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Internationale Akademie für Pathologie
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2nd Vladimir Totovic – Memorial Symposium

Virtual, 08:50 - 16:20 CET.


In August 2022, the German Division of the IAP organized a One-Day Virtual Symposium to support Pathologists in Ukraine.  The international and national participants received the format very well and asked for a repetition. We have therefore decided to transform the format into an annual „Vladimir Totovic Memorial Symposium“.

This year the symposium will take place on June 8, 2024 as an online event.

All revenues  will be donated to the Vladimir Totovic Foundation. The foundation supports pathologists, especially  from financially weak countries with  travel and research grants.





General Information


Course description:
This intensive course is designed for practicing pathologists as well as pathologists in training and offers a wide range of different topics which consists lecture, case teaching and discussion.

Course language: English

Course format:
Virtual One Day Symposium – The sessions will be recorded and available for registered delegates 3 months on demand.

Course fee:

EUR 80,00:  Regular

EUR 30,00:  Residents*

Free of charge:  Pathologists from Ukraine

*Resident status must be confirmed by a formal declaration from the Head of Department issued in 2024. The requested document can be uploaded during registration process.

Pathologists from under-resourced countries are eligible for free registration. Please explain why a bursary is needed. You can upload the document during the online registration process.


Is possible online only and can be made via the event page. A confirmation of registration and the invoice will send to the participant.

Payment: Bank transfer.

Cancellation is possible until May 31, 2024. Course fee minus a service charge of € 30,00 will be refunded. No refund will be made after this date.


The 2nd Vladimir Totovic – Memorial Symposium  has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 6.0 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).


08:50 - 09:00 CETWelcome / IntroductionEva Wardelmann, Münster - Germany, Sabina Berezowska, CH-Lausanne
09:00 - 09:20 CETAutoimmune liver diseasesUta Drebber, Cologne - Germany
09:20 - 09:40 CETCheckpoint inhibitor-related liver injuryYoh Zen, London - UK
09:40 - 10:00 CETGastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and frequent differential diagnoses Eva Wardelmann, Münster - Germany
10:00 - 10:20 CETGastrointestinal mesenchymal tumors other than GIST Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger, Graz - Austria
10:20 - 10:40 CETCOFFEE BREAK-
10:40 - 11:00 CETDiagnosis of prostate cancer, Pitfalls and MimicksGlen Kristiansen, Bonn - Germany
11:00 - 11:20 CETContemporary Cleason Grading (Title to be confirmed)Rainer Grobholz, Aarau - Switzerland
11:20 - 11:40 CETMesenchymal tumors of the uterus Sigurd Lax, Graz - Austria
11:40 - 12:00 CETBiomarker testing in Endometrial cancer, role in clinical management and staging.Xavier Matias-Guiu, Lleida - Spain
12:00 - 12:40 CETLUNCH-
12:40 - 13:00 CETSARIFA – a new biomarker in GI-tumors with link to metabolic reprogrammingBruno Märkl, Augsburg - Germany
13:00 - 13:20 CETPrognostic relevance of tumor budding in gastric cancerGábor Lotz, Éva Kocsmár, Budapest - Hungary
13:20 - 13:40 CETSalivary Glands Abbas Agaimy, Erlangen - Germany
13:40 - 14:00 CETSinonasal tumorsAlessandro Franchi, Pisa - Italy
14:00 - 14:20 CETTumor of the testisFelix Bremmer, Göttingen - Germany
14:20 - 14:40 CETUroHenning Reis, Frankfurt - Germany
14:40 - 15:00 CETCOFFEE BREAK-
15:00 - 15:20 CETAssessing treatment response in lung cancer resectionsSabrina Berezowska, Lausanne - Switzerland
15:20 - 15:40 CETMultiple tumor nodules in lung cancerJason Chang, New York - USA
15:40 - 16:00 CETHodgkin lymphomaMartin-Leo Hansmann, Frankfurt - Germany
16:00 - 16:20 CETClassic Hodgkin lymphoma and other lymphomasYasodha Natkunam, Stanford - USA

Vladimir Totovic

Vladimir Totović was born in Novi Sad, the capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina (Serbia) on May 9, 1924.

Because of WW II he finished gymnasium in 1946. He started studying medicine in Prague and changed after 4   semesters to Zagreb Medical School, where his talent was immediately recognized by Prof. Sergej Saltykow (head of the Department of Pathology) and his coworker and successor Prof. Zlatko Kopač. Totović graduated from   medical school in 1953 and immediately started his residency in Anatomic Pathology, which he finished in 1959.   In the same year he made his first educational visit to Bonn. In 1960 he obtained the prestigious Humboldt   scholarship to study the application of histochemical methods in Marburg and electron microscopy in Bonn. He   proceeded his research work with a PhD thesis and habilitation in 1968 and became an extraordinary professor in Bonn in 1971. He was a brilliant teacher and was taking part in many textbooks.

For his whole life he stayed in contact with the Institute of Pathology of the Zagreb Medical School and together with his wife Olga he promoted the contacts between this institute and German pathology by supporting applications of Croatian colleagues for Humboldt scholarships as well as during their stays in Germany.

Totović was one of the founding members of the German IAP Division (GDIAP) in 1964/ 1965 and actively involved in the organization of the 1st Annual Meeting of the GDIAP in 1972. Under the presidency of Prof. Walter Sandritter he organized educational programs according to the educational structure of the IAP, particularly to that of the US and Canadian Division. Except from the annual meetings, he established one day courses to different topics (“tutorials”) and a self-education program with slide collections and handouts. 1980 he was elect to the board of directors of the GDIAP and subsequently became secretary/ treasurer and hold this position until his death on September 5, 1997. In this period the GDIAP experienced an important developmental step including its headquarter in Bonn.

The GDIAP honors Vladimir Totovic for his enormous contributions to the IAP. In his memory the Vladimir Totovic Foundation was founded in 2014 at the 50th anniversary of the GDIAP in particular to support pathology and its trainees with a special focus on young pathologists from underserved countries.

Vladimir Totovic Foundation and Founding priorities

The Vladimir
Totović Foundation is a non-profit foundation in the fiduciary administration of the Donors‘ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany for the promotion of pathology and its young academics. It was established in 2014 by the German Division of the International Academy of Pathology German Section The purpose of the foundation is in particular the promotion of scientifically based further and advanced training in pathology, including the examination methods used in their interdisciplinary significance for the whole of medicine. The Foundation provides its support primarily from donations.

Vladimir Totovic – Stiftung zur Förderung der Pathologie | Deutsches Stiftungszentrum (deutsches-stiftungszentrum.de)

Funding priorities


Vladimir Totović Research Prize
The Vladimir Totovic Research Award recognizes outstanding research achievements of internationally renowned pathologists. The prize money of 5,000 € includes the award of the Vladimir Totovic Medal and the Vladmir Totovic Lecture by the awardee. The selection of the awardees is made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees; self-application is not possible.

Vladimir Totovic Research Fellowships
Research fellows may apply for a stipend and research funding for a maximum three-month project closely related to academic pathology. The aim is to promote early scientific independence through an independent project leader. This requires a transfer from Germany to a foreign institution or from a foreign institution to Germany. Applications in accordance with the guidelines for research grants can be submitted by June 30 and December 31. The decision is made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees on the basis of independent expert opinions, taking into account the total budget available for funding. The scholarships are open to physicians and scientists of related disciplines with a qualifying degree.

Vladimir Totovic Travel Grants

Travel grants can be applied for participation in a German or international congress of pathology or in a symposium of the International Academy of Pathology. It is a prerequisite that the applicant provides evidence of his or her own scientific contribution (poster presentation or lecture). Applications according to the guidelines for travel grants can be submitted at any time. The decision will be made by the Board of Trustees within 8 weeks.

Hannah Hexamer, Foundation manager: Hannah.Hexamer@stifterverband.de or
Martina Schmidt  from the office of the German Division of IAP martina.schmidt@iap-bonn.de

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