Overview

PATHOLOGY FUTURES: THE ROLE OF GENOMICS IN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS , TREATMENT & PREVENTION

The role of genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease is growing at a phenomenal pace, allowing patient care to become more personalised. As a result, pathologists are not just involved in an initial diagnosis; now, they are involved in the entire treatment pathway of a patient. Where a disease has a genetic basis and molecular testing is therefore performed, the role of the pathologist in guiding treatment through the course of a patient’s therapy is crucial.

The way in which pathologists work is evolving from the person who performs the initial diagnosis to the person who is fully involved in a patient’s treatment pathway. This requires a multidisciplinary approach, working alongside other specialists such as oncologists, surgeons, and radiologists – to name a few.

As part of the College’s International Pathology Day (IPD) celebrations, the College has partnered with The Pathologist to host this one-day event, exploring the important role and contribution of pathologists, scientists, and laboratory medicine professionals in the treatment pathway and care of patients, and how the results from research undertaken in the laboratory are directly used to develop new ways to treat patients and combat disease.

The day will be filled with talks, interactive exhibitions, workshop presentations, and the College’s popular International Pathology Day Roundtable.

 

 

Programme

WEDNESDAY 14TH November 2018

PATHOLOGY FUTURES: THE ROLE OF GENOMICS IN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS , TREATMENT & PREVENTION

08:30 – 09:30   
Registration

09:30 – 09:45   
Welcome
Professor Jo Martin
President, The Royal College of Pathologists 

09:45 – 10:05   
Dr Ian M Frayling
Consultant in Genetic Pathology, All-Wales Medical Genetics Service

10:10 – 10:30  
Genomics, Structural Biology and Drug Discovery: Understanding the Emergence of Resistance in Tuberculosis
Sir Tom Blundell
Professor Emeritus and Director Research, University of Cambridge

10:35 – 10:55   
(Part 1) The Genomic Medicine Service and Cancer
Dr Jane Moorhead
Scientific Advisor, Genomic Implementation Unit, NHS England

(Part 2) Haematological Malignancies - Creating New Clinical Pathways for Whole Genome Sequencing
Dr Shirley Henderson
Cancer Scientific Advisor, Genomic Implementation Unit, NHS England

10:55 – 11:10   
Break 

11:10 – 12:40   
Data-Data-Driven Medicine: integrated and standardized solutions for pathologists in enhanced cancer diagnostics
SOPHiA GENETICS 

11:15 Reaching clinical-grade performance in genomic testing (introduction)
Gerald Martin, Ph.D., Subject Matter Expert, SOPHiA GENETICS 

11:20 Implementation of somatic BRCA testing in the care and treatment of ovarian cancer patients using SOPHiA AI
Dawn O'Sullivan, Ph.D., Principal Clinical Scientist, Department of Medical Genetics, NHS Grampian

11:50 SOPHiA DDM: an intuitive user interface for enhanced visualization and interpretation of genomic alterations associated with cancer.
Gerald Martin, Ph.D., Subject Matter Expert, SOPHiA GENETICS 

12:15 Tackling complex genomic variants and fusion genes in hematological disorders
Alexandre Kurze, Ph.D., Clinical Application Product Manager - SOPHiA GENETICS 

12:45 – 13:45  
Lunch & Exhibitions

14:15 – 15:30
Out of the Box Pathology... How the Profession is Helping to Drive Innovation in Disease Therapy and Diagnosis
This unique panel event will delve into unchartered territory for most pathologists; their crucial role in discovering new drug targets and therapeutics working within, or in collaboration with, industry. This fascinating discussion will be delivered by pathologists who took the less trodden career route to work on some ground breaking discoveries and life-changing projects.

Chair
Professor Jo Martin
President, The Royal College of Pathologists

Panel

  • Professor Anna Maria Geretti
    Professor of Virology and Infectious Diseases, Hon. Consultant in Infectious Diseases, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Paolo Gallipoli
    Senior Research Associate & Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow/Honorary Consultant, University of Cambridge/Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Dr Sean Hua Lim
    Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Haematological Oncology, University of Southampton/ University Hospital Southampton 

15:30 – 15:45  
Closing Remarks
Professor Jo Martin
President, The Royal College of Pathologists 

15:45 – 16:30  
Reception, Networking & Exhibition

 

Programme Subject to Change.

Location

To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT