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

We had 206 cases in total from January to December 2014. We were able to make a diagnosis of the cardiac cause of death in all cases. There was a dramatic improvement in turnaround time – from around 20 days in January to 5 days in December – due to the fact our staff are now fully trained and operational. Establishing a fully working laboratory with rapid turnaround has been achieved in a relatively short time given the complexity and the bureaucracy of the Human Tissue Act, coroner rules and finding appropriate equipment and staff. Visitors • Dr Nurulhusna Ahmad, a forensic pathologist from Malaysia, joined the team from September to January 2015 as an attachment from Queen Mary’s University. • Dr Tracy Sorkin, from the Cellular Pathology Department of St George’s Hospital, trained for four weeks in November. Teaching Professor Sheppard was appointed National Cardiac Pathology Trainer for the Royal College of Pathologists.

Nina Kaur-Gupta, PA to Professor Mary Sheppard Struan Bourke, Senior Laboratory Technician Fiona Maleady Crowe, Laboratory Technician Zoha Hamza, Database Manager

Lectures and Meetings


• Guest speaker on aortic disease at the European Congress of Pathology (ECP), London. September 1st.

Professor Sheppard attended 14 inquests throughout the UK in 2014, speaking to relatives and helping families through their bereavement, which is a vital part of her work with CRY.

• Guest speaker on endomyocardial biopsy for the Russian Society of Cardiology Meeting, St Petersburg, Russia. September 10th. • Gave keynote lecture on sudden cardiac death in children at Heart Rhythm Congress, Birmingham. October 6th. • Speaker on sudden cardiac death for the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology (AECVP) Meeting, Paris, France. October 10th. • Gave Philip Poole-Wilson memorial lecture at the Anglo Israel Cardiovascular Symposium, London. October 21st. • Speaker on the pathology of sudden death at the Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre of St George’s Medical School, London. November 28th.

Publications Abstracts: • Yancheva S, Ángeles MonteroFernández M, Sheppard MN. “Sudden cardiac death in cardiac transplant patients – morphological findings in the heart.” Poster at ECP, London. September 2014. • Krexi L, Georgiou R, Sheppard MN. “Sudden cardiac death with emotional stress in young population: the importance of specialist cardiac pathological examination.” Poster at AECVP, Paris, France. October 2014. • Robertus JL, Burrell A, Sheppard MN. “The pathological disease spectrum of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in sudden cardiac death emphasising biventricular involvement and challenges in diagnosis.” Poster at AECVP, Paris, France. October 2014. • Robertus JL, Sheppard MN. “The CRY UK sudden cardiac death database.” Oral presentation at AECVP, Paris, France. October 2014. Papers: • Fryer E, Roberts IS, Sheppard MN, Verrill C. “Post mortem examination in the morbidly obese.” Histopathology. September 2014.


Issue 65 | September to December 2014

Cry Update Magazine Issue 65  

Update 65 covers all CRY news, events and fundraising from September to December 2014. The final months of the year were extremely busy as u...

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