The College launched International Pathology Day in 2014, together with pathology and laboratory medicine institutions worldwide. It has since become a valuable platform where the contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that work to address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities is recognised and celebrated.


Wednesday 10th November 2021,10.00 – 14.00 (GMT)

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Join our global community in a virtual celebration for international pathology day, in association with event sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK and partner The British Society for Haematology.

Pathology is undergoing a digital revolution.  Pathologists can now engage, evaluate, and collaborate rapidly and remotely, with transparency and consistency even when separated by thousands of miles, in ways never done before.

The growth in the use of digital pathology is also paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) to become more widely integrated. AI has the potential to help provide faster diagnoses, as well as allowing international scientists to work more collaboratively to develop their understanding of disease and diagnostics.

On International Pathology Day we will hear how digital pathology has made international collaborations between developed and middle-to-lower income countries possible and what some of the real-world issues to implementing digital and AI solutions into the lab will be. The day will also examine how pathologists, scientists and medical professionals will need to learn new ways of working in different surroundings, as technology moves us deeper into a digital age.


  • Talk 1: The Lancet Commission on Diagnostics, Professor Lai Meng Looi, Distinguished Professor University of Malaysia - Malyasia
  • Talk 2:  Title of Talk TBC, Dr Leah,
  • Talk 3: Practicing “Deep Medicine” in “Smart Hospitals". Dr Abdelghani Tbakhi, M.D, Chairman, Department of Cell Therapy & Applied Genomics, King Hussein Cancer Center Amman - Jordan
  • Talk 4: The role of AI in Pathology, Professor Nasir Rajpoot, Professor of Computational Pathology, University of Warwick - UK

Roundtable:  Can digital pathology break down international borders?

An ongoing issue for pathology services around the world is inequality, particularly between developed and lower-to-middle income countries.  Commonly this is due to lack of qualified professionals, scarce facilities and resources needed to deliver simple training, shortage of commodities and deprived IT infrastructures.  The roundtable panel will discuss the need to leverage the power of digital pathology to establish practical solutions that will positively impact global health for everyone.

The panel 

  • Mediator – Dr Mike Osborn, President, The Royal College of Pathologists - UK
  • Panellist – Dr Abdulaziz Abdulla Al Ajlan, Chairman, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Professor Department of Pathology, King Saudi University - Saudi Arabia
  • Panellist –  Dr Bethany Williams, Lead for Education and Training, National Pathology Imaging Co-Operative, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - UK
  • Panellist –  Professor Naresh Kikkeri, International Regional Advisor for the Americas, The Royal College of Pathologists - USA
  • Panellist –  Dr Peter Carey, Consultant Haematologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne - UK
  • Panellist –  Dr Samar Betmouni, Consultant Neuropathologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT - UK

Digital Poster Competition 

Tell us about your work! Enter the International Pathology Day Poster Competition sponsored by Sonic Healthcare UK.

International and UK entrants are invited to submit a poster. A broad range of research ideas are welcome. You may be inspired by the overall event theme, or you may wish to describe any other pathology related work you have carried out. The judges will be the College's Clinical Director of International Activities, Professor Ismail Matalka, Dr Hiba Ali, Education Lead for the Sponsorship and International Trainee Support Schemes (ITSS) and Dr Yuchn Ding, founder of X-WOW by night, Data Scientist at Cambridge University by day. 

There will be a first prize and two runners up prizes. First prize to be awarded will be a new iPad and the author of the winning poster will be invited to present their entry virtually after the lunch break. They will also have the chance to submit an article to the College Bulletin magazine about their winning entry.

Second and third prizes are a new set of Airpods. Posters will be displayed digitally on the College website and the winners will be announced on International Pathology Day. We invite you over to our IPD 2020 poster competition page to take a look at last year's entries. 

How to enter and Terms and conditions

If you are already thinking about entering we highly recommend taking time to read the competition's T&Cs.  To get you started we have selected a few points from the full T&Cs which can be found below along with a guide to creating a poster and IPD branded poster templates.

1. Only one submission per entrant is allowed.
2.Resubmission of a poster that has previously been entered into an IPD poster competition is not allowed
3.The competition is open to UK and international entrants.
4.The theme is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have pathology at their heart or be inspired by the overall theme of International Pathology Day. Information on the disciplines which encompass pathology can be found in the  careers section of the website.
5. The competition closes at 23.59 GMT on Friday 22nd October 2021.

Each entry should be accompanied by the following information:

  • The corresponding author’s name, email address and contact phone number. This author will be awarded the prize in the event that the poster wins
  • The title of the poster
  • A 2-3-minute selfie-style video describing:

    a) Why you undertook this work
    b) What work is described in the poster
    c) What was special about this work
    d) How do the findings influence future practice

    Please send entires to

IPD 2021 poster competition terms and conditions

Guidelines to creating a digital poster



Capturing the best of International Pathology Day events hosted by the College in association with our sponsors and partners in recent years.


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