At the recent 2019 European Congress of Pathology (ECP) in Nice, ICCR President, Dr John Srigley, took the opportunity to formally thank Professor Fred Bosman for his pivotal role in the formation of the ICCR.
It was in 2012 when Mike Wells (Royal College of Pathologists Vice President and European Society of Pathology (ESP) President)) organised for the then ICCR Chair, David Ellis to present the case for ICCR to the ESP Executive at the ECP meeting in Prague. This was a transformational moment as Fred, who was sitting in the audience, instantly saw the fundamental nexus between the ICCR and IARC. As a Series IV Editor for the Blue Books and Past President of the ESP he was central to providing the early essential links between the IARC Blue Books and the ICCR processes, and laying the groundwork for the excellent relationship ICCR has with IARC today.
With the incorporation of ICCR as a not for profit organisation in 2014, Fred served as a Foundational ICCR Board Director representing the ESP and provided valuable knowledge and wisdom in between his trips to teach in Nepal. Fred was also able to play an important role as the ICCR representative on the Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) TNM Core Group Committee at the annual meeting in Geneva.
Fred served as Director, representing the ESP, on the ICCR Board until recently stepping down. Without his assistance and tireless efforts, the ICCR would not be where it is today. His very thoughtful and professional contribution will be missed.
ICCR welcomes the Austrian Society of Pathology and Austrian Division of the International Academy of Pathology (ÖGPath/IAP Austria) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. Professor Gerald Hoefler is joining the Board of Directors and Professor Sigurd Lax the Dataset Steering Committee. ÖGPath/IAP Austria promotes quality management, quality assurance, science and further education and training in Pathology. The contribution and input from ÖGPath/IAP Austria is warmly welcomed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Classification of Digestive System Tumours
fifth edition, volume 1, has now been published at the WHO Bookshop
This latest edition is the driver for the new Digestive tract suite of datasets currently being developed which includes datasets for Pancreas, Oesophagus, Stomach, Colorectal and Colorectal excisional biopsy (Polpectomy).
This series (also known as the WHO Blue Books) is regarded as the gold standard for the diagnosis of tumours and comprises a unique synthesis of histopathological diagnosis with digital and molecular pathology.
ICCR welcomes The Hong Kong College of Pathologists as a new sustaining member of ICCR.
The Hong Kong College of Pathologists was formed in October 1990, inaugurated in October 1991 and is a member college in the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. The Hong Kong College of Pathologists act as a body for the purpose of consultation in matters of educational or public interest concerning pathology, oversees the training and accreditation of pathologists in Hong Kong and is responsible for setting standards and monitoring pathology training.
Professor Annie Nga-Yin Cheung is Chairman, Credentials and Appeals Committee, and past president of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists and is joining the ICCR Board of Directors and Dr Siu-ming Mak will be the The Hong Kong College of Pathologists representative on the Dataset Steering Committee.
ICCR warmly welcomes 2 new Members, the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) and the German Society of Pathology (DGP). We welcome the contribution and input from the Directors and organisations.
Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP)
ICCR welcomes the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. SBP was founded on August 5, 1954 with the aim to promote the union of specialists in Pathology, through the technical and scientific improvement and the integration among medical pathologists.
Dr Leite is President-Elect of the SBP and is joining the ICCR Board of Directors and Dr Fabio Tavora will be the SBP representative on the Dataset Steering Committee.
German Society of Pathology (DGP)
ICCR welcomes the German Society of Pathology (DGP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. The Chairman of the German Society of Pathology Professor Peter Schirmacher is joining the ICCR Board of Directors. The DGP was founded in 1897 and promotes medical concerns to assist in research and fight disease. The society organises conferences and provides information on the latest findings from theory and practice of pathology
ICCR welcomes the China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA), Committee of Oncopathology as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. CACA was founded in 1984, with the mission of uniting people involved in all branches of oncology and others with a similar interest in fighting cancer.
Dr Yan-hui Liu is the next Director of the Committee of Oncopathology of CACA and is joining the ICCR Board of Directors and Dr Yuan Li will be the CACA representative on the Dataset Steering Committee.
The ICCR Annual report for 2018
has recently been released. The report highlights the many achievements of the ICCR in 2018 as well as recent initiatives and collaborations.
Nine ICCR Datasets for the Head and Neck have been published. The published datasets are:
Carcinomas of the Oral Cavity
Carcinomas of the Hypopharynx, Larynx and Trachea
Carcinomas of the Nasopharynx and Oropharynx
Carcinomas of the Major Salivary Glands
Carcinomas of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
Ear and Temporal Bone Tumours
Malignant Odontogenic Tumours
Mucosal Melanomas of the Head and Neck
Nodal Excisions and Neck Dissection Specimens for Head and Neck Tumours
In addition, nine manuscripts have been published in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
, a monthly peer-reviewed journal of the College of American Pathologists. See the publication page
for a copy of the papers.
An ICCR Dataset for Tumours of the Central Nervous System (CNS) has been published.
The dataset is split into three sections:
a. Histological assessment of CNS specimens
b. Molecular information for CNS specimens
c. Final integrated report/diagnosis for CNS specimens
In addition, a manuscript has been published in relation to this dataset. See the publication page
for a copy of the paper.
Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter - Nephroureterectomy and Ureterectomy Specimen
Four ICCR Datasets for the Urinary Tract have been published. This marks the completion of the ICCR Genitourinary suite of datasets.
The published Urinary Tract datasets are:
Carcinoma of the Bladder - Cystectomy, Cystoprostatectomy and Diverticulectomy Specimen
Carcinoma of the Urethra - Urethrectomy Specimen
Urinary Tract Carcinoma
- Biopsy and Transurethral Resection Specimen
In addition, three manuscripts have been published in relation to these datasets. See the publication page
for a copy of the papers.
ICCR welcomes the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Pathology (RCPI, FoP) as a new sustaining member.
Dr Ann Treacy will be the RCPI, FoP representative on the Dataset Steering Committee and Professor Kieran Sheahan, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Pathology, is joining the Board of Directors. RCPI, FoP was established in 1982 and is the professional and training body for Pathology in Ireland. The contribution of the RCPI, FoP is warmly welcomed.