Areas of research
Anatomical pathology forms a natural bridge between pure science and clinical medicine and lends itself very well to translational research and collaboration with oncologists to individualise treatment options for patients. Researchers can use antibody, DNA or RNA detection to identify different cell types and processes. Techniques such as genomics and proteomics are being utilised to determine the gene expression profile or the entire protein composition of a diseased tissue.
Utilisation of such techniques not only identifies the genotype and phenotype, but also the metabolic functions which are taking place. This helps provide even more relevant information to the clinician treating the patient and the researcher seeking new and effective therapies.