This free symposium is in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists. It is aimed at College fellows, members, trainees, medical students, and other stakeholders including Government, Politicians, Board Chief Executives, Medical Directors and the media.

Laboratory services are vital to healthcare. This symposium will highlight how such services provide an important foundation for a variety of key medical and surgical disciplines. 

In addition, topics will also include relevance to research, development and innovation, cutting edge cardiac marker and artificial intelligence advances. 

This very high profile programme of speakers will include the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientist, Chief Healthcare Science Officer and four Presidents of national bodies. 

Please note this is an in-person only symposium, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW



09.15     Registration

09.30     Welcome and Introduction - Dr Bernie Croal, Chair RCPath Scotland

09.45     RCPath update - Professor Mike Osborn, President, Royal College of Pathologists

10.00     RCPath Cameron Memorial Lecture – Professor Sir Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer

10.40     The future Landscape of Diagnostics in Scotland - Catherine Ross, Scottish Chief Healthcare Science Officer

11.10     Tea/Coffee

11.25     Future Biomedical Scientist role in Pathology services - Debra Padgett, President, Institute of Biomedical Science

11.55     Antibiotic Resistance - Dr Vhairi Bateman, Aberdeen, Consultant Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

12.25     Lunch

13.15     Professor Freddie Flynn Lecture: Cardiac biomarkers and the transformation of acute cardiac care - Professor Nick Mills, Cardiology - University of Edinburgh

13.55     Precision Diagnostics - Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Chief Scientist (Health) for the Scottish Government; Regius Chair of Medicine , University of Glasgow

14.25     Insights from Clinical Immunology – Dr Charu Chopra, Consultant Immunologist, Edinburgh

14.55     Tea/Coffee

15.10     The importance of labs and pathology to surgery - Mr Mike McKirdy, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

15.40     The importance of pathology and lab medicine in relation to current and future developments with AI – James Blackwood, iCAIRD CTO & NHS Programme Manager

16.10     Close


Event to be held at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW