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

9:30 Introduction to the meeting

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


SESSION I: Thyroid: American perspectives

Chairs: Giovanni Tallini, Philippe Vielh

10:00 The histological basis of thyroid cytopathology

           Zubair Baloch

10:20 Thyroid: rule in and rule out assays
            Michita Nishino

 10:40 Thyroid quality control issues

             Paul Vanderland

 11:00 Questions & Answers

11:20 Coffee break

Session II: Thyroid: European perspectives

Chairs: Zubair Baloch, Michita Nishino, Paul Vanderland

11:50 The Italian Consensus for reporting thyroid cytopathology: morphology

           Anna Crescenzi

12:10 The Italian Consensus for reporting thyroid cytopathology molecular

           Fulvio Basolo

12:30 Thyroid FNAs in Italian practice: a survey

            Claudio Bellevicine

12:50 Thyroid FNAs in European practice: a survey

           Giovanni Tallini

13:10 Magistral Lecture

           The Modern Pathology

           Alex Ryska 

13,30 Questions & Answers

14:00 Lunch

SESSION III: Digital slide seminars


  • Zubair Baloch
  • Michita Nishino
  • Paul Vanderland
  • Anna Crescenzi
  • Fulvio Basolo
  • Claudio Bellevicine
  • Giovanni Tallini

           17:00 – 17:30 Questions & Answers

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          Session IV: The future: Digital Cytopathology

          Chairs: Filippo Fraggetta, Ingle Zobler

           9:00 New Paradigms in Digital Cytopathology

                   Liron Pantanowitz

          9:20 Digital cytopathology: an overview

                   Albino Eccher

           9:40 Digital Cytopathology and FNAs classification

                   Alessandro Caputo

           10:00 Preanalycal issues in digital cytopathology

                     Francesco Merolla

           10:20 Questions & Answers

          10:50 Coffee break

          Session V: The Digital Cytopathology in practice

          Chairs: Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, Maria Dolores Lozano

           11:20 SIAPEC and Digital Cytopathology

                     Filippo Fraggetta

           11:40 ESP and Digital Cytopathology
                     Ingle Zobler

          12:00 Molecular cytopathology and telepathology

                      Momin Siddiqui

           12:20 Magistral Lecture

                     Changing paradigms in Pathology: an oncologist perspective

                      Lajos Puztai

           12:40 Questions & Answers

          13:10 Lunch

          Session VI: Lung cancer

          Chairs: Roberto Bianco, Luigi Panico

          14:10 The future of lung cancer molecular testing

                     Sinchita Roy Chowdhuri

          14:30 The future of lung gene fusions testing

                     Maria D. Lozano

          14:50 Immunotherapy and lung cancer: a biomarker updates

                      Elena Vigliar

          15:10 Questions & Answers

          15:30 Coffee break

          Sessione VII: Liquid biopsy

          16:00 Liquid Biopsy: biomarker evaluation in metastatic NSCLC, EGFR, KRAS, BRAF, ALK, ROS1, RET, MET,

                     HER2 and NTRK

                     Umberto Malapelle

           16:20 Liquid biopsy in body fluids

                     Miguel A. Molina-Vila

          16:40 Liquid biopsy beyond ctDNA

                      María Jose Serrano

           17:00 Questions & Answers

          17:30 – 18:00 Closing remarks

          Giancarlo Troncone, S. Roy Chowdhuri, Maria D. Lozano

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


          GENERAL INFO

          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

          MD, FRCPath, FIAC
          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

          MD, PhD
          Naples – Italy

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

          Paul Hofman

          MD, PhD
          Nice – France

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

          Maria D. Lozano

          MD, PhD, MIAC
          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

          MD, PhD
          Rome, Italy

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

          Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri

          MD, PhD
          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

          MD, PhD, FIAC
          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

          MD, PhD
          Naples – Italy

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

          Philippe Vielh

          MD, PhD, FIAC
          Paris – France

          Medipath and American Hospital of Paris


          MD, PhD
          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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