41st European Congress of Cytology – cytology in my genes

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS) and the Spanish Society of Cytology (SEC), I am honoured to invite you to the 41st European Congress of Cytology, to be held in Madrid, Spain, from 10-13th of June 2018. This ECC meeting intends to turn into a fruitful and stimulating encounter for professionals in the field of cytology, from all Europe and beyond. It will be an opportunity to share and communicate scientific advances, as well as to meet friends in a lively city with a well-known cultural and artistic ensemble.

The scientific programme will address traditional as well as challenging innovative aspects of cytopathology and interactive methodologies. It will include symposia covering morphology, new disease classifications, reporting guidelines, cervical cancer screening programmes, HPV assessment, molecular techniques and targeted therapies, quality assurance, technical and formative aspects in cytotechnology and cytopathology. It will also feature slide seminars and practical microscopic and non-microscopic workshops, video microscopy tutorials and roundtable discussions to promote debates. This program, together with the information shared through poster and platform presentations, will help us to update cytopathologists and cytotechnologists on the current practice of cytopathology.

Commercial stands will be placed in a large hall shared by refreshment break meeting points. Industry-fostered luncheon seminars will round up the programme.

In consonance with a positive environmental effort, we will embrace a paperless philosophy for the upcoming meeting and no handouts will be distributed on-site!. However, all information will be electronically available online prior to the meeting. For a period of time, most session materials and images will also be electronically available for the attendees after the meeting. Impressed copies of the handout will be ready upon request of the attendees.

Simultaneous translation will be available for Spanish-speaking attendees.

The venue, Hotel Meliá Castilla, one of the largest hotels in Europe, is strategically located in the city center with excellent access to and from any part of the city. It is placed next to Paseo de la Castellana, the Real Madrid football stadium and the Golden Mile.

Madrid, a sunny and renowned cultural city, hosts some of the best museums of the continent and is worldwide known for its gastronomy and its vibrant nightlife. Nearby historical towns (Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, El Escorial) will complete your stay.

I look forward to meeting you in Madrid, and to enjoy together this exciting event.

Welcome to the 41st ECC meeting!

Rosario Granados
President of the Organising Committee

Important Dates

Registration Opens
September 1st 2018

Call for Abstracts 
November 7th 2017

Early Registration Fees Deadline
April 15th 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline
February 1st 2018

Abstract Notifications 
March 2018

Opening of ECC 2018 
June 10th 2018

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

ALAB: Current Concepts for the Practicing Pathologists – Cytology with Histologic Correlation


This  course and workshop is designed for cytopathologists, general surgical pathologists, pathologists with a special interest in cytology, and pathologists-in-training. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a comprehensive review and update of selected topics in cytology. There will be opportunities to bring one’s own cases for consultation and discussion during the breaks and after the scheduled program. The course includes lectures and slide seminar discussions. Printed and electronic handout materials will be available for each participant.

P.S. Please feel free to forward this message to a friend or colleagues who might like to learn more about this course

1st  DAY

Thursday, 5th Oct 2017


8.00-8.45 Registration Speaker
8.45-09.00 Welcome
9.00-09.50 GYN: Approach to Pap – Normal, Reactive, Infections L1 David Wilbur
9.50-10.40 NGYN: Thyroid Cytology L2 Michiya Nishino
10.40-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 GYN: HPV Biology and Squamous Atypias L3 David Wilbur
12.00-13.00 NGYN: Liver L4 Martha Pitman
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 NGYN: Salivary Glands L5 Michiya Nishino
15.00-15.45 GYN: Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions L6 David Wilbur
15.45-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.45 Seminar #1 NGYN – Case Studies S1 Michiya Nishino
16.45-17.30 Seminar #2 GYN – Case Studies S2 David Wilbur


2nd  DAY

Friday, 6th Oct 2017

08.15-09.00 GYN: Glandular Lesions in Paps L7 David Wilbur
09.00-10.00 NGYN: Solid Lesions in Pancreas L8 Martha Pitman
10.00-10.15 Coffee break
10.15-11.15 NGYN: Lymph Nodes L9 Michiya Nishino
11.15-12.00 NGYN: Cystic Lesions in Pancreas L10 Martha Pitman
12.00-13.00 Seminar #3 GYN – Case Studies S3 David Wilbur
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.00 NGYN: Respiratory L11 Michiya Nishino
15.00-15.45 Seminar #4 NGYN – Case Studies S4 Martha Pitman
15.45-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 Seminar #5 NGYN – Case Studies S5 Michiya Nishino


3rd DAY

Saturday, 7th Oct 2017

08.00-8.45 Urinary Tract Cytology L12 Martha Pitman
08.45-9.30 NGYN: Molecular Diagnostics for Cytology L13 Michiya Nishino
9.30-10.15 Seminar #6 NGYN – Case Studies S6 Martha Pitman
10.15-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-11.15 NGYN: Effusions L14 David Wilbur
11.15-12.00 NGYN: Fine Needle Aspiration – technique and Ultrasound Guidance L15 Martha Pitman
12.00-12.15 Questions and Closing Remarks

L- lecture,  S-seminar (slide seminar)           

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology

Selected topics for the practicing and interventional cytopathologist

The Department of Pathology of La Spezia Hospital will hold a threeday course focusing on selected topics in FNA for the practising and interventional cytopathologist.

Official language: English

Course Directors:

William C. Faquin, MD, PhD Director, Head and Neck Pathology Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Pathology Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA

Martha B. Pitman, MD Director, Cytopathology Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Pathology Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA

Location: Sala Michelangelo – Grand Hotel Baglioni Piazza Unità Italiana 6, Firenze, Italy

Course Organizer:

Franco Fedeli, MD Anatomia Patologica – Ospedale S. Andrea, La Spezia – Italy

Faculty Board: Franco Fedeli, MD Anatomia Patologica – Ospedale S. Andrea, La Spezia – Italy

Philippe Vielh, MD, PhD, FIAC Department of Pathology National Health Laboratory Dudelange, Luxemburg


Täpsem informatsioon ürituse kohta: http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/dw/asl20170530.pdf