All set for Pathology Horizons 2015

Ferry to Fraser Island

The Cirdan gang arrived on Fraser island yesterday via a scenic ferry crossing from River Heads yesterday. We  bumped into some of our conference speakers en route, Peter Hamilton and Christine Swarbrick.

The location is stunning and should certainly not disappoint delegates and speakers who are also beginning to arrive.

It is a suitably spectacular venue for the inaugural year of what is to be an annual event.

We are now getting set for the start of the conference this evening.

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On the ferry Dave, John and Geoff of Cirdan

The talks get underway tomorrow with the first presentation from Anthony Gill about lessons learnt from the international Cancer Genome Consortium and what these will mean for the future of routine clinical care.

From genomics, the next session moves to another key subject for the future of pathology : data analytics and the benefits it can bring to  pathology. We will hear how it can improve  clinician ordering practices, clinical decision making and patient outcomes. The speakers are Ronan Herlihy, Damian Fogarty and Malcolm Pradhan.

Peter Hamilton, Ken , Christine Swarbrick, and Kevin Cowan

The day continues with what lies ahead for pathology imaging. Here we have David Snead on the use of digital pathology in primary diagnosis of histopathology samples. Peter Hamilton will speak on next generation imaging in pathology and if it’s the stuff of dreams or not. Then Christine Swarbrick gives a user’s perspective on pathology imaging systems and a wishlist for the future.

The day closes with a talk on personalised medicine and the future of tissue pathology by Manuel Salto-Tellez.

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A train to the resort

Tomorrow its equally on topic for the future: pathology informatics. We have Colin Truesdale on bringing everyone together for efficient, better care and the claim that we are now at the tipping point for “virtual medicine”. Next is Peter O’Halloran with an intriguing title of interfacing automation, the internet of things and digital disruption of transfusion laboratories. Last but not least is our own Hugh Cormican on the future of the laboratory information system.

So looking forward to hear and learn from this expert and engaging group of speakers and expand my knowledge of this wonderful field of pathology!

For all delegates and anyone who wants to hear about Pathology Horizons and future Cirdan events, we now have an app which is a neat way to stay informed. Just go to the app store on your mobile phone/device and search for Cirdan, then install the app. Any late changes will be pushed to the mobile app.

Snap of the photographer Margaret
Snap of the photographer Margaret


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