Pathology is Global Symposium

Pathology is Global Symposium
Organised as part of the International Pathology Day celebrations
on 5th November 2014, the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath)
held a global health symposium, which brought together
pathologists, scientists and international development professionals
from around the world to explore the contribution and role played by
pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global
health challenges and improving health outcomes.
Chaired by Dr Suzy Lishman, President-Elect of the College,
key speakers at the ‘Pathology is Global’ Symposium included
Professor Lai-Meng Looi, President of the World Association of
Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM); Dr
Zahir Moloo, Regional Clinical Director of Pathology at the Aga
Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya; Professor Soo-Yong Tan, Director of SingHealth
Tissue Repository in Singapore and Dr Abdul Ghafur, Co-ordinator of the Chennai Declaration
on Antimicrobial Resistance in India. College President, Dr Archie Prentice delivered the
welcome address and symposium presentations covered a range of diverse topics that
included: how international volunteering is making a difference; the role of the pathologist in
bio banking and translational research, improving the diagnosis and reporting of breast cancer
in Lagos, Nigeria; building laboratory workforce and service capacity in Eastern Europe (using
Tajikistan as a case study); tackling antimicrobial resistance in India and recognising the
international role of UK Diaspora pathologists and scientists.
The symposium provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about the invaluable work and
impact that pathologists, scientists and laboratory medicine professionals are making all over
the world, as well as hear about the many international opportunities available through
volunteering, research and the development of collaborative global health partnerships.
Pathology is Global: Dr Suzy Lishman (centre)
with (L-R): Dr Zahir Moloo (Kenya); Professor
Soo-Yong Tan (Singapore); Dr Abeer Shabaan
(UK) and Dr Abdul Ghafur (India)