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February 2019 | Published by RCPA

Issue #088

Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology

Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Update is the key pathology educational annual scientific meeting, and is one of the largest gatherings of pathologists in the world, now featuring ten concurrent sessions and 147 speakers including 11 international speakers. This year’s conference, Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology, took place at the Melbourne Conference and Events Centre, from 22-24th February 2019.

Firstly, we would like to thank all of the international and local speakers who joined the conference this year, and the 1,370 delegates who travelled from far and wide to attend. Special thanks, of course goes to the dedicated team who made it all happen.

A particular highlight of the conference were the many international speakers who travelled across the globe to be with us, including those from New Zealand, the US, and throughout Europe. We were truly honoured to be joined by Dr Elaine Jaffe, who presented in the Anatomical, Haematology and Immunopathology combined scientific stream. Dr Jaffe presented the following topics at the conference: ‘The revised WHO classification of lymphomas – what has changed for the pathologist and clinician’; ‘Lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) associated with immune deficiency’; ‘Hodgkin’s lymphomas – historical background and evolution’; and ‘Peripheral T-cell neoplasms – current classification and differential diagnosis’.

Each year, the College invites one key speaker to deliver the Eva Raik plenary, named after the first female President of the College. This year’s plenary was titled, “Precision Cancer Medicine – Cup half full or cup half empty?” and was presented by Dr Lillian Siu who joined the conference all the way from Toronto. Dr Siu also presented in the Genetic Pathology scientific stream with presentations titled: ‘Molecular tumour board – interesting cases from a cancer genomics program’; and Building national and international genomic data sharing initiatives’.

In addition to the fascinating scientific sessions, the conference provided the perfect opportunity to meet with colleagues and share stories from mutual areas of interest. All delegates were invited to join the Welcome Cocktail Party on the Friday evening and, on Saturday evening, new College Fellows and Award Winners were celebrated.

This year the following fellows, and many more, were presented with awards:

Honorary Fellowship
Dr Elaine Jaffe

Distinguished Fellow Award
A/Prof David Ellis (SA)
Dr Colin Goldschmidt (NSW)

Meritorious Service Award
A/Prof Christine Hemmings (NZ)

Pathology Update 2019, in collaboration with major partner Roche and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, was proud to support The Snowdome Foundation (https://www.snowdome.org.au) which was recognised as the Pathology Update 2019 Charity of Choice, The Foundation was chosen due to its synergy with the conference’s Scientific Program.

Snowdome has a deliberate mission to improve outcomes for Australian men, women and children with blood cancers. Its aim is to 'unlock new treatments' by channelling government and private philanthropic investment into early phase human clinical trials of next-generation drugs and therapies. Together with Roche and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the RCPA raised a total of $7,000 over the Pathology Update 2019 weekend.








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