4th Annual Course – Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry for Pathologists

Krakow, Poland, 18-20th October 2017


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To provide updated diagnostically relevant information on immunohistochemical markers, useful antibodies, optimal clones and antibody panels applicable in diagnostic pathology as well as highlight the possible laboratory and diagnostic pitfalls. The course will consist of series of lectures focusing on broad fields in diagnostic pathology and selected relevant topics, as well as case demonstrations based on virtual slides. Given recommendations will be based on the results of the relevant epitope assessments conducted in  EQA programs and focused on protocol optimization and standardization.

The organizers will apply for CME credits (ECMEC) from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

Speakers and Organizing/Scientific Committee

Speakers (more names are on the way!)

Michael Bzorek (Denmark)
Senior Histotechnologist and project coordinator at the Institute of Surgical Pathology, Zealand University Hospital, Denmark. He has worked within the area of immunohistochemistry for more than 20 years. He has been actively involved in teaching immunohistochemistry since 1997 as an invited lecturer on various international and national courses and meetings. His focus area has been on the technical aspects of immunohistochemistry, particular in the field of protocol optimization. He is a author and co-author of more than 20 publications and since 2010 member of the NordiQC IHC Assessor Group.

Ben Davidson (Norway)
Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and Attending Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. He is main interests are cytopathology and gynecological pathology.  His research is focused on cancer diagnosis, metastasis, cell survival, and studies of prognosis and chemoresistance mainly in cancers involving the serosal cavities like ovarian carcinoma, breast carcinoma and malignant mesothelioma. He is an author of 280 peer-reviewed scientific publications and several book chapters, as well as the editor of a book on serous effusions. He is also a reviewer and a member of editorial boards for leading international peer-reviewed journals, as well as invited speaker on international and national meetings and conferences.

Jan Klos (Norway)
Senior Consultant and a Head of the Immunohistochemistry Section in the Department of Pathology, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway.  His professional focus is on diagnostic pathology, particularly hematopathology, pathology of the breast and cytopathology.  He has been actively involved in teaching immunohistochemistry since 2000 as co-organizer of national and international meetings and courses as well as invited lecturer. Since 2009 he is a member of the core group and assessor in NordiQC organization. He is a co-author of more than 30 publications in the field of pathology.

Jerzy Lasota (USA)
Staff Scientist at the Surgical Pathology Section of the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. Previously at the Department of Soft Tissue Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C., Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University’s Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology in Philadelphia, as a Research Pathologist and in the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. He is an author and co-author of 130 publications, including studies on genotyping gastrointestinal stromal tumours and several book chapters on molecular genetics of soft tissue tumors.

Markku Miettinen (USA)
Professor and Head of Surgical Pathology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, previously at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. His main interest is pathology of soft tissues. His contribution to definition, biology and diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors is well recognized. He is a member of editorial boards in several top ranked pathology journals and reviewer in a number of most recognized pathology journals. His list of publications has more than 350 positions including two handbooks on Pathology of Soft Tissues and contributions to WHO Classification of Tumours of Soft Tissue and Bone. In recognition of his work honored with Totten Lecture and Award, University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

Janusz Rys (Poland)
Head of the Department of Tumor Pathology, Centre of Oncology – Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology, Krakow Branch, a graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, Academy of Medicine in Krakow (1984), pathology board specialist (1991). His interests are focused on diagnostic pathology, especially of the breast and soft tissues, as well as research with application of immunohistochemical and molecular markers in growth and progression of tumors. He is a head and chief executive of several research grants awarded by the Committee of Scientific Research. He is the author and co-author of over 130 publications in medical journals and chapters in four pathology books, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of a quarterly Polish Journal of Pathology. Member of the Polish Society of Pathologists and the European  Society of Pathology.

Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus (Germany)
Professor of Molecular Tumor Pathology and Head of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory  at the Institute of Pathology, authorized representative for Personalized Medicine at the University Medical Center, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany. He is also a reviewer for  international journals such as the Journal of Pathology, Oncotarget, Virchows Archive, Cancer Research etc. as well as an invited speaker and lecturer of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) in the areas of molecular pathology, fluorescence in situ hybridization and soft tissue tumors. He is also co-author of more than 100 publications in pathology. His major scientific interest is focused on lung cancer, sarcomas and the deveopment of predictive biomarkers.

Tibor Tot (Sweden)
is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Uppsala, head of Laboratory Medicine Dalarna and head of the Department of Pathology and Clinical Cytology at the Central Hospital in Falun, Sweden. He is breast cancer expert of the Swedish Board of Welfare and regular course director of its breast pathology program. The last years he is also one of the faculty members in the breast pathology arm of the European School of Pathology, invited faculty member in European School of Radiology and one of the scientific directors in the European School of Oncology Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer program. In addition to more than 80 journal articles and 20 book chapters, he published the book Practical Breast Pathology,  an official teaching material of the European School of Pathology. He is also co-author of the Thieme Series on Art and Science of Mammography. With radiological – pathological correlation of breast diseases as the main field of interest, he is repeatedly invited lecturer at the European Congress of Radiology, European Congress of Pathology, and other international and national congresses, symposia, and teaching courses all over the world. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Virchows Archiv, Vojnosanitetski pregled (Belgrade), the Journal of OncoPathology, and the Journal of Solid Tumors, one of the editors of Case Reports in Pathology, member of the European Working Groups for Breast Cancer Screening Pathology and the past chair of the Working Group for Breast Pathology of the European Society of Pathology.

Mogens Vyberg (Denmark)
Professor of Clinical Pathology at Aalborg University, Senior Consultant and the Head of the Laboratory of Immunohistochemistry at the Institute of Pathology, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark. His main research fields and expertise are immunohistochemistry and gastrointestinal, liver and brain pathology. He is author and co-author of more than 80 scientific papers and several book chapters in these fields as well as the text book Compendium of Applied Immunohistochemistry (Danish; English version scheduled for 2016). He is also a co-founder and scheme director of the Nordic Immunohistochemical Quality Control (NordiQC) with Aalborg Hospital as its domicile which is currently has more than 700 participating pathology laboratories from more than 40 countries.

Organizing/Scientific Committee:
Jan Klos MD Course Director,
Members: prof. Janusz Rys and Dr. Krzysztof Okon

Language, Homework, Participants

Language: The course is in English.
Homework: seminar cases will be provided by the faculty.

The Organizing/Scientific Committee invites participants to submit abstracts/case descriptions related to the topics of the course, for consideration and inclusion as a poster presentation. Guidelines for preparation of abstracts and posters.
Participants: The target groups are consultant pathologists and pathologists in training. The number of participants is limited to 100.

Venue, contact

Venue: Auditorium Maximum, Jagiellonian University, Str. Krupnicza 33, Krakow, Poland.mapka_AM
Contact: konferencje@uj.edu.pl


 The old city of Krakow is a tourist attraction ranked high among the most attractive cities in Europe. There are many direct flights from a number of European destinations. The course venue/city center can be reached from the airport within 20-30` depending on traffic. Travel by car or train may be also an option to consider.

Registration, Cancellation policy, Scholarships

Registration, Cancellation policy, Scholarships:

The registration is possible here

The full registration fee including all indicated meals and full documentation of the course is 1600 PLN (approx. 370 Euro). Travel and accommodation are not included.

Scholarships: the organizers will apply to European Society of Pathology for scholarships covering the fee for a limited number of course participants. Information will be given when available.

Cancellation policy: Before 31st of August 2017: Full refund minus 10% deduction for administrative costs. After 31st of August 2017 no refunds will be made, but the place can be transferred to another participant.

Scholarships: information will be available soon.

Course program

Preliminary program