Previous IPD events

2018: Pathology futures

The role of genomics in disease diagnosis, treatment & prevention

For IPD in 2018, the College hosted a one day conference, organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine. 

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.

This event explored the 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.

Roundtable: Out of the Box Pathology... How the Profession is Helping to Drive Innovation in Disease Therapy and Diagnosis

This unique panel event delved 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 was chaired by Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists and delivered by pathologists who took the less trodden career route to work on some ground breaking discoveries and life-changing projects. 

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2017: Implementing the 2017 WHO Cancer Resolution

Time to acknowledge the critical role of pathology & laboratory medicine services?

For IPD in 2017, the College hosted a roundtable discussion on the critical role of pathology and laboratory medicine services in meeting the commitments of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Cancer Resolution, which was unanimously adopted at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2017.                            

Organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine and chaired by former College President Dr Suzy Lishman, this important roundtable bought together an internationally-renowned panel of speakers to discuss, explore and debate ways to ensure that national cancer control plans adequately address the provision of effective, affordable and sustainable pathology services as part of the global effort to strengthen and improve cancer control activities. 

2016: How can we strengthen pathology education & training in low and middle-income countries?

Organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine and chaired by Fedra Pavlou, Editorial Director at The Pathologist, roundtable participants discussed the strengthening of pathology education and training in low and middle-income countries.

2015: The global village

The second International Pathology Day took place on 18 November, with events taking place around the world to highlight the contribution of pathology to global healthcare. Events were held in countries including the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The College hosted a conference at the King’s Fund in London, with a wide range of speakers and audience members. 

2014: Pathology is Global Symposium

In 2014, the College held a global health symposium, which brought together pathologists, scientists and international development professionals from around the world to explore the contribution and role played by pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges and improving health outcomes.

Chaired by Dr Suzy Lishman, then President-Elect of the College, key speakers at the ‘Pathology is Global’ Symposium included Professor Lai-Meng Looi, President of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM); Dr Zahir Moloo, Regional Clinical Director of Pathology at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya; Professor Soo-Yong Tan, Director of SingHealth Tissue Repository in Singapore and Dr Abdul Ghafur, Co-ordinator of the Chennai Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance in India.

The former College President, Dr Archie Prentice delivered the welcome address and symposium presentations covered a range of diverse topics that included: how international volunteering is making a difference; the role of the pathologist in bio banking and translational research, improving the diagnosis and reporting of breast cancer in Lagos, Nigeria; building laboratory workforce and service capacity in Eastern Europe (using Tajikistan as a case study); tackling antimicrobial resistance in India and recognising the international role of UK Diaspora pathologists and scientists. Biomedical Scientist, Dorothy Kasibante gave a powerful and moving personal account of her reasons for volunteering to improve laboratory services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The symposium provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about the invaluable work and impact that pathologists, scientists and laboratory medicine professionals are making all over the world, as well as hear about the many international opportunities available through volunteering, research and the development of collaborative global health partnerships.