)

All photographs courtesy Ollie O’Flanagan, RCSI.

Best Paper Prize:

Chemoradiation in Elderly Patients with Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer: A Population-Based Analysis of Treatment Patterns and Adverse Events
Caitriona B. O’Neill, James P. O’Neill, Shrujal S. Baxi, Coral L. Atoria, Martin C. Henman, Eric J. Sherman, Nancy X. Lee, Elena B. Elkin

Best Clinical Paper Prize:

Audit of aetiology of genetic hearing loss in children who received a cochlear implant between January 2006 – December 2011
Doyle S., Leonard J., Viani L.

Best Poster Prize:

Research shows a surgical checklist saves lives: But what do theatre personnel think?
C. Reddin, F. O’ Duffy, M. O’ Sullivan, P. O’ Connor, I. J. Keogh

Highly commended


Audiological And Otological Outcomes In Children With A History Of Cleft Palate
A. Doyle, P. Roche, A. McGillivary, M. Earley, A. Blayney


Improving tracheostomy decannulation in recalcitrant cases using the comprehensive dynamic airway assessment (CDAA)
T. Ashfield, B. Shephard, D. Chatterjee, L. Clark, I. Ahmad, R. Oakley