Vol 60 No 2 2020

Dietmar Schmidt, IAP President

President's Report

Dear colleagues,

 My term of office as President of the International Academy of Pathology will soon come to an end.

In retrospect, a two-part pattern of the two years in office emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic and caused by travel restrictions. I have already gone into detail about the various activities in the first year in my last report. These travel activities included visits to divisions in Asian countries and participation in the 11th Asia Pacific IAP Congress in Hefei / China from October 11-14, 2019. The excellent cooperation in the APIAP is admirable. A webinar on “WHO Tumour Classification Updates” has been organized by APIAP on November 17, 2020.  

Jane Dahlstrom, IAP Education Committee Chair 

IAP Education Committee Report

The 2019-2020 COVID-19 pandemic has certainly highlighted the importance of pathology and shown us reliance in action. I am reminded of a line from Christopher Robin “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

While many education programs we funded in 20219-2020 have been postponed, the IAP Symposium on Digital Pathology: Delivering pathology teaching globally at United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists [USCAP] 2020 in Los Angeles went ahead on 3 March. It was very successful. The speakers included Rajendra Singh,  Mt. Sinai School of Medicine New York, USA; Blake Gilks, VCH, Canada; Kar Ming Fung, Oklahoma University Medical School, USA; and Arrigo Capitanio, Linköping University Hospital, Sweden. Given the difficulties with face to face education, the timing of the symposium was very apt.

Robin Cooke, Emeritus Editor of the IAP News Bulletin 

Cooke's Tour of Venice

Padova (Padua), the leading University in Europe during the Renaissance In the 1500s and 1600s

A University was established in Padova in 1222. Its fame as a centre of medical learning was dramatically boosted by the appointment of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), at the age of 23, as Professor of Anatomy and Surgery in 1537. In 1543 he published his ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ that became a milestone in the history of Art as well as Science.

The fame of the Medical School of Padova was continued by outstanding Professors. The last of these was Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771). After he retired, its fame waned as other Centres of Excellence emerged.