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February 2020 | Published by RCPA

Issue #099

Pathology Update - the largest Australasian multi-disciplinary scientific conference

Pathology Update - the largest Australasian multi-disciplinary scientific conference

Pathology Update is the annual scientific educational meeting for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). It is the only conference of its kind in Australasia, bringing together pathology professionals from the eight different disciplines of pathology. We spoke to Chair of the Overseeing Committee, A/Prof Trishe Leong to learn more about this year’s Pathology Update which takes place from 20 – 22 March at ICC Sydney.

“Pathology Update 2020 is almost upon us and we are excited to welcome internationally renowned pathologists from around the world to present in their field in Sydney next month. The annual three-day conference has grown each year since its launch in 2013 and can now be considered the most significant Australasian educational meeting for pathologists.

“This year’s event is a complex conference and attendees can expect to discover eight core discipline program streams, combined sessions, workshops, 139 local and interstate speakers, 10 international speakers, and over 45 program chairs and program committees. Most of all, those delegates attending the conference will have the opportunity to listen to innovative and insightful presentations which they may not otherwise hear,” said A/Prof Leong.

Ongoing education of fellows, trainees and scientists is necessary to ensure current best practice and to fulfil professional requirements for continual practice improvement through the CPDP program of the College. During the conference, members of different diagnostic disciplines and from all the states and territories of Australia as well as New Zealand and other South East Asian countries will meet to discuss the latest, and most useful diagnostic processes. During the three day conference, trainees are also granted fellowship to the College during a special evening convocation event.

This year, Pathology Update 2020 expects to welcome over 1370 delegates from across the world, including from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, Singapore and many others. One particular conference highlight is international speaker. Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed who will present on Personalised Medicine: Current opportunities and challenges. During his presentation, Prof Sir Pirmohamed will discuss how personalised medicine approaches are now possible because of advances in genomics, other omics technology and big data approaches.

“What’s more, we are absolutely thrilled that we have 68 medical and science students already registered to attend this years’ conference. Plus, thanks to the Pathology Update Education Outreach Grant, we have pathologists from Fiji, PNG, Bhutan and Indonesia attending. We are also astounded by the number of posters that have been submitted to be part of the Roche Scientific Poster Display. We have 242 to choose from, with the winners of each major pathology scientific discipline taking home AU$500 each thanks to Roche. Pathology Update 2020 is on track to be the best yet!” said A/Prof Leong.

In addition to working towards being a sustainable paperless conference, each year Pathology Update selects a charity of choice. This year, in collaboration with major partner Roche, Pathology Update 2020 is proud to be supporting So Brave. As Australia's Young Women's Breast Cancer Charity, So Brave is the voice for young women in Australia through Advocacy, Fundraising, Financial Sustainability, Research, Education and Brand.

Pathology Update 2020 will take place from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Online registration is open at: https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Events/Pathology-Update





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