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.


International Pathology Day


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

event contributors International Pathology Day 2023

  • 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

  • Keynote speaker - Professor Virginia Murray

    Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for the UK Health and Security Agency Centre for Climate and Health Security - UK

    Professor Virginia Murray is a public health doctor committed to improving health emergency and disaster risk management. She was appointed as Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) in April 2014. She is a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee and co-chair of IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA) and is currently the Chair of the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Classification and Review Technical Working Group, with the report published in 2020 and the UNDRR-ISC Hazard Information Profiles: Supplement in 2021. She is a member of CODATA Executive Committee. She is a co-chair of the WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Network, and by working in collaboration with this network, she is one of the editors of the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health and Disaster Risk Management, published in October 2021 and updated in 2022.  She is a visiting/honorary Professor and fellow at several universities.

  • Speaker - Dr Jorge Abarca

    Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Head Of Infectious Diseases Division, Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Oman DR JORGE ABARCA

    Dr. Jorge Abarca, a distinguished expert in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, trained at ITESM/University of Valencia and Complutense University in Madrid. Since 2021, he serves as Head of Infectious Diseases at SQCCCRC, leading inpatient and outpatient infection diagnosis and antimicrobial stewardship. He collaborates with various departments, including Microbiology and Infection Prevention and Control. With over two decades of global experience, Dr. Abarca also teaches at prestigious institutions and is a proud member of prominent medical societies.

  • Speaker- Ms Sheri Scott

    Senior Lecturer and Clinical Lab Sustainability Consultant, Nottingham Trent University

    Sheri joined Nottingham Trent University in 2018 after a career covering 22 years working in Clinical Biochemistry in NHS laboratories. She advocates for greener practice, both for her university, the NHS and internationally. Sheri is a core member of the EFLM green and sustainable labs taskforce and the IBMS sustainability lead. Sheri is a Green Gowns finalist for her commitment and contribution to Clinical Laboratory Sustainability.

    Connect on Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/sheri-scott-62758a49/?originalSubdomain=uk

    Follow on X formerly Twitter @Teachbiomed



  • Speaker - Dr Sudha Ranganathan

    Consultant and Head of Transfusion Medicine, Apollo Hospital Hyderabad, India

    Sudha Ranganathan, has been working in the field of Blood transfusion services in India for over two decades .She has worked at the Tata Memorial Hospital ,Mumbai, India,as senior resident and was responsible for Transfusion services for cancer patients admitted to the hospital.She as a wide experience in Haemopoietic stem cell collections for autologous and allogenic transplants in close coordination with clinical Haematology .She is presently working as a Senior consultant and Head of Blood transfusion services at the Apollo hospital and health city ,Hyderabad ,India and is responsible for transfusion services at the hospital .The hospital has an active organ transplant programme including Liver and kidney and Bone marrow transplantation.ABO incompatible organ transplants and Haploidentical BMT form part of the programme .These patients require advanced Immunohaematology work up and the transfusion service and the blood bank is responsible for these activities.

  • Roundtable panellist - Dr Claire Gordon

    Consultant in Infection, UKHSA Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory UK

    I am a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology working at the UK Health Security Agency. I have a keen interest in health systems strengthening, particularly in improving access to diagnostic microbiology to optimise use of antimicrobials. Prior to joining UKHSA, I worked as the lead clinical microbiologist for the UK Department of Health Fleming Fund programme, which aims to strengthen microbiology laboratories and associated health systems to improve surveillance and control of Antimicrobial Resistance in low- and middle-income countries. I am now the deputy unit head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, which is the UK’s frontline laboratory for diagnosis of rare, unusual and dangerous viral and bacterial pathogens, particular those imported from overseas where diagnosing the infection is particularly challenging. 

  • Roundtable panellist - Dr Shireen Kassam

    Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, King’s College Hospital, London UK

    Dr Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of lymphoma. She is also a Visiting-Professor at University of Winchester, Hampshire, where she has developed and facilitates the UK's first University-based course on plant-based nutrition.  

    Shireen is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician and is also a CHIP facilitator. 

    Shireen founded Plant-Based Health Professionals UK in 2018, a non-profit, membership organisation whose mission is to provide evidence-based education on whole food plant-based nutrition. In January 2021, she co-founded and launched the UK's first regulated, plant-based, lifestyle medicine healthcare service Plant Based Health Online. 

    Shireen qualified as a doctor in 2000. During her training, she completed a PhD, which investigated the role of selenium in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. Shireen has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma. Her first book, Eating Plant-Based, Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions, co-authored with her sister Zahra, was published in January 2022. She has also co-edited the textbook Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice, published in September 2022. 

    Follow on X fomerly Twitter twitter.com/plantbasedhpuk 

    Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/wholefoodplantbasednutrition/ 

  • Roundtable panellist - Professor Sergei Shubin

    Professor in Human Geography, Swansea University

    Sergei Shubin is a Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University. His research interests are in migration, poverty and inequality. He is a Committee member of the Population Geography Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society. His recent research projects include Horizon2020 study on the Impact of COVID19 on vulnerable persons (particularly migrant nurses) @COVINFORM_SU, impact of perceptions and narratives of Europe on migration @SU_PERCEPTIONS, UK government-funded research on social security of migrants in Scotland, and the studies poverty alleviation in Bangladesh and India, as well as in the Amazon (Brazil and Bolivia).



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.