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Roy Ruddle, Darren Treanor, Rebecca Randell, Rhys Thomas & Phil Quirke (University of Leeds, Leeds, England)Histopathology is the medical science of examining tissue to diagnose and understand disease. For 100 years, histopathologists have diagnosed cancer and other diseases by using a microscope to examine glass slides containing thin sections of human tissue. Histopathology slides can be digitised to form “virtual slides”, but for diagnosis these virtual slides have to be incredibly detailed (often 80,000 x 100,000 pixels). Current virtual slide systems are far too slow to be used in clinical diagnosis but, by combining VR technology with “giga-pixel” displays, we are developing a system that allows histopathologists to make diagnoses faster, but as accurately, as with a conventional microscope. Our project is a collaboration between researchers in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and the School of Computing (both at the University of Leeds) and practising histopathologists in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. We are evaluating our VR microscope with consultant & trainee histopathologists, for both diagnosis and the education of medical students. The techniques we are using to develop the VR microscope would also benefit many other types of biolog