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Barrie Murphy, former President of the World Pathology Foundation Dies

It is with the greatest sadness Robby Bacchus, president of the World Pathology Foundation, announces the death of Barrie Murphy former President of the WPF whose dedication to preserving the principles upon which the Foundation stood were critical to the evolution of the Gordon Signy Fellowships. The following obituary appeared in the May 19, 2014 issue of the British Medical Journal.

After qualifying, house appointments, and a formative period in general practice, Barrie Murphy returned to Charing Cross Hospital to train in pathology. He was appointed consultant in Torquay in 1967, taking an active part in the planning and development of the new hospital and establishing a responsive haematology department. He had a keen interest in the practice of pathology in relation to healthcare and became an active member of the Department of Health’s central pathology committee, the Association of Clinical Pathologists, and the World Association of Societies in Pathology. His commitment and work for the latter organisation was recognised in his election to the office of president of the World Pathology Foundation, which he held from 1998 to 2007. Away from work he relaxed on his treasured boat, for many years crossing the Channel to enjoy the delights of the French coast. Through work and leisure he made many friends. Barrie was an excellent companion, a raconteur with a fine sense of humour, but he was equally engaging in serious discussion, when the extent and depth of his knowledge was apparent. His family was the centre of his life. The orchestration of and lively participation in the celebration of anniversaries and birthdays gave him unbounded and lasting pleasure. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Christine; their four children; and six grandchildren.

Bureau Accepting Proposals for 2019 World Congress

  Proposals from Constituent Societies for the 2019 World Congress of Pathology are being requested.  The 2015 World Congress is being held in Cancun, Mexico and the 2017 World Congress will be in Tokyo, Japan.  Proposals can be made at any time, but all proposals must be submitted in final form by September 1st, 2015.  Constituent Societies should provide their submissions to the Secretary-Treasurer of WASPaLM (see About Us, Bureau and Societies, Bureau for his contact information).

2015-2016 Gordon Signy Fellowship

The application period for the 2014-2015 Godon Signy Fellowships has expired.  The  application forms and information for the 2015-2016 Gordon Signy Fellowships are now available under the World Pathology Foundation - Gordon Signy Fellowships tab above.  Award announcements for the 2014-2015 Gordon Signy Fellowships will be made no later than 15 September 2014.

International Pathology Day Scheduled for November 5th

The Royal College of Pathologists in the United Kingdom, which introduced its National Pathology Week in 2008, is hosting a web page - ILovePathology - that aims to engage the public about pathology.  WASPaLM formally supports the Royal College in this special effort.

IFCC and WASPaLM Discuss Future Cooperation

Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 24 June 2014 Graham Beastall (President IFCC), Howard Morris (Vice President IFCC),  Gamze Mocan Kuzey, (previous President WASPaLM), Michael Oellerich, (Director Europe / Past President WASPaLM) and Jorge Olmedo (President of the Mexican Federation of Clinical Pathology) agreed on three possible areas of future cooperation.  These included:

  • A joint IFCC/WASPaLM Symposium at the World Congress of Pathology on 18 November 2015 in Cancun, Mexico.
  • A joint IFCC/WASPaLM meeting of the IFCC Young Scientist Group at the World Congress of Pathology in Cancun, Mexico
  • A joint IFCC/WASPaLM high level policy statement regarding the vital contribution of laboratory medicine to healthcare







Last Updated 5 August 2014



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