Histology SIS Seminar.
The 2011 Histology SIG seminar was held in Dunedin on the 12th of November. There were 64 registrations for the seminar, originating from all over the country.
The Hunter centre accommodated everyone quite well. The conference room had all the appropriate equipment (PC with USB and all other necessary peripherals) ready to go. We were seated four persons per table looking at two overhead screens, to ensure no one missed anything, at the front of the room. The Hunter centre also provided a microphone but nobody needed to use it as the acoustics were quite good. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea were provided by the university union's catering department. The quality was superb and no one went hungry.
We had 13 excellent topics which was very informative with fun bits in between. Sadly the 14th speaker (Mereoni Togoloa from Fiji) had to cancel on short notice due to an unfortunate event back home. There were also two poster presentations: (1) "Artifacts and Organism Mimickers in Pathology" by Shelvin Minas Fowler and Victor Nanales (2) "Lipid Storage Disease of the Liver" by Brigitte Visagie who gave a talk on the same subject as well.
The Medica Pacific sponsored prize for best first time speaker was awarded to Catherine Gray for her bit on "Evaluation of Myelin Stains" while the Institute's prize for best overall speaker went to Liberatta Lewis for her intensive discussion on "The Role of Histology in the Diagnosis of Molar Pregnancy". Geoff Patton chaired the whole event and did an awesome job--he will be hijacked to do it again next time.
After the group photo Robyn Rae confirmed that Palmerston North will be hosting the next Histology SIG meeting.
To end the day we all went for a bus ride to Glenfalloch for dinner. At our arrival there we were greeted by a lone piper who escorted us up to the restaurant. The sound of his bagpipes echoed over Dunedin harbour and caused some goosebumps. A great time was had by all.