Dead line: 8th December 2023 (at 00:00 CET time)

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Selected Highlights from “The IX Molecular Cytopathology Meeting”

It’s a great honour and pleasure to meet you in Naples for the XII Edition of the Molecular Cytopathology Congress on the 11th and the 12th of December!

Our International Congress, focusing on the modern molecular cytopathology, will bring together experts from around the world to provide an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

In this rapidly evolving era of molecular cytopathology, modern cytopathologists and molecular biologists play together a key role in bridging the gap between conventional microscopy and novel molecular technologies.

The XII 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 issues.



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

11th DECEMBER 2023



9:00 Welcome Message

Alex Ryska, President of the European Society of Pathology and Cytopathology (ESP)

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

Maria Triassi, President of Federico II School of Medicine

9:30 Introduction to the meeting

Giancarlo Troncone, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, Maria D. Lozano



Lung cancer

Chairs: G. Fontanini, P. Vielh

10:00 WHO reporting system for lung cytopathology

Sule Canberk

10:20 Biomarker Testing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: The Past, The Present, and the Future

           Sinchita Roy Chowdhuri

10:40 PD-L1 Evaluation in Cytology: Evaluating a Semi-automated Method to Classify NSCLC Patients for Immunotherapy

           Maria D. Lozano

11:0 Immunotherapy and lung cancer: a biomarker update

            Elena Vigliar

11:20 Questions & Answers

11:30 Coffee break

11:50   Magistral Lecture

The future pathology – what is on the horizon?

            Ales Ryska

Session II

Liquid biopsy

Chairs: S. Roy-Chowdhuri, N. Fusco

12:20 Liquid Biopsy: biomarker evaluation in metastatic NSCLC


          Umberto Malapelle

12:40 Liquid biopsy in body fluids

           Miguel A Molina-Vila

13:00 Liquid biopsy beyond ctDNA

            María Jose Serrano

13:20 Questions & Answers

13:30 Lunch


Cytopathology of Body Fluids

Chairs: D. Vrdoljak-Mozetič, C. Bellevicine

14:30 Predictive testing on body fluid specimens

           Lukas Bubendorf

14:50 The Paris system for Reporting Urinary Cytology: What we have learned and what lies in the future.

           Momin Siddiqui

15:10 Urinary Cytology: an Italian experience

           Giacomo Gazzano

15:30 The International System for Reporting Serous Fluid Cytopathology          

           Ashish Chandra

15:50 Questions & Answers

16:00   Magistral Lecture

             Changing paradigms in Pathology

             Jason Hornick

16:30 – 17:00 Closing remarks

Giancarlo Troncone, S. Roy Chowdhuri, MD Lozano

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Session IV

Thyroid: Italian perspectives

Chairs: A. Crescenzi, G. Fadda

9:30 The Italian Consensus for reporting thyroid cytopathology.

           Fulvio Basolo

9:50 Thyroid FNAs in italian practice: do Italians do it better?

          Claudio Bellevicine

10:10 TBSRTC, SIAPEC et al: can we cross the bridge of classifications?

           Esther Diana Rossi

10:30 Beyond cytopathology: the endocrinologist’s POV on predictive tests in thyroid carcinoma.

            Domenico Salvatore

10:50 Questions & Answers

11:20 Coffee break

Session V

Thyroid : Perspectives on the III edition of The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (TBSRTC)

Chairs:  G. Pennelli, G.Tallini

11:40 The journey toward the Third Edition of TBSRTC: What Has Changed

           Paul Vanderlaan

12:00 Molecular testing in Thyroid Cytopathology: How Molecular Fits into the Bethesda System

           Michiya Nishino

12:10 WHO 5th Edition and Bethesda System: the issue of follicular-patterned nodules

           Giovanni Tallini

12:30 European Thyroid Association clinical practice guidelines for thyroid nodule management.

           Fernando Schmith

12:50 Questions & Answers

13:10 Lunch

Session VI

The future: Digital Cytopathology

Chairs: F.Fraggetta,  L. Pantanowitz

14:20 New Paradigms in Digital Cytopathology

           Liron Pantanowitz

14:40 Delphi Expert Consensus for Whole Slide Imaging in Thyroid Cytopathology

           Albino Eccher  

15:00 AI in cytopathology

           Alessandro Caputo

15:20 Preanalytical issues in digital cytopathology

           Francesco Merolla

15:40 Questions & Answers


Sessione VII

Digital slide seminars: how molecular (ancillary) tests have helped me in a challenging cytopathology case.

Chairs: G. Troncone, S. Roy Chowdhuri

16:00 Junior fellows presenting unknow cases involving the audience.

  • Pasquale Pisapia (Italy)
  • Mariantonia Nacchio (Italy)
  • Gennaro Acanfora (Italy)
  • Anna Maria Carillo (Italy)
  • Allan Aguerta (Spain)

17:15 Questions & Answers

17:30-18:00 Closing remarks

Giancarlo Troncone, S. Roy Chowdhuri, MD Lozano

17:30 – 18:00 Closing remarks
Giancarlo Troncone, S. Roy Chowdhuri, MD Lozano



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

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: 2nd December 2022 (at 00:00 CET time)

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations should be received in writing to the Organizing Secretariat.

Cancellations received before 30th October  2022 (at 00:00 CET time) – full refund less 10% to cover administration costs. 

No refund for cancellation received after 30th October  2022 (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: 2nd December 2022 (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

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

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


Naples – Italy

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

Ritu Nayar

Dead line: 4th December 2022 (at 00:00 CET time)

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