The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing will hold its next Public Engagement Seminar on Men’s health in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire and UCLan’s School of Medicine.

Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2024

Time: 6 pm for 6.30 to 8.30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ground floor, Harrington Building, Adelphi street, Preston

The seminar will cover issues about men’s health, in particular, prostate cancer. Following eminent speakers will contribute to the seminar. Presentations will be followed by open Q&A session.


Tony Collier, BEM – Trustee and Vice Chair Tackle Prostate Cancer.

Tony is an ambassador, awareness speaker, volunteer and fundraiser for Prostate Cancer UK. He is also a Trustee of Tackle Prostate who are responsible for supporting all the prostate cancer support groups across the UK. Tony is also a Trustee of the Move Charity. Tony literally went from training for an ultra-marathon to terminally ill in 36 hours and he will tell the very personal story of his diagnosis and the impact on his life. He will also talk about the risks of prostate cancer and what steps men need to take to ensure that they don’t end up like him.

Prof Ihtesham ur Rehman, Head of Translational Research, Professor of Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Professor Rehman and his team are developing a new non-invasive test using spectyroscopy, patients undergoing investigations for suspected prostate cancer (PC) are asked to provide a sample of blood, urine and saliva to explore new markers for PC. Spectroscopy (RS) is a powerful technique that can analyse these samples, providing information on the proteins, fats and carbohydrates, as well as DNA and RNA in these samples. Changes occur in the levels of these with PC, and by identifying these differences, it should be possible to distinguish between cancer and non-cancer. We already know from other studies that this is possible to see on prostate samples with very good accuracy, but more work is needed to be able to use that information in the clinic to benefit patients quickly. Professor Rehman will discuss his research and provide updates.

Dr Ashok Kumar Bhuvanagiri, FRCS, MBE, is a consultant urologist from Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor.

Mr Ashok graduated from Hyderabad, India and FRCS from Dublin. His interests are Lower unitary tract symptoms, BPH and Prostate cancer Diagnosis. Mr Ashok has been recognised with an MBE for his voluntary and community work which has changed the lives of hundreds of people. Mr Bhuvanagiri will explore areas around men’s health including prostate cancer with his team of healthcare workers.


Mr Ashok Kumar Bhuvanagiri will be accompanied by his colleague and nurse practitioner Mr. Islyn Roberts who will share his experiences.

The event is free to attend and no prior intimation is required.

Free carparking will be available in the UCLan’s Victoria car park, Victoria street, Preston PR1 7AY from 6 pm on the day.

For further details, please contact Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE <>

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