Congress Center “Federico II” Napoli – Italy

6th / 7th DECEMBER 2021

Organized by

Giancarlo Troncone
Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
Maria D. Lozano


Organizing Secretariat

Concerto Srl
Ph  + 39 081.19569195
E-mail: info@concertosrl.net


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

6th DECEMBER 2021



09:30 AM   Ten years of Molecular Cytgopathology
Giancarlo Troncone
Chairmen: Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri – Maria D. Lozano

SESSION I: COVID-19 session

Chairman: Syed Z. Ali

10:00 AM
The state of cytopathology laboratories during the COVID-19 pandemic
Elena Vigliar

10:30 AM
Clinical and molecular practice of European thoracic pathology  laboratorie during the COVID-19 pandemic. The past and the near future
Paul Hofman

11:00 AM  
Questions & Answers

11:30 AM

Session II Molecular Thyroid Cytopathology – First part

Chairman: Ester D. Rossi

12:00 AM   The Emerging and Expanded Role of Molecular Testing in Thyroid Cytopathology 
Syed Z. Ali

12:30 PM   The persisting dilemma of AUS/FLUS (Tir3A)
Massimo Bongiovanni

  1:00 PM   Questions & Answers

   1:30 PM   Break

Session III Molecular Thyroid Cytopathology – Second part

Chairman: Ester D. Rossi

2:30 PM  NGS technology to refine uncertain thyroid cytological diagnosis
Claudio Bellevicine

3:00 PM  Clinicopathologic and molecular characterization of NTRK-rearranged thyroid carcinoma (NRTC)
William C. Faquin

3.30 – 4.00 PM Questions & Answers

Session IV Ancillary Testing in Head and Neck Cytology

3.30 PM   Chairman: William C. Faquin

4.00 PM  Challenges facing Pathologists Evaluating PD-L1 in Head & Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Massimo Barberis

4.30 PM   Molecular Landscape of Salivary Gland Cytology (MSRSGC) in the Era of Personalized Medicine
Zahra Maleki

5.00 PM   Updates and news from the II edition of MSRTC: is there a place for molecular tests?
Ester D. Rossi

5.30- 6.00 PM Questions & Answers

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Session V Lung Cytopathology - First part

Chairman: Lukas Bubendorf

9.30 AM WHO-IA RC International System for Reporting Lung Cytopathology
Fernando Schmitt

10:00 AM PD-L1 testing of non-small cell lung cancer on cytological specimens
Maria D. Lozano

10:30 AM Questions & Answers

11:00 AM Break

Session VI Lung Cytopathology – Second part

Chairman: Philippe Vielh

11:30 AM RNA Fusion Assays Using Next-Generation Sequencing
Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri

12:00 AM Liquid biopsy
Umberto Malapelle

12:30 AM   Assessment of tumor mutational burden in cytological specimens from lung cancer patients
Spasenija Savic

1:00 PM Questions & Answers

1:30 PM   Break

Session VII Urine cytology

Chairman: Fernando Schmitt

2:30 PM    The Paris System for reporting urinary cytology in daily practice with emphasis  on ancillary testing by multiprobe FISH
Lukas Bubendorf

3:00 PM   Digital Pathology & Artificial Intelligence applied to urine cytopathology
Liron Pantanowitz

Session VII   Urine cytology 

Why cytologists should take the small diagnostic urothelial biopsies from surgical pathologists
Fischer AH.

4:00 PM   Questions & Answers

Session VIII Molecular cytopathology slide seminar

4:30 PM    How molecular tests has improved my diagnostic routine 
Philippe Vielh and Faculty

5:30 PM    Questions & Answers

6.00 PM    Closing remarks
Giancarlo Troncone
Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
Maria D. 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: 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

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

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 

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

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

Concerto Srl
Ph  + 39 081.19569195
E-mail: info@concertosrl.net