15 June 2022

National Pathology Week (NPW) will run from 20 to 26 June. This year is particularly special as we are celebrating the College’s Diamond Jubilee. With this in mind, our theme this year is ‘Pathology: past, present and future. Here are some of the ways you can get involved. More information is available on our NPW webpage

College-led events

Monday 20 June, 6.30-7.30pm BST - 'Pathology: past, present and future' panel discussion

  • This virtual panel discussion will cover the history of pathology and the College, key milestones for pathology, current practices and hot topics, and future advancements. Sign up for free at www.rcpath.org/event/pathology-past-present-future.html. The event will be introduced by College President, Dr Mike Osborn and chaired by past-President, Dr Suzy Lishman CBE. The panel will include:
    • Dr Malur Sudhanva OBE - Consultant Medical Virologist
    • Dr Ali Robb - Consultant Medical Microbiologist
    • Dr Shruthi Narayan - haematologist, Medical Director of SHOT and Donor Consultant at NHS Blood and Transplant
    • Professor Louise Jones - Pathology Lead for North, East & West London Genomic Laboratory Hub

Tuesday 21 June - the College's 60th birthday and Foundation lecture by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam 

  • Help the College celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, by sending a happy birthday message the College on 21 June via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use our hashtag #RCPath60.
  • Our Foundation Lecture will now be delivered live and online by College Fellow, and former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England, Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam. He will talk about ‘Lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic and his contribution to the UK Vaccines Taskforce and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’, touching on what it was like to be in the eye of a media maelstrom. Professor Van-Tam has agreed to take questions following his presentation. Sign up for free at www.rcpath.org/event/foundationlecture2022.html.

Wednesday 22 June (6.30-8pm BST) and Friday 24 June (5.30-7pm BST) - virtual pub quiz for medical and biomedical undergraduates and veterinary undergraduates, respectively

Thursday 23 June, 5-6pm BST - RCPath Book Club featuring Stuck by Professor Heidi J. Larson

  • Join author Professor Heidi J. Larson, our host Prof. Angharad Davies and an expert panel to discuss the key themes and ideas explored in Heidi's book, Stuck: How Vaccine Rumours Start – and Why They Don't Go Away. This event will take place via Zoom webinar. Heidi is the Founding Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Find out more about our panel and sign up for free at www.rcpath.org.event/stuck.html.

Saturday 25 June, 11am-12pm BST - Family pathology-inspired origami workshop with Dr Lizzie Burns

  • Join scientist-based artist Dr Lizzie Burns to learn how to fold our very own pathology-inspired origami pieces. The free workshop is open to families and is a great way to introduce the role of pathologists to children of all ages. Sign up at www.rcpath.org/event/npworigami2022.html.

Support and ideas for your NPW events

As always, we will also be supporting our members around the UK and beyond with their own events and activities. If you’re running an event or activity in your hospital or local community, please tell us about it by registering it via our website and/or by tagging us (@RCPath on Twitter and @royalcollegeofpathologists on Instagram) and using the hashtags #PathologyWeek and #RCPath60. You can also order free branded materials and information booklets for your NPW events via our online order form


We look forward to celebrating with you!

The Public Engagement Team