The 5th Asia Pacific IAP Congress
Singapore 27-31 May 2007
The first meeting of this regional group was held in Sydney
in 1997 as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division
of the IAP. From this very small beginning the meetings have grown in
numbers of delegates and in quality of the meeting. The second meeting
was in Seoul in 1999, then in Bangkok in 2003 and then Beijing 2005, and
now in the exciting city of Singapore. These meetings have allowed regional
pathologists to have the chance to hear and meet some of the leading figures
in the various sub specialties. Younger pathologists have had the opportunity
to meet and work with these eminent people in presenting cases at seminars
and workshops, and in informal discussions at the social functions and
during the tea and meal breaks. The benefits that such exposure brings
for one’s younger colleagues is one of the satisfactions for the
organizers who work so hard to bring these meetings to their own countries,
and to make them successful.
The theme for the congress was “Globalization of Pathology.”
There were about 550 delegates from countries in the region and from many
other parts of the world. There was a distinguished panel of speakers
who were assisted by a galaxy of local talent. The organizers arranged
a plenary lecture first thing each morning. This allowed all the delegates
to hear about a particular topic before they dispersed to attend the concurrent
meetings in their own specialty area.
The Congress organizers were led by Gilbert Chiang and Angela Chong. They
in turn were assisted by the very efficient congress organizers Orient
Explorer. The Opening address was given by Professor K. Satku an orthopaedic
surgeon, and now Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health,
Above: Committee members Asia Pacific
Group. Front: Harilal (India), Gilbert Chiang (Sing), Tony Leong (Aust),
Bob Osamura (Jap), HK Ng (HK), Angela Chong (Sing). Back: Robin Cooke
(Aust), Zenya Naito (Jap) , Jiang Gu(China), xx, Pongsak Wannakrairot
(Thailand), Bob Ecsktein (Aust), ST Himawan (Indonesia), Osamu Matsubara
(Jap) Enjojo (Indonesia) S.M. Jung (Taiwan), Gary Tse (HK).
Below: Some of the 500 + delegates at the opening ceremony
Entrance to the old Raffles Hotel.
This used to be on the waterfront before the land between it and the sea
Above: Entrance to the Conference
hotel with some of the buildings in the CBD in the background.
Orchids in the national orchid garden.
Gilbert and his organizing team.
Puay Hoon Tan, Yap Wai Ming, Ajula Thomas, Gilbert Chiang, Aileen Wee,
Teh Ming, Angela Chong.
Above: Emeritus Professor K. (Ratnam) Shanmugaratnam Keynote speaker
Puay Hoon Tan, Head of Anatomical
Pathology, Singapore General Hospital, opening the Conference.
A shop in Orchard Rd.
The keynote address was given by Emeritus Professor K. Shanmugaratnam.
Ratnam has been called the “Father of pathology” in Singapore.
At the age of 86 he is not as physically agile as he was when I first
met him in 1967 but his mind is just as agile as it was then and his lecture
demonstrated why he earned this respectful title. He did not mention that
he had worked for the Singapore Government for 50 years in various capacities
– Head of Pathology, Dean of the Faculty, Founder of the Cancer
Registry, Chairman of various WHO and other international committees by
which he became the international face of pathology in Singapore etc.
Instead he gave a thoughtful commentary on some of the current topics
of discussion e.g. who “owns” pathology specimens? Globalization
has resulted in the standardization of nomenclature of disease and of
tumours in particular. Telepathology which is possible, but do we need
it? Or should it be used for only such things as frozen sections, or for
consultations. Whole slide scanning for record storage and routine reporting,
but is that practical when it takes up so much computer memory. The great
increase in molecular testing has changed the way reports are made, and
has helped to enhance the role of pathologists as true consultants rather
than just the authors of written reports.
It is very pleasing to see and experience the camaraderie that these meetings
have already brought to the pathologists in the region. The next meeting
will be in Cochin in the State of Kerala in the south west of India in
2009. Kerala is considered (at least by the inhabitants) to be the most
picturesque state in India. It should be an ideal setting in which to
continue the tradition of education and camaraderie that the meetings
have already engendered.
(It is with great sadness that I report that Gilbert suffered a CVA in
late October and he is now slowly convalescing from it.)
Above: Osamu Matsubara (Jap), Bob Eckstein (Aus), Helenice
Gobbi (Brazil), Roma Cooke (Aust), Angela Chong (Sing).
Above: Urologic Pathology “Meet the Expert Session”.
Brett Delahunt (New Zealand), John Srigley (Canada), Liang Cheng (USA),
John Eble (USA), Jonathan Epstein (USA), Puay Hoon Tan (Sing).
Above: Cytology Speakers: Gary Tse (HK), Richard de
May (USA), Marianne Priyanthi Kumarasinghe (Sing), now (Aust), Bastiaan
de Boer (Aust), Jaqueline Hwang (Sing), Marion Saville (Aust), Andrew
Below: Breast Pathology: Ian Ellis, (UK), Tan Puay Hoon (Sing), Gary Tse
(H K), Helinice Gobbi (Brazil), xx, Benjaporn Chaiwan (Thailand), xx,
Thomas Putti (Sing), Imam Ashraf (USA), xx, Jorge Reis Filho (UK).
Gilbert Chiang, Angela Chong and K Satku, Minister for
Health and an orthopaedic surgeon who opened the meeting.
Three graduates from the Uni of Colombo medical school,
Sri Lanka in 1968. They had not been together since graduation until now.
P.U. (Teli) Telesinghe (now in Brunei), Sujatha Fernando and Sareth Seneviratne
(both from Australia).
Gastrointestinal Pathology: Teh Ming (Sing), Yap Wai
Ming (Sing), Joel Greenson (USA) Greg Lauwers (USA). (Joel serenaded his
audience during his talk with a song on celiac disease and one on eosinophilic
oesophagitis which he accompanied with his guitar).
Indonesian delegates: Nurjati Chairani Siregar, Sutisna
Himawan, Sindrawati, Rino Pattiata and Endang SR Hardjolukito.
Above: Prof. K Satku, Minister for Health, opening the
Korean delegates: Yeon-Lim Suh, Insum Kim, Megan Lim,
Yeong-Jin Choi, Kwan Kum Young
Pulmonary Pathology: Lim Tow Keang, William Travers,
(USA), Andrew Nicholson (UK), Kitaichi Mansonori (Japan), Angela Chong
Gynaecologic Pathology Speakers: Mike Wells (UK), Teri
Longacre (USA), Anjula Thomas (Sing), Jaime Prat (Spain), Philip Ip, (HK),
Inny Busmanis (Sing).
Angela Chong, Osamu Matsubara and trade delegates
Infectious Diseases: Fann Wu, Xiang-Yang Han, Belinda
Yen-Lieberman, Robin Cooke, Phyllis Della-Latta, David Zhang, Wun-Ju Shieh.
(All from USA except Robin Cooke from Aust)
Haematolymphoid Pathology: Ivy Sng, Tony Lim (Sing),
Ng Siok Bian, (Sing), Wayne Than (USA), Peh Suat Cheng (Malaysia), Leonard
Tan (Sing), Megan Lim (USA), Elinitoba Johnson (USA).
Hepatobiliary Pathology: Alastair Burt UK, Neil Theise
USA, Yap Wai Ming, Aileen Wee (Sing), Pichet Sampalanukul (Thailand).
Molecular Biology speakers: Richie Soong, Singapore,
Irene Ng, Hong Kong, Manuel Salto-Tellez, Singapore, Natalie Wong, Singapore,
Marc Ladanyi, USA.
Two delegates from Malaysia.
The Padang for cricket and official functions, with
the cricket club and the old and new Supreme Court buildings fronting
the green space.
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The IAP in Action
Report from the Argentine Division
The vice President of the Division is Lina Castillo, and the Hon secretary
is Marcela Triguero.
They arranged an International Meeting of Surgical Pathology in the Universidad
Maimonides, Hidalgo 775, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina in November,
2007. The international speakers were:
Elizabeth Montgomery, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. She spoke
on Gastrointestinal conditions.
Christopher Crum, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA. He
spoke on Gynaecological conditions.
Jonathan Epstein, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. He spoke on
Marcela Triguero, Hon. Secretary.
Report from the Indian Division
The educational activities for 2007 were as follows:
The Mid Year Teaching Programme of the IAP-ID was 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.”
On the 28th and 29th July, we had the IAP-ID 10th Annual CME on the very
interesting topic of “Tumour and Tumour like lesions of Soft Tissues”
at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad.
On 26th November, we had the IAP-ID Annual Meeting along with the IAPM
National Conference at PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Our invited Guest Speaker was Dr. Jaime Prat, Professor & Chairman,
Department of Pathology, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Autonomous
University of Barcelona, Spain.
A special invitee Dr. Ann Marie Nelson, Chief of AIDS Pathology and Emerging
Infections, AFIP, Washington DC, USA, also delivered a lecture at the
Francisco Couto, Hon. Secretary
Report from the French Division
At the end of 2006 Michele Pellegrin de Villeneuve from the Hopital Pellegrin
in Bordeaux completed her 2 year term as President. The new President
is Alain Spatz a dermatopathologist from the Institut Gustave Roussy,
The Division continues its active programmes in post graduate education.
These include 2 day sessions on specific topics throughout the year. Most
of these are conducted in French, but every 2 years they have sessions
in English with English speaking presenters. This helps to uphold the
tradition of internationalism of the IAP.
The Division has 2 major meetings, one in May called the Assises de Pathologie,
and the other in November called the Carrefour Pathologie. Both of these
consist in a Symposium and a Slide Seminar. The presentations and discussion
“handouts” together with representative illustrations in full
colour are reported in the Bulletin of the French Division. This is skilfully
edited by Christiane Bailly. At the International Congress of the IAP
held in Montreal in 2006 to mark the 100th anniversary of the IAP, Christiane
was deservedly awarded a Gold Medal for her achievements in regard to
the production of the News Bulletin.
The November 2006 Carrefour marked the 30th anniversary of the founding
of the French Division. The topic for the meeting was Oral Pathology.
The topic for the Assises in 2007 was Thyroid Pathology. This meeting
was enlivened by the quality and humour of the presentations of the inimitable
Manuel Sobrinho-Simoes from Porto, Portugal.
During this meeting there was a round table discussion on the subject
of Technicians performing macroscopic examinations of surgical specimens
and taking appropriate blocks for histology (grossing or cut-ups). At
present there is some resistance to this, but the practice is spreading.
Mr. Gregory Bras gave a talk on his experience in this field. As his knowledge
and skills expanded, he experienced an increased job satisfaction and
it was clear to all concerned that this allowed the pathologists to keep
up with their ever increasing work loads.
The subject for the 2007 Carrefour was Infectious Diseases.
The membership of the Division at the end of 2006 was 1236. Its activities
mentioned above and its “outreach” activities such as collaborating
with the French speaking Divisions, the Arab Division and other Divisions
in Europe, has made it necessary to expand the Secretariat in Lyon. They
have now leased more space on the same floor as their current office.
(with commentary by Robin Cooke)
Report from the Australasian Division
Professor Brett Delahunt from Wellington, New Zealand is the new President
for the next 2 years. There are now 572 members of the division. The annual
meetings are held on the first weekend in June in Sydney. They are for
3 days with the Friday being for Clubs (special interest groups) and each
of the next two days being devoted to 2 specific topics. There were 3
invited speakers this year, Prof James Underwood from Sheffield, Prof
Alastair Burt from Newcastle, UK, and Prof. Stephen Swerdlow from Harvard
The Division again offered 2 Fellowships to pathologists from our neighbouring
countries to attend the meeting and to spend a further week in a hospital
department in Australia before returning home.
These Fellowships are open to candidates from our neighbouring countries.
They are offered especially to young pathologists or those about to complete
a training course in Pathology.
Members of other divisions are welcome to attend the meetings which are
of a high standard.
Bob Eckstein, Vice President for Asia.
Report from the Bolivian Division
The annual meeting in 2006 was held in the city of Uyuni. Getting there
posed some problems. There was a “blockade” of the train,
so a bus was called in to help. This got stuck in a small river as it
negotiated a secondary road to avoid the blockade. It was pulled out by
a passing truck. This reflects some of the problems caused by the present
political upheaval in the country.
The meeting went ahead and it was impressive to see so many medical students
from Potosi, Sucre and Oruro as well as pathologists and health personnel
from neighbouring towns. The courses in thyroid disease and the control
of Chagas’ Disease were appropriate because iodine deficient goitre
is endemic, and Chagas’ disease is still frequent in the valleys
The speakers were Rudi Heimann from Belgium and Nestor Monteros Alvis
who spoke on thyroid disease, and Miguel Angel Basombrio from Argentina
who spoke about the control of Chagas’ disease in the northern region
Jaime Rios Dalenz
Speakers and organisers at the meeting
of the Ukranian Division in Kiev May 2007 (Courtesy of George Kontogeorgos).
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