Overview and registration fees

Annual liver course run by the UK Liver Pathology Group 

This year our two annual courses will be linked to provide a two-day course of lectures and practical experience in liver pathology. Delegates have the option of attending either or both of the days.

Day 1 – Liver biopsy in the assessment of medical liver disease

This course, organised by Prof. Stefan Hübscher, will be delivered for the ninth time on April 4th 2019. Presentations by hepatologists and histopathologists cover the investigation of medical liver diseases.

The course provides a practical diagnostic approach to reporting medical liver biopsies, focusing on the importance of clinico-pathological correlation in assessing common patterns of liver damage.

The histology for cases presented in the afternoon can be pre-viewed via the on line digital slides – most delegates have done this and found it useful.

Day 2 – Histopathology Workshop on Liver Pathology

This slide-based practical workshop is designed to complement the annual course; ‘Liver biopsy in the assessment of medical liver disease’, but also works as a stand-alone course.

The course includes practical aspects of the interpretation of medical liver biopsies and will also cover a range of focal liver lesions.  The slides are pre-scanned and participants are requested to look at the digital images on line prior to the meeting. 


During the meeting, digital slides can be viewed using iPads (Aperio ePathViewer).  Delegates can bring their own iPad or use the iPads provided.   This way of viewing slides has worked very well in the London Deanery for a few years; this will be the first time we have used it for this course.


Registration Fees

Registration Fees

One day fees (4th or 5th)

RCPath Fellows £198

Concessions £106 (Trainees, BMS, Nurses, Retired)

Non-members £275

Two day fees

RCPath Fellows £370

Concessions £192 (Trainees, BMS, Nurses, Retired)

Non-members £430






Programme 4th April

Liver Biopsy in the Assessment of Medical Liver Disease - Thursday 4th April 2019

5 CPD Credits


Day 1 is designed for senior trainees in histopathology and hepatology, and for consultant histopathologists and gastroenterologists who are regularly involved in liver biopsy assessment (without necessarily working in a Liver Unit).


09.00     Registration and Coffee


09.50     Welcome and Introduction – Professor Stefan Hübscher, Birmingham


Clinical Indications and General Approaches to Liver Biopsy Interpretation

10.00     Patterns of abnormal LFTs and their differential diagnosis – Professor Matthew Cramp, Plymouth


10.25     Indications for liver biopsy in investigating common medical liver diseases – what information is required from a liver biopsy report? – Dr Steve Ryder, Nottingham


10.50     Coffee


11.20     How to handle liver biopsy specimens – specimen fixation, processing and staining methods - Dr Alberto Quaglia, Kings College Hospital, London


11.45     Basic patterns of liver damage – what information can a liver biopsy provide and what clinical information does the pathologist need? – Professor Rob Goldin, Imperial College, London


12.10     Lunch


Clinico-Pathological Assessment of Common Medical Liver Diseases

13.10     Fatty liver disease – Dr Judy Wyatt & Dr Ian Rowe, Leeds


13.55     Chronic biliary disease – Dr Susan Davies & Dr William Gelson


14.40     Tea


15.10     Chronic hepatitis – viral and autoimmune – Dr Chris Bellamy & Dr Andrew Bathgate, Edinburgh


15.55     Acute hepatitis, including acute liver failure – Professor Stefan Hübscher & Dr Palak Trivedi


16.40     Panel Discussion, Questions and Answers. Concluding remarks and close

Programme 5th April

Histopathology Workshop - Liver Pathology Friday 5th April 2019

5 CPD Credits


Day 2 is for histopathologists – senior trainees and consultants working outside specialist liver centres, and trainees in stage C or D who have an interest in liver pathology.


9.00 to 10.00       Registration and Coffee.


Viewing of scanned cases as a refresher prior to the meeting.  The course teachers will be available to discuss cases.


09.50     Welcome and Introduction – Dr Judy Wyatt, Leeds


10.00     Slide Seminar:  Prof Stefan Hubscher, Birmingham - Focal Liver Lesions (10 cases)


11.30     Coffee and slide viewing


12.00     Slide Seminar: Dr Sue Davies, Cambridge - medical liver biopsies, cases 1-7


12.45     Lunch


13.30     Slide Seminar: Dr Sue Davies, Cambridge - medical liver biopsies, cases 8-13


14.15     Tea and slide viewing


14.45     Slides Seminar: Dr Judy Wyatt, Leeds - medical liver biopsies.


16.15     Concluding remarks and close



Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the session individuals should:

  • Have pre-viewed a range of liver cases, as virtual slides pre-meeting, and also available using iPads during the meeting.
  • Be confident in recognising common patterns of medical liver disease in liver biopsies
  • Understand the role of different special stains in medical liver biopsies
  • Have gained an understanding of the pathological assessment of focal liver lesions


The UK Liver Pathology group was founded in 2016 to promote excellence in liver histopathology services in the UK and Ireland, across all levels of specialisation, through professional collaboration in education, quality assurance and research.


We aim to provide a range of training and CPD materials and events, suitable for trainees and consultants in specialist and generalist settings. 


This course is being run for the fifth time; it was first held as a BDIAP histopathology workshop in March 2014. 


Due to the variation in provision of liver services, there is limited exposure to liver histopathology in some training programmes. This course would be particularly useful for trainees who are looking for a concise all-round practical learning opportunity in liver pathology.


Two new things for this year

  • Based on feedback, we have now linked it more formally with the preceding 'Liver Biopsy in the Assessment of Medical Liver Disease' course, and moved to the same venue at the Royal College of Pathologists. 
  • We will be using iPads for slide viewing - the London Deanery has found that iPads are effective in this type of workshop meeting, providing an effective and convenient alternative to glass slides and microscopes. 

Delegate feedback will be important in our assessment of this approach.




Both days are hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists; this will be one of the first meetings in their new building at 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.