During my few years of experience in digital marketing, Webinar is something that I have come across. Definitely have attended a lot of them and have done a lot of back-end planning and promotions for some of them.
But at Leader Life Sciences – I was given the opportunity to host my first webinar. So naturally, the challenge seemed like a mountain from the beginning. At just a learning stage in the biomedical field, to be on camera and talk about it to many people – seemed like climbing endless stairs.
However, with the trust vested in me by my mentor @Sonal Sachdev and @Nirmal Kumar – I braved my nerves and got into research. The topic was approved – The role of Histopathology in the prognosis and diagnosis.
This was to be done with our partner Slee. Pioneers in precision technology since 1954 – they had years of experience in histopathology and its tools. Alexander Benjamin, Key Account and Marketing Manager, was to be one of our speakers. He spoke about the topic from a manufacturer’s perspective. During the presentation section, Alexander covered a brief history of how the process of histopathology has progressed over time. The specialty of histopathology technique dates back to 1838 and the first microtome suitable for sectioning animal tissues was constructed in 1848, with the popular Cambridge Rocker (1885).In its own history, Slee was responsible for inventing the cryostat microtome.
Looking into the future now – Alexander emphasized how histopathology will be more automated, with safe and accurate features and enhanced connectivity and ergonomics.
Our second speaker was from the industry – a user end perspective by Dr. Mohammad G Mohammad from the University of Sharjah. A medical laboratory scientist whose interest in histopathology was piqued by his encounter with cryostat during his mother’s cancer diagnosis. The synergy of both speakers, the manufacturer to the direct user whose life has been positively impacted by Slee, was remarkable even though coincidental.
Dr. Mohammad, a true scholar, took us through the various steps of tissue processing. They are namely, tissue collection, fixation, trimming, dehydration, clearing, paraffin embedding, sectioning, staining and coverslipping.
The most exciting section of the webinar was the discussion part – speaking about three topics, the speakers, my co-host Rahaf el Obaid and myself had an invigorating conversation.
Reaching successful diagnosis in the lab – Efficiency is key to this point. A human eye cannot be replaced in this process. It would be a collaborative effort between the lab technician and the products he uses in the lab.
The technology automates as much of the process, allowing users to free their time and mind to discover and ponder on the diagnosis. A significant reduction in error can also be achieved through the microtomes used. This reduces the time the tests must be repeated, resulting in a faster and more effective diagnosis.
Importance of automation for tomorrow’s histopathologist – As a scholar, Dr. Mohammad believed the students had to develop endurance and have the detailed processes engraved in their minds before moving to automation. He thought this would make their education process better. However, Alexander felt that the students need to be used to this automation so that they can begin to tickle their scientific curiosity at an earlier stage itself.
Gaps to be addressed with increasing cases – a diagnostician’s task is growing with the rising demand for precision medicine and numerous afoot diseases. But, more than a gap, the consistent development of technology needs to be trusted.
The webinar gave an insightful look into the world of histopathology, especially on how tools like microtome or tissue processors from our partner Slee are crucial for accurate diagnosis. As humans, we will never be rid of the human touch in healthcare – however, to enhance the capabilities of human technology are moving forward to make them more efficient and accurate.
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