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President's Newsletter

February 2023

Welcome to my first Newsletter as President of the BDIAP.

I would like to start by thanking my predecessor, Prof Andrew Nicholson, for his hard work and considerable achievements over the last 2 years. Under Andrew’s leadership, the BDIAP has expanded its overall membership up by 4%, and, with the introduction of Allied Scientist and Affiliate membership (for biomedical scientists) categories, has welcomed many new colleagues from the allied sciences, membership of which has grown by 48%. Consultant membership has increased by 14%.

Please encourage your colleagues to visit the BDIAP website and see the many benefits of becoming a member.

In the last 2 years, BDIAP Council has expanded and we have a new officer, Secretary for Engagement and Collaboration (currently Prof Stefan Dojcinov), with the aim of further developing links with the allied sciences and other societies in our member countries.

It is a pleasure to welcome incoming Councillors: Prof. Dr Mieke Van Bockstal (Belgian Representative), Prof Aurelie Fabre (Irish Representative) and Prof Teresa Marafioti, Councillor.

I would like to congratulate the 2022 BDIAP medal recipients: Dr Lisa Browning, Cunningham Medal, and Dr Eduardo Calonje, President’s Medal.

We are delighted to report the rise of the Histopathology Impact Factor to 7.778. This is the highest IF Histopathology has ever achieved. Congratulations to Prof Dan Berney, Editor and his Editorial Team!

Members can access the Histopathology journal with ease via the BDIAP Member area (with no further login required). 

BDIAP Meetings

Thank you to the programme organisers Professors Kieran Sheahan and Neil Shepherd, and all the speakers, for a very successful 2022 Winter meeting on Upper GI Pathology. The venue (10 Union Street, London) is ideal for this meeting and we will return there later this year (10-11 November 2023) for a meeting on Lower GI Pathology. (We do hope that you will save the date!) 

At the Dutch Society of Pathology (NVVP) Week of Pathology, 13-14 April 2023, there will be a half day Joint BDIAP/NVVP symposium on Thoracic Pathology.

View Programme

Links to Member Country National Society Events can be found here.

The 14th Joint Meeting of the BDIAP and the Pathological Society, Liverpool Pathology 2023, will be taking place on 27-29 June. 

Abstract submission and registration is now open

This will be the first in person Joint Meeting since 2019. Whilst the COVID pandemic accelerated the development of new online educational resources by the BDIAP and other societies, these cannot replace the interactive experience, networking opportunities and opportunity to present research work that are provided by in person meetings.

The Joint Meetings are essential for the development of academic and clinical pathology across member countries and play a critical role in generating future leaders in pathology. I look forward to welcoming you all to Liverpool in June!

Bursaries will be available for Trainee pathologists and Allied Scientists, so submit those abstracts.

The 8th Molecular Pathology and 15th Approach to Cut-Up Study days, organised by  Dr Lisa Browning and Dr Matt Clarke, take place next month (6-7 March) at 10 Union Street.

 Places are still available.

BDIAP Schools 2023

At the time of writing, Dr Jan von der Thüsen is delivering a course on Thoracic Pathology for the East African British School of Pathology. View the report here.


The International Junior Academy Summer School with the German Division of the IAP takes place in Bonn, 10-12 August 2023. Bursaries will be available, details to follow. 

The Bryan Warren School of Pathology in Bosnia will take place in November 2023, the topic Urological Pathology.

BDIAP Bitesize Virtual Workshops

Thank you to Dr Abhi Ghosh for his organisation of the Workshops which have proved very popular; the first three were all oversubscribed (maximum 70 attendees allowed).

The workshops are intended mainly for trainee pathologists.

The next workshop will be delivered by Prof Neil Shepherd on Gastrointestinal Polyps, 6 April. Registration opens soon - register early to avoid disappointment!

BDIAP Members can view recordings from the workshops in the BDIAP Member area.

View events calendar

BDIAP Bursaries

Bursaries were relaunched in 2022 following the pandemic. There are a number of different grants and bursaries available for members and medical undergraduate students, all opportunities can be found here.

Reports from recently awarded bursaries can be viewed on the website

Bursaries will shortly be announced for:

  • The 14th Joint Meeting of the BDIAP and the Pathological Society, 27-29 June 2023
  • The 13th BDIAP/GDIAP International Junior Academy Summer School, 10-12 August 2023
  • Innovation Grants

Professor Ian Roberts


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