Volume 6 No1 July 2003
Let me begin by thanking the members of the IAP-ID for the honour they have done me by electing me as President. I hope that I will fulfill their expectations in the best traditions of the IAP and that of its Indian Division.
The Indian Division of the IAP, which started out as a fledging society, very much in the shadow of the older and more robust IAPM, has now come of age. Thanks to the efforts of its past Presidents, Secretaries and Council members, the Academy has become a vibrant force for continuing professional education in Pathology in this country. Its membership has increased steadily, with many young pathologists swelling its ranks. Here I must mention in a special way the untiring efforts of the dynamic Secretary of the Academy, Dr. Francisco Couto, to whom the credit for running the affairs of the organization and improving the membership drive is largely due. In recognition of his contributions to the Academy, the IAP has appointed him a member of its Education Committee. I congratulate Dr. Couto and look forwards to his continued contribution and association with the Indian Division and the IAP.
The IAP-ID through the good offices of its members conducts two teaching programmes every year apart from its annual conference. All these are well attended. It is however, a matter of regret that few Indian pathologists are able to attend the biennial meeting of the parent body. I believe that the Indian experience is no different from that of its neighbours and other developing countries. It is also true that the IAP conference has seldom, if ever, been held in this part of the world due to logistics involved in bidding for, and organizing such a meet. As a consequence, material from the developing world is seldom highlighted at these meetings. The time is ripe for us to forge links with the IAP divisions of our neighbours to discuss issues of mutual interest.
The IAP-ID in keeping with its parent body must focus on issues related
to anatomic pathology. In this regard, it would be fitting and proper
to initiate and support activities that would improve the manner in which
surgical pathology is practiced in this country. Standardisation of surgical
pathology reporting, EQA activities in histopathology, sponsorship of
histo-technologist training courses, are some of the initiatives I believe
the Indian Division should be thinking about.
Please send your Annual Membership Fees of Rs. 300 by Demand Draft payable at " Panaji (Goa) " or Rs. 325 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. 1550 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.
The IAP-ID Newsletter is in its 6th year of publication and it gives me great happiness to present you with the current issue ( Vol 6, No 1, January 2003).
It has been my constant endevour to make the Newsletter interesting, informative, relevant and provide members with salient features of the activities of the Division and other useful inputs for the benefit of members. Great attention and effort goes in trying to constantly maintain and upgrade both the form and content to the highest standards of excellence.
As has been oft pointed out in the past the main limitation has been
getting sponsors for the Newsletter so as to make it self sustaining and
in pursuit of this objective the vigorous efforts of all the members in
arranging sponsors and advertisers for the Newsletter would be highly
appreciated. The sponsors / advertisers you arrange should send in their
advertisement material and Demand Drafts in favour of “ Secretary
& Treasurer, IAP – Indian Division ” payable at “
Panaji ( Goa )” and send it to the following address:
New Office Bearers
The IAP-ID congratulates and welcomes Dr. ANITA M. BORGES the incoming President and Lt. Gen. J. R. BHARDWAJ the new Council Member who were elected at the Annual Meeting held at Kolkata on 12 th December 2002. Their brief biodata is given below for the benefit of the members.
Dr. Anita Borges is a renowned surgical pathologist and is currently Professor of Pathology and In Charge of Surgical Pathology at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, which is India’s premier Cancer Institute. Dr. Borges has been at the Tata Memorial Hospital for the last 22 years. Dr. Borges graduated from the Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai where she obtained her MBBS degree and later MD in Pathology. She is also a FRC Path ( England). She trained in oncological histopathology at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in London, UK, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, USA. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of India.
She has over 100 published papers to her credit and is the
recipient of many awards including those for teaching. She has delivered
several prestigious orations and is a much sought and admired speaker
on the lecture circuit having been invited to speak on innumerable occasions
at CME’s, Symposia and Seminars on medical and non-medical subjects
at national and international fora.
Her main areas of professional interest and most of her published
work are in Head & Neck cancer, especially oral cancer, and the mechanisms
Born in 1943, Lt. Gen. J. R. Bharadwaj is currently the Director
General Hospital Services ( Armed Forces ) and Colonel Commandant having
been commissioned and joined the Armed Forces Medical Services in June
Having a long and distinguished service in the Armed Forces
Medical Services Gen. Bharadwaj has served in various capacities over
the years such as Medical Officer, Pathologist at various Command Hospitals,
Professor and Head of Department of Pathology at the Armed Forces Medical
College, Pune, Head of Pathology Department, Army Hospital ( R & R
), Delhi, Commandant Armed Forces Medical Stores Depot, Delhi, Additional
Director General Armed Forces Medical Services and now Director General
Hospital Services ( Armed Forces ) being responsible amoungst other things
for manpower management and medical education, training and research in
the Armed Forces Medical Services.
Gen. Bharadwaj is a much decorated person having received many awards such as Major General Amir Chand Gold Medal for best research work in 1983 and 1992, Lt. Gen. R. S. Hoon Award for best research in Haematology in 1993 and 1995, Air Marshal Ajit Nath Gurshanti Devi Award for best research paper in 1994, GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation Medal, COAS Commendation Medal, Vishishth Seva Medal awarded for outstanding services to the Armed Forces in 2000 during the Kargil conflict and Ati Vishishth Seva Medal awarded for exceptionally outstanding and meritorious service including service during the Gujarat earthquake.
Lt. Gen. J. R. Bharadwaj is on the panel of experts in Pathology at the Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ), Government of India, Life Member of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists ( IAPM ), Member of the International Academy of Pathology – Indian Division ( IAP – ID ) and has been a member of the Board of Studies – Medical Faculty, University of Delhi from 1995 to 1997 and the Dean Medical Faculty Army Hospital ( R & R ) from 1995 to 1997.
The IAP-ID congratulates Gen. Bharadwaj on his election and welcomes him as a Councillor.
DR. PANCHANADAM MADANAGOPALAN – our grateful thanks to Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan who finishes her term as the President of the IAP-ID. Dr. Panchanadam has served the IAP-ID with dedication both as President and earlier as Council member. The IAP-ID wishes her well. Dr. Panchanadam shall continue to serve the IAP-ID as an Ex-officio Council Member.
XXV Congress of The International Academy of Pathology
Brisbane, Queensland Australia
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th October 2004
The IAP-ID heartily congratulates DR. FRANCISCO COUTO, Secretary & Treasurer of the IAP-ID, on his appointment by the International Academy of Pathology
( IAP ) as a member of Education Committee of the IAP. The IAP-ID wishes Dr. Couto all success in his new assignment.
IAP-ID Annual Meeting 2002, Kolkata
The Annual Meeting of the IAP-ID was held on 12 th December 2002 at Science City, Kolkata, and was widely attended by delegates from all over India. The IAP-ID was honoured to have Dr. Antonio Llombart-Bosch from Spain, a past President of the IAP, attending the meeting.
The meeting started with a brief Inaugural function presided over by Dr. K. K. Bhattacharya, one of the senior most Pathologists from Kolkata who inaugurated the meeting and released the Proceedings Booklet. The meeting was graced by Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan, President of the IAP-ID, Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary & Treasurer of the IAP-ID and Dr. Subir K. Dutta, the Organising Secretary.
The Guest Lecture was delivered by Dr. Sunil R. Lakhani, Professor of
Breast Cancer Pathology at the Breakthrough Toby Robbins Breast Cancer
Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Research ( ICR ) and Head of Breast
Pathology at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Prof.
Lakhani delivered a very erudite lecture on “ Recent Developments
in the Molecular Pathology of Breast Cancer ” which was greatly
appreciated by all present. The IAP-ID expresses its gratitude and thanks
to Dr. Lakhani.
In the post lunch session there was the Symposium on “Leukemias: From Diagnosis to Prognosis – The Current Senario” ably moderated by Lt. Col. D. K. Mishra ( Pune ). All aspects of the current status of Leukemias was exhaustively and wonderfully discussed by Lt. Col. Mishra and his panelists Dr. Tejinder Singh ( New Delhi ), Dr. Purvish Parikh ( Mumbai ) and Dr. K. Gayathri ( Hyderabad ) and was well received by the audience.
The Scientific Programme was followed by the General Body Meeting of the IAP-ID. The President of the IAP-ID, Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan, chaired the meeting and called the meeting to order. The Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Francisco Couto, read out the Annual Report for 2002, the Minutes of the last General Body Meeting held on 13 th December 2001 at Mumbai as well as the audited statement of Accounts for 2002, and these were duly approved by the members. Members were highly appreciative of Dr. Couto for further enhancing the finances of the IAP-ID. The 2 year term of the President, Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan, having been completed elections were held and Dr. Anita Borges ( Mumbai ) was elected as the new President of the IAP-ID. Dr. Anita Borges was congratulated by the outgoing President Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan and the Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Francisco Couto, and all the members present. In her acceptance address Dr. Anita Borges thanked the members for having bestowed on her the honour of serving as President and promised to work hard for the IAP-ID and scale new heights of excellence.
Dr. Anita Borges having completed her 2 year term as Councillor elections were held for this post and Lt. Gen. J. R. Bharadwaj ( New Delhi ) was elected as the new Councillor. Gen. Bharadwaj was congratulated by Dr. Panchanadam, Dr. Couto and the other members present. Dr. Couto also thanked Dr. Anita Borges the out going Councillor for her dedicated services to the IAP-ID in that capacity. It was decided that the Annual Meeting 2003 would be held at Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa. Besides the Guest Lecture by invited foreign speaker it was decided that the meeting would include a Slide Seminar on “Lesions of the Ear & Paranasal Sinuses” to be moderated by Dr. K. Uma Chaturvedi ( New Delhi )and a Symposium on the topic of “Neuromuscular Disorders” to be moderated by Dr. C. Sundaram ( Hyderabad ). The Mid Year Teaching Programme 2003 was allotted to Dr. Manjit Singh Bal of Government Medical College, Patiala, on the topic “ Immunohistochemistry in the Diagnosis of Lymphoma and Small Round Cell Tumours”. The 6 th IAP-ID Annual CME 2003 was allotted to Dr. N. Jayaram of Anand Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Bangalore, and will be a CME on “ Telepathology” .
It was decided by the General Body that for the post of Vice President ( Asia ) of the IAP the official candidate of the IAP-ID should be the immediate past President as that person would be well versed with recent matters regarding the IAP-ID and be in a better position to interact in the IAP, if elected. Dr. Couto clarified to members that this was merely an official candidate of the IAP-ID for that post and actual election of the individual to the post depended on the IAP. The Secretary & Treasurer had earlier informed members that, Dr. A. N. Srivastava, Lucknow, had earlier sent in his request and then attended the Council Meeting of the IAP at Amsterdam in October 2002 as a representative of Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan and Dr. Francisco Couto ( the official Councillors of the IAP representing the Indian Division). Members resolved that Dr. A. N. Srivastava be asked to immediately provide a report on the meeting he attended and send it to the Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID. Members also felt that many times various members attend various meetings of the IAP, present papers, etc, and it would be nice if such members sent in such information to the Secretary & Treasurer so as the IAP-ID is aware of the activities of members and their achievements and other meritorious work and this would help to include this information in the Newsletter whenever needed.
The Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Francisco Couto, informed the members that, besides the information regarding the IAP-ID being available on the IAP Home Page, the IAP-ID now also has its own web site thanks to the painstaking efforts of Dr. John Marshall Johnson, Bangalore. On behalf of the IAP-ID Dr. Couto expressed gratitude and thanks to Dr. Johnson and appreciated his fine efforts on behalf of the IAP-ID.
Dr. Francisco Couto, the Secretary & Treasurer, expressed gratitude and thanks to Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan for her distinguished services as President. The Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Couto, also thanked Dr. Bishan Radotra, Secretary IAPM, for having graciously consented to having the IAP-ID Annual Meeting in conjunction with the IAPM Conference. On behalf of the IAP-ID, Dr. Francisco Couto, the Secretary & Treasurer, expressed warm appreciation and thanks to Dr. Subir K. Dutta, the Organising Secretary, for hosting the meeting. The out going President Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan thanked the members for their support during her tenure and also expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Secretary & Treasurer for his support and cooperation. Dr. Panchanadam Madanagopalan then formally handed over the Presidential Medallion to the new President Dr. Anita Borges after which the meeting was concluded and declared closed by the President.
Secretary and Treasurer's
The last Annual Meeting of the IAP-ID was held at Science City, Kolkata, on 12 th December 2002 and was a great success. On behalf of the IAP-ID, our thanks are due to Dr. Subir K Dutta, the Organising Secretary for the excellent arrangements for the conduct of the meeting. Our gratitude and thanks are also due to Dr. Sunil R. Lakhani, London, United Kingdom, the Guest Speaker, and Dr. Asitava Mondal and Lt. Col. D. K. Mishra and their teams for providing an interesting scientific session. Earlier in April the Mid Year Teaching Programme was held at Chennai, Dr. V. V. Taralakshmi being the Organising Secretary. Subsequently in October the 5 th IAP-ID Annual CME was held at Mumbai under the tutelage of Dr. R. B. Deshpande. The IAP-ID expresses its gratitude and thanks to Dr. V. V. Taralakshmi and Dr. R. B. Deshpande and their teams for all the trouble and pains they took in conducting these academic programmes on behalf of the IAP-ID.
This year too we have regular academic programmes scheduled throughout the year. The Mid Year Teaching Programme will be held by Dr. Manjit Singh Bal at Patiala on the topic of “Immunohistochemistry in the Diagnosis of Lymphoma and Small Round Cell Tumours”. The 6 th Annual CME will be at Bangalore organized by Dr. N. Jayaram on “Telepathology”. The Annual Meeting will be held in Bhubhaneswar, Orissa, in conjunction with the IAPM Conference and would include a Guest Lecture by an invited foreign speaker, a Slide Seminar on “ Lesions of the Ear and Paranasal Sinuses” and a Symposium on “ Neuromuscular Disorders”. I invite all of you to attend these programmes and to take active part in them.
The IAP-ID thanks Dr. John Marshall Johnson, Bangalore, for all his painstaking
efforts in setting up a web site for the IAP-ID. Your efforts are much
appreciated Dr. Johnson.
My earnest appeal to all members who have not yet paid their membership
dues for this year, or are in arrears, to kindly pay their dues immediately.
Dr. Francisco Couto
The 5th IAP-ID Annual CME was held on October 12 th and 13 th, 2002, at the P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, on the very interesting theme “ Imaging for Pathologists”. Dr. R. B. Deshpande was the Organising Secretary of the CME. The CME evoked a very good response and was well attended by a very interested and intrigued audience of Pathologists from all over the country.
The CME began with a short Inaugural function at which Dr. Anita Borges, eminent Surgical Pathologist, was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the CME. The IAP-ID was represented by Dr. Francisco Couto, the Secretary & Treasurer, who welcomed the delegates on behalf of the IAP-ID.
The Scientific Sessions were excellent and of very high quality and the topics were very ably discussed by the eminent faculty namely Dr. R. B. Deshpande, Dr. Ravi Ramakant, Dr. Raju Wadhwani, Dr. Rajan Sukhtankar, Dr. Meher Ursekar, Dr. B. A. Krishna, Dr. Jagdish Modhe, Dr. B. K. Mishra, Dr. Srinivas Desai, Dr. Anirudh Kolhi, Dr. Neerad Mehta and Dr. Santosh Gupta. The full gamut of various imaging modalities and their relelevance and relationship to Pathology were exhaustively covered and each topic was followed by a discussion session at which delegates and faculty freely interacted and voiced their views and experiences. The CME was extremely well organized and a very fruitful experience.
At the brief concluding session Dr. Francisco Couto, on behalf of the IAP-ID, congratulated and thanked Dr. R. B. Deshpande for the wonderful CME.
of the IAP-ID
Immunohistochemistry in the Diagnosis of Lymphoma and
Small Round Cell Tumours
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