Vol 63 No 1 2023 

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Report on the XXXIV International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP)

Sydney Australia, 11-15 October 2022.

by Jane Dahlstrom and Richard Scolyer, Congress Co-Presidents, and Co-chairs of Scientific Organising Committee

The Australasian Division of the Academy successfully hosted the XXXIV International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology from 11-15 October 2022 in our 50th year as an organization.

The program included a 2 day virtual program as well as a 3 day in person program. More than 1300 delegates had the opportunity to listen to more than 417 speakers from across the globe discuss practical problems, new innovations and the latest updates across the breadth and depth of surgical pathology.

Our key note speakers included Prof Elizabeth Murchison from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Prof Brain Schmidt from the Australian national University, Australia, Professor Martin Hale, from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Professor Jason Hornick from Harvard Medical School, USA and Professor Tan Puay Hoon from Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

The Congress supported 77 bursaries from 29 countries.

Some members of the Board of the Australasian Division of the IAP during the Congress celebrating fifty years of the Division 

The Congress opening ceremony for the in person program included a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony, An ancient and contemporary custom among some Aboriginal Australians believed to have both spiritual and physical cleansing properties, as well as the ability to ward off bad spirits.

Left: Opening ceremony with didgeridoo player and ceremonial dancers.

The Friday evening networking cocktail function “Canapes and Koalas”, sponsored by Biocare Medical, was a great success. Thank you also to all our platinum sponsor Roche, our gold sponsor Sonic Health Care and silver sponsors AstraZeneca, MSD and Leica Biosystems. We also acknowledge our other sponsors Agilent, Illumina and the NSW government. 

Cocktail function “Canapes and Koalas”

We would like to thank our local organising committee (Fiona Maclean, Anthony Gill, Wendy Cooper and Gelareh Farshid) for their extraordinary efforts over the last 6 years, all our local and international convenors, who organised their companion club programs, and the abstract reviewers. Thank you also to our Congress organisers, ICMS Australasia. 

All the recordings from the meeting are available to registered delegates for 6 months on the congress platform  Click here to acess the portal. (Click here to access the portal)

Post Congress registration to access the recordings will also be available from December 1 through this link .

Closing ceremony with Congress Co Presidents Jane Dahlstrom and Richard Scolyer and Co President of the XXXV International Congress in 2024, Sergio Sanchez 

Photos from the Congress

Martin Hale, our new President of the IAP, delivering the keynote address

Henry Tazelaar, President-Elect

Ray McMahon, Secretary

Robert Osamura, IAP President leading up to the Sydney Congress

Lively music during the Friday networking social

Robin Cook with Stan Shaw

Attendees at the Opening Ceremony 

Allision Booth and Charles Ramey

Jane Dhalstrom, Richard Scolyer, handing the IAP Flag to Sergio Sánchez Sosa, President of the Mexican Division hosting the next biennial IAP Congress in 2024, in Cancun.