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The British Association for Cytopathology  (BAC) and the RCPath are delighted to be hosting the IAC tutorial in London at the new premises of the RCPath. The tutorial covers a wide range of topics, providing up to date information by international experts in the field. The talks are followed by Power Point based slide seminars on the topics covered with plenty of opportunity to interact with the faculty during and after sessions.



DAY ONE – Monday 3rd December 2018 – 4 CPD Credits

Gynae & Non Gynae Exfoliative Cytology

09.00    Registration and coffee

9.40      Opening Remarks, Introduction of Speakers and Tutorial Outline - (Prof Syed Ali (Course Director), Dr Rachael Liebmann (RCPath Vice-President), Dr Paul Cross (BAC President)

10.00    Lecture – Gynae Cytology - Dr John Smith
10.45    Unknown Case Discussion – Gynae Cytology - Dr John Smith
11.30    Coffee Break
Urine Cytology
12.00    Lecture - Dr Ashish Chandra
12.45    Unknown Case Discussion - Dr Ashish Chandra
13.30    Lunch break
14.30    Lecture - Serous Effusions - Dr Ashish Chandra
15.15    Lecture - Ancillary Testing In Effusions and FNA Samples - Prof Fernando Schmitt
16.15    Close

Day Two – Tuesday 4TH December 2018 – 5 CPD Credits

Aspiration Cytology
Lymph Node Cytology

08.30    Registration and coffee

09.00    Lecture - Prof Philippe Vielh
09.45    Unknown Case Discussion - Prof Philippe Vielh
10.30    Coffee Break                            
Salivary Gland Cytology
11.00    Lecture  - Prof Philippe Vielh
11.45    Unknown Case Discussion  - Prof Syed Ali
12.30    Lunch break
Thyroid Cytology
13.30    Lecture - Prof Syed Ali
14.15    Unknown Case Discussion - Prof Syed Ali
15.00    Special Presentation – An Introduction To IAC: Why Should You Become A Member? - Prof Robert Osamura
15.15    Coffee Break
Unknown Case Discussion
15.45    All speakers
17.00    Close.  Unwind with the Speakers – An informal chat

DAY THREE – Wednesday 5th December 2018 – 4 CPD Credits

Lung Cytology
EBUS & EUS Cytology

08.30    Registration and coffee

09.00    Lecture - Prof Fernando Schmitt
09.45    Unknown Case Discussion - Prof Fernando Schmitt
10.30    Coffee break
Pancreas Cytology

EUS Pancreas
11.00    Lecture - Prof Syed Ali
11.45    Unknown Case Discussion - Prof Syed Ali & Dr Miguel Perez-Machado
12.30    Lunch break
13.30    Neuroendocrine tumours - Prof Robert Osamura
14.15    Close. Unwind with the Speakers – An informal chat

Registration Fees

One day attendance – Consultant £150. Cytotechnologist/Trainee/Junior Doctor £100

Two day attendance – Consultant £250. Cytotechnologist/Trainee/Junior Doctor £150

Three day attendance – Consultant £300. Cytotechnologist/Trainee/Junior Doctor £200

When booking online, please select the relevant date(s) if you are not attending all three days.


The Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London, E1 8QT



IAC Tutorial

  • Syed Z. Ali, MD, FRCPath, FIAC

    Professor of Pathology and Radiology, Director of Cytopathology

    Program Director, Cytopathology

    Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Baltimore, Maryland, USA

    Dr. Ali serves as Professor of Pathology and Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as the Director of the Division of Cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his Pathology residency training at North Shore University Hospital in New York with fellowships in Surgical Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

    Known as one of the most travelled pathologists, Dr. Ali has well over 275 invited lectures, keynote speeches and visiting professorships. In collaboration with international societies and universities, he directs or co-directs several annual major cytopathology tutorials.

    Dr. Ali has published extensively with over 280 articles in major scientific journals, over 30 books, book chapters and electronic media. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology (JASC) and has served as member of the executive board and chair of the scientific program committee and the educational development committee of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). He presently serves as the President-elect of the ASC and chair of the continuing education committee of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC). He is a fellow of both, the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) and the IAC. He is recipient of the ASC’s “Warren R. Lang Award” in 1996, the “President’s Award” in 2012 and “Excellence in Education Award” in 2015.

  • Dr. Ashish Chandra, MD FRCPath DipRCPath (Cytol)

    Lead Consultant for Cytopathology & Urological Histopathology

    Dept of Cellular Pathology, St. Thomas' Hospital London

    Dr Ashish Chandra is the lead urological Histopathologist and Cytopathologist at Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospitals, London where he has been based since 2001. He is a member of the Cytopathology SAC at RCPath, a co-opted executive member of the BAC and Deputy editor of Cytopathology. He has an interest in developing reporting terminologies and is a co-editor of the forthcoming International system for reporting serous fluid cytology.

  • Dr. Fernando Schmitt, FIAC

    Professor of Pathology, Medical Faculty

    Porto University and Head of Molecular Pathology, IPATIMUP

    Porto, Portugal

    Professor Fernando Schmitt is Professor of Pathology at the University of Porto, Senior Researcher and Head of Molecular Pathology Unit at IPATIMUP, President of the Portuguese Society of Cytology and General Secretary of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC). He has authored more than 435 papers in peer-review journals, 23 book chapters and he is editor of three books, one of molecular pathology, other of cytopathology and other of breast cytopathology.  Prof Schmitt is widely considered a world-leading expert in cytopathology and breast cancer. A fellow at the Karolinska Medical Hospital, Stockholm, and Professor of Pathology at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil and University of Toronto, Canada. He was also Director of the Department of Medicine at Laboratoire national de santé, Luxembourg. His research work is on breast cancer, with emphasis on molecular markers, cell adhesion and invasion, therapeutic targets and mechanisms of resistance. In the last years, his research work has been dedicated to the study of molecular markers on cytological material. Fernando serves as Associate Editor of six major scientific journals and sits on the editorial board of many others. He has also been chair, president or scientific director of several major European, Portuguese and Brazilian scientific societies of pathology and cytology. Currently he is the Secretary-General of the IAC.


  • Dr. Robert Y. Osamura, MD, PhD, FIAC

    President International Academy of Cytology(IAC)

    Professor and Director of Diagnostic Pathology

    International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW), Sanno Hospital

    Tokyo, Japan

    Dr. Osamura holds an M.D. from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo in 1970. He completed a residency in Pathology at University of Colorado Medical Center. He is now a visiting professor at Teikyo University College of Medical Technology, Keio University School of Medicine and University of Southern California.

    Dr. Robert Y. Osamura has authored or co-authored more than 500 hundred peer-reviewed publications in English. He is the current President of lnternational Academy of Cytology (lAC) since 2016, the Consultant for the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology(JSCC), Honorary member of the Japanese Society of Pathology(JSP and the special Advisor for the Japanese Society of Digital Pathology(JSDP).


  • Dr. John H. F. Smith, MIAC

    Director at North of England Pathology & Screening Education Centre

    Sheffield, England

    John Smith, Consultant Histopathologist and Cytopathologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pathology in the University of Sheffield. He graduated in 1977 from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London and trained in histopathology and cytology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London and in Bristol. He was appointed a consultant in Sheffield in 1987 and for the past twelve years has practiced exclusively in gynaecological histopathology and cytology.

    He is a former Chair of the Cytopathology Sub-Committee and the Panel of Examiners in Cytology of the Royal College of Pathologists and past President of the British Society for Clinical Cytology. He has recently authored revised quality assurance guidelines for the UK cervical screening programme and his laboratory has made a major contribution to studies on the use of human papillomavirus testing in cervical cancer screening.

  • Dr. Philippe Vielh, FIAC

    Director of Cytopathology,

    National Laboratory of Health, Luxembourg.

    Philippe Vielh directed the cytopathology unit at Institut Curie (Paris, France) for 13 years before moving to Gustave Roussy Cancer Center (Villejuif, France) where he headed the cytopathology unit from 2003 till 2015 as well as the histo-cytopathology unit of the translational research laboratory (2007-2014), and the institutional biobank (2011-2014). He presently works at the Laboratoire National de Santé (Dudelange, Luwembourg) where he is deputy-director of Pathology and in charge of Cytopathology. He is particularly interested in the study of omics of breast and thyroid tumors and has authored more than 303 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 7 books and 22 book chapters. Philippe is on the editorial board and reviews for several national and international journals and holds a number of society memberships including the fellowship of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).

    He is the recipient of the 2007 L.C. Tao “Educator of the Year” Award (Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology) and the 2014 Maurice Goldblatt IAC Award. He served as the President of the French Society of Cytology (SFCC) for 9 years (1996-2006) and served as President of the International Academy of Cytology.

  • Dr. Miguel Perez-Machado, MIAC

    Lead Consultant Cytopathologist. Senior Lecturer University College London

    Miguel Perez-Machado moved from Madrid to London after finishing his PhD in Immunology. He studied Medicine in his country of origin (Cuba) were he use to teach and lead a research group dedicated to developing monoclonal antibodies for diagnostic purposes.  In London he became a Histopathologist and full member of the Royal College of Pathology. He underwent a period of specialist training in FNA cytology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.  He has years of experience reporting histopathology and cytopathology specimens. He has published his research in international journals and is actively involved as speaker and organizer in national and international Cytology meetings.  Miguel is the lead cytopathologists at the Royal Free Hospital where he works as a consultant; he is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. Miguel is passionate about teaching and developing new diagnostic tools in the area of Cytopathology, particularly in the area of pancreas, effusions and thyroid gland.