NSH’s Symposium/Convention is the largest histology conference in the United States with over 100 workshops, an exhibit hall, and plenty of opportunity to network with fellow histologists. If you’re considering attending, especially if it’s your first time, it might seem overwhelming. Fixation on Histology is here to help!
We’ve got the list of top 5 most popular workshops, at this year’s Convention.
5. Molecular Biology Principles and Techniques for the Histotech (WS#56): Molecular pathology is often a less familiar entity for those accustomed to IHC and proteins. This seminar is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of basic molecular biology to offer a better understanding of the applications and diagnostic relevance of molecular pathology. A review of the scientific principles of molecular biology will be conducted. This will include understanding the transcription and translation processes. Different molecular techniques from PCR to ISH will be covered. The pros and cons of these techniques will be discussed, including which molecular techniques and methods are best suited for diagnostic, screening or treatment assessment purposes. The presentation will also look at the future for molecular pathology, and discuss routes for personalized medicine.
4. Histochemical Stains in Diagnosis: Views of the Histotechnologist and Pathologist (WS #52): This workshop focuses on the use of special histochemical stains to solve specific diagnostic problems. Short clinical histories will be presented and used to emphasize how special histochemical stains are important diagnostically. Issues to be demonstrated and explained will include 1) how special histochemical stains interact in solving diagnostic problems; 2) how special histochemical stains should be evaluated using positive and negative controls; 3) how mistakes in the performance of histochemical stains can lead to incorrect diagnostic conclusions; and 4) how to troubleshoot problems with selected histochemical stains (e.g., GMS and the Jones stain) lead to high background staining or inadequate staining.
3. The S.M.A.R.T Way - In the Histology Laboratory (WS#66): In a world of doing more with less, each laboratory is trying to find a way to obtain a faster turn-around time without compromising patient care while keeping the external (clinicians) and internal (pathologist) customers happy. The histotechnologist wants to do a good job without cutting corners that will cause rework and additional cost. During this workshop the attendees will learn what the S.M.A.R.T objectives are and how to apply them in the laboratory. Each objective will be broken down and specific scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to perform the job correctly to avoid rework, prevent errors and meet set turn-around times. Upon completion of the workshop, the attendees will have measurable tools to take back to use in the laboratory.
2. Multiplex Immunohistochemistry Assays: Best Practices, Techniques, and Troubleshooting (WS#54): As we continue to discover and probe the crucial implications of cellular interactions involved in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease, multiplex IHC assays have become the foremost tool in researching in vitro systems biology. The development, optimization, and validation of a multiplex IHC assay requires planning and forethought. Some of the most important factors for success in multiplexing involve following best practices for pre-analytical workflows, robust antibody validation, careful panel design, appropriate controls, and the choice of detection chemistry or technologies. This includes considerations for manual versus automated staining, digital pathology and image analysis, and emerging technologies. Additionally, an understanding of the common pitfalls and challenges associated with the different techniques, as well as methods available for troubleshooting each, is key to successful optimization and validation.
And finally... the most popular workshop...
1. Grossing Technology for the Histology Laboratory (WS#60): Histotechnologists are becoming increasingly involved in the initial stage of the microscope slide preparation which is defined as grossing technology. This workshop intends to guide the participants on the principles and details of grossing techniques, such as specimen preservation, filtration, inking, sampling, and orientation for embedding. Perspectives of embedding automation will be discussed. The grossing techniques of selected gynecological, gastroenterology, and urology biopsy specimens will be presented by using examples taken from the grossing table. Grossing different types of skin specimens (shave, punch, excision, and others) require special attention. Renal, muscle, and nerve biopsies grossing techniques will also be discussed. The workshop participants will become familiar how to gross so-called 'routine' specimens, such as gall bladder, different kinds of cysts, bones and other outpatient surgery specimens which usually are assigned to the grossing histotechnologists.