I am delighted that the First Meeting of the Turkish Division of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) is being held in the glorious city of Istanbul. It represents the first activity of the Division after its establishment by a group of dedicated Turkish pathologists. This meeting is an excellent start and a good beginning for more future scientific activities of the Turkish Division of IAP.
The scientific program is quite rich covering many areas in surgical pathology delivered by scholars from various prestigious medical institutes in Turkey and abroad. I hope that this meeting shall expand in the future with guest speakers from other Divisions of IAP as well as Turkish pathologists and scholars in other countries in Europe, North America and Australia. Hopefully, this shall advance knowledge and education in this rapidly evolving and progressing medical specialty of ours, all for the noble goal of better patient care.
One of the main goals of IAP is reaching out to under-served areas of the world, to help pathologists there in catching up with new concepts and advances in pathology. There had been collaboration between IAP and its various Divisions in reaching out to under-served or developing countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. The Turkish Division of IAP has a huge potential of growth, scientific activity, and continuing medical education for its members.
The IAP Secretariat headed by Prof David Hardwick in Vancouver, Canada and the Education Committee of IAP, headed by Prof HK Ng from Hong Kong, had been quite instrumental in promoting and supporting educational activities on a global level. In addition to helping, supporting, and planning for meetings and seminars or workshops in many countries, the Committee had offered many bursaries for pathologists, particularly those in training, from many countries to enable them to attend IAP international meetings. At the last IAP International Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012, a record number of 157 bursaries were offered. Similar bursaries shall be offered at our next congress to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014.
I like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Turkish organizers of this meeting including pathologists from various medical schools and other institutions for the tremendous efforts in putting together the needed work and logistics to make this meeting a successful one.  Special thanks go to the Secretary of the Turkish Division of IAP Prof Sitki Tuzlali and his associates for their relentless ad untiring efforts to make this meeting a reality.
I hope that we all are going to have a successful meeting in Turkey, a country with rich cultural heritage, magnificent history, a great natural beauty, and friendly hospitable people.
Samir S. Amr, MD
President, IAP


On behalf of the Turkish Division, I am delighted to invite you to the 1st meeting of the Turkish Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP) which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on June  07-08, 2014. The meeting will be organised with the collaboration of Federation of Turkish Pathology Societies and IAP. The first meeting after establishment of IAP Turkish Division will start with the historical survey of the IAP and continue with the wide spectrum of current issues in diagnostic pathology. There will be distinguished speakers from various medical institutes in Turkey and abroad who will share their outstanding knowledge and experiences with us. 
Istanbul is a gorgeous city with its rich culture,  history and beautiful landscape. This city of seven hills is worth to see with its charming Bosphorus between Europe and Asia.
We are waiting for you to work up this scientific meeting full with memorable experiences.

With kind regards,

İlhan Tuncer,MD
President, Turkish Division of the IAP