Congress Center “Federico II” Napoli – Italy

5th / 6th DECEMBER 2022

Giancarlo Troncone

Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
Maria D. Lozano

Concerto Srl 

Dead line: 4th December 2021 (at 00:00 CET time)

With the Patronage of:

Selected Highlights from “The IX Molecular Cytopathology Meeting”

It is with great pride and honour for me to invite you to the X Edition of the Molecular Cytopathology Congress.

 This International Congress, started as a focus on a diagnostic niche in the cytopathology field, has growth along with the introduction of an increasingly number of molecular tests for predictive and diagnostic purpose.

 Moreover, the introduction of these new molecular techniques has challenged our daily routine practice that has shifted from a microscopic-only approach to a multidisciplinary one, in which the molecular biologist has become a valuable partner in the diagnostic work-up.

 The X Edition of Molecular Cytopathology Congress will provide a perspective on the evolution of molecular pathology in the field of cytopathology with updates on cytological and molecular classifications.

 Due to the Covid pandemic, this year meeting will include live and on-line sessions from experts around the world.


Prof. Giancarlo Troncone


Program according to CET (Central European Time)
Pacific Time (PT): Los Angeles -9 hrs
Central Time (CT):  Chicago -7 hrs
Eastern Time (ET): New York -6 hrs

5th DECEMBER 2022



9:00 AM

Welcome Message

Matteo Lorito, University of Naples Federico II Rector
Maria Triassi, Dean of the University of Naples Federico II Medical School
Filippo Fraggetta, President of the Italian Society of Pathology and Cytopathology (SIAPEC)
Giancarlo Troncone, Head of the Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II
Lucio Palombini, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Naples Federico II

SESSION I: The Future of Cytopathology

Chairs: G Troncone, S. Roy-Chowdhuri, MD Lozano

Ritu Nayar
New Paradigms in Education and Cytopathology

Fernando Schmitt
Molecular cytopathology : an overview

Albino Eccher
Digital Cytopathology

Coffee break

Elena Vigliar
The interventional cytopathologist

Vivian Weiss
Organoids and Fine Needle Aspiration

Umberto Malapelle
Liquid biopsy


Session II: Emerging Biomarkers

Chairs P. Vielh, F Schmitt
Jason Hornick
Assessing protein correlates of molecular genetic alterations: “Next-generation” Immunohistochemistry

Giovanni Tallini
RET testing: fusions and point mutations

Spasenija Savic Prince
Next generation technologies for gene fusion detection

Coffee break

Massimo Barberis
BRCA testing on cytology for Ovarian Cancer

Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse
MET: mutation, exon skipping and amplification

Rupp Niels
NGS for gene fusion detection in salivary glands

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Session III: Thyroid

Chair: Domenico Salvatore, Pio Zeppa

Syed Ali
Overview on the Revised Bethesda classification

Esther Diana Rossi,
FNA pitfalls of thyroid cystic lesions

Vivian Weiss/ Sule Canberk
Molecular testing in thyroid pediatric patients: American perpsectives
Molecular testing in thyroid pediatric patients: European perspectives

Coffee break

Fabio Pagni
Proteomisc in Thyroid Cytopathology

Paul Vanderlaan
AUS/FLUS: can we do better?

Claudio Bellevicine
Laboratory-developed molecular tests for thyroid FNAs

Session VI: Lung

Chair: Spasenija Savic Prince, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse

Silvia Novello
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: the paradigm of precision oncology

Rocco Trisolini
Management of Cytopathological samples: perspective from Interventional Pneumologist

Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
The evolution of Molecular Pathology In NSCLC

Maria D Lozano
Immunotherapy and lung cytology

Caterina De Luca
A room for single gene test in NSCLC: Integration of full closed RT – PCR approach in NGS workflow

Paul Hofman
How to implement Liquid Biopsy in Europe


Meeting “in presence”:

Venue: Congress Centre “Federico II” Via Partenope, 36 – Naples, ITALY

Meeting “on-line”: 

Virtual meeting on Zoom platform.

It is strongly recommended to download and install zoom in advance. The installer is available at https://zoom.us/download.

Registered participants  to attend the virtual meeting will receive an e-mail containing Zoom link and password. 

Official language: 

English – NO simultaneous translation


The full meeting will be recorded and made available for later viewing for six months after the end of the meeting, only to attendees.

ECM credits:

The event will grant 14 ECM credits only for those attending “in presence”.


Meeting fee: IN PRESENCE*     120,00 (VAT included) 

Meeting fee: ON-LINE**       60,00 (VAT included)

Meeting fee reduced for residents (ON-LINE only): **

(proof of residency required)     30,00 (VAT included) 

* Registration fee includes: access to the scientific sessions, conference bag, buffet lunches and refreshments (where envisaged), certificate of attendance, ECM certificate (Italian participants – in case of credits achievement).

**Registration fee includes: meeting on line, certificate of attendance. No ECM credits for the on-line meeting.

Your registration will be confirmed on receipt of the full payment.

Payment should be made on line by credit card (VISA, Mastercard/Eurocard, American Express) or bank transfer.

Dead line: 4th December 2021 (at 00:00 CET time)

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations should be received in writing to the Organizing Secretariat.

Cancellations received before 30th October  2021 (at 00:00 CET time) – full refund less 10% to cover administration costs. 

No refund for cancellation received after 30th October  2021 (at 00:00 CET time) or no show. 

Refunds, net of any bank charges, will be processed after the end of the Meeting.

In the unlikely case that the Congress cannot be held in whole or in part due to any event beyond the Organisers’ control or force majeure (such as riot, fire, explosion, accident, flood, earthquake, sabotage, strikes, acts of law or regulation by Italian or foreign Authorities, epidemic outbreak, sanitary emergency, etc) the Congress Organisers cannot be held liable for any damage, cost, or loss incurred, such as registration fee, transportation and accommodation costs, or any other direct or indirect loss or consequential damage.

Dead line: 4th December 2021 (at 00:00 CET time)


Syed Z. Ali

Baltimore, MD – USA

Professor of Pathology and Radiology
Director of Cytopathology 
The Johns Hopkins Hospital -Baltimore, MD 

Massimo C.P. Barberis

Milano, Italy

Clinical Unit of Histopathology and Molecular Diagnostics
European Institute of Oncology, IRCCS, Milano

Claudio Bellevicine

Naples – Italy

Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology,
Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II

Christine Bergeron


President of the French Society of Colposcopy  and Cervical Vaginal Pathology (SFCPCV)
Past President of the European Federation of Colposcopy (EFC)
Past President of the French Society of Clinical Cytology (SFCC)

Massimo Bongiovanni

Lausanne, Switzerland

Pathologist and Cytopathologist
Director of Cytopathology at Synlab Pathology 

Lukas Bubendorf

MD, Surgical Pathologist and Cytopathologist
Basel – Switzerland

Head of Cytopathology, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Pathology, University Hospital Basel

Guido Fadda

Messina – ITALY

Full Professor of Anatomic Pathology, Histology and Cytology (since 2020) at the University of Messina

William C. Faquin

Boston, Massachusetts – USA

Professor of Pathology
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Director of Head and Neck Pathology
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Andrew Henry Fischer

Worcester, MA – USA

Professor of Pathology 
Professor of Radiology 
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Paul Hofman

Nice – France

Professor of Pathology, Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Pathology
Côte d’Azur University, Nice

Maria D. Lozano

Pamplona – Spain

Professor of Pathology, Director Department Of Pathology
Clinica University of Navarra

Umberto Malapelle

Naples – Italy

Chief Supervisor of Predictive Molecular Pathology Lab, Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II

Zahra Maleki

Baltimore, MD – USA

Associate Professor of Pathology – Department of Pathology, Division of Cytopathology Johns Hopkins Hospital 

Giovanni Negri

Bolzano – Italy

Pathology Unit Central Hospital Bolzano

Liron Pantanowitz

Ann Arbor, MI – USA

Director of Anatomic Pathology
Professor of Pathology – Department of Pathology & Clinical Labs University of Michigan

Esther D. Rossi

Rome, Italy

Aggregate professor of Anatomic Pathology
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli. IRCCS

Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri

Houston ,Texas – USA

Associate Professor Department of Pathology, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Spasenija Savic Prince

MD – Pathology (FMH) Cytopathology
Basel – Switzerland

Senior pathologist, Institute for Medical Genetics and Pathology University Hospital Basel

Fernando C. Schmitt

Porto – Portugal

Professor of Pathology at Medical Faculty of Porto University
Coordinator of RISE – Health Research Network
Head Molecular Pathology Unit, IPATIMUP
Member of Standing Committee WHO Cytopathology Reporting Systems
General Secretary of the International Academy of Pathology

Giancarlo Troncone

Naples – Italy

Full Professor of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II

Philippe Vielh

Paris – France

Medipath and American Hospital of Paris

Elena Vigliar

Naples – Italy

Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Public Health, University of Naples Federico II

Danijela Vrdoljak-Mozetič

Rijeka – Croatia

EFCS Secretary General
President of Croatian Society for Clinical Cytology (Croatian Medical Association)
Department of Pathology and Cytology, Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Croatia
Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka

Dead line: 4th December 2021 (at 00:00 CET time)

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