Pathology is on a path to globalization and evidence of this ongoing trend will be seen on March 13-15, 2009 at the XXV World Congress of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Sydney, Australia. For starters, several thousand pathologists from nations around the world will gather to hear 120 different sessions and visit an international hall of exhibitors. That’s an impressive demonstration of how laboratory medicine is crossing borders.

But what Dark Daily subscribers and readers may consider a fascinating sign of pathology globalization at the World Congress of Pathology is this year’s addition of a special extended session titled “Laboratory Medicine’s Transformational Role in the Genomic Age.” The goal is to predict the path of pathology as genetic knowledge unlocks new diagnostic capabilities, which give pathologists new tools to diagnose disease and identify the most promising therapies for patients. Batting first in this line-up is your intrepid Dark Daily Editor. Here’s the international panel for this session:

Why Pathology Testing Is Soon to Cross New Clinical Boundaries

Mr. Robert Michel, Editor, The Dark Report and Dark Daily, Spicewood, Texas, USA

Translation of Genetic Information into Healthcare Use

Dr. Michael Watson, Executive Director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Genetics Practice and Research in a Small Country: Lessons from Iceland

Dr. Jón J Jónsson, Chair of the Division of Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Landspitali-University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland

In Vitro-In Vivo Diagnostic Frontiers

Dr. Don Rucker, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pennsylvania USA

The Future of Pathology

Dr Jared Schwartz, President, College of American Pathologists, Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Presbyterian Healthcare, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

This year’s World Congress of Pathology is organized by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). The Aussie hosts remind us that-despite globalization- all healthcare is local by offering a series of presentations on the types of forensic pathology cases frequently in Australia, titled: “Recreational Deaths”

Ultra-light Plane Crashes

Dr. Jo Duflu

Scuba Diving Fatalities

Dr. Chris Lawrence

Australian Outback Deaths: Snakes, Sun, and Crocodiles

Dr. Kevin Lee

Certainly those topics are a reminder that some Australians enjoy activities that come with risk. The World Congress of Pathology, with its 120 sessions, will have something for everyone. The full agenda and registration information can be accessed by visiting the RCPA Web site http://www.rcpa.edu.au/Continuing/PathologyUpdate.htm (Or paste this URL in your browser: http://www.rcpa.edu.au/Continuing/PathologyUpdate.htm).

The day before the World Congress of Pathology Convenes, a special full-day seminar on the business and management of pathology laboratories will take place, co-produced by the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB) and the RCPA. On March Titled: “The Pathology Workforce Crisis: International Situation & Solutions.” Robert Michel, your Dark Daily Editor, will be the opening speaker. Full details for this program can be accessed at the AACB (Or paste this URL in your browser: http://www.aacb.asn.au/).

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