We would like to present a full scientific programme* of the Congress which is rich in many interesting symposia, workshops and slide seminars.
The schedule for each day is presented in the table below (click to see details).

*Subject to change

Sunday - Auditorium Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Salivary Glands 1 The Milan System for Reporting Salivary Cytology
    A worldwide comparative analysis of different academic experiences

    Chairs
    Esther Diana Rossi, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Catholic University in Rome, Italy
    William Faquin, Harvard Medical School, MGH Boston, USA

    Speakers
    Introduction to the classification systems from Bethesda to Milan
    Guliz Barkan, Loyola University in Chicago, USA

    An overview of the Milan System and the different published series
    Esther Diana Rossi, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Catholic University in Rome, Italy

    Non-Diagnostic and Non-Neoplastic Lesions. The Finnish experience with the Milan system
    Ivana Kholova, Tampere University, Finland

    Neoplasms (Benign and SUMP) The Italian experience with the Milan System
    Claudio Bellevicine, Federico II University in Naples, Italy

    Suspicious for Malignancy. The British experience with the Milan
    Yurina Miki, S. Thomas, London, UK

    Malignant, and molecular characterization. The USA experience
    William Faquin, Harvard University, Boston, USA
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Companion Meeting CroatiaJoint Companion Meeting of the Croatian Society for Clinical Cytology & Hellenic Society of Clinical Cytology: new perspectives and challenges in clinical and molecular cytopathology

    Chairs
    Danijela Vrdoljak-Mozetič, Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Medical Faculty University of Rijeka, Croatia
    Maria Nasioutziki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Medical Faculty, Hippokration General Hospital, Greece

    Speakers
    Ascitic and peritoneal fluid cytology in gynaecological oncology
    Danijela Vrdoljak-Mozetič, Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Medical Faculty University of Rijeka, Croatia

    Diagnostic workup of enlarged lymph nodes at University Hospital Merkur, Zagreb
    Marina Pažur, University Hospital Merkur, Zagreb, Croatia

    CT guided FNA of peripheral lung lesions
    Tajana Štoos-Veić, University Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia

    Rapid On-Site Evaluation (ROSE) in EBUS FNA: Is it really helpful?
    Maria Nasioutziki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Medical Faculty, Hippokration General Hospital, Greece

    Cytomorphological and Molecular investigation of pancreatic EUS-FNA samples in a Greek region
    Emmanouil Mastorakis, Venizelion General Hospital Herakleion Crete, Greece
    Stavros P. Derdas, Veterans Administration Hospital (N.I.M.T.S.), Athens, Greece

    Cytopathologists-performing US-guided FNAC of palpable and non palpable lesions: benefits and challenges. When morphology meets imaging.
    Charitini Nepka, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 14:30 - 15:30

    Keynote Lecture - Gaelle Pierron Genomic markers in Sarcomas in daily practice - From molecular diagnosis to therapeutic target

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Lung

    Cytopathology plays important role in diagnostic work-up of lung cancer patients. Predictive biomarker testing is recommended for non-small cell lung carcinoma cases in advanced stage of disease and thus should be routinely performed also in various cytological specimens.

    Chairs
    Izidor Kern, University Clinic Golnik, Slovenia
    Wlodzimierz Olszewski, Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

    Speakers
    EGFR testing for NSCLC in various specimens
    Roman Monczak, University of Zielona Gora, Poland

    Immunocytochemistry for lung cancer predictive biomarker testing (ALK, ROS1)
    Spasenija Savic, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

    PD-L1 testing in cytology
    Birgit Skov, Rigshospitalet, Diagnostic Center, Denmark

    Liquid biopsy and cytology
    Izidor Kern, University Clinic Golnik, Slovenia

    Value of NGS in cytological specimens
    Wlodzimierz Olszewski, Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM A

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting Portugal Match and mismatch of morphology and molecular diagnoses in cytology.

    In this companion meeting, each speaker on; lung, pancreas, sarcomas, salivary gland and thyroid will discuss a case where after the results of the molecular it is necessary back to morphology to understand the case. The speakers with their broad knowledge on each expertise will clarify how to interpret molecular results with the basis of cytomorphology.

    Chairs
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto University & IPATIMUP, Portugal
    Cláudia Lobo, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto, Portugal

    Speakers
    Introduction
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto University & IPATIMUP, Portugal

    Lung
    Lukas Bubendorf, University of Basel, Switzerland

    Pancreas
    Ricardo Fonseca, Instituto Português de Oncologia, Lisboa, Portugal

    Sarcomas
    Helena Barroca, Hospital de São João, Porto, Portugal

    Salivary Gland
    Maria Lozano, Clinica Univesidad, Navarra, Spain

    Thyroid
    Sule Canberk, Acibadem University, Turkey and I3S, Porto, Portugal
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Companion Meeting Finland HPV primary screening and gynecological cytomorphology

    The participants will become familiar with practical experience with HPV primary screening from cytopathologist and cytotechnologist point of view. In addition, HPV epidemiology in families and HPV negative cervical cancer will be covered. Cytomorphological pitfalls in screening, inter- and intraobserver variations will be presented.

    Chairs
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland
    Leena Krogerus, Vita Laboratories, Finland

    Speakers
    Human Papillomavirus transmission in families
    Stina Syrjänen, University of Turku, Finland

    HPV primary screening: Experience from Helsinki area
    Jussi Tarkkanen, HUSLAB, Finland

    The case that I will never forget
    Leena Krogerus, Vita Laboratories, Finland


    HPV primary screening: The role of cytotechnologist
    Piia Airaksinen, Fimlab Laboratories, Finland

    Interobserver and intraobserver variability in gynecological cytology
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland

    HPV negative cervical cancer: Is it in the test?
    Zahra Maleki, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Breast Integrating the diagnostic patients with breast masses

    The purpose of this Symposium is to show how the multidisciplinary approach may improve the diagnosis of patients with breast masses. Potentialities and difficulties of imaging, fine needle aspiration and core needle biopsy will be described and an optimal approach suggested based on large experiences accumulated in expert cancer centers.


    Chair
    Philippe VIELH, Medipath and American Hospital of Paris, France

    Speakers
    Breast imaging of breast masses
    Marc ABEHSERA, American Hospital of Paris, France

    Easy and tricky diagnosis of breast fine needle cytology samplings
    Jerzy KLIJANIENKO, Curie Institute, Paris, France

    Easy and tricky histopathology of breast core needle biopsies
    Elena F. BRACHTEL, Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands

    Integrating the results of fine-needle and/or core needle samplings
    Philippe VIELH, Medipath and American Hospital of Paris, France
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    IAC Executive Meeting « Invitation only »

    Chair
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto University & IPATIMUP, Portugal
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM D

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting ChinaFrom clues to facts - an algorithmic approach to diagnose rare tumors in cytology

    We will introduce rare cases of thyroid NUT, metastasized giant cell tumor, salivary secretory carcinoma, primary effusion lymphoma and flat urothelial lesions using an algorithmic approach combining morphology, immunohistochemistry and molecular tests. We will cover cases from exfoliated cytology to FNA.

    Chairs

    Dongge Liu, Beijing Hospital, National Center of Gerontology, China
    Mulan Jin, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China

    Speakers

    The FNA of the secondary thyroid neoplasms
    Xueying Su, The West China Hospital of Sichuan University, China

    Cytological and genomic features of a rare thyroid tumor with small cell differentation
    Zhiyan Liu, School of Basic Medical Sciences and Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, China

    FNA of a submandibular mass in a young patient after surgeries for salivary and thyroid carcinomas
    Bo Ping, Laboratory of Cytopathology, Department of Pathology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, China

    A rare lymphoma in effusion developed in a patient with a previous history of Castleman Disease
    Lan Chen, Beijing Hospital, National Center of Gerontology, China

    An integrated diagnostic path of urological cytology: a case of a flat urothelial tumor
    Peng Wang, Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University, China









  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Soft Tissue Tumors 1

    An increasing use of minimally invasive diagnostic procedures has resulted in better acceptance of FNAC as the first-line examination or as a complementary tool to CNB in the diagnosis of soft tissue tumors. The best approach to a successful diagnostic evaluation of soft tissue lesions is to combine clinical data and radiographic findings with the morphology interpretation that should be accomplished with the aid of supportive ancillary techniques. Multidisciplinary management of soft tissue neoplasm favorably influence outcomes for patients suffering from sarcoma.

    Chairs
    Henryk A. Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
    Xiaohua Qian, Department of Pathology, Cytology Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA

    Speakers
    BCOR sarcomas. New FNA entity
    Paweł Gajdzis, Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

    Multidisciplinary diagnostic approach to myxoid tumors
    Xiaohua Qian, Department of Pathology, Cytology Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA

    Multidisciplinary approach to the soft tissue FNA from an oncologists perspective
    Jacob Engellau, Department of Oncology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

    Multidisciplinary approach to the soft tissue FNA from an ortopaedic surgeons perspective
    Iman Ghanei, Department of Ortopedics, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

    Multidisciplinary approach to the soft tissue FNA from a cytopathologists perspective
    Jan Köster, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.

    Multidisciplinary approach to the soft tissue and bone FNA- summary and conclusion
    Henryk Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skane University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Companion Meeting India Image guided FNAC of abdominal & pelvic organs

    Image guided FNAC of Abdominal and Pelvic organs has many advantages and its utility is used in a large spectrum of organs and lesions. This session will discuss the utility of image guided FNAC in Abdominal and Pelvic organs.

    Chair
    Roque Wiseman Pinto, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India

    Speakers
    Challenging Mesenchymal Tumours
    Bharat Rekhi, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

    Endoscopic USG guided FNAC of pancreatic lesions
    Pranab Dey, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

    Interesting Cases
    Venkateswaran K. Iyer, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

    An Interesting Case of abdomino pelvic mass
    Nalini Gupta, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

    FNAC of Gall Bladder Lesions
    Yookarin Khonglah, North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya, India

    TBA
    Nikita Oza, SRL Diagnostics, Center of Excellence, Mahim, Mumbai, India

    Spectrum of Liver Lesion
    Dilip Ramrakhiani, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

    Mystery of two Challenging Cases presenting with abdomino pelvic masses
    Parikshaa Gupta, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

    Interesting Cases
    Ram N. Rao, SGPGI, Lucknow, India

    Perirectal GIST diagnosed on Endorectal Ultrasound guided FNAC
    Haimanti Sarin, Medanta, The Medicity, Gurugram, India

    USG guided FNAC of Retroperitoneal Masses - Experience from a Tertiary Care Hospital
    Indranil Chakrabarti, Northa Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, India

    Interesting Cases
    Roque Wiseman Pinto, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM B

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting Japan Cytology reporting system: update in Japan

    This Japanese Companion Symposium deals with how the International Cytology Reporting Systems for cancers of the breast, thyroid, salivary gland, uterine cervix and lung have become familiar and used in Japan recently. The one on the soft tissue will be published soon and will be introduced to the Japanese Cytopathologists. After the Companion Symposium, the attendants will be well aware of the International Cytology Reporting Systems of various organs(even the newest one) and of how it has been used in Japan.

    Chairs
    Takayuki Enomoto, Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital, Japan
    Robert Y. Osamura, Nippon Koukan Hospital & Keio University School of Medicine, Japan

    Speakers
    The IAC Yokohama System for Reporting Breast Cytopathology: An Experience We Have Had at Our Institution
    Rieko Nishimura, National Hospital Organization Nagoya Medical Center, Japan

    The introduction of thyroid tumor borderline category: how does it affect cytopathology practice in Asian and Western countries?
    Ryuji Ohashi, Nippon Medical School Hospital, Japan

    A multi-institutional study applying the Milan System in Japan
    Kayoko Higuchi, Okinawa Kyodo Hospital, Japan

    The Bethesda System for reporting cervical cytology in Japan
    Koji Nishino, Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital, Japan

    A new cytology reporting system for lung cancer from Japan Lung Cancer Society and Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology
    Kunimitsu Kawahara, Osaka Habikino Medical Center, Japan
    Yukitoshi Satoh, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Kanagawa, Japan

    Current status of Soft tissue FNA reporting system
    Henryk Domański, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Inflammatory Diseases Infectious diseases cytology

    Due to Tourism and Occupational and Economic reasons people are travelling across countries and continents. Infectious Diseases are also being transported. This session will discuss the role of Cytology in Clinical Practice in the diagnosis of Infectious Diseases with the aid of Ancillary techniques. Due to changes in immune status many multiple opportunistic infections are also being encountered in Cytology. These will also be discussed.

    Chair
    Roque Wiseman Pinto, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India

    Speakers
    HPV Positive Head & Neck Carcinomas: An update
    Zahra Maleki, John Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

    Fungus among us
    Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

    Dual Infections in Cytology
    Kusum Kapila, Kuwait University, Kuwait

    Cytological Diagnosis of Tropical Granulomatous Infections
    Palitha Ratnayake, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Tuberculous Pleural effusion
    Do Minh Hoang Trong, My Saigon Hospital, Vietnam

    Two cases: Hydatid Cyst with Fungus of Lung; Candida and Sarcina of oesophagus
    Pavneet Kaur Selhi, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

    Utility of FNAC in common infections
    Vibha Dutta, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Nagpur, India

    A case of Rhinosporidiosis diagnosed on Nasal Discharge Cytology
    Vandita Singh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Raipur, India

    Interesting Case Presentation
    Roque Wiseman Pinto, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Companion Meeting Russia Modern vectors of development of Russian cytopathology

    The symposium is dedicated to the modern development vectors of the Russian cytopathology.
    The attention is focused on the cytological diagnostics of pathology in difficult-to-puncture localizations: pancreas and intrathoracic masses under the control of endoscopic ultrasonography.
    The possibilities of clarifying the morphological diagnosis by molecular tests, for example in thyroid and cervical tumors, are also illustrated.
    There is presented the implication of the use of immunomorphological methods in the study of effusions, based on the material of patients with malignant lymphomas.
    The analysis of the errors most frequently occurring in the work of the oncomorphologist is performed by Professor N. N. Volchenko.

    Chairs

    Nadezhda Volchenko, P.Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian Federation
    Julia Glukhova, P.Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian Federation
    Irina Shabalova, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education, Moscow, Russian Federation
    Elena Slavnova, P.Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian Federation
    Tatyana Poloz, "RR" OJSK, Railway Clinical Hospital on the station Novosibirsk-Glavniy, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
    Nadezhda Melnikova, Federal State Budgetary Institution Russian Scientific Center of Roentgenoradiology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Speakers
    Morphological diagnostic errors
    Nadezhda Volchenko, P.Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Molecular Pap test
    Nadezhda Melnikova, Federal State Budgetary Institution «Russian Scientific Center of Roentgenoradiology» of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Serous Effusions Cytology in Malignant Lymphoma Patients
    Elena Slavnova, P.Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Cytological diagnosis of metastatic pancreatic lesions
    Olga Ivko, Federal State Budgetary Institution «N.N. Petrov NMRC of oncology» of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

    FNAC of Pancreatic Lesions
    Karina Noskova, The Moscow Clinical Scientific Centre of the State Budgetary Healthcare Institution named by Loginov A.S. Moscow Health Department, Moscow, Russia

    EUS-EBUS with fine-needle aspiration biopsy in the diagnosis of intrathoracic lesions
    Karlygash Pavlyuk, State Budget Health Care Institution ‘Scientific Research Institute – Ochapovsky Regional Clinical Hospital N1', Krasnodar, Russian Federation

    Molecular testing of fine needle aspiration in the diagnosis of differentiated thyroid carcinomas: general trends and own experience
    Sergey Titov, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology SB RAS, AO Vector Best, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM C

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting Czech Republic / Slovakia

    The Czech & Slovak bilateral companion meeting is the result of the fact that friendly and professional relations between Czech and Slovak pathologists have remained unchanged for 30 years since the split of Czechoslovakia. We have maintained the joint professional journal Czecho-Slovak Pathology and Forensic Medicine indexed in Medline and other databases (publishing articles in Czech, Slovak, English). In both friendly independent states, we follow modern cytopathological trends: tuning of cervical cancer screening programs, ROSE, development of EUS FNAB techniques and involvement of molecular biological methods in cytodiagnostic procedures.

    Chairs
    Jaroslava Dušková, Inst. Pathol. 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles Univ. Prague, Czech Republic
    Henrieta Šidlová, Dept of Pathology and Cytology, St. Elisabeth Cancer Institute Bratislava and Dept of Pathology, Slovak Medical University, Bratislava, Cytopathos Ltd., Bratislava, Slovak Republic

    Speakers
    Cervical cancer screening in the Czech Republic
    Iva Kinkorová- Luňáčková, Bioptical Laboratory Ltd., Pilsen, Czech Republic

    Ancillary studies in fine needle aspiration biopsy of salivary glands
    Markéta Horáková, Bioptical Laboratory Ltd., Pilsen, Czech Republic and Department of Pathology, Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Czech Republic

    Teamwork in Thyroid Diseases Diagnostics and Treatment
    Jaroslava Dušková, Inst. Pathol., 1st Fac. of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    Jindřich LUKÁŠ, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Na Homolce Hospital in Prague and Dept of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Pilsen, Czech Republic

    Rapid On-Site Evaluation of EBUS-TBNA - Our Experience
    Andrea Janegová, Dept of Pathology, Faculty Hospital, Trnava, Slovak Republik, 2nd Dept of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovak Republik 

    Pancreatic Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology - Our Experience
    Adrián Kališ, Dept of Pathology, Central Military Hospital and Faculty Hospital Ružomberok, Slovak Republik

    Slovak Cervical Cancer Screening Program
    Henrieta Šidlová, Dept of Pathology and Cytology, St. Elisabeth Cancer Institute Bratislava, Dept of Pathology, Slovak Medical University, Bratislava, Cytopathos Ltd., Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Pediatrics Pediatric cytology symposium

    Cytological diagnosis in pediatric oncology takes the present / future train of molecular pathology. Advancing to a new diagnostic age where the new touches the old and where multidisciplinary work becomes imperative.

    Chairs
    Helena Barroca, Centro Hospitalar S Joao-Porto, Portugal
    Biljana Puškarić, Department of Clinical Cytology and Cytogenetics, Merkur University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia

    Speakers
    Molecular Biology Advances in Paediatric Oncology
    Jorge Lima, i3S-Ipatimup, Porto, Portugal

    Application of The Milan System In Paediatric Salivary Gland Cytopathology
    Zahra Maleki, John Hopkins, Baltimore, USA

    Diagnostic Utility and Limitations of FNAC in Pediatric Lymphoma
    Biljana Puškarić, Department of Clinical Cytology and Cytogenetics, Merkur University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia

    Immunophenotyping of Lymphoma by Flow Cytometry. Problems and Pitfals
    Zoran Šiftar, Department of Clinical Cytology and Cytogenetics, Merkur University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia

    Molecular Clonality Diagnostics in Hematooncology
    Mirjana Mariana Kardum Paro, Department of Clinical Cytology and Cytogenetics, Merkur University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia

    The Performance of TBSRTC (the Bethesda system for reporting thyroid cytopathology) in paediatric population
    Sule Canberk, University of Porto, Portugal
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Slide Seminar Lymph Nodes FNA of lymph nodes: the multiparametric approach

    Provide a simple broad spectrum diagnostic approach of common lymphoid lesions by fine needle aspiration utilizing the multi-parametric approach.

    Chairs
    Mousa Al-Abbadi, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
    Ahmad Mansour, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

    Speakers
    Flow cytometric immunophenotypic analysis for lymph nodes FNA
    Ahmad Mansour, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

    Cytologic diagnosis of infectious lymphadenopathies
    Pamela Michelow, South Africa

    Small sized B-cell non Hodgin lymphomas
    Lisa Teot, Boston Children Hospital, Harvard, USA

    Large cell sized lymphomas
    Magdalena Czader, Indiana University, USA

    Cytologic diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma
    Mousa Al-Abbadi, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

    Cytological diagnosis of metastasis to lymph nodes
    Husain Saleh, Henry Ford Health System / Wyandotte Hospital, USA
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - Multifunctional Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Deep Organs 1

    Chairs
    Danijela Vrdoljak-Mozetič, Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
    Tajana Štoos-Veić, University Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Effusions

    Effusions are common in routine cytology. This workshop is dedicated to beginner or experienced cytologists. We will present briefly how to manage samples at the laboratory and the use of common stains. Cytological analysis will be explained using both morphological criteria and immunocytochemistry in different samples (pleural, pericardial or peritoneal effusions). Most of the session will be devoted to slide examination and discussion with participants.

    Chairs

    Celine Basset, Department of Pathology and Cytology, IUCT-O, Toulouse, France
    Pinar Firat, Department of Pathology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Turkey
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Thyroid 1 Thyroid 1: Bethesda System in our microscopes

    The participants will become familiar with common thyroid gland cytological findings and their Bethesda classification. The microscopy slide series contain various cases with clinical and histological correlations.

    Chairs
    Ivana Kholová, Fimlab Laboratories and Tampere University, Finland
    Jaroslava Dušková, Inst. Pathol. 1st Fac. of Medicine, Charles Univ. Prague, Czech Rep.
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM E

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Head and Neck Head and neck cytopathology: common, uncommon and challenging

    This workshop proposes an algorithmic approach to the head and neck cytopathology with emphasis on key cytomorphologic features and diagnostic pitfalls. It will cover a wide variety of entities including HPV-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Practical points for rapid on site evaluation, optimal specimen collection, specimen triage and application of ancillary studies will be discussed. It will be structured in a PowerPoint presentation for an hour followed by a video microscopy tutorial of selected cases.

    Chair
    Zahra Maleki, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 12:00

    Workshop Everyday Cytology Dilemma 1

    Chair
    Jan Faryna
  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Everyday Cytology Dilemma 2

    Chair
    Jan Faryna
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop ROSE Rapid On-site Evaluation (ROSE) of Fine Needle Aspirations: current practice, challenges and successes

    This workshop will be a combination of a 45 minute didactic lecture on the operational process of ROSE in evaluation of FNA's. The participants will lwill learn key cytomorphologic features to assess for adequacy of these specimens in the commonest sites such as lung and pancreas. Focus will also be placed on ancillary testing while using ROSE during this lecture. This will be followed by a distribution of study sets from lung cytology for the participants to review common and some uncommon lesions which undergo ROSE for adequacy assessment. The faculty will facilitate this portion of the workshop with time available for the participants to ask questions regarding cases that they are reviewing on the microscopes. 

    Chair
    Momin Siddiqui, Weill-Cornell Medicine, New York, USA
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Sunday - ROOM F

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting European Advisory Committee of Cytotechnology (EACC) Invitation only

    Chair
    Veronika Anic, Merkur University Hospital, Croatia
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Immunohistochemistry Immunohistochemistry - quality and troubleshooting

    Characteristics of high quality immunocytochemistry reactions, criteria to assess the quality of immunocytochemistry, how to recognize poor quality and how to improve it will be demonstrated in the first part of workshop. In the second part the participants will be able to practice immunocytochemistry quality assessment and troubleshooting on real cases (the participants can also bring their own cases).

    Chairs
    Irena Srebotnik Kirbis, Institute of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Ruben Roque, Portuguese Oncology Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Mesothelioma versus Adenocarcinoma Cytologic diagnosis of mesothelioma in effusion and its molecular updates

    Cytologic diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (MM) in body effusion is challenging because MM spans a wide spectrum from mild atypia to poor differentiation overlapping with benign mesothelial proliferation on one hand and adenocarcinoma on the other. In this workshop, we will present varied morphology on smears, immunohistochemical staining on cell blocks and molecular testing updates to set up an algorithmic approach in diagnosis of MM in body effusion.

    Chairs
    Lan Chen, Beijing Hospital, China

    Speakers

    Cytology diagnosis of mesothelioma in effusion (45')
    Lan Chen, Beijing Hospital, China

    Molecular updates on mesothelioma (15')
    Kenzo Hiroshima, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

    Slides reading of mesothelioma and other rare cases in effusion (60')
    Lan Chen, Beijing Hospital, China
  • 19:00 - 20:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

Monday - Auditorium Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Serous Fluid Cytopathology Serous fluid cytopathology: cytopreparatory methods and reporting terminology

    In this symposium a broad review about The International System (TIS) for Reporting Serous Fluid Cytology will be presented by the authors of this new nomenclature system that will be launch in this year.

    Chairs
    Ashish Chandra, Guy's & St Thomas' NHSFT, London, UK
    Fernando Schmitt, IPATIMUP, Porto, Portugal
    Daniel Kurtycz, University of Wisconsin, USA

    Speakers
    Serous fluids: What is an adequate and benign effusion?
    Eva Wojcik, Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago, USA

    Serous fluids: Defining Atypia vs Suspicious for Malignancy
    Panagiota Mikou, Laiko Hospital, Athens, Greece

    Serous fluids: Ascertaining the primary site in malignant effusions
    Yurina Miki, Guy's & St Thomas' NHSFT, London, UK

    Serous fluids: How to report mesothelial proliferations
    Claire Michael, Case Reserve Medical Centre, USA

    Peritoneal washings: Distinguishing between benign and malignant epithelial lesions
    Barbara Crothers, Joint Medical Centre, Maryland, USA

    Serous fluids: Cytopreparatory techniques and Quality Assurance
    Donna Russell, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Thyroid 1Thyroid FNAs:when your eyes are more efficient than ancillary techniques

    The aim of this session is to clarify the respective roles of morphology and ancillary techniques in cases of challenging and unusual thyroid lesions. A radiologist will explain how to obtain an adequate cytological material since it is the first step that is absolutely required for these types of diagnosis. It is also essential to recognize rare lesions as well as variants with a more aggressive behavior in order to propose an adequate management to the patients. The other speakers will give us their diagnostic keys.

    Chairs
    Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Dept of Pathology, Paris, France
    Agata Stanek-Widera, Maria-Sklodowska-Curie Institute, Gliwice Branch, Poland

    Speakers
    Obtaining abundant cytological material: some essential standards
    Margareta Oczko-Wojciechowska, Maria-Sklodowska-Curie Institute, Gliwice Branch, Poland

    A challenging and prognostic morphological diagnosis: the oncocytic and oncocytic-like lesions 
    Sule Canberk, Ipatimup, Porto, Portugal

    How to recognize and classify the rare variants of PTC
    Massimo Bongiovanni, SYNLAB Pathology, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Some challenging diagnosis in thyroid FNA: morphology and/or ancillary testings?
    Marc Pusztazeri, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

    Thyroid metastases: how to think about?
    Claire Bourgain, Imelda hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium and University hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Molecular markers: when are they needed for diagnosis and prognosis
    Agata Stanek-Widera, Maria-Sklodowska-Curie Institute, Gliwice Branch, Poland
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 14:30 - 15:30

    Keynote Lecture - Richard Cote Circulating Tumor Cell Capture, Interrogation, Imaging, Automated Analysis and Culture: New Tools and Biologic Insights

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Gynecology Cervical Screening in the HPV era

    The symposium will hear from international speakers on experience of implementing a new orgnaised screening programme, impacts of HPV primary screening on cytology practice and quality assurance, and the outlook for HPV and other tests in the future. 

    Chairs
    Karin Denton, North Bristol NHS trust, UK
    Louise Smart, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK

    Speakers
    New Cervical Screening in Germany
    Sabine Dominik, Institut fur Pathologie und Zytodiagnostic Main - Taunus, Germany

    Cytology as Triage in HPV positive samples – results from the English Pilot
    Karin Denton, North Bristol NHS trust, UK

    Assuring quality in an HPV primary screening programme
    Paul Cross, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK

    Current and future diagnostic approaches for the early detection of cervical disease
    John Doorbar, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM A

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Slide Seminar EFCS Cytology teaching cases / Cases that taught me cytology

    This slide seminar will include speakers from all around Europe who will show their most exemplary teaching cases or cases that taught them new insights in cytology.

    Chairs
    Giovanni Negri, Pathology Unit, Central Hospital Bolzano, Italy
    Luigi DiBonito, Department of Pathology, University of Trieste, Italy

    Speakers
    Urinary Cytology
    Lukas Bubendorf, Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

    Gynecologic Cytology
    Danijela Vrdoljak Mozetic, Department of Clinical Cytology, University of Rijeka, Croatia

    Salivary gland cytology
    Ivana Kholova, Department of Pathology, Tampere University, Finland

    Pancreatobiliary cytology
    Rosario Granados, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Madrid, Spain

    Thyroid cytology
    Fernando Schmitt, IPATIMUP - Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, Portugal

    Breast cytology
    Fabrizio Zanconati, Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy

    Cytology of effusions
    Ashish Chandra, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK

    Lung cytology
    Claudio Bellevicine, Department of Public Health, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Molecular Cytology

    In our days the management of patients is more frequently based on diagnosis performed in small biopsies or cytology. Molecular techniques performed on cytological material are currently applied for diagnosis, subtype classification, prognostic and predictive purposes. The present Symposium will emphasize the advantages of current molecular techniques used in cytology and also focus on further transfer of research results to the clinical practice of the future.

    Chairs
    Lukas Bubendorf, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
    Stamos Theocharis, University of Athens, Greece

    Speakers
    The evolving landscape of predictive test request to the pathologists: the oncologists viewpoint
    Rafal Dziadziuszko, Dept of Oncology and Radiotherapy, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland

    Current Issues and Future Perspectives of Molecular Cytopathology
    Stamos Theocharis, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece

    Biomarkers in Immuno-oncology
    Fernando Schmitt, University of Porto, Portugal

    The challenge of testing for rearrangements in cytology
    Lukas Bubendorf, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

    Liquid biopsy for diagnosis, prognosis and prediction
    Giancarlo Troncone, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

    Experimental cytology

    Didier Meseure, Institute Curie in Paris, France




  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Slide Seminar Salivary

    Chair
    Ambroggio Fassina
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM D

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Cytotechnologists Cytotechnology - where is it going

    During the Cytechnology Session, we will present a joint proposal from EFCS and EACC working group for Cytechnology education program in European countries, as well as the opportunities and experiences that e-learning offers (Finland experience). An overview of the current state of the Cytotechnologist in the host country - Poland as well as in Spain - and the needs for the future. Initial data after the introduction of HPV primary screening In Scotland and quality assurance in immunocytochemistry methods.

    Chairs
    Veronika Anic Paradis, Merkur University Hospital, Croatia
    Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Cochin Hospital, University Paris, France
    Lia van Zuylen-Manders, Radboudumc Nijmegen, Netherlands

    Speakers
    Cytotechnology education in Europe - a new starting point!
    Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Cochin Hospital, University Paris, France

    Cytotechnology education in Europe - how we think it should be
    Veronika Anic Paradis, Merkur University Hospital, Croatia

    Biomedical laboratory scientist students’ views on cytotechnology and clinical cytology e-learning course
    Eeva Liikanen, Tampere University of Applied Science, Finland

    Role of cytodiagnostic/cytotechnologist in Poland
    Artur Lipiński, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

    Expectations vs reality: Cytotechnology in Spain
    Carlos Herrero Gómez, Instituto Jiménez-Ayala and HM Hospital Puerta del Sur, Spain

    Initial data from the introduction of HPV primary in Scotland
    Allan Wilson, Monkland Hospital, United Kingdom

    How to assess the quality of ICC on cytology samples
    Irena Srebotnik Kirbis, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Slide Seminar Thyroid The Power of cytology

    Chairs
    Guido Fadda, Catholic University - Found. A. Gemelli University Hospital, Rome, Italy
    Syed Z. Ali, Johns Hopkins Institute, Baltimore, USA

    Speakers
    Introduction: Thyroid cytology - a diagnostic keystone
    Guido Fadda, Catholic University - Found. A. Gemelli University Hospital, Rome, Italy

    Cyto-histological correlations in thyroid cytology
    Catarina Eloy, IPATIMUP, Porto, Portugal

    The Bethesda System for Thyroid Cytology 2017
    Syed Z. Ali, Johns Hopkins Institute, Baltimore, USA

    Approach to the diagnosis of indeterminate lesion in thyroid cytology
    Zubair W. Baloch, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Molecular approach to thyroid cytology
    Esther Diana Rossi, Catholic University - Found. A. Gemelli University Hospital, Rome, Italy

    The "social" thyroid cytology
    Christina Zioga, G. Papanicolaou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Companion Meeting France Meeting of SFCC: Incredible cases

    To share with the audience cases where the cytology morphology was particularly beautiful or had a misleading appearance leading to erroneous diagnostic assumptions. 

    Chairs
    Christine Bergeron, Laboratoire Cerba - Cergy-Pontoise, France
    Luigi Di Bonito, U.C.O. Anatomia e Istologia Patologica, University of Trieste, Italy

    Speakers
    A cytopathological diagnosis too easy to be true
    Voichita Suciu, Institut Gustave Roussy, Paris, France

    Thyroid sclerosing papillary carcinoma in 2 ys old child 
    Laretitia Collin, SCP Laboratoire des Feuillants, Toulouse, France

    A challenging salivary gland cytology
    Monique Courtade-Saidi, IUCT Oncopole, Toulouse, France

    EUS-guided FNA of a solid nodule at the level of the pancreatic tail
    Monique Fabre, Hôpital Necker, Paris, France

    An unusual tumor of the liver
    Wassila El Alami, Institut d'Histo-Pathologie, Nantes, France

    Parathyroid cytology
    Benedicte Royer, Centre de Pathologie-Imagerie, Paris, France
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM B

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting Poland Neuroendocrine neoplasms:FNA

    Speakers in this session are cytopathologists and clinicians who provide a comprehensive overview and an update on selected areas of diagnostic cytology and treatment of neuroendocrine neoplasm such as thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and breast. A short presentation of their cities and institutions will be also presented.

    Chairs
    Elwira Bakuła-Zalewska, Department of Pathology, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland

    Robert Y. Osamura, Nippon Koukan Hospital and Keio University School of Medicine, Kawasaki & Tokyo, Japan

    Marek Dedecjus, Department of Oncological Endocrinology and Nuclear Medicine, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland

    Speakers
    What is the difference between a camel and a zebra?
    Marek Dedecjus, Department of Oncological Endocrinology and Nuclear Medicine, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland

    FNA of medullary carcinoma of thyroid
    Andrzej Kram, Department of Pathology, West Pomeranian Cancer Center, Szczecin, Poland

    The value of fine needle aspiration cytology in the examination of parathyroid lesions
    Elwira Bakuła-Zalewska, Department of Pathology, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland

    FNA in neuroendocrine tumours of the pancreas
    Adam Przybyłkowski, Department of Gastroenterology and General Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

    FNA based diagnosis of PaNET with emphasis on mimickers
    Piotr Lewitowicz, Collegium Medicum UJK, Kielce, Poland

    Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN) of the breast, FNA
    Robert Y. Osamura, Nippon Koukan Hospital and Keio University School of Medicine, Kawasaki & Tokyo, Japan
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium CNS CNS and ophthalmic cytology

    Cytology of CNS and ophthalmology specimens is unpopular and quite rarely performed examination, but it can be rapid and useful diagnostic method. In this Symposium basic and optimal cytological approach to CNS and vitreous specimens will be covered. In addition, information how radiologists and new radiological imaging techniques can help CNS cytopathologists will be presented. 

    Chairs
    Pawel Gajdzis, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
    Marie-Laure Quintyn-Ranty, Pathology and Cytology Department, CHU, Institut Universitaire du Cancer-Oncopole, University Hospital, Toulouse, France
    Mousa Al-Abbadi, University of Jordan, Department of Pathology and Microbiology and Forensic Medicine, Jordan

    Speakers
    Basic principles of cytological diagnosis of CNS tumors
    Yuri Batoroev, Irkutsk Oncology Hospital, Pathology Department, Russia

    The power of CSF and intraoperative cytology in the diagnosis of CNS disease, a practical approach
    Mousa Al-Abbadi, University of Jordan, Department of Pathology and Microbiology and Forensic Medicine, Jordan

    The power of CSF and intraoperative cytology in the diagnosis of CNS disease, a practical approach
    Eyas Hattab, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, USA

    Application of advanced magnetic resonance techniques in diagnosis of brain tumors
    Joanna Bladowska, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

    The utility of vitreous fluid cytology in the diagnosis of vitreoretinal lymphomas
    Marie-Laure Quintyn-Ranty, Pathology and Cytology Department, CHU, Institut Universitaire du Cancer-Oncopole, University Hospital, Toulouse, France

    Common pitfalls in diagnosis of central nervous system intraoperative cytology
    Pawel Gajdzis, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    IAC Annual General Meeting

    Chairs
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto University & IPATIMUP, Portugal

  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM C

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Free Papers 1 (posters)

    Chair
    Piotr Donizy, Department of Pathomorphology and Oncological Cytology, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Free Papers 2 (posters)

    Chair
    Louis Thienpont, Belgium
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Free Papers 3 (posters)

    Chair
    Bernard Majak, Dept.of Pathology,Telemark Central Hospital,Norway
    Miguel Martinez-Rodriguez
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - Multifunctional Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Breast Breast Cytology

    Chairs
    Fabrizio Zanconati, University of Trieste Pathology, Italy
    Maurizio Pinamonti, ASUITS UCO of Anatomic Pathology, Trieste, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Digestive Gastro-intestinal cytology

    Objectives of the digital workshop on gastro-intestinal cytology:

    The workshop will illustrate frequent and less frequent lesions one can encounter on cytological material from the digestive tract, including brushings and EUS-guided FNA.

    Fifteen cases will be presented during the workshop, including clinical history, diagnostic criteria, immunohistochemistry and molecular testing, if applicable.  The slides will be digitally available before the congress.


    Chairs
    Birgit Weynand, UZ Leuven, Belgium
    Barbara Centeno, Moffit Cancer Center, USA

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Salivary glands 1

    In this workshop both real and digital cytology slides from FNAB samples will be available for the participants to study. The contributors to this workshop are: Dr. Franco Fulciniti (Locarno, Switzerland), Prof. Jerzy Klijanienko (Paris, France), Dr. Roberto Dina ( London, UK), Dr. Arrigo Capitanio ( Linköping, Sweden), Dr. Zahra Maleki ( Baltimore MD, U.S.A.), Dr. Akihiko Kawahara ( Kurume, Japan). A large assortment of salivary gland lesions will be available for study and on site discussion.

    Chairs
    Franco Fulciniti, Istituto Cantonale di Patologia, Locarno, Switzerland
    Roberto Dina, Pathology Dept., Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK
    Jerzy Klijanienko, Dept. Of Pathology, Institute Curie, Paris, France
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Workshop GynecologyPitfalls and clues in cervical cytology: is it a high grade lesion or not?

    This workshop will provide an overview of benign, reactive, and neoplastic squamous and glandular lesions in cervical cytology. Both conventional and LBP (both ThinPrep and SurePath) will be represented in 175 glass slide packets with IHC/CB as applicable). Short interspersed powerpoint presentation will highlight pitfalls and clues in squamous and glandular lesion interpretation and patient management issues. Emphasis will be on high grade lesions (HSIL, AIS and invasive cancer).

    Chairs
    Ritu Nayar, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
    Donna K. Russel, University of Rochester, USA

  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM E

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Thyroid 2

    This workshop will be a practical session comprising conventional & liquid based cytology cases emphasising the differences between the two methods & the differing diagnostic criteria.

    Chairs
    David Poller, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, UK
    Guido Fadda, Catholic University of Rome, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Lymph Nodes 1 Lymph node cytopathology

    Chairs
    Pio Zeppa, Department of Pathology, University of Salerno, Italy
    Immacolata Cozzolino, Department of Public Health, Pathology Unit, University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli", Italy
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Lymphomas Lymph Node FNAB: diagnosis of reactive processes and lymphomas using pattern recognition and cell type assessment in a multidisciplinary setting

    This session will focus on the diagnosis of reactive processes and lymphomas in lymph node FNAB cytology using a pattern recognition and cell type assessment approach and the use of ancillary testing. The case presentations will emphasize this approach and highlight those cases needing ancillary testing.

    Chair
    Andrew FieldUniversity of NSW and Notre Dame University Medical Schools, Sydney, Australia
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Monday - ROOM F

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Latinoamerican Workshop Optimizing our EUS/EBUS specimens- how to get more from less in the endoscopy suite

    This workshop proposes a practical approach to everyday issues in EBUS/EUS cytology, from how to properly manage the material at the time of procedure to difficulties and algorithms approaches during signing out. An overall application of novel molecular and immunological profile of lung neoplasms assays using cytological samples will be also presented. In summary, a head-to-tail approach to specimens obtained by EUS/EBUS and how to optimize their collection, triage, morphological diagnosis and use for ancillary studies.

    Chairs
    Miguel Perez-Machado, Royal Free Hospital, University College London, UK
    Mauro Ajaj Saieg, Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Maria Dolores Lozano, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

    Speakers
    Welcome and presentation of the speakers (5')
    Miguel Perez-Machado, Royal Free Hospital, University College London, UK

    Optimizing ROSE at the endoscopy suite: how maximize our samples? (15')
    Mauro Ajaj Saieg, Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, Brasil

    Main diagnostic pitfalls in pancreas cytology: good correlation with clinical and imaging information is crucial (15')
    Miguel Perez-Machado, Royal Free Hospital, University College London, UK

    Lung cancer and ancillary studies: optimizing our EBUS samples for immunological and molecular profile
    Maria Dolores Lozano, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

    Slides observation and one to one discussion (70')
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Overview of The International System for Serous Fluid Cytology and Video Microscopy Tutorial

    Neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders may cause changes in the cells and chemistry of the serous cavities. Many patterns of disease are well known, but approaches to diagnosis and terminology vary widely. In this video microscopy tutorial participants will share selected case material with emphasis on its relation to The International System (TIS) for Reporting Serous Fluid Cytology. New terminology as well as recent literature will be reviewed while discussing morphologic and physiologic changes found in the pleura, peritoneum and pericardium

    Chairs
    Daniel Kurtycz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
    Zahra Maleki, Johns Hopkins University, USA

    There will be a one hour talk describing the International System and a second hour of Video Microscopy Tutorial.
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Lymph Nodes 2

    Chair
    Pio Zeppa, Department of Pathology, University of Salerno, Italy
  • 20:00 - 23:00

    PRESIDENTIAL DINNER Participation in Presidential Dinner is limited for the first 60 registered participants (exl. invited guests)

Tuesday - Auditorium Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Lymph Nodes Lymph node cytopathology

    Chairs
    Paul Wakely, Department of Pathology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA.
    Pio Zeppa, Department of Pathology, University of Salerno, Italy

    Speakers
    Fine-needle cytology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    Paul Wakely, Department of Pathology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA

    Fine-needle cytology of composite lymphoma
    Veronika Kloboves-Prevodnik, Department of Cytopathology, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Fine-needle cytology of lymph node metastases
    Beata Bode-Lesniewska, Pathologie Institut Enge, Zürich, Switzerland

    Cytopathology of Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma
    Rosario Granados, Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Getafe, Madrid, Spain

    TBA
    TBA

    Standardized Reporting System for lymph node fine-needle cytology
    Pio Zeppa, Department of Pathology, University of Salerno, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Head and Neck 1 Head and neck Cytology

    During the „Head and Neck“ symposium we will discuss the importance of the embedding of the cytological analysis in the clinical context. The correlation with the sonographic features and the guidance enable clinically highly relevant FNAC diagnostics in the head and neck region. The discovery of the role of the HPV infection in the pathogenesis of the head and neck cancer and applications of molecular studies will be discussed as a particular challenge and opportunity for the precise minimally invasive cytologic diagnostics in this difficult area of the human body.

    Chairs
    Beata Bode-Lesniewska, Pathologie Institut Enge, Zürich, Switzerland
    Monika Durzynska, Department of Pathology, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

    Speakers
    FNA indications
    Olivier Choussy, Institut Curie, Paris, France

    Cytopathologist Performed Ultrasound Guided FNAC of the Head and Neck Lesions
    Richard Doughty, Department of Pathology, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway

    Mesenchymal Neoplasia
    Beata Bode-Lesniewska, Pathologie Institut Enge, Zürich, Switzerland

    HPV
    Emmanuelle Jeannot, Institut Curie, Paris, France

    Primary unknown
    Monika Durzynska, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 14:30 - 15:30

    Keynote lecture - Kate Cushieri HPV primary screening pathways: negotiating the international landscape

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Pancreas

    It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this Pancreatic Symposium. All presentations will be delivered by well-known gastroenterologist and cytopathologists involved in the diagnosis of patients with benign and malignant pancreatic disease.

    Symposium Objectives :
    • Explain how to obtain an adequate material using new techniques in imaging and endoscopic guided-aspirations/biopsies of pancreatic lesions.
    • Learn standard FNA diagnostic algorithms for pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
    • Explore “new horizons” for improving diagnosis in some challenging carcinoma or rare lesions by using new markers on ICC/IHC.
    • Explain how to diagnose and manage pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
    Learn the role of molecular markers in pancreatic cystic disease, both benign and malignant.

    Chairs
    Monique Fabre, Université de Paris, AP-HP, Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France
    Giacomo Puppa, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

    Speakers
    New modalities for characterization and tissue acquisition from pancreatic solid lesions
    Laurent Palazzo, Trocadéro Clinic, Paris, France

    The role of EUS-FNA in the era of FNB
    Tarjana Śtoos-Veic, University Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia

    Diagnostic challenges in pancreatic cytology: utility of antibody panel
    Monique Fabre, Université de Paris, AP-HP, Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France

    Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms: an update for cytologists
    Birgit Weynand, UZ Leuven, Belgium

    Use of a molecular approach for pancreaticobiliary cytology to the diagnosis of pancreatic cysts
    Giacomo Puppa, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Symposium Memorable Cases From My Gynecologic and Anal Cytology Practice

    A spectrum of memorable cases from the practice of cervical and anal cytology will be presented by a panel of international, experienced pathologists/ cytotechnologists. The cases will cover a spectrum of case types in practice. The chair will distribute a standard powerpoin template to each speaker and coordinate the cases to be presented. this chair hs successfully used this approach in this presentation type at the ICC Sydney May 2019, ECC, Malmo June 2019. Experienced speakers will be invited only after progam committee approval of this programming. a tentative list of speaker sis listed- all of whom are well known to the proposed chair, Ritu Nayar.

    Chair
    Ritu Nayar, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM A

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Slide Seminar Cervical Cancer Screening Towards precision medicine in the primary-HPV era in the cervical cancer secondary prevention – a multidisciplinary approach

    Chairs
    Maciej Mazurec, Corfamed Woman’s Health Center Ltd. in Wrocław, Poland
    Martyna Trzeszcz, Dept. of Pathology and Clinical Cytology, University Hospital in Wroclaw and Corfamed Woman’s Health Center Ltd., Poland
    Jesper Bonde, Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Dept. of Pathology, Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark
    Robert Jach, Dept. of Endocrine Gynecology, Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków, Poland
    Andrzej Nowakowski, Coordinating Center for Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Poland

    Speakers
    A multidisciplinary approach moving cervical screening into the molecular century
    Jesper Bonde, Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Department of Pathology, afs. 134, Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark

    What is the future of integrated cervical cancer prevention?
    Andrzej Nowakowski, Central Coordinating Center for Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Poland, Department of Cancer Prevention

    To have or not to have? Latency or a new infection – clinical point of view
    Robert Jach, Department of Endocrinologic Gynecology Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland

    Where are we now? Risk-based management focused on risk stratification – a multi parameter approach
    Martyna Trzeszcz, Department of Pathology and Clinical Cytology University Hospital in Wroclaw and Corfamed Woman’s Health Center Ltd., Poland
    Maciej Mazurec, Corfamed Woman’s Health Center Ltd. in Wrocław, Poland
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Slide Seminar Pancreatobilliary Cytopathology

    Dr. Giovannini will present a diagnostic algorithm for malignancy diagnosis for bile cytology samples and the contribution of the bile cytoblock. Dr. Goyal will present the bile brushing cytomorphologic criteria necessary for the diagnosis of malignancy in the presence of a biliary prosthesis. Prof. Reid will present intraductal lesions of the biliary tree and pancreas. Finally, Pr Adsay will present difficult cases of pancreatic cytopunctions.

    Chairs

    Diane Giovannini, Departement of Pathology and Cytopathology, Grenoble's University Hospital, France
    Michelle Reid, Department of Pathology, Emory University Hospital Atlanta, USA

    Speakers

    Bile duct brushings
    Abha Goyal, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, NY, USA

    Bile cytology
    Diane Giovannini, Department of Pathology and Cytopathology, Grenoble's University Hospital, France

    Cytopathology of intraductal lesions of the pancreas and biliary tree
    Michelle Reid, Department of Pathology Emory University Hospital Atlanta, USA

    Cytopathology of pancreatobiliaery tract: a practical approach with surgical pathologic and clinical correlations
    Volkan Adsay, Department of Pathology, Koc University Hospital and American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Companion Meeting ASC The Predicament of "Atypia" in Cytopathology

    Chair
    Syed Ali, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA

    Speakers
    Thyroid
    Syed Ali, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA

    Pancreas
    Barbara Centeno, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA

    Salivary Gland
    Zubair Baloch, Hospital University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Urinary Tract
    Guliz Barkan, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

    Respiratory Tract
    Momin Siddiqui, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA

    PAP Test
    Dina Mody, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    COMPANION MEETING Euro-Asia Interdisciplinary Approach in Clinical Morphology

    Professionals from Russia (European and Asia regions) and Belorussia will present their experience and results of scientific studies. The importance of interdisciplinary communication between clinical cytologists, specialists in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, anatomo-pathology, obstetrics and gynecology and other fields of human health will be viewed in the session.

    Chairs
    Irina Shabalova, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education, Moscow, Russia
    Yuri Batoroev, Irkutsk Regional Oncological Hospital, Russia
    Andrey Ivanov, S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy, Russia
    Evgeniya Fedoseyeva, Central Clinical Hospital of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation
    Tatyana Poloz, Railway Clinical Hospital, Russia

    Speakers
    Methodology of apoptosis survey
    Andrey Ivanov, S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy, Russia

    Interdisciplinary approach in endometrial and ovarian pathology
    Irina Shabalova, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education, Moscow, Russia

    Cytological pattern and algorithm for cytological study of testicular tumors
    Yuri Batoroev, Irkutsk Regional Oncological Hospital, Russia

    Clinical pathological correlations with benign glandular cella in cervical smears
    Oksana Erokhina, the Republican Clinical Medical Center of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus

    Cytology and immunocytochemistry of metastatic melanoma with unknown primary site
    Evgeniya Fedoseyeva, Central Clinical Hospital of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation

    Possibility of ROSE (Rapid-On-Site-Evaluation) in fine-needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules
    Maria Putova, The Moscow Clinical Scientific Centre of the State Budgetary Healthcare Institution named after Loginov A.S. Moscow Health Department, Russia

    Liquid based cytology examination of endocervical scrapes obtained immediately after surgery as a way to assess the effectiveness of cervical conization
    Gulnara Leshkina, Federal Budget Institution of Science "Central Institute of Epidemiology" of the Federal Service on Customers Rights Protection and Human Well-being Surveillance, Russia

  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM D

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Papanicolaou Society Cytologic reporting of specimen as “atypical” or “neoplasm”: morphologic criteria and philosophical controversies

    Cytopathologist as well as the clinicians are much accustomed to the cytologic interpretations labeled as “Atypical” or “Neoplasm”. Some believe, that these term “atypical” reflects “ambiguity” on the part of the cytopathologist and may pose management dilemmas. However, most agree that use of the terms “Atypical” and “Neoplasm” besides the controversy that surrounds them; are diagnoses that can answer clinically relevant inquiries leading to effective patient management. Therefore, most cytologic classifications schemes employ the terms “Atypical” and “Neoplasm” as definite diagnostic categories with associated risk of neoplasia and recommendations for patient management. This slide seminar led by a group of cytopathology experts will illustrate organ based examples of cases that they diagnosed as “Atypical” and/or Neoplasm and discuss the diagnostic criteria and its implications on patient management.


    Chairs
    Fernando Schmitt, University of Porto, Portugal
    Zubair Baloch, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, USA

    Speakers
    Thyroid FNA Reporting: Atypical or Neoplasm
    Massimo Bongiovanni, SYNLAB Pathology, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Salivary Gland FNA Reporting: Atypical vs. Neoplasm
    Esther Diana Rossi, Siapec Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology Catholic University-Fondazione Policlinico, Universitario “A. Gemelli”, Italy

    Pulmonary Cytopathology: Atypical vs. Neoplasm
    Lester Layfield, University of Minnesota, USA

    Effusion Cytopathology: Atypical vs. Neoplasm
    Ashish Chandra, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Companion Meeting Germany Companion Meeting of the German Society of Cytology

    In this session the German Society of Cytology will present a varied programme with five talks. The lectures will cover different topics of gynecological and non-gynecological cytology including glandular lesions of the cervix, special problems in respiratory cytology and oral cytology as well as molecular diagnostics. The wide spectrum of topics may demonstrate how cytology can be applied to very different subjects. We hope that our programme will be of interest for attending colleagues.

    Chairs
    Marianne Engels, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
    Dietmar Schmidt, Institute of Pathology, Viersen, Germany

    Speakers
    Fine needle aspiration of intrathoracic lesions
    Ralf Heine, Krankenhaus St. Elisabeth – St. Barbara, Halle, Germany

    Molecular cytology: opportunities and challenges
    Verena Tischler, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany

    Glandular lesions of the cervix uteri
    Dietmar Schmidt, Institute of Pathology, Viersen, Germany

    (Early) detection of oral cancer and precursors with brush biopsy-based cytology in individuals with Fanconi anemia
    Martin Schramm, University Hospital Duesseldorf, Germany

    Non-cellular findings in cytological preparations
    Marianne Engels, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Companion Meeting Taiwan From Pap smear to non-gynecology cytology: interesting issues and new perspectives

    We recruited 7 dominant cytotechnologists and cytopathologists in East and South Asia, sharing interesting issues on Pap smear and non-Gynecology cytology. Join our Pacific ocean cytology!

    Chairs
    Chien-Chin Chen, Department of Pathology, Ditmanson Medical Foundation Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Taiwan
    Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Department of Diagnostic Pathology and Cytology, Kuma Hospital, Japan

    Speakers
    The cervical cancer screening and the practical work in Eswatini: my real experience.
    Yu-Ju Lin, Taiwan Society of Clinical Cytology

    The Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytology – Application in a Tertiary Institution in Singapore.
    Min En Nga, Department of Pathology, National University Hospital, Singapore

    Diagnosing T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in pleural effusion
    I-Wei Chang, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Wang Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

    The perspectives and clinicopathological characteristics of HHV8-positive and HHV8-negative effusion lymphomas
    Chien-Chin Chen, Department of Pathology, Ditmanson Medical Foundation Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Taiwan

    Evaluation of Bethesda category III thyroid Nodules, an experience at Japanese high-volume thyroid center
    Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Department of Diagnostic Pathology and Cytology, Kuma Hospital, Japan

    Comparison of liquid-based cytology and conventional smears in thyroid FNAC
    Ayana Suzuki, Department of Clinical Laboratory, Kuma Hospital, Japan

    Combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma: A Diagnostic Conundrum
    Aileen Wee, Department of Pathology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Acta Cytologica Editorial Board Meeting

    Chair
    Kari Syrjänen
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM B

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Lymphomas The Role of FNAB of Lymph Nodes in the Diagnosis of Lymphoma

    FNAB of lymph nodes is a well established technique for the diagnosis of metastases and infections such as mycobacteria. This symposium will address the current role of lymph node FNAB in diagnosing lymphoma using cytomorphology and ancillary testing in a multidisciplinary approach.

    Chairs
    Andrew Field, University of NSW and Notre Dame University Medical Schools, Sydney, Australia
    Paul Wakely, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA

    Speakers
    The current role of lymph node FNAB cytopathology in the diagnosis of lymphoma
    Paul Wakely, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA

    Role of FNAB in the diagnosis of lymphomas in the pediatric population
    Lisa Teot, Boston Children's Hospital, USA

    Small celled lymphoma: the challenge for FNAB diagnosis in a multidisciplinary setting
    Beata Bode, Pathology Institute Enge, Zurich, Switzerland

    A proposed system for reporting lymph node FNAB
    Pio Zeppa, University of Salerno, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Interventional Cytology

    Interventional pathology is about obtaining the necessary sample with minimally invasive procedures like Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration, performed on any point of patient care, is about a new hibrid subspecialist with a better workflow for the patient, for the hospital and the pathologist itself

    Chairs
    Karen Villar Zarra, University Hospital of Henares, Spain
    Maria Rosario Granados Carreño, University Hospital of Getafe, Spain
    Ronald Balassanian, University of California, Pathology Department, USA

    Speakers
    Interventional pathology: an efficient model to improve the diagnosis
    Karen Villar Zarra, University Hospital of Henares, Spain

    Ultrasound basics and instrumentation in superficial lesions
    Karen Villar Zarra, University of California, Pathology Department, USA

    Ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy techniques
    Ronald Balassanian, University of California Pathology Department, United States

    Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration performance in the lymph nodes
    Hector Torres Rivas, University Hospital of Asturias, Spain

    Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration performance in the thyroid gland
    Luis Manuel Fernandez Fernandez, University Hospital in Asturias, Spain

    Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration in breast lesions
    Pavla Sustova, St. Olavs Hospital, Norway
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Slide Seminar Breast

    The role of breast cytology is reducing in many realities in favor of core needle biopsy. Nevertheless ther are some fileds in diagnostic in which cytology still plays a predominant role.

    Chair
    Fabrizio Zanconati, Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy
    Jerzy Klijanienko, Institut  Curie Paris France

    Speakers
    Cytopathology in sentinel node evaluation 
    Isabella Castellano, University of Turin Italy

    Intraoperative cytopathology of breast tumors
    Maurizio Pinamonti, Dep. Of Pathology ASUGI Trieste Italy

    Cytopatology of breast relapses and metastases
    Jerzy Kljanienko, Institute Curie, Paris, France

    Breast benign unusual lesions
    Philippe Vielh, Medipath and American Hospital of Paris, France

    Discrepancies between radiology and cytology 
    Fabrizio Zanconati, Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    EFCS Executive Meeting

    Chair
    Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Dept of Pathology, Paris, France
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM C

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium EFCS/IAC Meeting Liquid biopsy and Circulating Tumoral Cells

    The aim of this EFCS/IAC joint meeting is to offer a wide overview on  two still in progress but already available technologies giving us the opportunity to improve the efficiency of the targeted therapies as well as to operate effectively on the very early detection of tumor cells potentially of high risk for developing metastases

    Chairs
    Alarice Lowe, Cytology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto and Ipatimup, Porto, Portugal

    Speakers
    Liquid-biopsies: technical aspects
    Jose Luis Costa, Ipatimup, Porto, Portugal

    Battle of ages: the young liquid vs old tissue/cells biopsy
    Fernando Schmitt, Medical Faculty of Porto and Ipatimup, Porto, Portugal

    Mechanism of acquired resistance to anti-EGFR therapy: the role of liquid biopsy
    Miguel Angel Molina-Vila, Laboratory Oncology, Barcelona, Spain

    Identification of biomarkers of responsiveness or resistance for single CTC  in order to help clinicians for treatment personalization 
    Françoise Farace, INSERM, U981 Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France

    Circulating cell tumors: applications in cytopathology
    Alarice Lowe, Cytology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Digital Cytology Digital cytology: potential and limitations

    Digital Cytology represents an historical opportunity for Cytology to change its practice and optimise the already huge contribution which it makes to everyday diagnosis and management of diseases, besides being a cost-effective procedure which guarantees the highest quality of DNA and RNA material for molecular analysis.  Inplementation  of digital cytology in routine laboratory workflow allows remote reporting and the integration with Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning algorithms. It is already a recognised tool in e-training and e-learning, as proven the the outstanding use of the eurocytology.eu platform. We should not be scared by it but encourage the necessary investments and changes in practice which go along with it.

    Chairs

    Roberto Dina, Imperial College London, UK
    Arrigo Capitanio, Ljnkoping University Hospital, Sweden

    Speakers

    How the computational scientist can help to solve biological problems: the cervical cancer example
    Niels Grabe, Steinbeis Transfer Center for Medical Systems Biology, Heidelberg, Germany

    The practical issues of digital cytology
    Arrigo Capitanio, Ljnkoping University Hospital, Sweden

    What is there on the web on digital cytology?
    Roberto Dina, Imperial College London, UK

    Morphometric analysis of axillary lymph node metastases from breast carcinoma
    Roman Monczak, Zielona Góra University Hospital, Poland

    Preliminary results from a retrospective analysis from the CERVIVA study data of clinical efficacy of ThinPrep Digital Diagnostic Cytology
    John O'Leary, Coombe Hospital in Dublin, Ireland

    Digitisation of cytology glass slides facilitates improved workflow in a real lab situation
    Christine Bergeron, Cerb Laboratories, France



  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Symposium Anal Cytology
    Anal cytology - screening prospects

    Anal cytology has been developing in many countries following the better knowledge we have about the HPVs infections and since it could play a significant role in anal cancer prevention especially in the most at-risk groups such as HIV-positive men having sex with men (MSM); The speakers will present their own experiences; discuss the diagnostic accuracy of this new “screening cytology” ; the need for patient education since adherence to anoscopy screening is very low and the search for novel screening strategies with a higher level of acceptance in targeted populations as well as further diagnostic and/or prognostic techniques including HPV testing and DNA methylation.

    Chairs
    Monique Courtade-Saïdi, IUCT, Toulouse, France
    Ondrej Ondič, Medical faculty in Pilsen, Charles University, Czech Republic

    Speakers
    Clinical aspects of anal cancer screening
    Filip Rob, Dermatovenerology Dept, Charles University, Na Bulovce Hospital, Czech Republic

    Anal cytology in Europe
    Monigue Courtade-Saidi, IUCT in Toulouse, France

    Anal carcinoma screening - multimodal approach in the low incidence country

    Ondrej Ondič, Medical Faculty in Pilsen, Charles University, Czech Republic

    Self-sampling in anal cancer screening (or ComPap protocol)
    Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Dept of Pathology; Paris-France

    HPV testing in anal cytology
    Helene Père, Hopital européen Georges Pompidou; Paris; France

    DNA methylation in anal intra-epithelial and malignant lesions
    Ondrej Ondič, Medical faculty in Pilsen, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Slide Seminar Young PathologistsYoung not only for young

    Young not only for young. Help to establish correct diagnosis and to improve practice patterns are goals of this session. Tips to reach that will be shared by speakers from the finest European and US institutions. Covered cytopathological topics interestingly varied from the general hints for beginners by urine cytology to FNA in infectious diseases. Book your time for a special evening symposium!

    Chairs
    Martyna Trzeszcz, University Hospital in Wroclaw and Corfamed Woman's Health Center, Poland
    Ana Costa Braga, University Hospital in Porto, Portugal

    Speakers
    A potpourri of beginner's faux pas
    Rita Luis, Santa Maria North Lisbon University Hospital and Lisbon Medical University, Dept. of Anatomic Pathology, Portugal

    Gata3 in small blue round cell tumors - a promising marker?
    Tiago Cardoso Lima, University Hospital Center of São João, Porto, Portugal

    Cytology of the ovarian masses - a new approach for the diagnosis
    Damiano Arciuolo, Catholic University Foundation Gemelli Policlinic, Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology, Rome, Italy

    FNA in infectious diseases – a multimodal approach
    Miriam Nowack, Zurich University Hospital, Dept. of Cytopathology, Switzerland

    Pitfall in FNA of skin tumor with basaloid cells
    Erik Wettersand, Kalmar Hospital, Dept. of Pathology, Sweden

    LEAN and QRM - industrial methodology in cytopathology
    Maciej Środa, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Dept of Pathology, Gliwice, Poland

    Benign mimics of high-grade urothelial carcinoma in urinary cytology
    Patrick McIntire, Weill Cornell Medicine NY, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, USA
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - Multifunctional Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Gynecology 1 Challenges in cytology of squamous and glandular lesions of the uterine cervix

    The workshop will cover challenging cases in cervical cytology, both squamous and glandular. It will be structured in a short lesson followed by individual evaluation of cytologic slides at the microscope, with final discussion of the most interesting cases.

    Chairs
    Luigi Di Bonito, University of Triest, Italy
    Giovanni Negri, Central Hospital Bolzano, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Soft Tissue 1 Superficial and deep soft tissue and bone FNA

    A major focus of this workshop will be on cytological evaluation and presentation of diagnostic criteria of most common entities of soft tissue and bone neoplasm. Each workshop case provides a brief clinical information and the diagnosis, FNA smears and in some cases cell block sections, immunostains and histological sections.

    Chairs
    Henryk A. Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Anna M. Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Cyto-CoctailHistory reflected by using of past and new developments in cytology

    Slides will be offered to make a diagnosis under the microscope followed by short explanatory discussions, evaluating even controversies of all aspects of the presented topics. The slides will represent different organs and diagnoses (incl. cervical, head and neck, salivary, abdominal, etc.), they have been prepared using different old and new methods (Franzén-device, US guided, palpation guided, indirect CT guided sampling), they will be presented using different „staining’s” (H&E, Giemsa, Diff-Quick, immunocytochemical, molecular aspects, etc.) and the specimens themselves are also will be different (direct smears, LB, Cell Block, etc.). Hence the name of the workshop: COCTAIL. We will try to refer everywhere to the new terminologies as well.

    Chairs

    Laszlo Vaas, University Hospital of Pest County and MD Ltd.,Hungary
    Peter Pogany, Medserv Kft., Hungary
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM E

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    IAC Exam

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    IAC Exam

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Breast Cytopathology

    Despite the wide use of the core needle biopsy in breast pathology, there is still place for the cytopathological diagnosis of breast lesions. We propose to review the broad spectrum of breast lesions both by fine needle aspiration and by intraoperative

    Chairs
    Voichita Suciu, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France
    Mansour Mehzad, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Tuesday - ROOM F

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Quate Exam

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Quate Exam

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:30 - 17:30

    Workshop Cytotechnicians Non gynecologic liquid-based cytology for beginners

    Chair
    Christian Garbar, Institut Godinot in Reims, France
  • 19:00 - 23:00

    GET TOGETHER PARTY

Wednesday - Auditorium Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Urinary Insight into a second edition of the Paris System for reporting urinary cytology

    The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology has introduced a completely new paradigm for detection of bladder cancer by urine cytology. This system concentrated on defining morphological characteristics of the most clinically significant form of bladder cancer, high grade urothelial carcinoma. This new approach has been widely accepted throughout the world, and has become part of the daily practice of cytology. Considering that the first edition of The Paris System (TPS) introduced a new model of urinary cytodiagnosis, it was apparent that there would be a need for a verification and expansion of initial material and data. Based on evolving knowledge and newly published data, a second edition of The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology (TPS2.0) has been developed. This seminar will discuss what changes, addition and amendments have been introduced in the TPS2.0.

    Chair
    Eva M. Wojcik, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

    Speakers
    What has changed in the Negative for High Grade Urothelial Carcinoma category?
    Christopher J. Vanderbussche, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

    Atypical category - Is it still the same?
    Guliz A. Barkan, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

    Different faces of High Grade Urothelial Carcinoma
    Momin T. Siddiqui, Weil Cornell Medical College, New York, USA

    Forgotten upper urinary tracts
    Patrick McIntire, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

    Small biopsies vs. cytology of urinary tract - friends or foes?
    Ashish Chandra, Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, England, UK

    Risk of Malignancy (ROM) based on TPS2.0 recommendations
    Mauro Saieg, Santa Casa Medical School San Paulo, Brazil
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Immunocytochemistry Immunocytochemistry

    The lectures during the session will concentrate on technical aspects of immunocytochemistry focusing on important differences as compared to immunohistochemistry, possible interpretation pitfalls when using immunocytochemistry, approach to identification of metastatic tumor in serous fluids  and use of cytological material for evaluations of predictive markers

    Chairs
    Jan Klos, Department of Pathology, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway
    Irena Srebotnik Kirbis, Institute of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Speakers
    Technical aspects of immunocytochemistry
    Søren Nielsen, NordiQC, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark

    Interpretation pitfalls in immunocytochemistry
    Jan Klos, Department of Pathology, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway

    Unknown primary tumour in body fluids
    Ben Davidson, Department of Pathology, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

    Predictive biomarkers in cytology (TBC)
    Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Department of Pathology, University of Essen, Germany
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 14:00 - 15:00

    Keynote Lectures
    - Cytopathology in the management of Head and Neck Neoplasms: M.D.Anderson Perspective Prof Adel K El-Naggar (30'),
    - Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma and Other Salivary Gland Cancers. Prof William Faquin (30')

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Slide Seminar How to solve diagnostic problems due to technical issues

    Usually slide seminars concern only diagnostic dilemma or difficult cases; the objectives of this session is to propose a slide seminar devoted to technical problems. The speakers will show some examples with a diagnostic problem due to a failing technique and then explain how this problem was resolved. We all know that high quality in pre-analytical and analytical phases are both essential for an optimized diagnostic.

    Chairs
    Maj Liv Eide, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway
    Beata Bode, Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Zürich; Switzerland

    Spekers

    ThinPrep Pap test
    Maj Liv Eide, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway

    Fine needle aspiration cytology
    Beata Bode, Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Zürich; Switzerland

    Processing EUS FNAB for ancillary methods
    Irena Srebotnik-Kirbis, Institute of Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Molecular cytopathology
    Pio Zeppa, University Hospital "San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi D'Aragona," Salerno, Italy

    HPV negative HSIL/cancer
    Maj Liv EideTrondheim University Hospital, Norway
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM A

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Symposium Thyroid 2 A pot-pourri in thyroid FNA: different challenges

    This thyroid cytology pot-pourri will give you essential aroma’s with the clinician’s view and an algorithm on PTC work-up. Additional flavors will be added with unusual pathologies as lymphoproliferative disorders and neuro-endocrine nodules, topped with a new fragrance of MALDI technique in cytology. As a final scent, the gold standard is revisited.

    Chairs
    Massimo Bongiovanni, Synlab Pathology, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Claire Bourgain, Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium and University Hospital Leuven, Belgium

    Speakers
    What a clinician expect from a thyroid FNA report
    Brigitte Velkeniers, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Belgium

    Lymphoproliferative disorders in thyroid cytology - our experience
    Eva Sigstad, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

    MALDI as additional tool in thyroid cytology
    Fabio Pagni, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy

    An algorithmic cytomorphology based approach to PTC variants
    Sule Canberk, IPATIMUP/ Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

    The neuroendocrine features of thyroid nodule
    Elvira Bakula-Zalewska, The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

    The Gold Standard is not always so GOLD!
    Marc Pusztaszeri, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Companion Meeting Slovenia Introducing "blue books" and new biomarkers to contemporary cytopathology

    Chairs

    Margareta Strojan Flezar, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Alenka Repse-Fokter, General Hospital Celje, Slovenia

    Speakers

    Milan system for reporting salivary gland cytopathology - interlaboratory study
    Vivijana Snoj, General Hospital Izola, Slovenia

    Approach to biomarker testing in endoscopic US guided fine needle aspiration biopsies illustrated by a case
    Meja Kebe Radulovic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Evaluation of pre-analytical factors influencing molecular-genetic analysis of cytological samples
    Margareta Strojan Flezar, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Cytopathological diagnostics of lymphomas in salivary glands; 10 years experience of Institute of Oncology Ljubljana
    Ziva Gramc, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Lung adenocarcinoma with driver mutation in a young patient
    Mile Kovacevic, University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia




  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Symposium Artificial Intelligence in computational cytology

    Chairs
    Klaus Kayser, Charite, Germany
    Dietmar Schmidt, Pathology Düren, Germany

    Speakers
    Respiratory cytology support system using the homology concept
    Kazuaki Nakane, Osaka University, Japan
    Sławomir Wałkowski, Google Cloud, Posnan, Poland

    How AI Diagnostic Assistants can simplify your daily work in your pathological practice – experience
    Detlef Finkler, Smartin Media, Cologne, Germany

    Deep learning and automated annotations in cytology – images
    Stephan Borkenfeld, Diagnomx, Waltrop, Germany

    Gold Standards in digital pathology/cytology I - theory
    Johan Lundin, University Helsinki, Finland

    Gold Standards in digital pathology/cytology II - experiences & perspectives
    Klaus Kayser, Charite, Berlin, Germany
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM D

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting Italy The new Italian generation of cytologists

    This meeting will include, beside an experienced guest, young Italian cytopathologists who will prove their expertise in diagnostic cytology in a field for which their institution is well known.

    Chairs
    Giovanni Negri, Pathology Unit Central Hospital Bolzano, Italy
    Guido Fadda, Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A.Gemelli, Italy

    Speakers
    Cytology in Italy, a perspective
    Giovanni Negri, Pathology Unit Central Hospital Bolzano, Italy
    Guido Fadda, Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A.Gemelli, IRCS, Italy

    Challenges in pancreatic cytology
    Syed Ali, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA

    Molecular diagnosis of the thyroid gland lesions
    Chiara Brunelli, Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A.Gemelli, Italy

    Molecular cytology of lung cancer
    Elena Vigliar, Department of Public Health, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

    Intraoperative breast cytology
    Maurizio Pinamonti, Department of Pathology, University of Trieste, Italy

    Intraoperative cytology of the CNS
    Enrico Pegolo, Institute of Anatomic Pathology, University Hospital of Udine, Italy

    Serous effusions
    Antonio Ieni, Pathology Department, University of Messina, Italy
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Slide Seminar Gynecology

    Chairs

    Rosario Granados, University Hospital of Getafe, Madrid, Spain
    Christina Kabjorn Gustaffson, Sweden

    Speakers

    Giovanni Negri, Central Hospital Bolzano. Bolzano, Italy
    Belén Lloveras, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain
    Allan Wilson, Consultant Biomedical Scientist at Monklands Hospital in NHS Lanarkshire, Scottland, UK
    Henrik Edwardson
    Christina Käbjörn Gustaffson, Sweden
    Rosario Granados, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Madrid, Spain
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Companion Meeting Turkey The Art Of Cell - Defense for cytopathologists in thyroid and salivary gland cytology: cinematheque session

    In this session, we will discuss the main points that can cause troubles to the cytopathologists “grey zone area” by magnifying the daily practice and the recent updates in the literature of salivary gland and thyroid cytology

    Chairs
    Aysun Uguz, Cukurova University Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Adana, Turkey
    Deniz Nart, Ege University Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Izmir, Turkey

    Speakers
    Thyroid Bethesda System for reporting thyroid cytopathology: a comparison of two editions - “Kramer versus Kramer”
    Sule Canberk, Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, University of Porto, Portugal and Acibadem University Istanbul, Turkey

    TIRADS is an ally or an enemy in predicting malignancy in thyroid fine needle aspiration specimens? - “Great expectations”
    Ozlem Aydin, Acibadem University Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Istanbul, Turkey

    Are we able to recognize precursor lesions of thyroid cancer in cytology? - “Eyes wide shut”
    Massimo Bongiovanni, Director de la Cytopathologie SYNLAB, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Is there any algorithm to solve problems of the grey zone of Milan System? - “Shadowlands”
    William Faquin, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Boston, USA

    The role of molecular techniques in salivary gland specimens - “The good place”
    Sulen Sarioglu, Dokuz Eylul University Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Izmir, Turkey

    Join me to diagnose easy-breezy (!) cases in salivary gland cytology - “The silence of lambs”
    Aysun Uguz, Cukurova University Medical School, Dept of Pathology, Adana, Turkey
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM B

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Slide Seminar Lung Do we need both an atypical and a suspicious category for classifying pulmonary cytology specimens

    Pulmonary cytopathology is an important technique for the initial investigation of pulmonary abnormalities detected by imaging studies. Such lesions may represent non-neoplastic disease as well as benign and malignant neoplasms. The presentations in this section will discuss the cytomorphology of benign neoplasms, uncommon primary pulmonary malignancies and non-neoplastic entities found in the lung. The utility and appropriate use of indeterminate categories "atypical" and "suspicious for malignancy" will be discussed.

    Chair
    Lester Layfield, University of Missouri, USA

    Speakers
    Uncommon Pulmonary Malignancies
    Andre Moreira, New York University Langone Health, USA

    Benign Pulmonary Neoplasms
    Zahra Maleki, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

    Benign Cytologic Mimics of Pulmonary Malignancies
    Matthew Zarka, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA

    Do We Need Both an Atypical and a Suspicious Category for Classifying Pulmonary malignancies
    Lester Layfield, University of Missouri, USA
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Symposium Resident's and Young Cytopathologists

    Integrated in the EFCS ambition to be closer to european residents and young cytopathologists, this symposium constitutes a great opportunity for the “cytopathology experts of tomorrow” to gather and discuss important topics in the field of cytology. From education to molecular cytology, a wide spectrum of topics will be covered. All speakers of the session are cytopathology residents or young cytopathologists, working at their best in their own countries, to make sure a bright future is granted for cytology in Europe.

    Chairs
    Ricardo Veiga, Hospital da Luz Lisboa, Portugal
    Christina Gustafsson, Ryhov Hospital Jonkoping, Sweden

    Speakers
    Cytopathological Training in Poland - Perspectives for Residents and Young Cytopathologists
    Pawel Gajdzis, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

    Cytology in Portugal: My Hospital's Experience
    Despoina Argyropoulou, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Portugal

    Slovenian Approach to Education and Training in Cytopathology
    Damjana Cimerman, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Practicing Fine Needle Aspiration with Aspiration Simulation Kit - Our Experience
    Ida Bjornheden, Clinical Department of Pathology and Cytology Malmo/Lund, Sweden

    Fine-needle Aspiration Training With Novel Simulator Model: Validation Study
    Tania Labiano Miravalles, Hospital Center in Navarra, Spain

    Molecular Testing on Cytology Samples by a Centralized Laboratory: 10 years experience
    Maria Salatiello, Federico II University of Naples, Italy

    Cytopathology in the Era of Superspecialisation
    Marketa Horakova, Charles University, Faculty of Medicine, Pilsen, Czech Republic

    Professional Use of Social Media: What Should a Cytopathologist Know?
    Eduardo Alcaraz, Morales Meseguer University Hospital, Murcia, Spain

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Companion Meeting UKMeeting organised by the British Association for Cytopathology: Cervical cancer cases - what can they teach us? A case based presentation.

    The session is to be run by the three experienced UK based cytologists. Each speaker will show several cervical cancer cases and discuss what lessons they have learnt from them and what they can teach us all . It will be a mix of cytology and relevant histology and discussion of the literature as relevant to the cases. The speakers have reported cervical cytology for many years, and will draw on their experience for these cases. The UK has one of the most established cervical cancer screening programmes, yet some 3000 women still develop cervical cancer each year in the UK. What can we learn from cancer cases to try and help reduce this?

    Chairs
    Paul Cross, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, England, UK 

    Speakers
    1
    Paul Cross, Consultant in Cellular Pathology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, England, UK

    2
    Allan Wilson, Monklands Hospital in Scotland, UK

    3
    Karin Denton, Severn Pathology, North Bristol NHST, Bristol, England, UK
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM C

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Companion Meeting SwedenEvery day cytology

    Speakers in this session are cytopathologists who will provide a comprehensive overview of their daily work in the area of cytology at the university and general hospitals in Sweden and Norway. An update of selected topics of diagnostic cytology will also be presented.

    Chairs
    Henryk Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
    Bernard Majak, Norway
    Hans Brunnström, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

    Speakers
    The riddle of a metastasis - the Karolinska experience
    Eva Ramqvist, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

    Lung cytology including predictive markers in lung cancer
    Hans Brunnström, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.

    Every day cytology from a residents perspective
    Rui Zeng, Department of Pathology and Cytology, Länssjukhuset Sundsvall-Härnösand, Sweden

    Cooperation between cytopathologist and veterinary clinic in establishing a final diagnosis of animal tumours
    Bernard Majak, Norway

    Every day cytology at the Skåne University Hospital in Lund
    Henryk Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Soft Tissue Tumors 2Terminology and reporting

    Chair
    Henryk Domanski, Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Companion Meeting India 2 Diverse Cytopathology in USA, Africa & Asia

    This session will have a joint presentation from International Cytologists of USA, Africa and Asia covering different areas, different organs and different lesions.

    Chair
    Roque Wiseman Pinto, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India

    Speakers
    To be or not to be! When Clinicians & Pathologists are in for a surprise
    Megha Joshi, Consultant Pathologist, USA

    Recent advances in pancreatic cytology
    Nirag Jhala, Temple University, USA

    Recent advances in EBUS
    Darshana Jhala, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Interesting case in breast cytology
    Gary Tse, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong

    Immunohistochemistry update 2020
    Tomoo Itoh, Kobe University, Japan

    Interesting Cytology cases in South Africa
    Pawel Schubert, Division of Anatomical Pathology Tygerberg Hospital, National Health Laboratory Sevice, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

    Utility of flow cytometric analysis of serous effusions in suspected hematolymphoid malignancies
    Shahid Pervez, Pakistan

    Interesting cases in cytology
    Asif Loya, Pakistan

    Interesting cases in Sri Lanka
    Palitha Ratnayake, Teaching Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka

    FNA of head & neck nodules with rapid growth after surgery for Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
    Bo Ping, Fudan University Shanghai, P.R.China
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - Multifunctional Hall

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop Lung 1 Cytomorphology and molecular pathology in lung cancer diagnostics

    Following two short introductory talks of ten minutes each in this microscopy workshop there will be ample time for for individual reviewing two teaching slide collections on lung cytology. The collections – deriving from different institutions – demonstrate the broad spectrum of different preparation and staining techniques used in lung cytology. Most of the teaching slides will contain cases of lung cancer and metastases, but there will also be a collection of benign cases with reactive changes sometimes posing difficult diagnostic problems.

    Chairs
    Marianne Engels, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
    Lara Pijuán Andujar, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

    Speakers
    Cytomorphology of lung cancer
    Lara Pijuán Andujar, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

    Molecular pathology in lung cancer diagnostics using cytology specimens
    Marianne Engels, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Workshop Lung 2

    Chairs
    Włodzimierz Olszewski, Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland
    Piotr Wiśniewski, Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland
    Laetitia Collin, SCP Laboratoire des Feuillants, Toulouse, France
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Workshop Gynecology 2 Glandular Lesions

    Chairs
    Michael Blanke, Labor Augsburg MVZ GmBH,Augsburg/Germany
    Margareta Strojan Flezar, Slovenia
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM E

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Workshop FNA On PhantomsFNA simulation using phantoms: practising with a model

    The attendees will be able to acquire skills in the fine needle aspiration technique on simulated specific clinical scenarios with further diagnosis (cytohistological correlation with digitalized preparations) for a better understanding of the different diseases. In addition, attendees will be able to acquire enough knowledge to implement these methodologies in their own institutions as complementary tools together with traditional lectures, to enrich the resident and undergraduate medical student  experiences.

    Chairs
    Eduardo Alcaraz-Mateos, Morales Meseguer University Hospital, Murcia, Spain
    Tania Labiano, Hospitalary Complex of Navarra, Spain
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Slide Seminar Endometrium Endometrial cytology

    Chairs
    Tadao K. Kobayashi, Cancer Education & Research Center, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
    Franco Fulciniti, Dept of Clinical Cytology, Istituto Cantonale di Patologia, Locarno, Switzerland

    Speakers
    Can screening for endometrial cancer be availed?
    Yasuo Hirai, Dept of Ob/Gyn, Faculty of Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi and Dept of Cytology, PCL Japan Pathology and Cytology Center, PCL Inc., Saitama, Japan

    Introductory guide to the interpretation of directly sampled endometrial cytology on LBC preparations.
    Yoshiaki Norimatsu, Dept of Medical Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ehime Prefectural University of Health Science, Japan

    The basic steps for performing collection of endometrial cytology smear
    Akiko Shinagawa, Dept of Ob/Gyn, School of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Japan

    Endometrial stromal and glandular breakdown: definition, diagnostic criteria and pitfalls on LBC.
    Tetuji Kurokawa, Dept of Ob/Gyn, School of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Japan

    Current classification issues with the Yokohama system and correlations with ROM.
    Franco Fultiniti, Dept of Clinical Cytology, Istituto Cantonale di Patologia, Locarno, Switzerland
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Workshop HPV ScreeningChallenging (Solved) Cases From an HPV Screening Programme

    This workshop starts with three short introductory remarks, including  the discourse on 1) the concepts of cervical cancer screening in the era of HPV vaccination, 2) introduction to the HPV tests applicable in population-based screening, and finally, 3) describing the HPV screening program in Finland, of which the problem cases have been selected for this Workshop. The presentation of the challenging (but solved) cases will be completed by both original microscopy slides (comprising the main part of the contents)  and using PowerPoints (for additional cases). The objective is to convince the participants how even the most challenging cases can be solved using the integral  co-operation between the different professionals involved in the implementation of the organised screening program.

    Chairs
    Kari Syrjänen, SMW Consultants Ltd, Finland
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland

    Speakers
    Cervical cancer screening in the era of HPV vaccination
    Kari Syrjänen, SMW Consultants Ltd, Finland

    HPV tests applicable for systematic screening
    Stina Syrjänen, Department of Oral Pathology, Institute of Dentistry, Turku University, Finland

    Organisation of the population-based HPV screening in Finland
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland

    Presentation of the cases using microscopy slides
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland

    Presentation of challenging cases by PowerPoint slides
    Ivana Kholová, Tampere University and Fimlab Laboratories, Finland
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Wednesday - ROOM F

  • 8:30 - 10:30

    Scientific project EFCS Scientific Session: Gynecytology project by invitation only

    The participants will access cases from HPV screening programmes.

    Chair
    Ivana Kholová, Fimlab Laboratories and Tampere University, Finland
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (Foyer I and II) and Poster Exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Workshop Urinary

    The participants will be trained how to apply  Paris classification for more accurate diagnoisis. They will  gain an improession on the large spectrum of cytological changes and specific diagnostic challenges. 

    Chair
    Lukas Bubendorf, Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch (Multifunctional Hall) and Poster exhibition (Main Hall)

  • 15:00 - 16:30

    Workshop Salivary Glands 2 Fine needle aspiration cytology of salivary gland lesions: a novel practical pattern based approach to diagnosis

    Chair
    Matthew Zarka, Mayo Clinic Arizona. USA
    Longwen Chen, Mayo Clinic Arizona. USA
  • 16:30 - 17:15

    CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY J Klijanienko, A Marszalek, F Schmitt, B Cochand-Priollet and L Vass

Monday - Wrocław Medical University

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Companion Meeting Lower Silesia Where are we now in the cervical cancer screening - a multidisciplinary risk-based setting (by invitation only)

    A joint interdisciplinary meeting organized by Lower Silesian Divisions of Polish Society of Pathologists (PTP) & Polish Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (PTGiP). A risk-based point of view for burdens of a currently worldwide recommended primary-HPV cervical cancer screening involving the Clinical Cytology Subdivision of PTP together with the Colposcopy, Cervical Pathology and Cytology Subdivision of PTGiP. Meeting in Polish.

    Chairs

    Martyna Trzeszcz, Dept. of Pathology and Clinical Cytology, University Hospital in Wroclaw and Corfamed Woman's Health Center Ltd, Poland
    Lidia Hirnle, 1st. Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
    Piotr Ziółkowski, Dept. of Pathology, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

    Speakers

    Latency or a new infection - a practical guide (20')
    Robert Jach, Dept. of Endocrine Gynecology, Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland

    The future of organised population-based cervical cancer screening program in Poland (20')
    Andrzej Nowakowski, Coordinating Center for Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Poland and Dept. of Cancer Prevention, Maria Skłodowska-Curie Cancer Center with Institute of Oncology, Poland

    A multi parameter risk-based management in the cervical cancer secondary prevention - a clinic-pathological approach with the cases presentation (40')
    Martyna Trzeszcz, Dept. of Pathology and Clinical Cytology, University Hospital in Wroclaw and Corfamed Woman's Health Center Ltd., Poland
    Maciej Mazurec, Woman's Health Center Ltd and Division of Cervical Pathology, Colposcopy and Cytology of PTGiP, Poland
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