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July 2018

President’s Report

Welcome to the Australasian Division of the IAP newsletter.

It was the great pleasure to host the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Division at the ICC, Sydney in June this year. The meeting was very successful in all aspects including scientific, educational, social and financial respects. Over 480 registrants participated in the meeting. On behalf of the executive, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who contributed to its success, including the convenors of the various companion club sessions, the various session chairpersons and all those who assisted with the poster sessions.

We received comments/feedbacks for our post event questionnaire – we appreciate the feedback and will endeavour to take all your ideas on board to make the event even better next year at the same venue.

For those of you unable to attend the AGM, my President’s Report is published on the IAP website at https://www.iap-aus.org.au/pages/-60.html

Expressions of interests have been sent to our members for the Western Australia State Councillor position on the Board and we hope to fill this role shortly.

Our next 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the same venue, the International Convention Centre in Sydney.  The dates for our next year event is 31st May to the 2 June, 2019. Please note the dates in your diary now.

Our international guest speakers for this event include:

Breast Pathology

Ian Ellis, University of Nottingham, UK

Gynaecological Pathology

Glenn McCluggage, Royal Group of Hospitals Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dermatopathology/Soft Tissue Pathology

Rajiv Patel, MD, University of Michigan, USA

Registration will open in December this year. Our Secretariat staff will send you more information in due course.

I look forward to seeing you again at the meeting.

Yours sincerely

Peter Bethwaite

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New Conference Website

Please note that our new conference website address has changed to 

www.iap-aus-conference.org.au

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ASM 2018 Sponsorship Recipients

The Australasian Division has continued to provide financial assistance in the form of sponsorships to pathologists/registrars from developing countries to attend its Annual Scientific Meeting.

sponsored pathologistsFor the 2018 ASM, our division sponsored 5 such pathologists from the nearby countries who otherwise did not have the financial means to attend the conference. It included 2 from Nepal, 1 from Myanmar, 1 from Fiji and 1 from Philippines. The grant included a single return economy airfare, complimentary registration for the ASM and convenient accommodation.

 

 

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All the above pathologists atte nded all days of the conference. These are excerpts from the reports that these pathologists sent to the Division after they returned to their home countries.

"Attending the 42nd annual scientific meeting of the Australasian Division of the IAP at Sydney this year was an extraordinary experience. As a pathologist in training, I could feel that there is much to learn in this ever expanding field. And learning is a process that will never cease in a pathologist’s career."

"The 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the ADIAP is one of the highlights of my year as a pathology registrant. The lecture of Dr. David Grignon on bladder cancer and Dr. Lester Thompson's tackling of HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma exceeded expectations. To be able to listen to world-renowned speakers was next to impossible before this given opportunity."

"Working in a limited-resource, understaffed environment is a daily challenge and attending a conference such as this is rejuvenating, inspirational and energizing.  I am grateful for the opportunity and have returned to work with enthusiasm and an eagerness to continue to do what am passionate about; that is practicing as a general pathology."

"I had the best time hearing the lecture from Dr. David Grignon on Uropathology. It was a learning experience for me to be on lecture hall hearing from the writer of our WHO book."

 

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Sponsorship Applications for Pathologists/Registrars to attend the 2019 ASM will open in September this year. Notice will be published on the IAP Website

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2018 ABSTRACT WINNERS

Best Poster/Abstract for the Pathologist category

TITLE: ANALYSIS OF INDOLEAMINE 2,3-DIOXYGENASE EXPRESSION IN LONGITUDINAL PRIMARY, NODAL AND DISTANT METASTATIC MELANOMA SPECIMENS

T. N. Gide1,2, B. M. Allanson1,3, Peter Ferguson3, A. M. Menzies1,2,4,5, R. P.M. Saw1,2,3, J. F. Thompson1,2,3, G. V. Long*1,2,4,5, R. A. Scolyer*1,2,3 and J. S. Wilmott*1,2.

1Melanoma Institute Australia, North Sydney, Australia, 2Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,  3Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  4Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  5Mater Hospital, North Sydney, Australia, *contributed equally to this work

Commendation 1 Award for Pathologist category

TITLE: RECURRENT HOTSPOT SF3B1 MUTATIONS IN MUCOSAL MELANOMA: FREQUENCY AND IMPACT ON SURVIVAL

C. Quek1,2, P. Shang1, R. Rawson1,2,3, P. Ferguson1,2,3, R. Saw1,2,3, G. Long1,2,4,5, G. Mann1,2,6, R. Scolyer1,2,3 and J. Wilmott1,2

1Melanoma Institute Australia, Sydney, Australia, 2Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 3Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 4Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 5Mater Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 6Centre for Cancer Research, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia

Commendation 2 Award for Pathologist category

TITLE: FINDING LIVE DEER PLACENTA STEM CELLS IN COMMERCIAL FOOD SUPPLEMENT CAPSULES USING CYTOLOGY, HISTOLOGY, IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY, FLOW CYTOMETRY, ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

L. D. Santos1,2, S. Gune1,2, M. Killingsworth1,2, M. Harvery1,2, R. Wuhrer2, L. Nguyen1, X.J. Wu1, S. Sabapathy1, C. Evangelista1, N. McNamara1 and J.L.C. Yong1,2

1NSW Health Pathology – South (Liverpool), Australia, 2Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

Best Poster/Abstract for the Registrar category

TITLE: PATHOLOGICAL COMPLETE RESPONSE OF BREAST CANCER POST NEOADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY IS ASSOCIATED WITH ELEVATED PRE-TREATMENT KI-67 PROLIFERATIVE INDEX

A. Kang1, A. Ireland1, M. Combrinck1,3, C. Thomas1,2, C. Robinson1,2, J. Harvey1,2,3, G. Sterrett1,3, B. Dessauvagie1,2,3

1Breast Subspecialty Unit, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, QEII Medical Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Sites, Perth, WA. 2School of Biomedical Science, UWA, Crawley, WA. 3Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UWA Medical School, Crawley, WA

Commendation 1 Award for Registrar category

TITLE: EXCELLENT INTERLABORATORY CORRELATION OF DIGITAL Ki67 QUANTIFICATION IN BREAST CARCINOMA

R. Jeyathevan1, M. Combrinck1,3,C. Thomas1,2, C. Robinson1,2, J. Harvey1,2,3, G. Sterrett1,3, B. Dessauvagie1,2,3

1Breast Subspecialty Unit, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, QEII Medical Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Sites, Perth, WA. 2School of Biomedical Science, UWA, Crawley, WA. 3Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UWA Medical School, Crawley, WA

Commendation 2 Award for Registrar category

TITLE: UPGRADE RATE OF SOLITARY INTRADUCTAL PAPILLOMA DIAGNOSED ON BREAST CORE BIOPSY FOR A LOCAL POPULATION

P. O’Neill1, B. Dessauvagie1,2, B. Latham1, 3, M. Hardie1,2

1PathWest Anatomical Pathology Department, Perth, Australia,  2University of Western Australia School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perth, Australia, 3Notre Dame University School of Medicine, Perth, Australia

 

Abstract winner   Abstract winner 2

                                            Congratulations to the Winners!

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DISTINGUISHED PATHOLOGIST AWARD FOR 2018

The Distinguished Pathologist Medal is awarded to a pathologist who has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline and is the highest honour bestowed on a pathologist by the Australasian division of the IAP. Professor Soon Lee received the Distinguished Pathologist Medal for 2018 at this year’s meeting. Soon, along with David Ellis was responsible for a major modernisation of the processes and governance of our Division in recent years and has been a loyal advocate for this Division over a long period.

Soon Lee

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VINCENT MCGOVERN LECTURE FOR 2018

The Vincent McGovern Lecture was presented by Dr Elizabeth Salisbury who gave an outstanding presentation. Associate Professor Elizabeth Salisbury is a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She has been strongly committed to teaching and education, having been the Chair of the Board of Education for the Australian Society of Cytology and later Co-Chief Examiner in Anatomical Pathology for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Elizabeth Salisbury

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Access to ASM 2018 online educational materials

If you attended the ASM 2018, you should have received the password to enable you to access this online educational materials. If not, please contact the Secretariat staff at info@iap-aus.org.au in order to receive your password.

Please note the mobile app only works on the event days and is not accessible anymore.

These are the steps to access the handouts and the various speakers’ presentations.

Visit our new conference website www.iap-aus-conference.org.au

Go to Educational Materials located on the left bottom of the page.

Choose the day you attended and enter the password provided to you.

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OTHER NEWS ITEMS

RETIREMENT OF ROBERT ‘BOB’ ECKSTEIN

 

It is with great appreciation and distinctly mixed emotions that we inform the IAP membership and wider pathologic community of the retirement of A/Professor Robert ‘Bob’ Eckstein from clinical practice in August of 2018. 

Bob graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1976 and, after internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he undertook anatomic pathology training initially at the same institution (1978-1979), Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Camperdown (1980), the Charing Cross Hospital, London (1980-1981), and then again Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (1981-1982).  After a year as a temporary lecturer in the Department of Pathology at Sydney University in 1983, Bob commenced work as a Staff Specialist in the department of anatomical pathological at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1984, where he has continued to work for 34 years.

Throughout that time Bob has been extremely active, first and foremost as a world-class diagnostic surgical pathologist, with particular interest in gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology.  A constant source of advice, both professional and personal for other members of the faculty, Bob served as head of the department from 1993 until 2009.  During that period he oversaw the transformation of the department from a service providing only on-site pathology to a single hospital, to one covering a large number of public and private hospitals, serving a population of more than 1.2 million people.

Bob’s contribution to the International Academy of Pathology is well recognised by all members and associates of the Academy.  He has been a convenor and active participant in virtually all Australasian meetings over the last 38 years with highlights including his term as a chair of the scientific programme and Vice President of Congress for the 25th International Meeting held in Brisbane in 2004 and his terms as President of the Australasian Division from 2001-2003 and Vice President of the IAP representing the Australasian Division internationally from 2005-2012.  Indeed, he was the recipient of the Robin Cooke Medal for Service to the Australasian Division in 2009.  Whilst it may be an exaggeration to suggest that Bob’s guest appearance in the conference video was the sole reason for the success of the Sydney bid to host the international conference in 2022, there is no doubt that his support, influence and the regard with which he is held amongst the international pathology community were integral to the success of that bid.

Having served the International Academy of Pathology, the International Pathology profession and the wider community for more than 40 years, Bob has provided us with insight and perspective valued by all who have met and worked with him.  In retirement, Bob intends to spend more time with his children, Laura, Michael, Sarah, Genevieve, their partners, and his grandchildren. Sadly his wife Anne passed away in 2016.

As much as we will miss him in the field and the academy, we also wish him happiness and fulfilment in his retirement.

 

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Honours for Fellows

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Order of Australia 2018

MEMBER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION (AM)

Professor Anthony James GILL Greenwich NSW
FRCPA FSc
For significant service to medical research in the field of surgical pathology as an academic, author, adviser, and mentor.

MEMBER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION (AM) 
Dr Domenico (Dominic) SPAGNOLO Mount Lawley WA
FRCPA
For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of pathology, as a clinician, and to medical education as a researcher and author.

MEDAL IN THE GENERAL DIVISION (OAM)
Associate Professor Paul Richard McKENZIE Camperdown NSW
FRCPA
For service to medicine, particularly to anatomical pathology.

The Australasian Divison of the IAP congratulates our above members for receiving the fellowship.

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Becoming a member of the IAP-Australasia

The International Academy of Pathology is the largest professional body of pathologists worldwide and has over 60 divisions throughout the world. Meetings are held in many countries throughout the year that are of interest to all members.

The Australasian division aims to foster education, research and advance knowledge in pathology and our Annual Scientific Meeting is a major focus.  Membership funds are necessary to run the division and to both ensure a successful annual meeting and support other activities of the division.

Membership of the Australasian division entitles you to:

  1. A discounted registration rate not only to our Annual Scientific Meetings but also to attend any of the meetings of other IAP divisions.

  2. Access to educational materials in the members only section of the new IAP website (http://www.iap-aus.org.au/index.php)

  3. Discounted subscriptions to the journals Modern Pathology and Laboratory Investigation

  4. Receive newsletters which will provide you with an overview of our current activities and keep you up to date of upcoming educational activities.

  5. Support the education of pathologists and trainees in the Asia-Pacific Region including the provision of the Annual Pathology Symposium in Fiji and through a number of bursaries for pathologists from the Asia-Pacific region to attend our Annual Scientific Meeting

Becoming an IAP Member is a simple process. If you are an Anatomical pathologist/registrar wishing to become a member of the Australasian Division of the IAP, just complete the attached Application form with the payment details and email it to info@iap-aus.org.au  Once a member, annual renewal of your membership is necessary to maintain your membership status.

We also encourage you to invite your colleagues to become members of the IAP. Application forms are available in our website www.iap-aus.org.au

If you have any questions regarding our membership, please email our Secretariat Staff at info@iap-aus.org.au

Becoming an IAP member will give you the sense of pride we share in belonging to this long established charity organisation.

To download the Application form, please click here.

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Call for Speakers for Annual Scientific Meeting Companion Sessions

Members who are interested in presenting at the various Companion Sessions for our future Annual Scientific Meetings can email the relevant Convenors.  

Please visit the below link to get more information on the various companion sessions and its convenors.

https://www.iap-aus.org.au/data/Aust_Divn_of_the_IAP_Companion_Sessions_and_Contacts.pdf

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Upcoming Pathology Events

Current Practice in Placental and Gynaecologic Pathology

Conference Room A, Ground Floor, The Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Fri 17 Aug 2018 - Sat 18 Aug 2018 @Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

This 1.5 day course covers a broad range of topics in both placental and gynaecologic pathology, including clinically applied placental pathology classification, and aspects of molecular diagnostics.

Course faculty include gynaecologic and perinatal pathologists from the three pathology services of the Victorian Perinatal Autopsy Service (VPAS), who also provide gynaecologic pathology services to the major gynaecologic teaching hospitals of Victoria.

Royal Children’s Hospital Pathology (Royal Women’s Hospital)
Monash Pathology (Monash Health),
Austin Pathology (Mercy Hospital for Women)

Suitable for both pathologists and pathology registrars, the course includes online access to a set of scanned slides relating to the lecture topics. Places are limited.

To view the flyer, go to  https://www.iap-aus.org.au/data/VPAS_flyer_13.6.181.jpg