Volume 4 No 2 January 2001
Advances in basic medical sciences and technologies have revolutionised disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Information technology and knowledge dissemination, as well as defining and redefining of diagnostic criteria' by scientific groups, have transformed anatomic diagnosis from the subjective to an objective science ~ as in chronic hepatitis and ulcerative colitis; for diagnosis, treatment monitoring and also analysis of studies.
Molecular markers, IHC, chromosomal analysis and E/M are now routine tools in diagnosis in specialised laboratories. Telemedicine and internet consultations help in accurate diagnosis to reach the all important patient. Laboratory medicine has come out of the confines of yesteryears, to expand into a multispeciality discipline with scientists and technologists joining hands. Such facilities are available in our country in few centres only and financial, as well as, time constraints are major hurdles. Specialised centres should evolve a routine approach process, at affordable rates, and results within a time frame, for the pathologists in distant centres, to utilise their service facilities.
This will provide quality assurance in laboratory service and in particular, anatomic diagnosis. Any thoughts on the problem faced by all pathologists at some time or other? or solutions?
Dr. M. PANCHANADAM
Please send your Annual Membership Fees of Rs. 300 by Demand Draft payable at " Panaji (Goa) " or Rs. 315 if by cheque.
Membership fees for 5 years are now being accepted. The fees are Rs. 1500 by Demand Draft payable at " Panaji Goa) " or Rs. 1530 if by cheque.
Draft / Cheque made payable in favour of " Secretary / Treasurer, IAP-Indian Division". Membership~fees to be sent to: Dr. Francisco Couto Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID 714, La Campala Colony Panaji - 403 001, Goa
It gives me immense pleasure to present you this issue of the IAP ID Newsletter (Vol 4, No. 2, July 2001). I am sure the Newsletter will give the members an opportunity to keep abreast of the various activities of the Indian Division of the International Academy of Pathology.
I yet again appeal to all our members to make sincere efforts to try to arrange financial support fot the IAP~ID Newsletter, so as to make it financially self sufficient. The sponsor you arrange should send in their contribution by way of Demand Draft drawn in favour of "Secretary / Treasurer, IAP - Indian Division" payable at "Panaji (Goa)" and send this to the following address: Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary ~ Treasurer, IAP ID; 714, La Campala Colony, PanaJi, Goa 403 001.
I hope you will find this Newsletter informative and enjoy reading it.
IAP-ID Fourth Annual CME
The 4th Annual CME 2001, of the Indian Division of the International Academy of Pathology will be held on October 1 3th & 1 4th, 2001, at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, on the topic "Predictive Oncology - From Pre Cancer to Metastasis". The Chairperson for the CME is Dr. Roshini Chinoy and Dr. Anita Borges will be the Programme Director.
The role of the pathologist in the management of cancer has traditionally been understood as rendering a morphological diagnosis. However it is becoming abundantly clear that a pathologic diagnosis aione is insufficient information on which to base appropriate treatment or predict behaviour. Pathologists today are expected to provide information on tumor stage, aggressiveness, response to treatment, and prognosis all of which impact significantly on clinical decision making.
The rapid strides being made in genetics and molecular biology have opened the doors to the investigation of cancer risk susceptibility, progression of pre-cancer, prediction of treatment response, the detection and impact of minimal residual disease, and the biological factors that modulate tumour progression and metastasis. Predictive oncology encompasses all of these issues, conventional and modern. It brings a holistic prespective to an old problem i.e. the chance of developing cancer and surviving it.
This symposium will bring together pathologists, scientists, and clinicians as facult,v, to provide an overview of the subject, which special attention to the common cancers of the sub-continent. What is possible and what is practical will be discussed. Although meant primarily for pathologists, clinical oncologists will find the deliberations useful.
The brochure for the IAP-ID 4th Annual CME 2001, would be mailed to all the members of the IAP-ID, by the organisers, Tata Memorial Hospital, at the appropriate time. However, those desirous of more details may contact: Dr. Anita Borges, Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. E. Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 400012.
IAP-ID Mid Year Teaching Programme - 2001
The Mid Year Teaching Programme of the IAP-ID was held on June 2nd and 3rd, 2001, organised by the Department of Pathology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. The Convenor of the Programme was Dr. K. Gayathri while the Chairperson was Dr. C. Sundaram.
The theme of the Mid Year Teaching Programme was "Interpretation of Trephine Biopsy of the Bone Marrow" and elicited a tremendous response with 182 delegates registering from all over the country.
The Inaugural function of the IAP-ID Mid Year Teaching Programme 2001
The programme began The Inaugural function of the MP-ID Mid Year with a brief inaugural TeachingProgramme2001 function presided over by Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan, the President of the IAP-ID, who was the Chief Guest. Dr. Panchanadam inaugurated the Workshop with the lighting of the traditional lamp. Padmashri Prof. Kakarla Subbarao, Director, Nizem's Institute of Medical Sciences, released the Proceedings booklet of the workshop. Also gracing the occasion was Prof. S Mohan Das, Dean, NIMS; Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID, who welcomed the delegates on behalf of the IAP-ID; and Dr. K. Gayathri, the Convenor of the Programme.
The Scientific Sessions were extremely well planned and presented and the topic was exhaustively covered by the facualty. The distinguished facualty included Dr. Tejinder Singh, New Delhi; Dr. Sudha Rani, Nepal; Dr. Debdatta Basu, Pondicherry; Dr. K. Gayathri, Dr. M. Srinivas, Dr. C. Sundaram, Dr. T. Roshni Paul and Dr. Vanajakshi all from Hyderabad.
The topics discussed were Bone Marrow Biopsy - An Overview, Marrow Failure, Acute Leukemias, Myeloproliferative disorders, Lymphoproliferative disorders, Plasma Cell Discrasias, Non Hematological Malignancies, Systemic Disorders and Disorders of the RE system, Morphological changes in AIDS, Marrow Morphology in MDS, Uncommon and Abnormal Morphology, Aids to Marrow biopsy interpretation, and Clinicopathological Corelations. An intresting feature was the discussion of Clinical cases by physicians invited to participate and interpretation of the Bone Marrow Trephine which stimulated lively discussion.
Some of the Faculty Members with President and Secretary & Treasurer IAP-ID.
Glass slides for viewing w~re available for the participants. Besides these cases were ably demonstrated on CCTV for the benefit of the participants and all modern audio visual aids were effectively made use of. Each session was followed by good interaction and discussion between the faculty and the delegates. A very informative proceedings booklet was also provided to each delegate.
The Mid Year Teaching Programme was extremely well organised and much appreciated by ail present. At the short valedictory function, Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary & Treasurer IAP-ID, lauded the excellent organisation of the workshop and expressed immense thanks, on behalf of the IAP-ID, to Dr. K. Gayathri and her team, as well as the Facualty members of the Programme.
Guest Speaker for IAP-ID Annual Meeting 2001
This year for the IAP-ID Annual Meeting 2001 at Mumbai our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Antonio G. Nascimento, Professor of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. For the benefit of the members a brief biodata of Dr. Nascimento is given hereunder:
Dr. Antonio G. Nascimento
Born in Brazil in 1948, Dr. Antonio G. Nascimento is now an American citizen. He is currently Professor of Pathology, Mayo School of Medicine and Consultant, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America.
He did his medical education at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and subsequently did his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre, Jackson, Mississippi and Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and Fellowship in Surgical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Nascimento has obtained his Board Certification from the American Board of Pathology, in Anatomic Pathology, in 1979. He also has his medical licensure for the states of Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.
Previous to his current position at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Antonio Nascimento held the Chair, Department of Anatomic Pathology, Instituto Nacional de Cancer' Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1979 to 1990. He has been awarded various awards like Chief Resident, Department of Pathology, The University of Mississippi Medical Centre, Teacher of the year, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, The Mayo Fellows Association; and Great Scientific Benefactor, The Brazilian Society of Pathology.
He is actively involved in educational activities like the Curriculum Course Development for Soft Tissue Tumours; CME Courses on "Practical Surgical Pathology" and "Multidisciplinary Course of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumours"; Pathophysiology Course for Mayo School of Medicine; and participation in Pediatric Tumour Board.
Dr. Antonio Nascimento has been a prolific writer and has writter books, book chapters and large number of scientific publications and abstracts. He has been a popular invited speaker for various conferences and meets all over the world and visiting Professor to many Medical Institutions.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Surgical Pathology; Advances in Anatomic Pathology; Skeletal Radiology; and Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology. Dr. Nascimento is the Chair, Anatomic Pathology Section Teleconference Committee, Amencan Society of Clinical Pathologists, Chicago, Illinois; he is a member of United States and Candian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Patholigists, Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS), The International Skeletal Society (ISS), Head and Neck Pathology Society, European Society of Pathology (ESP) and The Latin American Society of Pathology (SLAP).
The Indian Division of the International Academy of Pathology is greatly honoured to have Dr. Antonio G. Nascimento as the speaker for its Annual Meeting to be held on December 13th, 2001, at Mumbai.
IAP -ID Academic Activities 2002
As per the decision of the General Body Meeting held on 16th November 2000 at Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, and with a view to aid the Secretary & Treasurer in the planning of the next years programmes of the IAP-ID, the following announcement is made:
The IAP-ID has the following programmes during the course of the year -
Year Teaching Programme (usually a Workshop);
Those members desirous of organizing and hosting the Mid Year Teaching Programme 2002 or the 5th IAP-ID Annual CME 2002 should send their concrete proposals with the theme of the meeting to the Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Francisco Couto.
For the Annual Meeting 2002 (held along with the IAPM Conference), those desirous of being the Moderators for the Symposium or Slide Seminar should send in their names along with the proposed title of the Symposium or Slide Seminar to the Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID.
All proposals should reach the Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID, by October 15th 2001, so as the same proposals could be discussed and approved by the Council and General Body of the IAP-ID.
should be sent to:
IAP-ID Annual Meeting Programme 2001
Medical College and Nair Hospital, Mumbai
8.00 a.m. - 8.45 a.m.
a.m. - 9.15 a.m.
a.m. -1 0.15 a.m.
a.m. - 10.45 a.m.
a.m. - 12.45 p.m.
p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Slide Sets on Mediastinal
Slides sets on "Mediastinal Lesions" would be available for sale for those members wishing to view the glass slides before the Slide Seminar to be conducted by Dr. Kusum Joshi, at the IAP-ID Annual Meeting at Mumbai.
Those desirous of purchasing a Slide Set should contact Dr. Kusum Joshi at the following address before September 10th. 2001:
Joint Meeting of British Division IAP with the Pathological Society of Great Britain
July 3 - 6, 2001, Liverpool
Contact: Administrative Secretary of the Bntish Division, Carol Harris, PO Box 73, Westbury on Trym Bnstol BS9 1 RY, UK.
Ph: 0117 907 7940
Fax: 0117 907 7941
British Division Webstite: http://www.le.ac.uk/pa/pnfL/IAP/iaphome.htm
European Congress of Pathology - European Society of Patbology
and Opportunities in Pathology
Congress of the International Academy of Pathology Arab Division
Asia Pacific Association of Societies of Pathologists Congress
International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology
Secretary and Treasurer's Column
Dr. Francisco Couto
My warmest greeting and good wishes to you all.
The academic activities of the lAPID for this year started on a splendid note with the highly successful Mid Year Teaching Programme held on 2nd and 3rd June at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. The theme for the programme was on "Interpretation of Trephine Biopsy of the Bone Marrow". There was a very large response from the delgates, for this excellently organised workshop. The IAP-ID expresses its gratitude and thanks to Dr. K Gayathri and her team for the highly appreciated Mid Year Teaching Programme.
Later this year, on 13th and 14th October, we have the 4th Annual CME to be organised by Dr. Roshini Chinoy and Dr. Anita Borges, at the Tata Memorial Hospital, on the topic of "Predictive Oncology". This has evoked keen interest amoungst the members and I am sure there will be an enthuastic response for the CME.
The Annual Meeting of the IAP-ID will be on 13th December at Mumbai, in conjunction with the IAPM conference. There is a Guest Lecture on "Rhabdomyosarcomas" to be delivered by Dr. Antonio G. Nascimento from Mayo clinic, Rochester, USA. There is also a Slide Seminar on "Mediastinal Lesions" to be moderated by Dr. Kusum Joshi, Chandigarh and a Symposium on "Vtility of Kidney Biopsy in Clinical Practice" moderated by Dr. N. U. Ranadive, Mumbai. I am sure the Annual Meeting will proove to be of immense interest to the participants and I invite you all to attend in large numbers.
Once again I appeal to all the members who have not paid their membership dues for this year, or are in arrears, to kindly pay their dues immediately.
The IAP-ID thanks M/s J. Mitra B Co. Ltd for financial support to the IAP-ID Newsletter obtained through the good offices of the Secretary B Treasurer, IAP-ID.
I look forwards to meeting you at Mumbai later this year.
Secretariat: Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID 714, La Campala Colony Panaji - 403 001, Goa
Dr. Francisco Couto