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If you wish to attend the conference, please email meetings@rcpath.org

This special course focuses on the instrumental role of neuropathological study in the analysis of human brain disorders, examining prenatal onset, management, cause identification, genetic advice, and research on human neurodevelopment and new therapies.

This course is for candidates interested in fetal medicine and human neurodevelopment, including pathologists, neuropathologists, neuro-radiologists, neurologists, gynaecologist-obstetricians, geneticists and neuroscientists.


Thursday 15 April 2021

  • 09.25 Registration
  • 09.30 Welcome, Professor Marta Cohen & Dr Férechté Encha-Razavi

Theme one: Brain Formation and Organisation

  • 09.35 Brain patterning, Dr Férechté Encha-Razavi, France
  • 10.10 Anatomy and histology of the fetal brain, Professor Eleanora Aronica, The Netherlands
  • 10.45 Coffee break                             
  • 11.00 Brain Prenatal Imaging: Normal brain development, Dr Elspeth Whitby, Sheffield
  • 11.30 Brain examination, Professor Eleanora Aronica, The Netherlands
  • 12.05 Lunch

Theme two: Neural Tube Defects

  • 12.45 Neural tube defects: causation, pathogenesis and prevention, Professor Andrew Copp, London
  • 13.20 Chiari malformation, Professor Homa  Biassette  Adle, France

Theme three: Part I: Brain maldevelopment

  • 13.55 Brain prenatal imaging: The abnormal brain, Dr Elspeth Whitby
  • 14.25 Diagnosis of brain anomalies: Benefits of an etiopathogenical approach, Dr Férechté  Encha-Razavi, France
  • 15.00 Coffee break
  • 15.15 Spectrum of Midline malformations and cause analysis, Professor Tania Attie Bitach, France
  • 15.50 Brainstem and cerebellum anomalies, Dr Evelina Silvestri, Italy
  • 16.25 Q&A
  • 16.45 Close


Friday 16 April 2021

  • 09.25 Registration

Theme three: Part II: Cortical malformations

  • 09.30 Cortical malformations: Causes, mechanisms and Nomenclature update, Professor Eleonora Aronica, The Netherlands
  • 10.05 Cerebral vascular ontogenesis, Professor Eleonora Aronica ,The Netherlands
  • 10.40 Coffee break
  • 10.55 Disruptive lesions, pathogenesis, and consequences, Dr Evelina Silvestri, Italy

Theme four: Neuronal survival disorders

  • 11.30 Phenotypic spectrum of fetal tubulinopathies, Dr Férechté Encha-Razavi, France
  • 12.05 Lunch
  • 12.45 Biochemical testing for inherited neurometabolic diseases, Dr Amanda Lam, London

Theme Five: Putting the pieces together

  • 13.20 Deciphering the etiopathogenesis of ventricular system dilatation, Professor Homa Biassette Adle, France
  • 13.55 Strategies for identification of developmental disorders and cause analysis, Professor Tania Attie Bitach, France
  • 14.30 Conclusions and Farewell, Professor Marta Cohen & Dr Férechté Encha-Razavi
  • 14.50 Close



Registration fees

RCPath Members: £299
Concessions: £155.00 Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses
Non-members: £349.00

Please note you must notify RCPath in writing, by email at least 48 hours prior to the event date to obtain a full refund, minus £10 admin charge.

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

Please note: If you experience any problems when connecting to your Zoom meeting, such as lagging or freezing, then this may indicate that there is an issue with your internet connection, or the device you are using. We suggest that you try to move to an area with a more stable connection and then re-join the meeting. We unfortunately will not be able to provide you with a refund or transfer you onto another event if you happen to encounter these problems on the day.