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The 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division of the IAP


Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD, Australia
Registration to open early January 2023


Keynote Speakers

Christina A Arnold M.D.
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Centre, Aurora, Colorado, USA

Jesse McKenney M.D.
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang M.D.
Associate Professor
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA



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Topic: “A PATH through the chaos; how to make the most of (path)TWITTER
Date: Nov 28, 2022
Time: 05:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Open to IAP-AUS financial members only (Target audience is Registrars) 

Presented by Professor Gelareh Farshid 

Topic: “Update on triple negative breast cancer”
Date:  Wednesday 14th December, 2022
Time: 5:30PM – 6.30PM (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)

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The 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division of the IAP

Brisbane Convention Centre

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 May, 2023

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Your Executive Team


Clinical Associate Professor Fiona Maclean


Clinical Associate Professor Fiona Maclean is Deputy Director of Histopathology at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, with special interests in urogenital and musculoskeletal pathology in particular. Assoc. Prof. Maclean graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. She initially worked as a resident medical officer at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital, where she was awarded Intern of the Year. Assoc. Prof. Maclean holds positions as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University and Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame.

She has authored two chapters in the current edition of Sternberg’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, and one chapter in the current edition of Histology for Pathologists,both of which are premier textbooks in the fields of pathology and histology.

She is passionate about teaching pathology and enjoys presenting lectures to people from all walks of life. She is president of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP), and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020 and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020.and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020.


Clinical Professor Marian Priyanthi Kumarasinghe

MBBS, MD, Dip Cytopath (RCPA), FRCPA

Professor Kumarasinghe is a Senior Consultant Pathologist at PathWest (Public Pathology service in Western Australia), a Consulting Pathologist to Clinipath Laboratories and a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia Medical School. She is the President Elect of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology, the current chair of Structured Pathology Reporting of cancer project for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and a Past President of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. She continues to contribute to multiple structured cancer protocols for RCPA and International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR).

She specialises in gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and endocrine pathology. She is a national and international authority on gastrointestinal pathology and has presented on numerous occasions at conferences throughout the world. She is a contributing author to the WHO classification of tumours of the digestive system, IAC-IRAC Cytopathology Reporting System for Pancreaticobiliary Cytopathology and the co-editor of text “endoscopic biopsy interpretation: a practical guide” – the first Australian text on gastrointestinal pathology. She has authored nearly 200 publications, several invited reviews and co-authored chapters on GI pathology and pancreatic and thyroid cytology. She is the recipient of the inaugural award by the official journal of Royal College of pathologists of Australasia “Pathology” in 2017 on her contribution to HER2 testing of gastric and gastroesophageal junctional cancers in Australia. In addition, she has won numerous academic awards dating back to her early career by many professional societies and governing bodies.



Professor Jane Dahlstrom OAM

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FPAC, FRCPA, FFOP, FFSc, Grad Cert Ed Stud (Higher Education), SFHEA

Jane is a long-standing member of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) joining as a registrar and participating as a speaker in the Friday companion clubs over many years. Since 2012 she has been a member of the IAP Board, first as the Honorary Secretary (2012-2016) and then Vice-President Australasia on the IAP Central Executive (2016-2018). She is the current President of our Division (2019-2021).

Jane was the chair of the scientific committee for the successful Asia Pacific IAP meeting in 2015 held in Brisbane and is the chair of the scientific committee for the IAP Congress to be held in Sydney 9-14 October in 2022.
Since 2012 Jane has been particularly involved in further developing outreach pathology programs for those underserved regions of the world, both regionally and globally, and is current Chair of the Education Committee for IAP Central.

She is the Executive Director of ACT Pathology for Canberra Health Services and Chair and Professor of Pathology at the Australian National University (ANU). She is the immediate past president of the International Paediatric Pathology Association (IPPA) and a board member on the RCPA foundation.
Jane enjoys teaching and mentoring and is an active researcher with interests in breast, and perinatal and placental pathology.

Honorary Secretary

Professor Alfred K. Lam AM
MBBS, MD, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPA (FFOP), FRCPA (Faculty of Science) FRCPath (UK), FIAC, FHKCPath, FHKAM (Pathology).

Professor Lam is the Foundation Chair Professor in Griffith University with 30 years’ experience in diagnostic and molecular pathology. His research focuses are on diagnostic and molecular pathology of cancers of gastrointestinal tract, endocrine, oral and head/neck. He has produced over 370 referred journal articles with the citation index (Scopus H index) for his publication at 53 in 2019. His research contributions made him awarded the best senior researcher by Griffith University’s Vice Chancellor and the winner of Australian society of medical research Queensland health and medical research award.

Professor Lam has contributed to 3 editions of World Health Organization on classification of tumour since 2003. He is an expert editor of the Fifth edition of World Health Organization book on classification of Digestive tract tumour pathology. He also edited a book on Oesophageal cancer and contributed more than 40 book chapters.

Professor Lam chairs the development of a dataset for the reporting of oesophageal cancer by International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR). He has also contributed to multiple structured cancer protocols in Australia and ICCR. At present, he is on editorial board of multiple international peer-review journals such as Pathology, Human Pathology, Endocrine Pathology, Endocrine-related cancer, International Journal of Molecular Sciences etc.

In professional committees, Professor Lam acts as principal examiner in Anatomical Pathology for Faculty of Science for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He is nominated as Honorary Secretory in Australasian Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP).

Honorary Treasurer

Professor Gelareh Farshid

Professor Gelareh Farshid is a fulltime senior Consultant Pathologist at SA Pathology, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Professor Farshid enjoys long standing research interests and clinical expertise in diseases of the breast, population based screening and in soft tissue pathology. She contributes to multiple national and international professional bodies.

Gelareh has extensive experience in Clinical Governance and Executive Management, having served as the Clinical Director of BreastScreen South Australia for a decade, being a pathologist on the BreastScreen Australia National Quality Management Committee and serving as the Secretary of the International Society of Breast Pathology. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Professor Farshid joined the Board of the IAP as Treasurer in 2017.

Regional Vice President

Professor Richard Scolyer AO

Professor Richard Scolyer is a Senior Staff Specialist, Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; Conjoint Medical Director, Melanoma Institute Australia; and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney.

He is a Past President of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology. He provides a clinical consultation service for the diagnosis of difficult pigmented lesions and receives more 2000 cases for opinion from Australasia and beyond annually. His record includes co-authoring more than 500 publications with >30,000 citations. Richard has presented on more than 300 occasions at conferences throughout the world.

He received various NSW Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Thomson Reuters 2015 Citation Award in the Clinical Medicine category, the 2018 William O. Russell/Joanne Vandenberge Hill Award in Anatomical Pathology, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Research Australia’s 2018 GSK Award for Research Excellence. Richard was editor,4th Edition World Health Organisation Classification of Tumours Skin Tumours in which he was responsible for 3 of the 6 sections and authored/co-authored more than 30 chapters. He is also Vice Chair of the Melanoma Expert Panel of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) for the 8th edition of AJCC Cancer Staging System, co-leads the Australian Melanoma Genome Project (part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium). He is also an editorial board member of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Modern Pathology, Histopathology, Senior Associate Editor of Pathology and several other journals.