RCPAQAP/AACB Porphyrins Symposium 2023

A one-day symposium organised by the RCPAQAP/AACB Porphyrins Advisory Committee, supported by experienced clinicians and patients.

Registration Fee: AUD$275.00


Target audience: Clinicians from all backgrounds who may potentially encounter cases, laboratory scientists and Pathologists involved in diagnostic testing, patients and anybody with an interest in knowing more about Porphyria.

Areas to be covered: General background and clinical situations where it is important to think about Porphyria. Also diagnostic testing, including genotyping, quality assurance and where assay developments are occurring. Both patient and clinician perspectives on management and challenges faced, together with insight into new treatment advances.

Expected outcomes: To understand the patho-physiology of Porphyria and know when to suspect it. To know how to exclude porphyria in an acute situation and how to proceed with diagnostic testing when a case is suspected. To have a greater understanding of all perspectives and to promote greater cooperation at the laboratory-clinician interface.


09:15 – 09:25  Introduction – Chris Florkowski/Peter Graham
09:25-09:45 Biochemistry of Porphyria- Joel Smith
09:45-10:25 Porphyria Diagnosis and Management, Clinical and laboratory Integration- Gayle Ross/ Virginia Cronin
10:25- 10:40  Q/A Session

10:40 – 11:10 Morning Tea

11:10 – 11:30 Role of Genetics in Porphyria – Jole Bojovic
11:30 – 11:50 RCPAQAP Porphyria cases for comment– Joel Smith
11:50 – 12:05 A challenging case – Chris Florkowski
12:05- 12:10 Q/A Session

12:10 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:20 How good are our assays? Feedback from RCPAQAP – Abrar Taif
13:20 – 13:40 Where do our assays need to be? Ongoing developments – Chris Sies
13:40 – 14:00 A patient’s perspective of Porphyria – Brad Pearson
14:00- 15:00 Open Discussion

15:00 – 15:20 Afternoon tea

15:20 – 15:50 A copro-porphyria family. Challenges and progress – Cindy Towns
15:50 – 16:20 TBA
16:20 – 16:30 Open discussion & Conclusion


12/05/2023 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
New Zealand Standard Time
The George 50 Park Terrace CHRISTCHURCH 8013 NEW ZEALAND