Pathology Update 2020

In less than two months, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s annual flagship event will bring together pathology professionals from all specialties to share the latest in diagnostic discoveries and practice.

Pathology Update 2020 features over 140 Australian speakers and 10 visiting international experts. More than a thousand delegates are expected to attend The Sydney International Convention Centre from Friday 20th-22nd March.

The conference theme ‘Cracking the Code” reflects pathology’s role as a core building block of healthcare, and speaks to the integral role tests play in diagnosis and treatment.

World-renowned Pathologists and medical scientists will address global healthcare trends and challenges specific to Australasia.

Professor William Clarke from Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA) will present innovations in mass spectrometry and point-of-care testing, as well as the application of therapeutic drug monitoring to cancer chemotherapy.

The provision of pathology services in Australia is among the best in the world, hence Quality is an enduring theme with much-anticipated presentations on troponin assay interferences, the standardisation of bone-related assays and quality assurance in toxicology.

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed from The University of Liverpool (UK) joins the Genetics stream, where he will explore preventing adverse drug reactions.

Immunology stream attendees will hear about challenges in reporting, and the role of the laboratory in managing Multiple Myeloma. There will also be updates on the use of biologic drugs in inflammatory bowel disease and autoantibodies in diabetes.

The Anatomical Pathology program includes reviews of the RCPA Quality Assurance Programs (RCPAQAP) with a focus on cytopathology, and an status update on the Structured Reporting of Cancer Project. Both items serve to enhance and standardise best practice across the region.

A series of research presentations by Fellows and Trainees of the College will bring evidence-based updates to the broader Australasian pathology community.

The closing session will bring together international cross-disciplinary experts to discuss innovative uses of IT in pathology, including telepathology and digital image analysis, both promising technologies in a large nation with far-flung regional populations. These talks will be supplemented by local speakers giving a commentary on how technologies may be implemented in the Australasian setting to enhance the delivery of timely, safe and high-quality pathology services across the region.

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