Readers of the blog are encouraged to check out the Anatomic Pathology Informatics and Imaging Support for Translational Medicine website for conference details. This year the meeting is being held at the 0Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh, PA on September 9 – 12, 2007. Most readers will likely be familiar with this conference. Needless to say, it is the premier pathology informatics meeting that covers a broad overview of biomedical informatics in pathology and oncology practice, education and research. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend and/or present at this meeting since its inception when the meeting was called "Advancing Pathology Informatics, Imaging, and the Internet". The first seminars on telepathology, digital imaging, image enhanced reporting, synoptic reporting, bioinformatics, informatics in oncology, whole slide imaging, LIS implementation and interfaces I heard have all been at this meeting. It has been an invaluable experience where I always learn something new and are able to bring ideas, concepts and implementations to my own institution.
As an attendee, you will gain knowledge of how informatics is impacting and transforming pathology and oncology. You will gain knowledge of new technology available to meet the informatics needs of the future. This year’s conference will also highlight the evolution of digital pathology in the Armed Forces with speakers from various branches of the military sharing their experiences. APIII offers the opportunity to find answers to your informatics needs.
APIII is designed for academic and practicing pathologists and oncologists, researchers in biomedical informatics, residents, fellows, graduate students, computer support personnel and lab/practice managers. Industry-related developers, engineers, and marketing representatives comprise a significant portion of the attendees. The conference is designed for everyone interested in learning how informatics is impacting and transforming pathology and oncology. Prior knowledge of informatics is not required and courses for individuals new to this area are offered.
New this year is an APIII pre-conference event on whole slide imaging that will allow you opportunity to gain hands-on experience with 6 digital slide systems, compare scanners and meet the vendors.
The conference is jointly sponsored by the:
Panel Discussions – Part of all Focus Sessions, provide opportunities for audience interaction with the faculty.
Breakout Sessions and Workshops – Provide updates on most current practices and technologies in pathology and oncology informatics. These offer opportunities to ask the questions that help find the answers to your informatics questions.
Scientific Sessions – Led by David J. Foran, PhD, address recent advances and technical innovations in pathology informatics, oncology informatics, and bioinformatics.
Networking – APIII provides opportunities to network with leading oncology and pathology informatics resources and companies. These resources offer a wealth of data and research related to laboratory information systems, clinical trials information systems, imaging systems, cancer registry systems, automated cytology systems, voice recognition systems, wireless devices, computer hardware, and other current technology.