A new consortium of the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) will establish the biggest database of pathology images to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence in medicine.


Nijmegen, 1 February 2021 – To take AI development in pathology to the next level, a European consortium combining leading European research centres, hospitals as well as major pharmaceutical industries, is going to develop a repository for the sharing of pathology data.The 6-year, €70 million project called BIGPICTURE, will herald a new era in pathology. … Read more

Funding Boost for Leeds Based National Research Programme That Aims To Speed Up The Diagnosis Of Diseases


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) led research programme, National Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC), is one of three centres that will benefit from a £50 million funding boost announced today, which will speed up the diagnosis of diseases such as cancer. This funding will scale up the work of existing Centres of Excellence in Digital … Read more

NPIC Unveils European First Leica Digital Pathology Scanner In Leeds

Scanner with NPIC Scientist

Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) with its industry partner Leica Biosystems, a global leader in pathology workflow solutions, has announced that Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) is the first health organisation in Europe to have an Aperio GT 450 DX digital pathology scanner installed. This next-generation imaging system was unveiled at the highly successful Leica Biosystems … Read more

What is Pathology?

Pathology Slides

Pathology is the study of disease. It is the bridge between science and medicine. It underpins every aspect of patient care, from diagnostic testing and treatment advice to using cutting-edge genetic technologies and preventing disease.  Pathologists are experts in illness and disease. They use their expertise to support every aspect of healthcare, from guiding doctors … Read more

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant!

Vacancy image with NPIC logo

Leeds has been at the forefront of digital pathology research and innovation for over 15 years. A major new programme will build on this, bringing together a consortium of 28 academic, clinical and industry partners with a common vision – to create a world leading centre for digital pathology and artificial intelligence. We are looking to … Read more

What is Digital Pathology?

A Person looking at a digital pathology power wall image

Digital pathology is the gathering, managing, sharing and wide interpretation of pathology slides and data in a digital environment. Digital slides are created when glass slides are captured with a scanning device, to provide a high-resolution image that can be viewed on a computer screen or mobile device. The Digital pathology process allows us to … Read more

How I Became a Histopathologist


What are Histopathologist? Histopathologists are doctors who use microscopes to study the tissues and cell samples taken from patients in a variety of tests. How did you get into this role? To become a histopathologist, I first went to medical school and then worked as a junior doctor in several different specialties before deciding to … Read more

Top Digital Pathology Lab Tips

Lab Assistants

Kirsty Geldeart and Chloe Knowles, lab technician and biomedical scientist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), have put together their #TopLabTips for whole slide imaging in the laboratory. Firstly, All labs are different and these tips help our team improve workflow and maintaining our equipment. Number OneRemember to make sure slides are dry before … Read more

What is NPIC?

NPIC Slide puzzle

What is NPIC Phase One? NPIC (Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative) is a unique collaboration between NHS, Academic and Industry partners. NPIC is one of five centres supported from the Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine strand of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, managed and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in 2019. … Read more