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Prostate Imaging & Focal Therapy Masterclass 2018

Prostate Imaging & Focal Therapy Masterclass 2018

April 6-7 2018

April 6-7 2018

Expert Led

Meet and learn from some of the world leaders developing prostate cancer diagnosis & treatment

Hands On

Train on our targeted biopsy & therapy phantoms and learn technique under expert guidance


Blueprint your service's integration of diagnostics into its prostate cancer pathway from successful examples

CPD Accredited

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 9.0 CPD points

Course Overview

Our masterclass provides a space for healthcare professionals that are interested in new diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive approaches to treating prostate cancer where they can get to grips with integrating these technologies and techniques into their practice. The course will focus on teaching practical elements while providing a solid academic foundation of the benefits of this new modern approach.

The key learning objectives are to gain a practical understanding of:

  • How to carry out and look at multi-parametric MRI scans from the perspective of a non-radiology healthcare professional.
  • Different forms of prostate targeted biopsies including visually directed and MRI/Ultrasound fusion biopsy including when biopsy can be avoided in newly referred patients.
  • Focal treatment principles including learning about the differing focal treatment energy modalities and how to select the appropriate energy for each case.
  • Principles for performing salvage treatments for failure after radiotherapy and focal therapy.
  • The integration of radiology and urology departments for an integrated image-based treatment and diagnostic pathway.
Day 1
08:00 – 09:15    Registration
09:00 – 09:05    Welcome Hashim U. Ahmed, Imperial
09:05 – 09:15    Prostate Cancer Tumour Biology Prof. Hashim U. Ahmed, Imperial
09:15 – 10:45    Prostate Cancer Diagnostics I Session Chair
Prof. Jurgen Futterer, Nijmegen
09:15 – 09:45    MRI basics - Sequences, Set-up, Reviewing Normal Anatomy Dr. Shonit Punwani, UCL
09:45 – 10:15    PIRADS Scoring Prof. Jelle Barentsz, Radboud University
10:15 – 10:45    LIKERT Scoring Dr. Henry Tam, Imperial
10:45 – 11:00    Coffee (provided by Sigmacon)
11:00 – 12:00    Prostate Cancer Diagnostics II Session Chair
Dr Shonit Punwani, UCL
11:00 – 11:30    Transperineal Biopsies – Targeted and Systematic Techniques Christof Kastner, Cambridge
11:30 – 12:00    Targeted Biopsy – Cognitive, Fusion, In-bore Prof. Jurgen Futterer, Nijmegen
12:00 – 13:00    Lunch and Industry Sponsored Symposium Session Philips Uronav
13:00 – 13:45    Balloon Debate: Cognitive vs Fusion vs In-Bore Session Chair
Henry Tam, Imperial
Two rounds of debates with vote each round Cognitive TBD
Image-fusion Mathias Winkler
In-bore Jelle Barentsz
13:45 – 15:45    Hands on Training Session: MRI, Biopsy & Treatment
15:45 – 16:00    Coffee (provided by Sigmacon)
16:00 – 16:45    Focal Therapy: Treatment Modalities
Sonablate HIFU Prof. Hashim Ahmed, Imperial
Focal One HIFU Dr Ruben Olivares
Cryosurgery – Ultrasound Guided Prof. Damian Green, Sunderland
Cryosurgery – MRI Guided Prof. Jurgen Futterer, Nijmegen
Photodynamic Therapy
Irreversible Electroporation
Professor Mark Emberton
16:45 – 17:45    Focal Therapy: MDT Case-Based Session Session Chair
Mr Manit Arya, Imperial
17:45 Close of Day 1 Prof. Hashim Ahmed, Imperial
19:30 Course Dinner
Day 2
09:00 – 09:30    Coffee
09:30 – 10:30    Focal Therapy: Follow up strategies Session Chair
Taimur Shah, Imperial
09:30 – 09:45    What is the optimal follow-up strategy after focal therapy? Prof. Hashim Ahmed, Imperial
09:45 – 10:00    How to Manage a Recurrence – Redo Focal Therapy Dr Massimo Valerio, Lausanne
10:00 – 10:20    How to Manage a Recurrence – Radiotherapy Dr Alison Falconer, Imperial
10:20 – 10:40    How to Manage a Recurrence – Salvage Radical Prostatectomy Mr Paul Cathcart, Guy's
10:40 – 11:00    Coffee
11:00 – 13:00    Hands on Training Session: MRI, Biopsy & Treatment
13:00 –14:00    Lunch and Industry Sponsored Symposium session Sonacare Medical
Eigan Fusion with HIFU: A Review of Outcomes Prof. Silvan Boxler
14:00 – 14:30    Balloon Debate: Treatment of high risk prostate cancer – focal therapy or radical therapy Session Chair
Mr Saiful Miah, Imperial
Focal Therapy Prof. Hashim Ahmed, Imperial
Radical Prostatectomy Mr Paul Cathcart, Guy's
14:30 – 16:30    Hands on Training Session: MRI, Biopsy & Treatment
16:30 – 16:45    Closing Address Prof. Hashim Ahmed, Imperial
Guest Speakers

Professor Jelle Barentsz
Chairman, Prostate MRI Expertise/Reference Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Dept Radiology, Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dr Silven Boxler
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Univeritätsspital, Bern, Switzerland

Mr Paul Cathcart
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Guy's Hospital, London

Professor Mark Emberton
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Professor of Interventional Oncology, University of London
Consultant Urological Surgeon, University College London Hospitals

Professor Jurgen Fütterer
Associate Professor, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Dept Radiology, Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Professor Damien Greene
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Professor of Urology, University of Sunderland

Mr Christof Kastner
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Dr Rubén Oliveres
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Clínica Santa María, Chilé

Dr Massimo Valerio
Consultant Urologist, University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland


Queen's Tower Room, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ

The 2 day masterclass will be held in the Queen's Tower Rooms of Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus. The location is excellently served by some of London's finest amenities and destinations.

The conference rooms look onto Queen's Tower, and elegant green space within the University.

Attendees will be within walking distance of London finest landmarks, resturants and shopping - including Hyde Park, the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as visit London's museum district, adjacent, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A.
Delegates will also find themselves moments away from Harrod's within one of London's primary shopping districts, Mayfair

The location is served by South Kensington Underground Station which further extends the range of any delegate who wishes to explore the rest of London.

Course Faculty

Professor Hashim Ahmed

Course Chair

Hashim Ahmed is Professor of Urology at ICL, and an internationally renowned expert in prostate cancer. He is at the forefront of diagnosing and treating with minimally invasive therapies that carry few side-effects.

Dr Shonit Punwani

Course Director

Dr Shonit Punwani is an honorary consultant radiologist at UCL Hospitals. The area of his research focus has been the use of multi-parametric MRI to change the paradigm of care for patients diagnosed or being investigated for prostate cancer.

Mr Manit

Course Director

Mr Manit Arya is a the clinical lead in and Consultant of Urology at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He has active research interests in the metastatic process of prostate cancer at a molecular level and cryoablative focal treatments for cancer management.

Mr Taimur

Course Director

Taimur Shah is a Urology SpR at Charing Cross Hospital and a Research Fellow at Imperial College London Hospital. He is following his interest of pursuing research into radio-recurrent disease and focal therapy. He oversees two phase II trials for radio-recurrent prostate cancer.

Get In Touch

For enquiries you can contact Feargus Hosking-Jervis, our course co-ordinator, on 07751812269 or complete the form below.