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Launch Event

We organize group meetings throughout the year.

One of them is a formal meeting with the researchers and relevant speakers around the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Topics. It is our annual link with the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queens University Belfast.

Our other meetings are more informal and provide the chance to link with other BRCA families and friends. We keep our members posted on these via our email and FACEBOOK posts. At request, many of us are happy to meet over a coffee.

Outlined below you will see an example of our first two events.

Launch Event

On Thursday 4 November 2010 at a Conference at the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast –
A selection of BRCA carriers and their family members were invited to attend.

The theme of the afternoon was ‘Current Research and the Clinical Management of BRCA related Breast Cancer’ .We heard from 5 speakers:
Helen Barnes (Local Engagement and Development Manager)
Belfast Cancer Research UK Centre
Lisa Jeffers (Genetic Counsellor)
Genetic counselling to at risk families
Dr Jennifer Quinn (Breast Cancer Campaign Scientific Fellow)
BRCA1: A Biomarker in Breast and Ovarian cancer
Mr. Gareth Irwin (Surgical Registrar)
Surgical Perspectives in Hereditary Breast Cancer
Hazel Carson                                                                                                                                   
                           A personal story.

Followed by questions to the panel above including, Dr Ian Harley BSc MD MRCOG, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist / Gynaecologist, Belfast City Hospital.

Harlem Event


On 2nd June 2011, 18 people met in the Harlem Café Belfast. The group was made up of BRCA families. Opportunity was given during informal discussion time to ask questions, listen to stories of BRCA gene cariers, hear from those who have been through surgery and others contemplating what to do with their genetic result. Many questions were asked and we were delighted that Dr Ian Harley and Dr Ciara McGoldrick who came to the meeting were able to clarify many issues raised during the discussion.

To find out about future events please keep checking our FACEBOOK via the link on the website .