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  • 13th Bryan Warren School of Pathology: Neuropathology course

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    2-3 November 2019
     Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    British Division of the International Academy of Pathology (BDIAP), United Kingdom
    Department of Pathology and Cytology University of Sarajevo Clinical Center
    Association of Basic Medical Sciences of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Supported by: Acorn Aid, Biognost, Farma d.o.o.


    Dear colleagues and friends,

    13th Bryan Warren School Pathology will be held in Sarajevo on November 2-3, 2019 organized jointly by the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology (BDIAP) and the Association of Basic Medical Sciences of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The main topic of the School will be neuropathology, a challenging field in the diagnostic pathology. Each year distinguished pathologists provided by the BDIAP teach at BWSP, and this year we are delighted to host Professor Sebastian Brandner from UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK, and Professor Silvia Marino (Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust).

    The School objectives remain the same as all previous years: to give a brief overview of the most important topics in neuropathology and to cover the practical issues, particularly those relevant for young specialists and residents in pathology as well as for clinicians.

    We sincerely hope that the School again shall meet your expectations and it will certainly depend on your active participation.

    NEW: Please note that you are welcome to submit a difficult or interesting case in neuropathology (5-7 minutes PowerPoint presentation) and if selected, present it, and discuss with our lecturers and audience. The number of presentations is limited and the authors of the selected ones will be notified on 15 October the latest. The presentations are to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    We look forward to meeting you in Sarajevo!

    Nurija Bilalović, MD, PhD
    Department of Pathology
    Clinical Centre of the University of Sarajevo

    Semir Vranić, MD, PhD
    Course founder and coordinator
    College of Medicine, Qatar University


    Professor Sebastian Brandner

    UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK

    Professor Silvia Marino

    Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust


    President: Dr. Nurija Bilalović
    Course coordinator: Dr. Semir Vranić
    Executive secretary:Dr. Faruk Skenderi
    Dr. Nermina Ibišević
    Dr. Adisa Chikha
    Dr. Dalma Udovičić-Gagula
    Dr. Adela Ćimić, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York, USA
    Dr. Zerina Jašarević, Universitäres Lehrkrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria


    Hotel Europe, Vladislava Skarića 5, Sarajevo (see it on Google Maps)


    To register follow the two step process:

    1. Fill in the  [REGISTRATION FORM].
    2. You will receive an email with the link for online payment of registration fee.

    Early registration fee (until 30 August 2019): 60 EUR or 120 BAM
    Late registration fee (until 25 October 2019): 85 EUR or 170 BAM
    On-site registration fee: 100 EUR or 200 BAM
    Cancellation: until 25 October 2019(80% of the registration fee will be refunded)

    Registration fee covers: lectures, refreshments each day and lunch first day, course materials, certificate of attendance (10 CPD points)

    For more information, please contact Dr. Semir Vranić at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Web sites: www.bosnianpathology.org, http://www.bdiap.org


    Saturday, 2 November 2019


    Registration and welcome


    Fundamentals of genetics and epigenetics (S. Marino)
    Summary of advances in concepts and diagnostic tools for an integrated molecular diagnosis


    Adult brain tumours: Classification of gliomas with conventional biomarkers (S. Brandner)
    Focus on adult gliomas, including an overview of major changes in the 2016 WHO classification and their further refinement, as proposed in the cIMPACT-NOW statements. The lecture will cover criteria for an integrated histological and molecular diagnosis in the most common gliomas and the most relevant biomarkers: IDH, histone, BRAF, TERT, EGFR.


    Coffee break


    Adult brain tumours: Classification of intrinsic and extrinsic brain tumours with conventional and advanced biomarkers (S. Brandner)
    This module will provide information of the molecular classification of rarer intrinsic tumours and of meningiomas and other extrinsic tumours. It would also cover advanced diagnostics using epigenetic profiling. Specifically, the role of MGMT promoter methylation, low-grade gliomas with map kinase pathway alteration is, ependymomas and the molecular diagnostics with methylation array


    Paediatric brain tumours (S. Marino)
    Focus on paediatric tumours, which are distinct entities, underpinned by different mutations, some of which therapeutically actionable and requiring a bespoke diagnostic stratification.




    Interactive slide seminar: Brain tumours (S. Brandner and S. Marino)
    Examples of adult and paediatric brain tumour cases with study of histological slides and review of results of molecular tests. The session will be virtual and interactive, allowing attendees to login into a teaching platform and browse the cases ahead of the session, with discussion during the session.


    Transmissible proteopathies and neurodegeneration (S. Brandner)
    This lecture will provide the concept of protein misfolded in common neurodegenerative diseases and evidence for human transmission of misfolded proteins. There will be a focus on amyloid beta, tau and prions, but also encompassing synuclein and TDP 43


    Coffee break


    Slide seminar neuropathology of the elderly: Neurodegeneration and stroke, virtual and interactive session with diagnostic examples (S. Brandner)
    This interactive virtual slide resource will show examples of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and examples of acute and chronic ischaemic stroke.




    Sunday, 3 November 2019


    Intraoperative assessment in neuropathology (S. Marino)


    Case demonstrations, audits, research data presentations (Course participants and local pathologists/clinicians)


    Diagnostic approaches to nerve biopsies (S. Brandner)


    Coffee break


    Diagnostic slide seminar (virtual interactive pathology) of neuropathies (S. Brandner)
    This interactive resource shows the typical pathology of vasculitis, demyelination and amyloid neuropathies.


    Myopathology (S. Marino)
    Advances in the histological diagnosis of the most common muscle disorders


    Closing remarks

    *Program may be subject to slight changes
    Participants will be awarded 10 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.



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