2017 IPPA Advanced Course in Paediatric Pathology

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The IPPA Advanced Course in Paediatric Pathology

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Started by Professor John Emery in 1979, the 6-day annual course consists of lectures, discussions, practical sessions and slide seminars, offered at a variety of European venues and featuring international and local experts. The annual course is limited to about 50 participants, and there is a waiting list for admission. Once admitted, a participant can complete a rolling program of 5 annual courses, considered an informal rite of passage for European paediatric pathologists.

Local Organiser's welcome letter

2017 IPPA Advanced Course

30th September 6th October 2017

San Servolo, Venice


Dear friends and colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to San Servolo, Venice and the XXXVIX IPPA Advanced Course in Paediatric Pathology from the 30th September to the 6th  October, 2017.

Venice is the city suspended on the water. It has been celebrated by artists and poets over the centuries, since its foundation by people escaping persecution in mainland Europe after the decline of the Roman Empire. As a city of rich merchants, it was house for painters and explorers that brought its legend in the most remote places of the world known at that time. As Marco Polo says in “The invisible cities”, by I. Calvino, to Kublay Kan asking him why he never speaks about Venice: 'Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice”, because Venice is a miracle you cannot speak about “for fear it can disappear”

We will have the chance to visit its hidden art treasures and discover in San Servolo, a part of Venice unknown to the majority of the tourists. There we will experience the meditative atmosphere of the lagoon as it used to be centuries ago. The small island was originally site of the insane asylum for males, while women were sent to San Clemente island, just in front of San Servolo, now hosting a luxury resort. On the opposite side there is San Lazzaro degli Armeni, site of a small Armenian orthodox religious community, where lord Byron used to retire to find inspiration and to study.

The silence and the intense perfumes of the flowers in the gardens of San Servolo combined with the saltiness of the lagoon will be the ideal background for a full immersion in the study of fetal, perinatal, paediatric and placental pathology.  Outstanding internationally renowned paediatric pathologists will help us to discover new landscapes and revisit old perspectives.

For the opening session, a journey in the history of medicine will be guided by Prof. Zampieri, who will lead us through the streets of an ancient Padova, scientific pole of the rich Venice, and we will eavesdrop the cultural excitement of the people of Patavina Universitas. There Morgagni was starting the revolution of the medical art.

We will spend a week in San Servolo, and will move by boat for our excursions, like venetians normally do.  The temperature around this time of the year is generally warm, but rain is not unusual, so better to be ready to this possibility!

Social dinner will take place at the Navy Official Club in San Marco, an ancient Venetian building. The policy of the club requires tie for men and sneakers are forbidden. Remember to add a tie in your luggage!   

The social activities include the visit of San Marco Cathedral and the Piazza, an excursion in the hidden parts of Venice and, finally, a visit to Murano and Burano islands.

“Venice, the single word seems to send an exaltation exploding in the soul”,   T.Scarpa celebrates in his literary guide “Venice is a fish”: we hope that you will come back home from the Course with the same feeling.

An island almost only for us will be a unique experience contributing to make more intense the scientific exchanges among all the participants, in a magic atmosphere that is the same that over the centuries has made of this special city a cultural melting pot. 


Looking forward to seeing you in Venice,


Rita Alaggio,  Luisa Santoro & Katrine Ludwig


Announcement presentation and Programme

Program 1.7.17-open (945.7K)

Course tutors


Roger Byard, Australia

Jane Dahlstrom, Australia

Debra Heller, USA

Raj Kapur, USA

Bruce Pawel, USA

Miguel Reyes- Múgica, USA

Irene Scheimberg, UK


Registration Process

To register for future courses please download & complete IPPA COURSE WAITING LIST FORM.pdf or get in touch for further information.


Course Hotel

San Servolo Complex

International Venice University

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Course Venue

San Servolo Complex

International Venice University

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Travel & Excursions Information


14.30 Afternoon Tour - Clasic Venice



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15.00 Afternoon Tour - Lagoon Islands



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14.30 Afternoon Tour - Oriental Venice


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Please find below, all registered IPPA course Graduates from 2017




JACKIE  Allottey United Kingdom 2017
RICHARD Arnhold Austria 2017
SABAH  Boudjemaa France 2017
SIMONE Brandt Switzerland 2017
KARIN Collett Norway 2017
JOAN CARLES Ferreres Spain 2017
IVANDA Franckeviča Latvia 2017
SYLVIA Höller Switzerland 2017
IBEN Johnsen Denmark 2017
IRINA  Kletskaya Russian Federation 2017
CORINA Moldovan United Kingdom 2017
TINA Olsen Denmark 2017
GIL YOLANDA Rodríguez Spain 2017
PAWEL Schubert South Africa 2017
GEORGINA Siordia Reyes Mexico 2017
CAMELIA Stefanovici Canada 2017
PETER Swart South Africa 2017
KERRY  Turner United Kingdom 2017
REUBINA Wadee South Africa 2017


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If you would like to attend the next IPPA Advanced course, please download & complete the
IPPA COURSE WAITING LIST FORM.pdf, or contact the Course Director, Dr. Marta Cohen