Volume 10 No 1 January 2007
Let me start by wishing you all a very healthy, peaceful, prosperous & productive 2007. I thank the members & the executive for reposing their faith in me & bestowing the honour of this chair on me. It will be my most sincere endeavor to do justice to this faith & live up to this honour. I am sure the very able support of our dynamic Secretary & Treasurer Dr. Francisco Couto will make this an easy task for me.
This year, like the previous ones, is bringing us a very good set of teaching programmes. The first, the Mid Year Teaching Programme, is on a topic of interest to all practicing pathologists, i.e. “CME on Male genital & urinary system” and is being conducted by old hands at teaching programmes. I am sure the highly skilled Mumbai group will do an excellent job.
The second programme, the Annual CME, on “Lesions of Soft tissues”,
covers an area less encountered, but more problematic. This again is in
the able hands of Dr. C. Sundaram from Hyderabad, who has been actively
involved in the academic activities of the IAP-ID for over 2 decades.
I am sure the academic menu will be as enticing as the culinary spread
that Hyderabad is famous for.
I hope to meet & interact with many of you at the CMEs. I would
wholeheartedly welcome any suggestions for improvement of our activities.
Secretary and Treasurer's Column
Let me begin by wishing you and your families a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2007. I extend a very warm welcome to all the new members who have joined the IAP-ID this year and look forwards to their active participation and contribution to the activities of the Division.
On behalf of the IAP-ID I would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Dr. Sujay Prasad and his team for the wonderful arrangements in hosting the IAP-ID Annual Meeting held on the 6th December 2006 at Bangalore. The deepest thanks and gratitude of the IAP-ID is also due to Dr. S. K. Shankar (Chairman), Dr. Sujay Prasad (Organizing Secretary) and the Organizing Committee of APCON 2006 Bangalore for their generous contribution of Rs. 25,000 to the IAP-ID. Our thanks are also due to the Guest Speaker Dr.Runjan Chetty, from Canada, and, to Dr. Daksha Prabhat & Dr. Pradeep Vaideeshwar and their team (Slide Seminar on "Pathology of Infections & Infestations") and to Col. S. Satyanarayana and his team (Symposium on "Prostate Pathology") for their wonderful scientific presentations.
We have very interesting academic programmes this year and I am sure members of the IAP-ID will take the opportunity to update their knowledge in various areas of Pathology being covered. The Mid Year Teaching Programme will be held on 24th and 25th February 2007 at the T. N. Medical College and B Y L Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on "Pathology of Renal and Male Genital System" to be organized by Dr. N. K. Bahal and his team. I am sure that the Programme will be a very fruitful and interesting experience for all the participants. Later, in July, we will have the IAP-ID 10th Annual CME on the very current topic of "Tumour and Tumour like lesions of Soft Tissues" to be conducted by Dr. C. Sundaram and her team at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. In December, we will have the IAP-ID Annual Meeting along with the IAPM National Conference. Besides the Guest Lecture and a Slide Seminar by the invited foreign speaker, the scientific programme includes a Slide Seminar on "Melanotic Lesions of Skin" to be moderated by Dr. Manoj Singh (New Delhi) and a Symposium on "Interstitial Lung Diseases" to be moderated by Dr. Kusum Joshi (Chandigarh). I urge the members to attend these academic programmes of the IAP-ID in large numbers.
On behalf of the IAP-ID I would like to thank M/s
Vinay Brothers Diagnostics, New Delhi, for their advertisements in this
years publications of the IAP-ID. This was arranged through the good offices
of Dr. K. Uma Chaturvedi, New Delhi, for which the IAP-ID expresses its
gratitude and thanks.
I end by sending my warmest good wishes to you and your families.
Dr. Francisco Couto
It is my happy privilege to present to you this issue of the IAP-ID Newsletter
(Vol 10, No 1, January 2007). I apologize for the late release of the
Newsletter which was delayed due to lack of a sponsor until now.
For the health and robust growth of the Newsletter it has to be self
financing so as not to drain the corpus of the IAP-ID. I earnestly appeal
to all members to use your good offices to arrange sponsors and advertisers
for the IAP-ID Newsletter. The sponsors / advertisers should send 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: Dr.Francisco Couto, Secretary &
Treasurer, IAP-Indian Division, 714, La Campala Colony, Behind Ketan Apartments,
Panaji - 403001, Goa.
Dr. Francisco Couto
New Office Bearers
IAP – ID Academic Activities 2008
The IAP-ID has the following programmes during the course of the year
Those members desirous of organizing and hosting the Mid Year Teaching Programme 2008 or the 11th IAP-ID Annual CME 2008 should send their concrete proposals with the theme of the meeting to the Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Francisco Couto.
For the Annual Meeting 2008 (held along with the IAPM Conference), those
desirous of being Moderators for the Symposium or Slide Seminar should
send in their names along with the proposed title of the Symposium and
Slide Seminar to the Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID. Also as per the
decision of the General Body of the IAP-ID certain topics have been suggested
as possible subjects for the Slide Seminar and Symposium. Members desirous
of being Moderators for any of these topics should send their names to
the Secretary & Treasurer, IAP-ID. However, as per the decision of
the Council and General Body of the IAP-ID, the person selected as the
moderator shall be the one who is felt to be best suited to be for the
particular topic of the Symposium or Slide Seminar.
The proposals should be sent to:
CD on Neuromuscular Disorders
A CD with the
proceedings and discussion of the IAP-ID Symposium on “Neuromuscular
Disorders”, moderated by Dr. C. Sundaram, is available for a fee
of Rs. 250 paid by Demand Draft in favour of “Secretary / Treasurer,
IAP – Indian Division” payable at “Panaji (Goa)”.
US Canadian Academy of Pathology
material, proceedings of scientific meetings, etc., are made available
on the USCAP website for members of the Indian Division of IAP. The IAP-ID
Newsletter is also featured on this site as well as the Newsletters of
several other IAP Divisions. Material from Long and Short Courses and
Symposia of various USCAP and IAP meetings are available on the site.
Members are urged to explore the "Pathology Hub" on the site
which a treasure trove of educational and scientific material.
IAP-ID MID YEAR TEACHING PROGRAMME 2007
The IAP-ID Mid Year Teaching Programme 2007 will be held on the 24th
and 25th February 2007 at the T. N. Medical College, Mumbai, on the topic
“Renal & Male Genital System”. Eminent Pathologists from
India are the faculty for the CME which will cover all aspects aiding
in correct diagnosis, problems and pitfalls in the interpretation of surgical
pathology material from the Renal and Male Genital System. The CME brochures
have already been mailed to all the IAP-ID members by the Organizers.
IAP-ID 10th Annual CME 2007
IAP-ID 10th Annual CME will be held on the 28th and 29th July 2007 at
the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderbad, to be organized
by Dr. C. Sundaram. The theme of the CME is “Tumour and Tumour like
lesions of the Soft Tissues”
Lt. Gen. J. R. Bhardwaj – The IAP-ID expresses
its gratitude and thanks to Gen. Bhardwaj for his services and contribution
to the IAP-ID first as Councilor and then as President. Gen. Bhardwaj
will continue to serve on the Council of the IAP-ID as an ex officio member.
Dr. Anita Borges – the IAP-ID heartily congratulates
Dr. Anita Borges for having been elected as a Vice President (Asia) of
the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) and wishes her all success
in her new assignment
MEMBERSHIP FEES 2007
your Annual Membership Fees of Rs. 400/- by Demand Draft payable at "Panaji
Membership fees for 5 years are now being accepted. The fees are Rs. 2000/- by Demand Draft payable at "Panaji (Goa)" or Rs. 2075/- if by cheque.
Draft / Cheque made payable in favour of " Secretary / Treasurer,
IAP-ID ANNUAL MEETING 2006 Bangalore
The Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Pathology - Indian
Division was held on 6th December 2006 at the NIMHANS Auditorium, Bangalore,
and was well attended by delegates from all parts of India and some overseas
Following the Guest Lecture was the excellent Slide Seminar on "Pathology
of Infections and Infestations" ably moderated by Dr. Daksha Prabhat
(Mumbai) and her co- moderator Dr. Pradeep Vaideeshwar. The various cases
were beautifully presented and discussed by Dr. Daksha Prabhat and her
panelists Dr. V. M. Bapat (Pune), Dr. Banumati Pandya (Mumbai), Dr. D.
N. Lanjewar (Mumbai), Dr. Vatsala Mishra (Allahabad), Dr. Usha Kini (Bangalore),
Dr. Seethalaxmi (Mumbai), Dr. Sharada Rane (Pune), Dr. Rima Kamat (Mumbai),
Dr. Gopal P. Bhagwat (Indore), Dr. Smita Divate (Mumbai) and Dr. Gwendolyn
Fernandes (Mumbai). Slide boxes had been provided earlier, at cost, by
Dr. Daksha Prabhat to those desirous of pre viewing the slides.
The Scientific Programme of the Annual Meeting was brought out in the
form of a Proceedings Booklet, edited by Dr. Francisco Couto, the Secretary
& Treasurer of the IAP-ID, and was distributed to the delegates by
The 10th IAP-ID Annual CME 2007 was allotted to Dr. C. Sundaram, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, on the topic "Tumour and Tumour like lesions of Soft Tissues". Dr. Francisco Couto informed the General Body that Dr. Anita Borges, immediate Past President of the IAP-ID, was elected as one of the Vice President (Asia) of the IAP on completion of the tenure of Dr. K. R. Harilal. On behalf of the IAP-ID Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary & Treasurer, extended heartiest congratulations to Dr. Anita Borges and best wishes for great success in her new assignment. Dr. Couto also informed that the bid to host the meeting of the Asia & Pacific Divisions of the IAP to be held in 2009 has been accepted by the IAP and is to be hosted under the auspices of the IAP - Indian Division and organized by the Kerala Pathologists at Kochi, Kerala. There was a suggestion from some of the members that the IAP-ID Address Book be made available in electronic form so as to save printing and postage costs. However this was not approved by the General Body and instead the General Body approved that the Address Book may be posted along with the January issue of the Newsletter of the following year.
Dr. Francisco Couto, Secretary & Treasurer, on behalf of the IAP-ID, thanked Dr. Runjan Chetty, Dr. Daksha Prabhat and Dr. Pradeep Vaideeshwar and their team and Col. S. Satyanarayana and his panelists for their contribution to the success of the scientific programme. The Secretary & Treasurer Dr. Couto expressed gratitude and thanks to Dr. S. Datta Gupta, Secretary IAPM, for so graciously consenting to having the Annual Meeting of the IAP-ID in conjunction with the IAPM Conference. On Behalf of the IAP-ID, Dr. Couto expressed deep appreciation and thanks to Dr. S. K. Shankar, Chairperson, and Dr. Sujay Prasad, Organizing Secretary, for hosting the Meeting and for the excellent arrangements. The Meeting was then concluded and declared closed by the President.
IAP-ID 9th Annual CME 2006, Mumbai
The IAP-ID 9th Annual CME was held on the 18th and 19th August 2006 at the Department of Pathology, T N Medical College & B Y L Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on the topic "Endoscopy Biopsy Correlation" and was very ably organized by Dr. Anjali Amrapurkar and Dr. Vinaya Shah, the Organizing Secretaries. Dr. Jaya Deshpande and Dr. N. K. Bahal were the Programme Directors.
The CME addressed the clinical and histopathological aspects of all endoscopies as used in medicine today including common ones like GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, laproscopy and other less common scopies related to ENT, joints, brain and breast. The CME evoked keen interest not only in Pathologists but in Clinicians alike and was very interesting because of the interaction between Pathologists and Clinicians.
The faculty for the CME comprised of Clinicians and Histopathologists of national and international repute and included Dr. S. N. Oak, Dr. I. M. Vora, Dr. Anjali Amarapurkar, Dr. G. Choudhuri, Dr. D. Bhasin, Dr. Kim Vaiphei, Dr. Meera Mathur, Dr. R. M. Joshi, Dr. P. Dhawan, Dr. Deepak Amarapurkar, Dr. Anita Borges, Dr. M. Ramadwar, Dr. A. K. Mehrotra, Dr. R. Kochhar, Dr. Amita Joshi, Dr. G. Makharia, Dr. Nishit Shah, Dr. B. K. Misra, Dr. R. B. Deshpande, Dr. A. A. Mahashur, Dr. Jaya Deshpande, Dr. Pradeep Vaideeshwar, Dr. N. Jambhekar, Dr. H. R. Pathak, Dr. Vinaya B. Shah, Dr. S. B. Desai, Dr. Samir Desai, Dr. V. Deshmane, Dr. Roshan F. Chinoy, Dr. Rajveer Chinoy, Dr. A. Murthy and Dr. C. V. Hegde. All issues regarding diagnosis, problems and pitfalls in Endoscopic Biopsy interpretation were covered.
The CME was very well attended with delegates from all over India and
some from neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal. A "Proceedings
Booklet" of the CME was distributed to the delegates by the Organizers.
The delegates found the CME extremely useful. The IAP-ID was represented
by the Secretary & Treasurer Dr. Francisco Couto who, on behalf of
the IAP-ID, thanked Dr. Anjali Amrapurkar, Dr. Vinaya Shah and their team
for organizing the excellent CME.
100th ANNIVERSARY CONGRESS OF IAP
The XXVI "100th Anniversary" International Congress of the IAP, hosted by the United States and Canadian Division, was held from 16th to 21st September 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Palais des Congrès. Dr. Rick Frazer was the President of the Congress. Twenty delegates from various parts of India attended the Congress and took active part in various activities of the Congress. Dr. D. N. Lanjewar and Dr. Nirmala Jambhekar were faculty for various scientific sessions of the Congress. Many of the delegates from India presented scientific papers and posters.
Lt. Gen. J. R. Bhardwaj and Dr. Francisco Couto, the official Councillors appointed by the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) for the Indian Division of the IAP and Dr. K. R. Harilal (Vice President Asia of IAP) attended the International Council Meeting of the IAP held at Montreal, Canada, on 16th September 2006. Dr. Anita Borges (Immediate Past President of IAP-ID and the official candidate of the Indian Division) was elected as one of the Vice Presidents (Asia) of the IAP on completion of the tenure of Dr. K. R. Harilal.
Dr. K. R. Harilal, in his capacity as one of the Vice President (Asia) of the International Academy of Pathology also attended the Executive Committee meeting of the IAP and presented a report on the activities of various Divisions of the IAP of the Asian region with special reference to the Indian Division. Dr. Francisco Couto, having been appointed by the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) as a member of the prestigious Education Committee of the IAP attended the meeting of this Committee on 15th September 2006 and put forth proposals for financial assistance for academic activities and publications of the Indian Division and also suggested measures to enhance the academic activities of the IAP and make it more relevant to various countries specially of Asia and Africa. Dr. F. Couto also interacted officially with the Secretaries of various Divisions of the IAP.
Dr. Francisco Couto (Secretary & Treasurer IAP-ID) attended a meeting
of the Asia and Pacific Divisions of the IAP on 17th September 2006 where
various measures to increase co-operation between the various IAP Divisions
of these regions was discussed. Dr. Francisco Couto made a presentation
on "Pathology in India" at this meeting. The bid of the Indian
Division of the IAP presented on behalf of the IAP-ID by Dr. F. Couto
(Secretary & Treasurer IAP-ID) was unanimously accepted by the representatives
of the various IAP Divisions of the Asia and Pacific region and by the
IAP and the IAP - Indian Division would be hosting the IAP Asia &
Pacific Divisions Meeting in 2009 at Kochi, Kerala.
Special events were organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the IAP. A narrative and collage of images that related the story of the
IAP from its founding by Maude Abbott in 1906 to the creation of the many
current Divisions, including the Indian Division, around the world was
presented at the opening ceremony. Besides this other attractions were
a special publication on Scientific Medicine in the Twentieth Century
which documented a number of historical aspects of the IAP; a Time Capsule
with a projected opening in 2106 at the 200th anniversary Congress which
proved to be very popular with the delegates; exhibits documenting the
history of the McGill Medical museum and the past Presidents of the IAP;
a commemorative edition of Abbott's Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease;
and an IAP Time Line which summarized the IAP's history in words and images
and which was shown during the breaks in the scientific sessions.
Dr. S. J. NAGALOTIMATH
It is with deepest regret and sadness that I announce the passing away on 24th October 2006 of Prof. Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath one of the most eminent members of the IAP-ID and its past President and indeed one of the most well known Pathologists in India.
Dr. Sadashivayya Jambayya Nagalotimath was born at Gadag on 20th July 1940 and had a very distinguished career as an eminent Pathologist, admininstrator, social worker and writer both in English as well as Kannada. Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath did his MBBS in 1965 and was awarded the gold medal in the final year MBBS Examination of Karnatak University. He obtained his MD (Pathology & Microbiology) in 1970 also from the Karnatak University. The same year he joined the J. N. Medical College, Belgaum, and became the Head of Department of Pathology in 1974 and served in this capacity till 1991. He then served as the Principal of BLDEA's Medical College, Bijapur, from 1991 to 1993 and then joined the JSS Medical College, Mysore, where he served from 1994 to 1996 as the Principal and Director of the Hospital. In 1996 Dr. Nagalotimath was appointed as the first Director of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli. In 1997, as the Principal and Medical Director he set up the new S. N. Medical College and H. S. K Hospital at Bagalkot.
A dynamic organizer and administrator Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath along with Dr. A. V. Ramaprasad established the much acclaimed Pathology Musuem at J. N. Medical College, Belgaum. Dr. Nagalotimath organized the 29th IAPM Conference in 1980 and the IAC Conference in 1990 at Belgaum. His love for teaching and his desire for helping Post Graduate students in Pathology made him start the very popular CME & PG Course in Pathology in 1983 which completes 25 very successful years this June. He also conceived along with AIPNA the idea of having the International CME in Surgical Pathology and Cytology and organized the first two meetings in Mysore and Hubli. This CME too has become an yearly feature and is doing very well.
Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath has served with great distinction various Pathology associations. He served the Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists (IAPM) as the Joint Secretary (1981 to 1983), Editor in Chief of IJPM (1983 to 1987), Secretary (1988 to 1989) and President (1993). He was a Past President of the International Academy of Pathology - Indian Division (IAP-ID) and founder member of the Indian College of Pathologists (ICP) and subsequently served as Dean and then Chairman of ICP.
Dr. S. J. Naglotimath was a gifted teacher and a proficient medical researcher. He was a prolific writer and has more than 125 papers in national and international journals, chapters in medical books and was the main author of the IAPM's Textbook of Pathology. His main research interests included diabetes, pancreatic diseases, brucellosis, guinea worn, flurosis and sediment cytology. In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious Dr. B. C. Roy Award for Museum technology and has received several other awards like the Alembic Research award for his work in Brucellosis in 1986.
Dr. Nagalotimath was very deeply interested and involved in educating the public on various health issues and through the Science Centres he established he stove to inculcate a deep interest and awareness of science in children. Dr. Nagalotimath was not only a prolific medical writer he also made voluminous contributions to Kannada literature both in medical and non medical topics. He wrote more than 40 books in Kannada, two of which won awards. The Government of Karnataka also honoured Dr. Nagalotimath by conferring on him the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 1994 in the light of his tremendous contributions.
Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath was not only an eminent Pathologist, visionary, organizer and administrator, he was an extremely nice, kind and warm hearted person and deeply religious. Dr. S. J. Nagalotimath will be sorely missed by all specially those of us who had the privilege and good fortune of knowing him well. Dr. Nagalotimath is survived by his wife and two sons and their families. On behalf of the IAP-ID and all of us I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and also our prayers. May his soul rest in peace.