Join us for a hybrid conference – in-person or virtually at the home of the College in London, together with The British Society for Haematology (BSH) and The Pathologist our event sponsors.

We are delighted to announce our special guest, Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, who will be joining us virtually to open the conference with a keynote address. Dr Ryan will share his experience of being at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 25 years.

The conference's theme is `Adapting laboratory medicine to global developments and challenges.’ Over several decades, pathology specialties have used therapeutic and preventative solutions to manage health crises worldwide, such as tackling sudden and novel infectious disease outbreaks while also preparing for how pathology can prepare for future health crises. 

Capacity building to develop and strengthen local health systems through training and educating health workers, particularly medical scientists, and pathologists, in partnership with organisations and international volunteers will also be a main feature of the conference

You will also hear from experts from India, the UK, and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET).

The contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities have been recognised and celebrated by pathology and laboratory medicine institutions worldwide on International Pathology Day since it launched in 2014. We look forward to continuing this tradition this year as part of the College’s Diamond Jubilee’s celebrations.


Find out more about the event


The programme

09.15 – 9:55 Registration and refreshments – in-person attendees.

09.55 - 10.00  In-person attendees take to your seats for the welcome and opening address.

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome and opening address from Professor Mike Osborn, the President of the Royal College of Pathologists.

10.05 – 10.45 Talk 1: Keynote speaker, Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, in Conversation with the College President.

10.45 – 11.00 Break.

11.00 – 11.20 Talk 2: Dr Raganathan N Iyer, Associate International Regional Advisor Southeast Asia, Secondary bacterial and fungal infections: the impact of COVID-19

11.2011.40 Talk 3: Richard Skone-James, Head of Programmes, Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), THET and the global health partnership community.

11.40 – 11.55 Break.

11.55 12.15 Talk 4: Mr Russell Dacombe, Senior Research Associate, One Health, many labs

12.15 – 12.30 Speaker Q&A panel.

12.30 – 13.10 Lunch break (networking and lunch).

13.10 – 13.15 In-person audience take to your seats.

13.15 – 13.25 Winning posters announced and presentation of prize.

13.2514.25 Roundtable: Chair - professor Angharad Davies, Panellists - Dr Maadh Aldouri, Professor Ismail Matalka, Dr Kenneth Fleming, Professor Mona El-Bahrawy & Dr Thynn Thynn Yee.

14.25 – 14.30 Closing remarks from Professor Angharad Davies, Vice President of the Royal College of Pathologists.


Event contributors

Meet the speakers and roundtable panellists

International Pathology Day 2022 event contributors

  • Chair - Professor Mike Osborn

    President of The Royal College of Pathologists

    Professor Osborn studied medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, qualifying in 1995. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000 and a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2004. Professor Osborn currently works as a consultant histopathologist for North West London Pathology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, where he is clinical lead. His working time is divided between post mortems, diagnostic gastrointestinal histopathology, bowel cancer screening and teaching. He runs an intercalated BSc in Humanities, Philosophy & Law at Imperial College, London.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Osborn and colleagues at Imperial College published work relating to findings in fatal COVID-19 infection. He was elected President of the Royal College of Pathologists in November 2020, having previously been a member of Council and holding a variety of College roles, including Chair of the Cellular Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee and Death Investigation Committee.

    Follow on Twitter: @mike4pat

  • Key-note speaker, Dr Michael Ryan

    Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

    Dr Mike Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 25 years. He served as Assistant Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response in WHO's Health Emergencies Programme from 2017 to 2019.

    Dr Ryan first joined WHO in 1996, with the newly established unit to respond to emerging and epidemic disease threats. He has worked in conflict affected countries and led many responses to high impact epidemics. He is a founding member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), which has aided the response to hundreds of disease outbreaks around the world. He served as Coordinator of Epidemic Response (2000-2003), Operational Coordinator of WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak (2003), and as WHO’s Director of Global Alert and Response (2005-2011).

    He was a Senior Advisor on Polio Eradication for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative from 2013 to 2017, deploying to countries in the Middle East.

    He completed medical training at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Master’s in Public Health at University College Dublin, and specialist training in communicable disease control at the Health Protection Agency in London and the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training.

  • Dr Ranganathan N Iyer (India)

    Associate International Regional Advisor, South East Asia

    Dr. Ranganathan N Iyer passed his MD from the Armed Forces Medical Coilege Pune India. Following a brief period of lecturership at the Department of Microbiology, KEM Hospital Bombay , he was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Microbiology and Infection control Prevention at the Breach Candy Hospital Bombay India for over eight years. At the present time, he has been affiliated as a Consultant Clinical Microbiology & Infection control at the Gleneagles Global Hospitals and Rainbow Children’s Hospital Hyderabad India. He has been a Chairperson for the Infection control and Prevention at both the hospitas  for over a decade. He completed his DNB Microbiology and Diploma In Pathology and Bacteriology in 1997 , the FRCPath ( UK) in Medical Microbiology and Infection control in 2007.

    He has been interested in Antimicrobial Therapy for the management of Infections in Solid organ transplant recipients, paediatric and neonates patients as well as Infection control and prevention in these patients. He has been associated with teaching responsibilities over 10 years as a Post graduate teacher for DNB Microbiology conducted by the National Board of Examinations. He has been associated with the Royal College initially as a Country Lead Coordinator for India , and additionally as a Associate Regional Advisor SE Asia since 2021.


    He has over 40 national and Internationa Publications to his credit with contributions to four text book chapters, including a chapter on Beta Lactam antibiotics to the acclaimed “ Comprehensive Pharmacology’ published by Elsevier in 2022.

  • Speaker - Mr Richard Skone-James

    Head of Programmes, The Tropical Health Education Trust (THET)

    Richard joined THET in 2014 and currently manages THET’s Programmes Team to deliver both grants management and THET-implemented programmes, with a focus on leveraging UK expertise to strengthen the health system and workforce in low- and middle-income countries. He has a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Speaker - Mr Russell Dacombe

    Senior Research Associate, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

    Russell Dacombe is a senior research associate based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). His has research interests include laboratory capacity strengthening models, antimicrobial policy implementation and the implementation and regulation of new diagnostic technologies. Russell has over twenty-five years’ experience of working in health laboratories all over the world and at different levels of the health system. Russell also teaches microbiology on several different programmes at LSTM.

    Follow on Twitter:  @RussellDacombe

  • Roundtable chair - Professor Angharad Davies

    Professor of Medical Microbiology, Vice President for Learning RCPath

    Prof Davies qualified in medicine from St John’s College, Cambridge University and undertook specialty training in medical microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She went on to a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship at University College London, studying dormancy in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and gaining a PhD.

    Prof Davies is now a clinical professor of medical microbiology at Swansea University Medical School and consultant microbiologist for the national Cryptosporidium Reference Unit. She is Health and Care Research Wales Infection Specialty Lead and Vice-President for Learning, RCPath.

    Follow on Twitter: @SwanseaBug

  • Roundtable panellist - Dr Kenneth Fleming

    Chair, the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics

    Dr. Kenneth Anthony Fleming has been a clinical academic pathologist with over 200 publications on liver pathology and molecular patho-biology (H-index 52).

    He has had several major leadership positions, including Dean of Medicine, University of Oxford, 2000 – 2008.

    Since 2008, he has been addressing the lack of diagnostics globally, including being Director of International Affairs, RCPath, 2011-14.  Most recently he has chaired the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics which was published in October 2021.  He is currently on the scientific advisory group of the WHO Essential Diagnostics List.

  • Roundtable panellist - Dr Maadh Aldouri

    Consultant Haematologist

    Dr Aldouri, FRCPath, FRCP, is Consultant Haematologist at Medway Foundation Trust, and previous Clinical Director of Pathology for North Kent Pathology Services. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine of Baghdad

    University, Iraq, and has worked in the Middle East for over ten years. He was Chair of the Haematology Speciality

    Group of Kent and Medway Cancer Network 2001-2017, member of South Thames Region of the RCPath

    Council 2001-2003 and Chair of the Pathology Committee of the Inter-Collegiate Iraq Liaison Group.

    He became the RCPath International Advisor for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region in 2013.

    He was appointed as the College’s Clinical Director of International Activities in January 2015-2021,

    and co-opted RCPath Council member in December 2020.

    Follow on Twitter: @mdouri

  • Roundtable panellist - Professor Mona El-Bahrawy

    Professor of Practice in Histopathology

    Prof El-Bahrawy is Professor of Practice in Histopathology at Imperial College London, UK, specialist Gynaecological Pathologist and core member of the gynaecological oncology multidisciplinary team of the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospitals, which house the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of cancer research and gynaecological tumour pathology.  She is the President of the Egyptian Committee for Pathology Training and  had been RCPath Country advisor for Egypt (2016 – 2022), establishing strong connections between the RCPath and distinguished professional institutions in the UK and in Egypt.



  • Roundtable panellist - Dr Thynn Thynn Yee

    Associate Clinical Professor Haematology, UCL

    Dr Yee is a haematologist currently working at Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre, Royal Free Hospital, London. Dr Yee initially trained and worked in Myanmar. Her passion is to help improve global healthcare and specialise in haemostasis and with the support of World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) and International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) leads twinning programmes between the Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre and Haematology Departments in low resource countries.

    Dr Yee enjoys reaching out to health care professionals from all corners of the globe and with her combined experience of working in developed and developing countries has been able to support the ,

    learning and sharing of thoughts and information amongst pathologists in many countries.



Find the venue

In-person attendees

The event will be held at:

The Royal College of Pathologists
6 Alie Street 
E1 8QT

The nearest tube stations are Algate East and Algate.

Virtual attendees

A few days before the event you will recieve a link to join.

Fees / Cancellation policy and photography

In-person Fee: £60


  • All speakers including key-note speaker.
  • Lunchtime networking and lunch
  • Poster competition - announcment of winners and prsentation of winning poster
  • The roundtable discussion
  • Digital event brochure
  • Delegate bag

Virtual fee: £30


  • All speakers including key-note speaker.
  • Poster competition - announcment of winners and prsentation of winning poster
  • The roundtable discussion
  • Digital event brochure


There will be photography at our International Pathology Day 2022 event on Tuesday 1 November 2022 to capture moments from the conference. These images will be used for promotional purposes, in future publications and presentations and on our digital and social media channels, normally within a five-year period from the day of the event. If you do not wish to appear in any photographs, please let a member of the Event teams or a College staff member know and they will provide you with a red sticker. This should be worn throughout the day somewhere visible so our photographer can avoid taking your photo.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that an administrative charge of £10.00 for Virtual fees and £20 for in person fees will be made on all cancellations. Payments are not transferrable to a different event. The total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled within 48 hours before the event.