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Report from the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology (CRY CCP) Professor Mary Sheppard, Consultant Cardiac Pathologist

We were very glad to be able to celebrate the establishment of the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology at our new home at St George’s Medical School, University of London, on May 22nd this year. We had 82 cases from May to August 2014 with an average turnaround time of 14 days. The number of cases has increased from the first quarter of 2014 and there is also a dramatic improvement in turnaround time due to fact our staff are now fully trained and operational. Establishing a fully working laboratory with a rapid turnaround time has been achieved in a relatively short time given the complexity and the bureaucracy of the human tissue act, coroner rules and getting appropriate equipment and staff. Visitors Dr Jan Robertus, a pathologist from

Struan Bourke, Senior Laboratory Technician Fiona Maleady Crowe, Laboratory Technician Zoha Hamza, Database Manager

Rotterdam, joined the team in March for 6 months to train exclusively in cardiac pathology. He has helped us enormously in establishing the database and our functioning laboratory and returned to Rotterdam at the end of August. Students Daniel Eniade, Olivia Gibson and Giovanna Marrai joined the team for work experience in August and worked on the backlog of cases for database entry. Teaching/Academic Professor Sheppard held her annual Adult Cardiovascular Pathology course at Imperial College London on May 15th – 16th with 60 pathologists from across the world in attendance. Professor Sheppard’s teaching course emphasises the pathological

investigation of sudden death and the taking of genetic material at autopsy in order to establish any genetic causes of sudden cardiac death, enabling the screening of any living family members at risk. We have seen a positive yearly increase in the amount of referred genetic material provided with cases. Lectures and Meetings • Guest speaker on sudden death in children to a paediatric cardiology group, Birmingham, May 15th • Spanish Society of Cardiology lecture on pathology of sudden cardiac death, Seville, Spain, June 13th – 14th • Chaired European Society of Pathology (ESP) oral and poster sessions, August 31st Inquests Professor Sheppard attended 4 inquests from May to August on sudden death cases from within the UK, at locations including Westminster and Southwark. Publications Papers: • de Noronha SV, Behr ER, Papadakis M, et al. “The importance of specialist cardiac histopathological examination in the investigation of young sudden cardiac deaths.” Europace. 2014.

* a structurally normal heart, the most common finding, indicates a channelopathy (disease of the heart’s electrical impulses, impossible to detect post-mortem) was the cause of death

• Beattie R, Booth K, Herron B, Sheppard MN, Parissis H. “Constrictive pericarditis and rheumatoid nodules with severe aortic incompetence.” Case Reports in Medicine. 2014.


CRY Update Magazine Issue 64  

Issue 64 of the CRY Update looks back at a busy CRY summer from May to August 2014. Our flagship raising awareness event, the CRY Heart of L...

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