Congress Center “Federico II” Napoli – Italy

5th / 6th DECEMBER 2022

Giancarlo Troncone

Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
Maria D. Lozano

Mariantonia Nacchio 


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

With the Patronage of:

Selected Highlights from “The IX Molecular Cytopathology Meeting”

It is with great pride and honour to invite you to the XI Edition of the Molecular Cytopathology Congress, that will be held in person in Naples on the 5th and the 6th of December

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 XI 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

5th DECEMBER 2022



9:00 Welcome Message

Matteo Lorito, University of Naples Federico II, Rector
Maria Triassi, Dean of the University of Naples Federico II Medical School
Giuseppe Longo, General Manager University Hospital Federico II
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

9:30 Introduction to the meeting
Giancarlo Troncone

SESSION I: The Future of Cytopathology

Chairs: G. Troncone, P. Vielh, MD Lozano

10:00 New Paradigms in Education and Cytopathology
Ritu Nayar

10:20 Molecular cytopathology: an overview
Fernando Schmitt

10:40 Digital Cytopathology
Albino Eccher

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 The interventional cytopathologist
Elena Vigliar

11:50 Organoids and Fine Needle Aspiration
Vivian Weiss

12:10 Liquid biopsy
Umberto Malapelle

12:30 Questions & Answers

13:00 Lunch


Session II: Emerging Biomarkers

Chairs: S. Roy Chowdhuri, F. Schmitt

14:00 Assessing protein correlates of molecular genetic alterations: “Next-generation”
Jason Hornick

14:20 RET testing: fusions and point mutations
Giovanni Tallini

14:40 Next generation technologies for gene fusion detection
Spasenija Savic Prince

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 BRCA testing on cytology for Ovarian Cancer
Massimo Barberis

15:50 MET: mutation, exon skipping and amplification
Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse

16:10 PM NGS for gene fusion detection in salivary glands
Rupp Niels

16:30 – 17:00 Questions & Answers


6th DECEMBER 2022

Session III: Thyroid

Chair: Domenico Salvatore, Pio Zeppa

9:00 Overview on the Revised Bethesda classification
Syed Ali

9:20 FNA pitfals of thyroid cystic lesions
Esther Diana Rossi

9:40 Molecular testing in thyroid pediatric patients: American perspectives
Vivian Weiss

10:00 Molecular testing in thyroid pediatric patients: European prespectives
Sule Canberk

10:20 Questions & Answers

10:50 Coffee break

11:20 Proteomic in Thyroid Cytopathology
Fabio Pagni

11:40 AUS/FLUS: can we do better?
Paul Vanderlaan

12:00 Laboratory-developed molecular tests for thyroid FNAs
Claudio Bellevicine

12:20 Questions & Answers

13:00 Lunch

Session VI: Lung

Chair: Spasenija Savic Prince, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse

14:00 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: the paradigm of precision oncology
Silvia Novello

14:20 Management of Cytopathological samples: perspective from Interventional Pneumologist
Rocco Trisolini

14:40 The evolution of Molecular Pathology in NSCLC
Sinchita Roy Chowdhuri

15:00 Questions & Answers

15: 30 Coffee break

16:00 Immunotherapy and lung cytology
Maria Dolores Lozano Escario

16:20 Still a room for single gene test in NSCLC?
Caterina De Luca

16:40 How to implement Liquid Biopsy in Europe
Paul Hofman

17:00 Questions & Answers

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 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: 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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