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Pathology Horizons – It’s almost time!

With just over two months to go until the next Pathology Horizons conference excitement is starting to build. Here’s some insight into why there is such a buzz around this event.

What’s it all about?

Pathology Horizons is an annual CPD conference organised by Cirdan, which focuses on what lies ahead in pathology. Delegates attending this unique event, now in its fourth year will learn about new technologies, lines of research and procedural developments that are driving the future of pathology.

Unlike other larger pathology events, Pathology Horizons is a boutique conference with only one conference stream, allowing delegates and speakers to interact easily with each other, providing an excellent networking and learning environment.

International Experts and Groundbreaking Topics

A first class panel of speakers from across the globe, including some of the best minds in the areas of pathology, laboratory medicine and personal and organisational development have been lined up to deliver presentations. Some talks to look forward to include:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality in Digital Pathology
  • Application of Liquid Biopsy to the Detection and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer
  • Genome Sequencing as a Diagnostic Aid
  • Emerging Neuropathology Diagnostics: Genetic Scaffolds, Phenotypes and Advanced Imaging
  • Advancing Diagnostic Pathology: Impact of Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence Tools
  • Extreme Makeover: Creating Pathology Reports that Make a Difference

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Who’s attending?

The conference is open to anyone interested in the area of pathology and laboratory medicine, for example Pathologists, Biomedical Scientists and other Laboratory Professionals. Confirmed delegates this year are coming from as far afield as New Zealand and work in a mix of clinical, academic and industry settings.

What’s in it for me?

As well as the obvious learning and networking opportunities delegates can earn CPD credits for attending. The conference has been CPD certified and is approved by the Royal College of Pathologists for nine CPD credits. The added bonus is that you can get all of this professional development in a relaxed and fun environment within a five star luxury resort.

Where is Pathology Horizons being held?

The conference is being held in the Lough Erne Resort, one of Northern Ireland’s finest hotels, just outside Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh.

What can I expect?

Here’s a quick overview of last year’s conference in Cairns, Australia. Please note having a world-class golf course onsite is not a mandatory requirement when selecting a Pathology Horizons venue 🙂

Hear from some past delegates and speakers

How can I join the conference?

For details on how to register go to www.pathologyhorizons.com/register There is always a lot of interest in this unique event and demand has been greater than ever before this year. If you are interested in attending please book soon as there are a limited amount of places remaining.

Dr. Bankhead to speak on how novel open source software platform is revolutionizing digital pathology image analysis

We are delighted to welcome Research Scientist,  Dr. Peter Bankhead to our expert panel of speakers for Pathology Horizons 2018.

Innovation increasingly relies on open tools, standards and software, empowering researchers to test new ideas and make new discoveries.  Reproducibility and standardization in science also crucially depend upon analysis methods being made freely available.

Until recently, digital pathology suffered from the lack of a software platform that would make these things possible.  Faced with a choice between attempting to analyze whole slide images using commercial systems (often prohibitively expensive) or by applying generic open source software (often prohibitively complex), much biomarker analysis in practice continued to be based on visual estimation by pathologists, which is laborious and known to have limited reproducibility.

QuPath was developed to address these issues, and represents the first widely-used, powerful, flexible, extensible and user-friendly open source platform for whole slide image analysis.  Since its release at the end of 2016, QuPath has been downloaded more than 10 000 times and is used worldwide by research groups in both academia and industry.

A central goal of QuPath is to provide the tools for pathologists and image analysts to better work together, advancing the field more rapidly.

During  his presentation at Pathology Horizons, Dr. Bankhead will outline some of the reasons behind QuPath’s success so far, and describe features currently in development that are set to greatly expand its scope and reach for digital pathology and bioimage analysis applications in the near future.

Why attend Pathology Horizons?

The conference is set to be another interesting and extremely informative event with a range of top international speakers demonstrating the power of new technologies, updates on procedural developments and valuable new lines of research – all in a relaxed and open atmosphere! Unlike other larger pathology events, Pathology Horizons is a boutique conference with one conference stream, which allows you to interact and network fully with the delegates and speakers. The conference is also CPD certified and has been awarded with 9 CPD credits by The Royal College of Pathologists.

Some other topics from speakers include: 

  • Artificial intelligence and what it means for healthcare and patholgy
  • Liquid biopsy and what it can do for detecting/treating ovarian cancer
  • Virtual and augmented reality in digital pathology
  • Genome sequencing as a diagnostic aid

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Don’t miss out, secure your place today!

Pathology Horizons 2018                                                                                    Lough Erne Resort, N. Ireland                                                                                        13-15th September

Dr. Kaplan to speak on Artificial Intelligence at Pathology Horizons 2018

Cirdan is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith Kaplan, publisher of the industry’s leading pathology blog, tissuepathology.com will be joining the Pathology Horizons 2018 speaker panel. Dr. Kaplan’s presentation will be on: “Artificial Intelligence: What it means for Healthcare and Pathology.”

 

About Dr. Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Michigan State University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. While at Walter Reed, Dr. Kaplan was named Resident of the Year, and in conjunction with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Dr. Kaplan founded and directed the Army Telepathology Program. This Program connected 25 hospitals internationally for consultation via telepathology. Dr. Kaplan was also with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota as an Associate Professor of Pathology of Mayo Medical School. Read more on Dr. Kaplan

About Pathology Horizons

Pathology Horizons is an annual CPD conference focused on the future of pathology. Delegates will learn about new technologies, procedures and lines of research that are driving the future of pathology. This year the conference is being held in the five star Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh in N.Ireland from 13-15 September 2018.

View conference speakers and find out more  on how to register.

Early Bird Tickets now available.

Dr. Kaplan talks Digital Pathology: The Past, Present and Future

We were delighted to have Publisher of leading industry blog, tissuepathology.com, Dr. Keith Kaplan share his knowledge on the past fifteen years of digital pathology with us at Pathology Horizons 2017. During his talk in Cairns he discussed what’s worked, what hasn’t and what is coming down the line in digital pathology.

See Dr. Kaplan’s presentation below.

The Pathology Horizons 2018 Conference will be held in the Lough Erne Resort in Co. Fermanagh in N.Ireland from 13-15 September 2018. For more information on the conference and registration go to www.pathologyhorizons.com 

Computer Aided Diagnosis in Pathology: Pros and Cons

 

Computer-Aided-Diagnosis-in-Pathology-2Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a reality in medicine. However, can these deep learning tools perform the complex tasks of Pathologists, and in some instances with superior accuracy? Image analysis is one of the main reasons pathology labs are thinking about investing in digital pathology, especially since precision medicine currently demands precision diagnostics.

Enough evidence has been accrued showing that image analysis offers better accuracy, standardization, automation, and enables computational pathology. However, there are still several drawbacks and barriers preventing widespread adoption such as limited interoperability, workflow disruption, poor reimbursement, no guidelines, and regulatory obstacles.

Dr. Liron Pantanowitz,University of Pittsburgh, USA  discussed the benefits and problems relating to computer aided diagnosis in pathology and emphasized what is required to develop those awaited killer apps during his talk at the Pathology Horizons 2017 Conference in Cairns.

View Dr. Pantanowitz’s presentation below.

Pathology Horizons is coming to N.Ireland

September 2018 will see Cirdan host the next Pathology Horizons conference in Northern Ireland for the first time ever.  Previous event locations have included Cairns and Fraser Island, Australia and Galway, Ireland. Pathology Horizons 2018 will be the fourth conference run by Cirdan and is to be held in the superb, five star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh from 13 – 15 September.

Overview

Pathology Horizons is an annual CPD conference focused on the future of pathology and looking at what lies ahead in this area. The conference will attract expert speakers and delegates from all over the world.

Why attend?

This unique event will give delegates the chance to learn about new technologies, procedural developments and lines of research that are driving the future of pathology. They will hear about the pros and cons of these developments, how people in supporting disciplines should be preparing for and perhaps directing these changes and their potential impact on the daily work of a Pathologist.

Unlike many other events, Pathology Horizons is a boutique conference that provides an opportunity for delegates to contribute their ideas and interact with innovators from around the world, while expanding their knowledge and making some new contacts.

Who should attend?

The Pathology Horizons 2018 conference is open to anyone who is interested in the area of pathology e.g. Pathologists, Laboratory Managers and Biomedical Scientist.

Pathology Horizons 2017 Overview

The overview video of Pathology Horizons 2017 in Cairns will provide some insight into the conference content and give you a good feel for the event.

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Unique Conference Focused on the Future of Pathology

With two successful Pathology Horizons conferences on opposite sides of the globe under his belt and the third one due to take place next month, Dr. Hugh Cormican, Cirdan CEO opens up about the rationale for staging such an event and what delegates can expect to gain from attending.

 

Why did Cirdan start Pathology Horizons?

Cirdan has been involved in the diagnostics industry and particularly pathology since the company started in 2010. We have attended a lot of conferences and it’s very clear to us that technology and the diagnostics sector is going through huge change now, probably more than there has ever been. We found that a lot of the conferences that we attended tended to be very focused and very specific. There didn’t seem to be a forum or event focused on the future of pathology that allowed people to stand back and look at the wider picture. We didn’t see anything that highlighted what the implications for the industry are and what the implications for people like ourselves, who are a key supplier to that industry in terms of informatics systems would be. We felt that there was a gap there and that is why we set up Pathology Horizons.

Who is Pathology Horizons aimed at?

It’s aimed at all the key stakeholders in the diagnostics market, for example pathologists, laboratory managers, medical scientists and people who are suppliers to that market, including informatics companies. To date the conference has drawn a broad a mix of all disciplines interested in pathology within the diagnostics market and we would like this to continue. It’s an inclusive event, where all stakeholders can come along and share their views. We are interested in hearing their opinions on how change in the sector is going to manifest, what we need to be thinking about for the future and what the impacts of this change are likely to be.

How has the Pathology Horizons conference been received in the world of pathology?

We have received a very positive reaction so far. The people who have attended Pathology Horizons conferences have been forthcoming with praise. We started the conference on a small base and are looking to grow this and every year attendance has grown. We make the talks available online on our website for people who for whatever reason have been unable to attend the conference. We’re delighted with the extent and breadth of people who have shown interest and want to come along. Now, we’re in the very fortunate position that instead of going hunting for people to give a talk, people are coming to us offering to give presentations. I think that’s a very positive sign for the conference and the direction it’s heading in.

How have you managed to secure such a high-calibre of speaker year after year?

We hound them until they say yes. No, seriously, we attend a lot of conferences throughout the world, some we exhibit at and some we go to for our own educational or learning purposes. Therefore, we get to hear a lot of speakers give talks and see what they’re doing. If we feel they can add value to the conference and have a novel or interesting topic to share, we add them to a potential speakers list and invite them. Thankfully we’ve had a great response so far and hope this continues.

What’s planned for Pathology Horizons 2017 in Cairns?

Pathology Horizons is back in Australia this year and digital pathology is a particular area of interest there. Therefore, the conference is probably more biased towards digital pathology than it has been in previous years. We are getting a lot of interest in the subject and it is an area previous conference delegates have wanted to hear more on. Digital pathology is something that I personally have had a view on for many years. I was always of the belief that it didn’t make practical or economic sense for pathology. I held this view right up until last year. I now think that digital pathology is worth the investment. Considerable investment is needed in infrastructure i.e. hardware and software to be able to implement digital pathology in a lot of labs and I felt that it wasn’t above the gain line in terms of the work that was required. It is definitely now above the gain line. There have been some seismic changes in that the FDA have now approved it for clinical and diagnosis purposes and one of the speakers will be talking specifically about that and the impact that this has had. As well as looking at other aspects of the industry there are clearly more talks aimed at digital pathology this year.

What can delegates expect to take away from the conference?

Hopefully some surprises, some new thoughts and ideas. The conference will make delegates consider things that they hadn’t previously been thinking about or preparing for and how these will impact upon their profession. They will then leave better placed to prepare for these changes and in a position of knowledge to find out more.

The conference will provide an opportunity to network not only with other delegates but with the speakers. We just have one conference stream, so everyone will have the opportunity to get involved, give feedback and ask questions. At Pathology Horizons, everyone is part of the discussion on the future of pathology.

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Dr. Pantanowitz to speak on computer aided diagnosis at Pathology Horizons

This August in Cairns Pathology Horizons delegates will have the privilege of hearing Dr. Liron Pantanowitz delivering a talk on the pros and cons of computer aided diagnosis in pathology.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a reality in medicine. However, can these deep learning tools perform the complex tasks of pathologists, and in some instances with superior accuracy? Image analysis is one of the main reasons pathology labs are thinking about investing in digital pathology, especially since precision medicine currently demands precision diagnostics.

Enough evidence has been accrued showing that image analysis offers better accuracy, standardization, automation, and enables computational pathology. However, there are still several drawbacks and barriers preventing widespread adoption such as limited interoperability, workflow disruption, poor reimbursement, no guidelines, and regulatory obstacles.

During his presentation Dr. Pantanowitz will discuss the benefits and problems related to computer aided diagnosis in pathology and will highlight what is required to deliver those awaited killer apps.

Dr. Liron Pantanowitz is currently a Professor of Pathology and of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA.

He is the Director of the Pathology Informatics Division and Director of the Pathology Informatics Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In additon, he is the Director of the Cytopathology Division at UPMC Shadyside.

More on Dr. Liron Pantanowitz

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Dr. Kaplan to discuss Digital Pathology: The Past, Present and Future at Pathology Horizons

We are thrilled to have Dr. Keith Kaplan, publisher of tissuepathology.com, the industry’s leading digital pathology blog speak at this year’s Pathology Horizons conference in Cairns, Australia from 10th -12th August.

During his presentation Dr. Kaplan will reflect on 15 years of digital pathology, what has worked, what hasn’t and what’s coming. He will focus briefly on historical experience and initial use cases, how changes that are happening to pathology impact business operations, making a business case for digital pathology and why the time is now to adopt digital pathology. Mention of the importance/impact of cloud computing, hand-held computing and social media that coincided with maturation of this technology will also be discussed. The need for image analysis with clinically approved protocols for improved consistency and reproducibility particularly in an era when the use of companion diagnostics will be addressed. More recently, significant changes in healthcare delivery systems and reimbursements for technical and professional services for laboratories and pathologists have started to change the landscape that make digital pathology more attractive than in the past 15 years.

Dr. Kaplan is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Michigan State University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

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