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WASPaLM Capacity Building Course on Renal Biopsy Pathology in Myanmar, January 2016

WASPaLM in Capacity-Building Course on Renal Biopsy Pathology in Myanmar, January 2016

Professor LM Looi conducted a one-and-a-half-day course on “Introduction to Renal Biopsy Pathology” in Yangon, Myanmar from 30-31 January 2016.  This was in support of the capacity-building project initiated by the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) in 2015, and a follow-up from the dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw in late 2014 between the RCPath (UK) and the Minister of Health of Myanmar, at which WASPaLM was present.  The pathology teaching lecture-seminars, coordinated by Professor Soo-Yong Tan, began in 2015, and is planned to run through until at least 2017.

The renal pathology course provided an overview of the approach to diagnosis and classification of the glomerulonephritides and renal transplant pathology through five lectures, namely: (1)  A practical approach to interpretation of the renal needle biopsy, (2) Classification of glomerulonephritis, (3) Updates on lupus nephritis and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, (4) Role of the renal biopsy in transplantation, and (5) BK virus nephropathy.  3 seminar sessions comprising 18 case discussions on clinical and biopsy findings served to illustrate the major pathological entities and variants that may be encountered in a tertiary nephropathy service.  The seminars also served to reinforce a systematic and  practical approach to interpretation of the diagnostic renal biopsy, and the value and limitations of ancillary techniques.   

The teaching sessions took place at the University of Medicine 1 in Yangon, and were ethusiastically participated by 50 pathologists and nephrologists at all levels.  Discussions were open and practical in approach.  Local hospitality was impeccable and there was warm renewal of friendships and making of many new ones. 

Updated 16 February 2016

                          Participants in the Renal Biopsy Pathology Course

                                                                                                                   Professor Looi Lectures on Needle Biopsy Interpretation