Beat The Pathologists!

Welcome to our competition! Your goal is to beat the pros and get as many points as possible.

The top 3 people in each age group will win cool prizes:

  • 1st Prize: £50 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Prize: £30 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Prize: £20 Amazon Gift Card

Can you beat the experts?

Have a go at diagnosing diseases in our Beat The Pathologists competition.

Pathologists are scientists who study the causes and effects of diseases. They look at samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes.

In this competition you’ll see exactly what a pathologist does, and you can try your hand at identifying (annotating) different types of tumours to give a diagnosis.

Not sure what a tumour is? It’s a lump on a part of the body caused by an unusual growth of tissue. It can be benign (not harmful) or malignant (cancerous).

The competition

There are four levels in the competition:

  1. Mild
  2. Hot
  3. Spicy
  4. Supercharger

Prizes

There are three categories:

  1. Up to Year 6 (Primary)
  2. Y7 to Y11 (Secondary)
  3. Y12 to Y13 (Sixth Form)

Prizes are awarded to the top three scorers in each category.

  • 1st Prize: £50 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Prize: £30 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Prize: £20 Amazon Gift Card

Everyone receives a Certificate of Participation at the end of the competition.

Ready to enter?

  1. Complete the registration to enter the competition
  2. Take a look at the instructions on how to annotate
  3. Head over to the practice area to get the hang of it
  4. When you're ready, start the competition

Teachers

If you are a teacher, can you help us to get the word out about pathology for pupils interested in science or those looking at a medical career? More Information...

What to annotate?

There are 4 different kinds of cells that need to be dotted on each image:

Positive tumour cell
  • cell color: brown
  • shape: normally larger and round
  • dot color: red
Negative tumour cell
  • cell color: blue
  • shape: normally larger and round
  • dot color: green
Positive non-tumour cell
  • cell color: brown
  • shape: normally smaller and pointy / angulated
  • dot color: yellow
Negative non-tumour cell
  • cell color: blue
  • shape: normally smaller and pointy / angulated
  • dot color: blue

You can have a practice here (Go to Practice) before starting the competition. Also look at the short video which gives you advice on what to look for.

How to annotate?

Step 1: Choose the cell type by pressing Q/A/W/S or by using the selection list

Step 2: Click on the cells to add dots to the image

Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until all of the cells have been annotated

Step 4: Remove dots by pressing the Backspace key or point to a dot with your mouse and press X

Step 5: Press R/H to reveal/hide the correct answers (Practice session only). Press C to clear the annotations and try again

Step 6: After adding all of the dots, press the Enter key or click ‘Display and Submit Dots’

Note:

  1. Please only label cells which are mostly inside of the black square
  2. Not all 4 types of cells may be in each image
  3. Please only use one dot for each cell.
    (More than one dot for each cell may reduce the amount of points you are awarded)
Important Dates
Opening 17/10/2020
Closing 16/11/2020
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