July 11, 2020

Webinar on Science of CellBlockistry

Time : 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM (EDT)
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What you need : A laptop, desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone.


Vinod B. Shidham

Vinod B. Shidham, MD,FIAC,FRCPath

Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit Medical Center, & Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, USA

Title: CellBlockistry: Science and Art of cell-block making (Review)

Biography : Dr. Vinod B. Shidham is a certified Anatomic, Clinical and Cytopathologist at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is founding director of Cytopathology fellowship training program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1998) and also Founding director for Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB) cytology service, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1998). He ponieered intraoperative immunocytochemical evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes for melanoma metastases as a clinical test in concert with various departments as interdisciplinary exercise and a Novel method to teach FNAB technique to M2 in wet lab, using fresh cattle liver stuffed in latex glove. Vinod also represented Wisconsin Society of pathologists for CME accreditation, he also Pioneering proponent and member of Task force for Progressive Evaluation of Competency (PEC) (In-service Examination for Cytopathology Fellow Competency Evaluation) by the American Society of Cytopathology, Wilmington. He is also executive editor and co-editor in chief for CytoJournal which is an open-access, peer-reviewed, PubMed indexed, one of the five scholarly Cytopathology journals.

Liron Pantanowitz

Liron Pantanowitz, MD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Title: Architectural aspects of cell-blocks as small biopsy

Biography : Dr. Liron Pantanowitz received his medical degree in South Africa. He completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency training at Harvard in Boston (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). He is board certified in AP/CP/Cytopathology/Clinical Informatics. Dr. Pantanowitz is currently a Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Vice Chair for Pathology Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is also the Director of Cytopathology at UPMC. He is moving to the University of Michigan in June as the head of AP. He is widely published in the field of pathology informatics and cytopathology. His research interests include non-GYN cytopathology, digital pathology and artificial intelligence.

Lester J. Layfield

Lester J. Layfield, MD

University of Missouri, Columbia, CL

Title: Cell-blocks and immunohistochemistry

Biography : Dr. Layfield received his MD degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1979. He completed his pathology residency at UCLA in 1983 focusing on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNA). In 1985, he joined the UCLA faculty and headed the FNA service. In 1992, he relocated to Duke University as Head of FNA and Director of Surgical Pathology becoming full professor in 1996. In 1997, he moved to University of Utah as Head of Surgical Pathology and Director of Fine Needle Aspiration. He has presented workshops for the ASC, ASCP and USCAP on aspects of FNA. Dr. Layfield has worked with a number of professional organizations to develop guidelines and recommendations relating to the practice of fine needle aspiration cytopathology including the development of the NCI/Bethesda guidelines for thyroid cytopathology. He has led the development of guidelines for Pancreaticobiliary and Respiratory cytopathology by the Papanicolaou Society. Dr. Layfield was the recipient of the 2011 Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Service to Pathology. Dr. Layfield is a past President of the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology and is currently on the P.S.C. executive board. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Diagnostic Cytopathology. He has published over 390 peer-reviewed manuscripts, four books and 15 book chapters. These focus on FNA of the head and neck, musculoskeletal system and pancreaticobiliary system. He is currently Professor and Director of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri.

About the Conference

United Scientific Group (A non-profit organization) proud to announce and warmly welcome you to the Virtual Conference on Science of CellBlockistry (CBK-20) going to happen on July 11, 2020. The conference will offer a unique opportunity to share the latest updates, cutting-edge technological tools, and scientific advances in CellBlockistry research.

Cell block cytology is a technique used in cytopathology in addition to smears for evaluation of tissue from fine needle aspirations (FNA) or fluid aspirations and body cavity fluid, whereas CellBlockistry is the science of studying chemistry and the art of achieving quantitatively and qualitatively improved cell-blocks from different types of specimens.

CBK-20 is A Virtual Conference on CellBlockistry Research,which will bring together world-class Clinical Pathologists, Cytopathologists and investigators to discuss and share their ongoing studies.

Why You Should Join?

Looking at the current scenario of COVID-19 Pandemic, CBK-20 organizers always encourage scientists, researchers, investigators to discuss their research virtually and help the young talents to know more about their ongoing research irrespective of the situation. We believe you can minimize the expenses and retaining the key benefits of an in-person conference such as learning opportunities, sharing of ideas, and networking.
What you need : A laptop, desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Great Speakers

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Easy Access

Accessible from anywhere in the world - Attend any scientific session of your interest.


Networking Session

Connects with CBK from all over the globe to network and to share cutting-edge research.


Wider Reach

The presentations will remain available one month from the date of the live event for increased reach to the global community.


Panel Discussion

Be a part of stimulating discussions by triggering an exchange of viewpoints among experts in CBK.



For Full CF Members*/ MedPath 2020 Attendees FREE
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For Annual CF members* $39
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  • Full Webinar Recording
  • $200 Credit Note for In-person USG conference - Medical Pathology, 2021
Standard $59 Only virtual conference
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*CF member: Cytopathology Foundation member
Regular annual CF membership $50 with benefits shown at: https://cytojournal.com/cf-member/
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  • Total waiver for $1500 article publication cost (APC) for CytoJournal articles (accepted after peer-review process)
  • FREE downloading of CytoJournal articles (regular price $25, HTML version is FREE under open access charter)
  • FREE e-CytoJournal issues (regular price $40)
  • And many more benefits including subsidization of cost for cytopathology scholarly activities and publications including periodic benefits

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