2013 Archived Content

Digital Pathology

Defining a New Standard


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Thursday, February 14

7:00 am Breakfast Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Morning Coffee

8:00 - 9:40 Plenary Keynote Panel: Emerging Technologies & Industry PerspectivesThis session features a series of presentations on emerging and hot technologies in diagnostics, drug discovery & development, informatics, and oncology. Interactive Q&A discussion with the audience will be included. - Read more 

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9:40 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


Image Analysis & Advanced Imaging 

10:40 Chairperson's Remarks
Liron Pantanowitz, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Department of Pathology, UPMC Shadyside 

10:45 Breast Cancer Predictive Factor Testing: The Challenge and Importance of Standardizing Pre-Analytic Variables

David G. Hicks, M.D., FCAP, Professor and Director, Surgical Pathology Unit, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center

The introduction of biomarkers into clinical practice and their increased use in adjuvant treatment decisions has created new challenges for the laboratory. Current standards for collection and preservation of clinical samples have been focused on tissue preservation for morphology without attention to preserving the quality of macromolecules. The quality of routine diagnostic samples can be improved by regulating specimen handling, which will in turn ensure more accurate testing of biomarkers.

11:15 Quantitative in situ Measurement of Biomolecules for Companion Diagnostics

David L. Rimm, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, Yale University

New methods of in situ hybridization using paired sets of primers or locked nucleic acids have made in situ measurement of mRNA and microRNAs reproducible and quantifiable.  Here we show some examples of the use of these tools, in combination with protein assessment, to predict outcome or response to therapy in cancer.

11:45 Advanced Optical Imaging Tools for Pathologists

Sushmita Mukherjee, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Director, Multiphoton Microscopy Facility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

This talk will focus on optical imaging technologies that are capable of generating cellular-resolution images from fresh, unprocessed and unstained tissues such as biopsies and surgical margins. We will primarily focus on multiphoton microscopy and full-field optical coherence tomography, with a brief introduction to future applications using some spectroscopic approaches.

12:15 pm Luncheon Presentations (Sponsorship Opportunities Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:15 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

1:45 3D Imaging for Tumor Vasculature

Raul Brauner, Founder and CEO, Oncotree and Biotree

2:15 Digital Imaging in Hematology- Emerging Technologies

James Linder, M.D., Senior Associate to the President for Innovation and Economic Competitiveness; President, University Technology Development Corp.; Professor, Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska

Technology now allows capture of digital images of blood cells on a glass microscope slide so that a complete blood count or white blood cell differential count can be determined.   These approaches may improve laboratory workflow or provide new insight into hematologic disorders.  Image-based reporting also may enhance hematology education, collaboration, and communication of results to clinicians.

2:45 Q&A with Speakers


EMC3:15 DNA as Storage Platform: An Overview

Sanjay Joshi, CTO, Life Sciences, Isilon Storage Division, EMC Corporation

With recent advancements in chemistry and synthetic DNA creation, the world of using DNA as a storage platform is becoming feasible. We will present recent developments in the field along with practical issues.

3:45 Valentine's Day Celebration and Poster Competition Winner Announced in the Exhibit Hall

(Last Chance for Poster Viewing)


Image Applications 

4:30 Chairperson's Remarks
Liron Pantanowitz, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Department of Pathology, UPMC Shadyside 

4:35 Practical ePathology Solutions for Community Pathologists: What a Difference a Letter Makes

Eric F. Glassy, M.D., Medical Director, Pathology, Inc.

Whole Slide Imaging has followed a niche adoption pattern particularly for community pathologists who have been  slow to embrace the technology. This talk will discuss practical examples of WSI for the non-academic pathologist, focusing on branding, workflow, and diagnostics.

5:05 Developing Infrastructure which Enables the Insourcing of Telepathology Consultation into a Subspecialty Practice

David C. Wilbur, M.D., Professor, Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Subspecialty teleconsulatations require the development of an infrastructure which allows for rapid acceptance of whole slide image, demographic and patient historical data in a secure manner.  Distribution of this data to the appropriate consultant requires a distribution network allowing for both reporting of results as well as intramural sharing of cases for opinions and education.  This session will review the particular elements of the system and caveats for development and implementation.

5:35 Digital Pathology with China: Waking the Sleeping Giant

Jian Yu Rao, M.D., Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA Program on Genomics and Nutrition

The challenges and rewards of establishing a second opinion Telepathology Consult service with a tier one Chinese academic medical center are discussed. An optimal working relationship depends on the development of mutual trust nurtured by frequent and open communication between the two institutions and the local government. Infrastructure needs are discussed, as are the workflow issues, bridging different cultures, and dealing with quality and personnel challenges.

6:05 Sponsored Presentations (Opportunities Available)

6:35 Close of Day

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