College of American Pathologists
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Published on May 30, 2008

Contact: Linda Caradine
Phone: 800-323-4040 ext. 7461

Pathology Leaders Convene to Discuss Future of the Profession at the College of American Pathologists Foundation 2008 Futurescape Conference

Northfield, IL.—“See the future, touch the future, and be the future,” will be the mantra at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation second annual Futurescape Conference taking place June 6-8, 2008, at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. Pathologists, medical laboratory professionals, and industry and business leaders related to the specialty will gather to discuss how to meet the future challenges in an ever-changing technological environment.

This year’s theme, “Transforming Pathology: Emerging Technology Driving Practice Innovation,” examines pathology’s progressive transformation and provides strategies for reinvention and renewal of the pathologists and their practice. During the conference, experts will guide attendees through the exploration of the latest innovation theory, strategy, and case studies.

“The CAP Foundation designed this year’s conference to foster a ‘two-way’ conversation between the decision-makers from pathology, business, technology and the financial industries,” said Mary E. Kass, MD, FCAP, president of the CAP Foundation. “Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, corporate researchers, and venture capitalists’ on what they believe is the most promising technology for the future of pathology, as well as share their ideas and provide input about the evolution of profession.”

The conference will begin with a keynote address from Jason Hwang, MBA, MD, co-author of the new book, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution to the Health Care Crisis, which will set the stage with other leading pathologists, medical professionals, and industry leaders. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how pioneering and driving forces of change in personalized medicine, the biomarker race, and the industry will affect the profession during their lifetime.
  • See demonstrations of how pathologists are expanding their toolkits to deal with digital imaging and diagnostics.
  • Become aware of real-world practical applications—how the early adopter pathologists are succeeding and what they are doing now that will soon become mainstream.

“We are thrilled about the line-up of speakers, as well as topics that will be addressed at this year’s conference,” said Dr. Kass. “Our hope is that the attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the future of pathology during the Foundation’s Futurescape Conference and feel more prepared to embrace the changes that lie ahead.”

The CAP Foundation, a 501(c)3 association, is the leading philanthropic organization for pathologists. Through the generous support of the CAP of the Foundation’s administrative needs, 100 percent of all contributes are distributed to fund educational, research, and humanitarian programs related to pathology.