Chandigarh,07.12.19The 68th Annual National conference of India Association of Pathologist and Microbiologists- APCON 2019, was organised by the Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, Chandigarh concluded its 3rd day on 7th Dec 2019. The conference commenced with 6 parallel workshops on Dec 4th and a pre-conference CME of International Academy of Pathology-Indian Division (IAP-ID) on 5th Dec. It was attended by almost 1000 participants from various parts of the country. Almost 150 national & international experts from India and Abroad in the field of Pathology deliberated in this prestigious conference.

The theme of the conference is ‘Genetics Decodes Morphology’ emphasizing the
importance of study of genes and their defects in understanding the various disease
process and how this information can be used to manage treatment of patients with
personalized medicines. Many other newer techniques like proteomics, artificial
intelligence, transcriptomics and core needle biopsy interpretation were discussed.
Four eminent international speakers of this conference are Dr Dhanpat Jain (Yale university, USA), Dr. Jane Dahlstorm (Canberra, Australia), Dr. Nagarjun Rao (Milwakee, USA) and Dr. SS Banerjee (Manchester, UK). They talked about recent advances in the diagnosis of common cancers like liver, breast, lungs and skin. They emphasized the evolving role of genetics in further refining the diagnosis of these deadly diseases.
The chief guest for this conference was Professor Y K Chawla, former Director of PGI, Chandigarh. He highlighted the indispensable role of pathologist in the patient management care. He further highlighted the importance of autopsy pathology inunderstanding the entire spectrum of various diseases. He appreciated the Department of Histopathology at
PGI Chandigarh for their commendable job for autopsy pathology services which is the only centre in India to offer and one of its kind in the world.
Prof B D Radotra, Organizing Chairperson and Prof. Ashim Das, Organizing Secretary, APCON 2019 said that a great care has been taken to design the program in a way that interests everyone from a post-graduate student to consultant. Interaction and discussion will be given greater priority over didactic lectures. About 400 high quality research papers and posters were also presented by students and pathologists. Besides, a PGI Pathology Alumni meet was also held on 4th Dec which was joined by about 150 alumni of this department spread all over the world. It proved to a good platform for interactions of the budding pathologists with experts in this field from their Alma mater.