This symposium is aimed at RCPath fellows, members, trainees and others interested in the range of pathology specialties in Northern Ireland. Delegates will hear presentations about upcoming themes in the field of pathology and share some of the great developments happening in Northern Ireland. They will hear from the President Dr Mike Osborn and find out what the College does in Northern Ireland. Trainees will have the opportunity to meet with the President and discuss any relevant matters.

Please note that this event will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 27 May 2021, 9.30am-1pm.

Online bookings have now closed. Please email us for any booking enquiries.


09:30 Meeting opens
Professor Ken Mills, Chair of the NI Regional Council for the Royal College of Pathologists

09:45 Whole Genome Sequencing and the COG-UK study
Dr Derek Fairley, Regional Virus Laboratory - Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

10:05 SARS-CoV2 pandemic: The View from the Virology Laboratory
Dr Tanya Curran, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

10:25 Molecular Diagnostic Service: Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Health Conditions
Dr Shirley Heggarty, Regional Genetics - Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

10:45 College President address
Dr Mike Osborn, President of the Royal College of Pathologists

11:05 Q&A session

11:20 Break

11:30 Vaccines and clotting
Professor Beverley Hunt OBE, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis at King’s College, London

11:50 Why QI?  The role of quality improvement in pathology specialties
Dr Emma Murray, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

12:05 Keynote: Is biochemistry redundant in the age of genomics?
Dr Michael Henderson, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

12:45 Q&A session

13:00 Meeting closes

14:00 - 15:00 Trainee Forum: Trainee Forum to be held via Zoom.



This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website.