Farewell to Montreal
The XXVI “100th Anniversary” International Congress of the IAP, hosted by the United States and Canadian Division, was held from September 16 to 21 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Palais des Congrès. The Congress was attended by approximately 2650 registered delegates from 95 countries. The scientific program was exceptional, with 97 courses, slide seminars and symposia—including almost 500 presentations—given by a world renowned Faculty of 450 specialists. Four plenary lecturers—Dan Connor, Greg Fuller, Michael Gimbrone and Dillwyn Williams—delivered timely and fascinating talks on tuberculosis, brain and thyroid neoplasia, and atherosclerosis. Approximately 875 posters were presented by individuals from 70 countries at four day-long poster sessions. The exhibit hall housed booths from 47 companies, including those of our two platinum sponsors Dako and Ventana.
Bursaries to attend the Congress were awarded to 84 applicants from over 30 countries. Forty-nine of these were donated by the United States and Canadian Division, 11 by the British Division and 8 by the Wellcome Foundation. Funding for 16 special Centennial Anniversary Bursaries was also provided by the Chairs of Pathology of a number of Canadian Universities, the Japanese Division of the IAP and the four Keynote speakers.
A number of special events were organized specifically to celebrate our 100th anniversary. These began with the opening ceremony, which included a narrative and collage of images that related the story of the IAP, from its founding by Maude Abbott, James Carroll and William MacCallum in 1906 to the creation of the many current Divisions around the world. Other projects included: a special publication Scientific Medicine in the Twentieth Century which documented a number of historical aspects of the Academy; a Time Capsule with a projected opening in 2106 at the 200th anniversary Congress; 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 Academy’s history in words and images and which was shown during pauses in the scientific sessions.
In the interests of conservation, cost reduction, and increasing efficiency and quality, the Organizing Committee decided to maximize the use of electronic material and communication. The quantity of paper used was significantly decreased by limiting much pre-congress promotion/publication to the web site, by accepting abstract submissions and registration solely via the web site, and by offering symposium handouts exclusively on CD-ROM. Representative slides of cases discussed at the short courses and slide seminars were scanned and distributed on DVD as “virtual” slides. Despite some worries early on, the transition to a more “electronic” Congress went smoothly.
A varied social program was planned
and most organized tours were almost sold out. Among the most popular
were day trips to the Laurentian mountains and to Quebec City, an evening
visit of the Chinese lantern festival at the Montreal Botanical Gardens,
and a specially designed “Historical Medical Tour, which included
visits to a local medical history museum and McGill University’s
Osler Library. A choral concert at the historic Notre-Dame Basilica, church
of Montreal’s very first parish, was attended by 1200 delegates.
The Council met for most of the Friday before
the start of the Congress and on Saturday morning. The business
of the IAP was discussed and bids for the Congress to be held in 2012
were heard and assessed. The successful bid, led by Martin Hale came from
To mark the occasion of the Centennial meeting of the IAP a number of special awards were also made:
For journals published by Divisions of the IAP
For Schools of Pathology that have been established
to assist in the educational activities of the IAP
The special exhibits at the Congress
Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease
Scientific Medicine in the Twentieth Century – A
commemoration of 100 years of the International Association of Medical
Museums and the International Academy of Pathology
The cost of production of this
book was partly covered by contributions from the listed sponsors,
to whom we are grateful for their support.
A newly found portrait of Maude Abbott
Rick Fraser and Joan O’Malley spent a great deal of time during
the past 3 years in the lead up to the Congress ferreting through a great
variety of archival material in McGill University with a view to the historical
display they exhibited in Montreal as a small museum. Their enthusiasm
was infectious and one of the notable discoveries was a previously unknown
portrait of Maude Abbott made by a famous Canadian portrait painter, Eastlake.
Erik Larsen, a pathologist and art expert in Calgary noticed what was
listed as a portrait of a woman amongst a collection of Eastlake paintings
that a dealer had just acquired from an Estate in England. He correctly
identified it as being Maude Abbott and notified Rick. The purchase price
was raised and the portrait is now a prized possession of the Osler History
of Medicine Library in McGill University. It was one of the feature exhibits
shown during the reception held in the Library and shown to the visiting
pathologists who took the medical historical tour.
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