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

Recommended for senior trainees in Pathology and Hepatology and consultant histopathologists and gastroenterologists who are regularly involved in liver biopsy assessment (without necessarily working in a Liver Unit).

Online booking for this conference has now closed. If you wish to book, please contact the Conferences team by phoning 0207 451 6715, or emailing clare.winter@rcpath.org.


09:20 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 speciments - 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 Mervyn Davies, Leeds 13:55 Chronic biliary disease – Dr Sue Davies & Dr Bill Griffiths, Cambridge

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 Ahmed Elsharkawy, Birmingham

16:40 Panel discussion, Questions and Answers. Concluding remarks and close

Online registration fees
RCPath Members: £185.00
Concessions: £99.00
Non Members: £260.00


The College's address is:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

By Underground

  • Aldgate: Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines (5 minutes’ walk)
  • Aldgate East: District and Hammersmith & City Lines (7 minutes’ walk)
  • Tower Hill: Circle and District Lines (5 minutes’ walk)
  • Tower Gateway Station: DLR (5 minutes’ walk)

By train

  • Fenchurch Street: (7 minutes’ walk)
  • Liverpool Street: (12 minutes' walk or one tube stop to Aldgate or Aldgate East)
  • London Bridge: (15 minutes’ walk or take buses RV1 or 40)

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The following buses stop near Prescot Street:
15, 25, 40, 42, 67, 78, 100, 115, 135, 205, 254, RV1


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Car parking

(Prescot Street is in the Congestion Charge zone).

  • Chamber Street, Royal Mint Street, London E1 8BL – 110 places: £12.00 flat rate from 7.00 am to 7.00pm
  • Minories, 1 Shorter Street, London E1 8PL – 401 places: £2.00 an hour from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Royal Mint Street, London E1 8BL – 60 places: £20.00 for 24 hours; £12.00 a day; £50.00 a week.
  • Buckle Street, London E1 8EH – multi-storey car park: £5.25 for 2 hours; £7.25 for 5 hours. Also overnight, weekly and annual rates.
  • London Whitechapel High Street, Spreadeagle Yard, London E1 7PJ – 100 places: £6.00 for 2 hours; £10.00 for 4 hours.

Cycle stands

Cycle stands are available for guests. Please enquire at reception.

By air

The nearest airports:

  • London City airport: Use DLR to Tower Gateway
  • Stansted: Express trains from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street, every 45 minutes. From Liverpool Street, one stop to either Aldgate or Aldgate East.

Travel to airports

  • Heathrow: Express train from Heathrow Airport to Paddington Station.
  • Gatwick: Express train from Gatwick to Victoria Station.