Postgraduate Course: Diagnostic Thyroid Pathology and Cytology

Course Objectives

During the course, the participants will review approximately 40 cytologic and histologic cases dealing with a variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic thyroid lesions. The cases are carefully selected to illustrate common diagnostic problems and pitfalls in thyroid pathology and provide the basis for in-depth discussion of morphological criteria and usefulness of complementary investigations in achieving the correct diagnosis. In addition to the slide seminar, several lectures by experts in pathology, nuclear medicine and surgery will be provided.

Program features and highlights:

  • Extensive correlation of cytology, frozen section and fial histology.
  •  Interactive discussion among participants and faculty.
  • Instant polls of the audience on controversial issues with immediate feedback presentation.
  • Both scanned slides (available via internet after the course) and “real” slides for on-site microscopy provided.
  • Technical and methodological aspects (macroscopy, sampling, FNB, touch imprint cytology, staining protocols) specifially addressed.
  • Application of immunohistochemical and molecular markers to thyroid tumors.
  • Presentation of follow-up data, therapeutic and prognostic implications of histopathologic diagnoses.
  • Lectures and in-depth discussion of selected topics (oncocytic lesions, NIFT-P and related tumors, signifiance of papillary carcinoma variants, molecular pathology of thyroid tumors).


This intensive course is designed for practicing pathologists as well as pathologists in training. Attendance is limited to 100 participants.

Course Director

Oleksiy Tsybrovskyy, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology, Vice-Chairman, Department of Pathology,
Ordensklinikum Linz, Hospital of the Sisters of Charity, Linz, Austria

Guest Faculty

Giovanni Tallini, MD
Professor of Pathology, Director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Surgical Pathology Attending, Bologna University School of Medicine, Italy
Manuel Sobrinho Simões, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology, Director, Institute of Molecular Pathology and
Immunology of the University of Porto, Portugal

Recent advances in Thyroid Pathology

We organize in Venice a two-day meeting on controversial topics on thyroid pathology.
The teaching program includes lectures and slide seminars and is aimed at emphasizing practical microscopic issues for the diagnostician mainly through the application of conventional histology, with reference to the appropriate ancillary diagnostic techniques. The course is designed for practicing surgical pathologists, surgeons and biologists.


Manuel Sobrinho Simões – Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, Medical Faculty of Porto and University Hospital of S. João, Porto, Portugal
Catarina Eloy – Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto and Medical Faculty of Porto, Porto, Portugal.