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“Nondestructive 3D pathology with open-top light-sheet microscopy for precision medicine”

The diagnostic gold standard of histology relies upon analog technologies that have changed little over the past century. These dated techniques contribute to large inter-pathologist variability, poor prognostication/prediction of tumor behavior in individual patients, and consequently, treatment that is often not optimized for an individual’s particular malignancy. 

We believe that in order to catalyze a digital pathology transformation, a technological approach is needed that offers significant advantages over traditional histopathology in terms of simplicity/cost, speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness of sampling, and superior sample preservation (including nucleic acids). 

Towards this end, we have developed an “open-top” light-sheet (OTLS) microscopy platform for rapid slide-free 3D pathology of surgical and biopsy specimens [Glaser et al, Nat. Biomed. Eng., 2017].  Our most-recent efforts have focused on optimizing a suite of technologies to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D OTLS microscopy to visualize structural and molecular biomarkers within large numbers of core-needle biopsies in toto, and ultimately to better predict patient outcomes (indolent vs. aggressive disease). 

These nondestructive and comprehensive digital pathology methods are synergistic with the rapidly growing fields of genomics and machine learning, which collectively have the potential to significantly improve patient prognostication and treatment stratification. 

Dr. Jonathan Liu will present his work mentioned above, at Pathology Horizons 2019 in Queenstown New Zealand on 8th- 10th August. Dr. Liu is the Bryan McMinn endowed associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, with an adjunct appointment in the department of pathology.
His work has been funded by the NIH (NCI, NIDCR, NIBIB), NSF, Department of Defense and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Liu’s molecular biophotonics laboratory develops optical strategies for improving the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Read more..

Pathology Horizons

Pathology Horizons is an annual and open CPD conference organised by Cirdan to discuss what developments lie ahead in Pathology and what we can do to prepare or take advantage of these. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn about new technologies, procedural developments and lines of research that are driving the future of pathology. You will hear about the possible 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. It also provides the opportunity to contribute your ideas, interact with innovators from around the world, expand your knowledge and make some new contacts- all within a relaxed and beautiful setting!C


Registration for Pathology Horizons 2019 is officially open. With less than 5 months to go and preparation well underway, we are getting very excited for what will be the 5th Pathology Horizons conference organised and hosted by Cirdan.

We promise an impressive programme covering a wide range of groundbreaking topics from a panel of international industry experts. Here’s a selection of just some of the topics you can expect to hear about:

  • Interoperability
  • Cancer Immunotherapy Biomarkers
  • Digital Pathology
  • Light-sheet Microscopy
  • Machine Learning in Pathology
  • ctDNA testing for cancer

**Given the boutique nature of this conference places are limited, so please book early to guarantee your place.**

Pathology Horizons 2019- The Big Reveal!

We are excited to officially announce that Pathology Horizons 2019 will take place in the exquisite Heritage Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand. This remarkable venue offers both scenery and atmosphere, located only a short distance from the town centre as well as overlooking breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu. The CPD conference organised by Cirdan focuses on the future of pathology and attracts an international audience of delegates from a mix of clinical, academic, IT and business backgrounds. Year on year, the conference boasts an impressive speaker panel, including some of the best minds in the area of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Why attend?
This unique conference provides the opportunity to learn about new technologies, procedural developments and lines of research that are driving the future of pathology. This learning is done in a relaxed and fun environment, where delegates are able to network freely with both delegates and speakers.

Who should attend?
Pathology Horizons is open to anyone interested in the area of pathology e.g. Pathologists, Laboratory Managers, Laboratory Technicians,  Biomedical Scientists and Pathology IT. Due to the nature of the conference places are limited, so if you would like to attend remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

What next?

Over the course of the next 8 months we will be revealing the speaker line up and their topics, as well as additional details such as the conference activity and dinner.  Watch this space!

If you would like to be notified when Pathology Horizons 2019 registration opens, please click here.