Wednesday-Thursday 19th-20th June 2024

Course hosted by St George’s, University of London Organisers:

Professor Mary N Sheppard & Dr Joseph Westaby

This course approaches the practical problems that face the diagnostic pathologist when dealing with cardiovascular pathology, which is the most common cause of death in the western world. Topics covered include: Cardiac dissection, sudden cardiac death, cardiomyopathies, inherited cardiac disease, myocarditis, coronary artery and aortic diseases. We will demonstrate cardiac specimens from our large collection. CPD accreditation is being sought from the Royal College of Pathologists

Course fees: Consultants – £400 Full Rate | £200 Daily Rate
Trainees, coroners, coroner officers , nurses, genetic councillors, and APTs – £300 Full Rate | £150 Daily Rate

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Thursday 15th June 2023
08:45 – 09:00IntroductionMary N Sheppard
Session OneChair: Mary N Sheppard
09.00 – 09.30The role of toxicology in the autopsyLimon Nahar
09.30 – 10.00Role of Medical examiner in England and WalesSuzy Lisham
10.00 – 10.30The coroner’s perspective on sudden deathJoanne Andrews
10.30 – 10.45Coffee break and networking
Session TwoChair: Joseph Westaby
10.45 – 11.15Ischaemic heart diseaseJoseph Westaby
11.15 – 11.45Non atheromatous coronary artery diseaseMary N Sheppard
11.45 – 12.15Imaging at Post MortemIan Roberts
12.15 – 12.30Panel discussion with the speakers
12:30 – 13:00Lunch Break
Session ThreeChair: Mary N Sheppard
13.30 – 14.30Keynote lectureMike Osborn
Role of the autopsy in 21st century
14.30- 14.45Guidelines on genetic cardiomyopathiesMary N Sheppard
15.00 – 17.00Cardiac specimen viewing and dissection demonstration
Thursday 20th June 2024
08.45 – 09.00Introduction and Update from day 1Joe Westaby
Session FourJoe Westaby
09.00 – 09.30MyocarditisSarah Parsons
09:30 – 10:00Forensic investigation of Sudden DeathOlaf Biedrzycki
10.00 – 10.30National Coroners and NHS pathway for sudden deathElijah Behr
10.30 – 11.00Panel discussion with the speakers
11.00 – 11.15Coffee break and networking
Session FiveChair: Mary N Sheppard
11.15 – 12.00Investigation of sudden cardiac death in childrenMarta Cohen
12.00 – 12.30Why is the pathologist useful to the cardiologistMichael Papadakis
12.30 – 13.00Valve diseaseJo Westaby
13.00 – 14.00Lunch break and networking
14.00 – 15.15Cardiac specimen viewing and demonstration
Session SixChair: Joseph Westaby
15.15 – 15:35Causes of left ventricular hypertrophyJoe Westaby
15.35 – 16.00Aortic diseaseKathryn Griffin
16.00 – 16.30Interesting casesJoe Westaby
Final remarksMary N Sheppard
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