Number 2 2005
Report on the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting
Report on the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Division
This meeting was another success story. We had three international speakers.
On Saturday, Dr David Weedon, Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane, held the audience in suspense with his Oscar winning performance on skin conditions. After his talk, the President, Warick Delprado presented David with a Distinguished Pathologist Award of the Division.
On Sunday, Dr Jennifer Hunt, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
USA, led us gently but thoroughly through “Head and Neck pathology.”
She beautifully illustrated the use of morphological diagnosis and the
ancillary approach of molecular pathology.
Dominic Spagnolo in delivering the Vincent McGovern Memorial Lecture
gave an erudite talk on “NK lymphoma.” This difficult topic
was well presented to those neophytes in the audience as well as to the
The International Congress in Brisbane in 2004 was voted “the best meeting yet” by the President of the IAP, Professor Ushigome. When the final accounts were known, it was found that it had resulted in the third largest disbursement of funds from an International Congress. The chief organiser of the Congress, Robin Cooke, was not able to attend the Annual Meeting because he was giving invited lectures on Infectious Diseases to the Bolivian, Chilean and Argentinian Divisions of the IAP. Bob Eckstein who organized the outstanding Scientific Programme was on hand to receive the thanks of the Board and the membership. Both of them were presented with Special Service Awards for their efforts in running the Congress. They were ably assisted by a large number of individuals from the Division and from abroad. The Board wishes to acknowledge and thank all of these for their untiring efforts in making the Congress the success that it was. It could not have happened without the wholehearted support of all members of the Division. It was wonderful to note that there were 518 delegates from Australia and 48 from New Zealand. It was also very encouraging to see so many Trainees attending the Congress. We all hope that they were stimulated and encouraged in their pursuit of a career in Pathology by their attendance.
A Distinguished Service Award was presented to Peter Cropley, the foundation Secretary/Treasurer of the Division. He was also the founding Editor of the News Letter of the Division. This was one of the first such Newsletters to be published by a Division of the IAP. His award was richly deserved.
Poster Prize Winners
Richard Jaworski continues to run the website of the Division.
The 2006 meeting will be held at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre,
Sydney, June 1-3, 2006. It will be based on Uro-oncology. The speakers
will be Dr David Grignon, Professor of Pathology at Wayne State University
Michigan, and Dr William Murphy recently from the University of Florida.
I would like to encourage current members of the IAP to convince younger
pathologists to join. There are multiple benefits to being a member. These
are subsidised fees for our local meeting as well as the international
and American meetings. It is through our subscription fees and our annual
meeting that we are able to continue as a successful division of the IAP.
In particular I would like to encourage registrars to join. The 2006 meeting
will have a specific session devoted to registrars. This would involve
a practical approach to aspects of pathology and will be exclusively for
people in training.
John Pedersen, President.
Meet the new Executive
John Pedersen works at Tissupath and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. His research interests include prostate cancer, stem cells, and fibrosis in Hepatitis C infections. His other interests include breeding Long Horn Wiltshire sheep.
Stephen Fairy holds a B.App.Sci in medical laboratory science and studied medicine at Newcastle University. He trained in Anatomical Pathology at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and ICPMR at Westmead. He has been with Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology since 2003. His main professional interests are in the field of genitourinary pathology.
Jane Nankervis works at Southern ImL Pathology in Wollongong.
She has worked there since completing her training (St George Hospital,
Sydney and The Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead). Her main areas
of interest are gastrointestinal pathology and skin pathology.
Special Executive Meeting
PRESENT: John Pedersen, Warick Delprado,
Stephen Fairy, Con Theocharous, Jane Nankervis, Veli Marjoniemi, Robin
Cooke, Bob Eckstein, Richard Jaworski, Jan McLean, Rayleen Jovanovic
Annual Scientific Meeting
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Preparations are well underway for the 100th Anniversary Congress of the IAP to be held in Montreal.
Visit www.iap2006.com to review the preliminary scientific and social programs. For this unique anniversary celebration, we are also planning a number of special events, including the preparation of a time capsule destined for our fellow pathologists in the years to come, to which you will be invited to contribute.
To better confirm and manage your participation, the Congress is moving
to an exclusively online registration process. Poster abstracts, congress
registration and hotel bookings will all be available at www.iap2006.com
in the fall.
Dates of future Annual Scientific Meetings of the Australasian
Division of the IAP
Slide Seminar Books with CDs from Congress 2004
Some of these seminars are still available. They are useful dissertations
on the various topics covered in the Slide Seminars at the Congress.
2006 sees a number of changes to the Board of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Warick Delprado completed his successful term as President, but will continue to serve on Board as Past President. John Pedersen has the honour of becoming the next President. Brett Delahunt is President Elect. Stephen Fairy is Secretary and Jane Nankervis is Treasurer.
Perhaps the most notable change to the Executive is the departure of Con Theocharous and Veli-Matti Marjoniemi. Both leave the Board with long and distinguished records of service. Con has served tirelessly in his capacity as secretary for an unprecedented 10 years and it is not without some sense of trepidation that I take his place. Having served as treasurer for 6 years, Veli also elected to stand down from this position.
On behalf of the membership, the incoming Board wishes to pass on to Con and Veli its gratitude for the enormous contribution they have made to the Division and to congratulate them on their many achievements.
Other Members of the Board
Stephen Fairy, Hon. Secretary
Trends in Surgical Pathology
This meeting will be held in the Frank Packer Education Centre,
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on the 16th of November, 2005 commencing
This is an annual slide seminar meeting held under the auspices
of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
This year some slides will be scanned onto DVDs to enable a wider range of cases to be presented, and to include some with only a small amount of biopsy material available.
It is as yet uncertain how much the DVDs and slide sets
will cost. This will be announced in one of the forthcoming College newsletters.
For more details and/or an order form
for the slide sets, please phone or email one of us.
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