Pathology Visions 2012 Draws Diverse Attendance Despite Weather

The eighth annual Pathology Visions Conference, hosted by the Digital Pathology Association (DPA), drew attendees from across the globe despite the threatening weather conditions. Pathology Visions was held last month in Baltimore, MD in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. Those that attended the conference represented 32 states, 19 countries and 165 organizations, making it Pathology Visions’ most diverse attendance.

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Attendees mingle in the Exhibit Hall during the Networking Reception at Pathology Visions 2012.

In spite of Hurricane Sandy and the incredible impact it had on travel to and from Baltimore, Pathology Visions 2012 was an overwhelming success.

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 30, 2012

The eighth annual Pathology Visions Conference, hosted by the Digital Pathology Association (DPA), drew attendees from across the globe despite the threatening weather conditions. Pathology Visions was held last month in Baltimore, MD in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. Those that attended the conference represented 32 states, 19 countries and 165 organizations, making it Pathology Visions’ most diverse attendance.

“In spite of Hurricane Sandy and the incredible impact it had on travel to and from Baltimore, Pathology Visions 2012 was an overwhelming success,” said Michael F. Ward, CAE, Executive Vice President of the DPA. “I am extremely proud of the staff and volunteers that executed this conference even with the overwhelming problems and challenges the weather presented.”

For the second year, the Indiana State Medical Association offered physician attendees the opportunity to earn up to 9.5 continuing medical education (CME) credits. For those who were unable to attend Pathology Visions, the recordings of all the presentations including the keynote presentation, will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Continue to check the DPA website for additional information.

This year the DPA held a special presentation in follow up to the Regulatory Panel at Pathology Visions 2011, where the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center presented "Recommendations for Validating Whole Slide Imaging for Diagnostic Purposes in Pathology".

The CAP Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center, a forum for developing evidence-based guidelines and consensus recommendations, convened a non-vendor expert panel from North America in June 2010, to answer the key question: “What needs to be done to “validate” a whole slide digital imaging system for diagnostic purposes before it is placed in clinical service?” The panel conducted a systematic review of international literature and addressed intended use, preparation types, case numbers, equipment, personnel, and process. The final recommendations incorporated both the feedback from the open comment period last summer and the strength of evidence from the current literature. Anil Parwani, MD, PhD, FCAP and Andrew Evans, MD,PhD, FCAP, both active DPA members, gave the presentation.

The keynote presenter this year was Dr. John Tomaszewski, who is a pioneer, educator, author and leader in the digital pathology field. The focus of his keynote presentation was “Data Fusion and 21st Century Diagnostics”. Dr. Tomaszewski’s area of expertise is researching the application and quantitative image analysis, computer vision and machine learning to diagnostic problems in prostate and other cancers. Currently, Dr. Tomaszewski conducts the majority of his research at the University of Buffalo where he is a professor and the Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

For the first time at Pathology Visions, one of the DPA webinars was featured live at the conference. In addition to Pathology Visions attendees, 54 participants from across the globe tuned in to the live webinar. The webinar, which is the third in the DPA’s 2012 webinar series titled “Barriers to the Adoption of Digital Pathology”, focused on the financial barriers many hospitals and programs trying to implement digital pathology face. The webinar concluded an impressive two and a half day program that participants, presenters and exhibitors benefited from despite the adverse weather conditions.

At the conclusion of the conference, the DPA gave away Poster Presentation Awards and Travel Awards. These competitions gave attendees the opportunity to be awarded for their superb knowledge and dedication to the field of digital pathology. Winners included:

Best Research Poster—“Digital Pathology and Informatics for Personalized Medicine in Prostate Cancer", Seema Sethi, Dejuan Kong, Greg Dyson, Wael Sakr, Fazlul Sarkar | Wayne State University, Pathology, Detroit, MI

Best Education Poster—“A National University Network for Online Teaching of Pathology in France", Philippe Bertheau, Jean Boutonnat, Christiane Copie, Guillaume Gauchotte, Stéphane Garcia, Valérie Rigau, Françoise Galateau-Salle, Benoit Terris, Béatrice Vergier, Maxime Battistella, David Ameisen, Dominique Wendum and the working group & of the French College of Pathologists (CoPath/CUFP) | Universities of : Aix-Marseille, Angers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Caen, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nancy, Nice, Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot, Paris Sud, Paris Est Créteil, Paris Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, Rouen, Toulouse, Versailles St Quentin

Best Clinical Poster—“Integrating Open Source Digital Pathology (PACS, LIS, DICOM or non-DICOM, EHR, web)”, Jorge Cortell CEO & President | Kanteron Systems USA, Inc.

Best Resident Poster—“Digital Pathology and Informatics for Personalized Medicine in Prostate Cancer”, Seema Sethi, Dejuan Kong, Greg Dyson, Wael Sakr, Fazlul Sarkar | Wayne State University, Pathology, Detroit, MI

People’s Choice Poster—“Digital Pathology and Informatics for Personalized Medicine in Prostate Cancer”, Seema Sethi, Dejuan Kong, Greg Dyson, Wael Sakr, Fazlul Sarkar | Wayne State University, Pathology, Detroit, MI

Travel Award Winners— Feriyl Bhaijee, MD, John L. Blau, MD, Derrick Chen, MD, Seema Sethi, MD, and Sohail Qayyum, MD
Pathology Visions 2013 is currently scheduled for September 29 - October 2, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. Continue to check the DPA website for updates and deadlines for Pathology Visions 2013.

About the Digital Pathology Association
The Digital Pathology Association, located in Indianapolis, IN, was founded in 2009. Its mission is to facilitate education and awareness of digital pathology applications in healthcare and life sciences. Members are encouraged to share best practices and promote the use of technology among colleagues in order to demonstrate efficiencies, awareness, and its ultimate benefits to patient care. To learn more about the DPA and Pathology Visions, please visit the DPA website.