Molecular Medicine (Saturday Master Class)

Prof Pieter Wesseling, MD, PhD
Amsterdam University Medical Centres/VUmc Amsterdam &
Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Pieter Wessling M.D., Ph.D. is a Clinical pathologist/neuropathologist, and full professor in neuro-oncological pathology.

His present affiliations are with the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam (since 2010), and Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, Netherlands (since 2016). He trained in Pathology & Neuropathology (incl. Neurology/Neurosurgery), at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, Netherland. Fellowship from 1991 – 1992 in Neuropathology/Neuro-oncology Dept. of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC, USA.

Dr Wesseling was Staff member in the Dept. of Pathology, RadboudUMC from 1992 – 2016. In 1997 he wrote a thesis “Angiogenesis in brain tumors; pathobiological and clinical aspects’.

Dr Wesseling has written 275 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, vast majority of these on neuro-oncological topics; see wesseling-p in PubMed (; h-index according to Google Scholar mid-July 2019: 70;
From 1998 to the present he is the Principle investigator of multiple research projects (many of those funded by KWF/Dutch Cancer Society) supervisor/promotor of multiple PhD students/theses.

Since 2000 he is on the Editorial board member of Acta Neuropathologica, Neuro-Oncology, Brain Pathology, Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology (‘top 5’ neuropathological/neuro-oncological journals); associate editor Neuro-Oncology Practice; frequent ad-hoc reviewer for other international peer-reviewed journals. Co-author on multiple chapters in 4th edition (published in 2007) and revised 4th edition (published in 2016) of WHO Classification of CNS Tumours; invited participant of Consensus and Editorial Meeting for 2016 Classification (Heidelberg, June 2015).

From 2016 to the present: he is an invited member of cIMPACT-NOW (consortium to Inform Molecular and Practical Approaches to
CNS Tumor Taxonomy, i.e. aiming for advancing brain tumor classification) and neuro-oncol. branch ICCR (International Consortium for Cancer Reporting; improving integrated reporting of morphological & molecular findings in CNS tumors).

Furthermore Dr Pieter Wesseling is a member of multiple professional organizations (incl. SNO, AANP, ISN, EURO-CNS, EORTC-BTG), consultant for national and international funding organizations, central reviewing pathologist for several international (EORTC) studies, coordinator EURO-CNS course ‘Tumours of the Central Nervous System and its Coverings’, etc.

Paediatric Pathology (Sunday Master Class)

Dr Amanda Charlton, MBChB, BMedSci, FRCPA, FIAC, PG Cert in Digital and Collaborative Learning
LabPLUS, Auckland City Hospital and University of Auckland, New Zealand

Amanda is a NZ trained Anatomical Pathologist. After 16 years working in tertiary teaching hospitals in Melbourne, Singapore, and Sydney, she returned to Auckland in 2016 where she works as a Histopathologist at the Auckland City Hospital.

Amanda performed Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney for 8 years. She has contributed to over 20 publications in paediatric pathology.

Since 2015 she has co-convened the Paediatric Module for the RCPA QAP. Amanda taught Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology at the Western Sydney University Surgical Pathology Course for RCPA registrars. She lectured and demonstrated at hands on workshops on congenital heart anomalies for medical students from University of Sydney, and for a RCPA Short Course in Cardiac Forensic Pathology.

Amanda has produced original elearning resources (training videos) on the RCPA Cut up Manual demonstrating placenta dissection and specialised perinatal autopsy techniques. In 2016 Amanda initiated and managed a project which released 1000 archived virtual slides from the RCPA Quality Assurance Program to all RCPA members, particularly Anatomical Pathology trainees, for the purposes of teaching and education. Amanda also coordinates the rare and new tumour paediatric ecases on the RCPA website for the Australia and NZ Paediatric Pathology Group slide exchange.

Amanda believes the future of pathology education will increasingly include the equitable sharing of online digital resources, to augment traditional lectures, courses and workshops.