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Welcome to the PathReD Congress 2021


  • Dr. Zivanai Cuthbert Chapanduka: Chairperson Scientific Committee

Welcome to PathReD 2021. The planning for the 4th offering of the Pathology Research and Development (PathReD) Congress takes place against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. PathReD 2021 is planned for 19 – 22 August 2021 and the planning, organising and execution, must be cognizant of the realities of the pandemic. PathReD 2021 will therefore be a hybrid of on-site activities and remote participation.

Research, innovation, health science education and training, patient focus and excellence are key themes in the Vision and Mission of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). Those themes also underpin the very raison d’être of PathReD congresses. PathReD affords NHLS employees the opportunity to showcase the innovation, research and development taking place in the 10 allied medical universities and the 260 laboratories across South Africa. Furthermore, participation of our colleagues in the rest of Africa and the World at large, is most welcome.

What you can expect at PathReD 2021 PathReD’s history is encouraging: Past PathRed Congresses have proven to be excellent platforms for the presentation of exciting original research and for educational opportunities both in terms of research and for the numerous students in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Networking and establishing new collaborations constitute key component of PathReD. Congress format: Plenary sessions, invited speakers, poster and oral presentations, parallel sessions, the very popular workshops and healthcare industry presentations are among the exciting activities lined up for PathReD 2021. COVID-19 research and updates: There has already been award-winning COVID-19 research and development in the NHLS and the expectation is that this cutting-edge innovation and much more COVID-19 research will be presented at PathReD 2021. General research and expert updates: Advances in Pathology, Communicable Diseases, Occupational Health, Public Health and Pathology Services Management have been occuring, the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding. These will continue to be the backbone of the PathReD programme.

Challenge: Finally, I challenge all early stage researchers and their supervisors to step forward and ensure that every institution produces a large number of good quality presentations. I would like to specifically request an increase in the amount of research focused on the administrative, business and quality processes on which the conduct of laboratory and public medicine depends.


Looking forward to meeting you at PathReD 2021.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Zivanai Cuthbert Chapanduka
Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee





  • Dr. Babatyi Malope-Kgokong: Chairperson Organising Committee

Welcome to PathReD 2021 Congress

PathReD 2021 Congress is coming soon! This is the 4th PathReD Congress and the NHLS is proud to host this event that brings together our professionals from across South Africa to interact and share knowledge on key aspects of medical laboratory science, pathology and public health.

PathRed 2019 brought together more than 500 delegates, speakers and exhibitors. The Organising Committee is extending a warm invitation to researchers, collaborators and stakeholders to prepare themselves to be part of this prestigious event.

Not only does the PathRed Congress offer you an opportunity to gain insight into what the NHLS has done and achieved these past few years, it further serves to showcase a wealth of research initiatives and findings. PathRed has proven to be a great platform for development and training of emerging researchers and scholars, with an array of dedicated and well planned workshops carefully crafted for researchers, registrars, medical scientists and technologists across all pathology disciplines, epidemiology, occupational and public health.

The focus for PathReD is clear and our experts understand this and have in the past three events shown their full dedication in supporting our emerging researchers and scholars and providing them with their own platform to showcase their work. PathReD 2021 will continue to uphold its standard of producing an exciting scientific programme where researchers, emerging and experts, will have a forum to interact, share and gain knowledge while forging opportunities for future collaborations, mentorships and supervisions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world and affected all of us in many ways. We salute our leaders, health professionals, frontline workers and the South African population for showing unity in these trying times. As we continue to learn and adjust to a new normal, we pray for a healthy and better South Africa. Consequently, the congress this year will be partially virtual and physical – this hybrid approach will provide the NHLS community the opportunity to attend and participate in the various seminars, panel discussions and workshops safely.

The PathReD 2021 Organising Committee is working hard to make sure we deliver a remarkable event. As per usual, you are invited to inform us on our social media platforms (#PathReD2021) of any topics that you would like to be included in PathReD 2021 programme.

On behalf of the PathReD 2021 Organising Committee, I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2021. We are looking forward to an enriching and inspiring PathReD 2021 experience.



Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Babatyi Malope-Kgokong
Chairperson Organising Committee
PathReD 2021 Congress