The Pathological Society has been in existence for more than a century with the object of advancing pathology and allied sciences.

Over the years the Society has endeavoured to reflect the interests of its members and these interests have consistently been towards the advancement of pathology and understanding disease. From morbid anatomy to molecular biology, from histochemistry to in situ hybridisation - the Society's meetings have encompassed the inevitable evolutions and necessary developments, and much is recorded for posterity in the Society's journal.


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The organisational structure of the Pathological Society can be viewed here. In addition to the General Committee there are a number of subcommittees with a specific remit to manage and report on specific aspects of Society business and development.


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The Pathological Society Research Portal provides all up to date information on the research activities of the Society.

The Pathological Society has an international reputation in encouraging and supporting basic and applied research on a wide variety of diseases. This is a achieved through a generous range of grants to members and conferences and seminars organised and attending by leading scientists in the field.

The Society journal, The Journal of Pathology, is the foremost journal in its field publishing high impact papers and reviews in pathology related research.


Please access the key subsections of the research portal below.

The Trainee Section has been established to support Trainees at various stages of their career.

This section is set to grow over the next few months, providing Trainee members with access to all the latest relevant information on pathology research and education.

Please access the various subsections of the portal below. Pathology Training & Education Histopathology & curriculum at RCPATH National Histopathology SHO school Recent reviews in Histopathology NHS Careers advice Association of Medical research Charities Case of the Month Please Log In above to view the Case of the Month Virtual Slide Once logged in you can click on the image to see the virtual slide.The case of the Month is also supplied with history, gross, microscopy, diagnosis, discussion and additonal images. The Educational Portal contains an archive of each Case of the Month since July 2010 and is available for trainees and all members of the Pathological Society.

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Virtual Slide

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CLINICAL HISTORY: A 77-year-old male presented with left facial nerve palsy and a history of a painless left parotid lump for 18 months and a recent increase in size. He had no systemic symptoms and no relevant past medical history. Ultrasound of the left parotid revealed a 2 x 3cm irregular mass with calcification and internal vascularity and fine needle aspiration (FNA) was performed.

Further Information

Please note, that in some cases, multiple slides may be uploaded.  To access these, click on the "slides" tab within the virtual viewer.

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The Society offers a generous range of grants to support high quality research in pathology and travel to encourage collaboration and the learning of new techniques.

These range from supporting PhD students and clinical fellowships, the funding of small projects and support for undergraduate students with an interest in pathology. The Society has also enstated a series of lectures and awards to recognise significant contributions in the field of pathology and related subjects.

2014 Grant Scheme Summary 

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The Society offers a generous range of grants to support high quality research in pathology. These range from supporting PhD students and clinical fellowships to the funding of small projects.


Please select the appropriate heading below to find out details of eligibility and how the Pathological Society can support your research.

The Pathological Society provides grants to support educational activities in pathology.  Please click on the relevant heading below to find out how the Pathological Society can support you.



Pathological Society Meeting Bursary 

About the grant?

To cover the registration costs and up to £500.00 expenses to attend a Path Society meeting. An additional amount of up to £125.00 is available for child care fees.


Who is eligible?

Post-graduate students (PhD, MD or MSc) or Pathology Trainees who are members of the Society


Deadline Dates

31 December for the Path Society Winter Meeting, January of the following year31 May  for the summer Joint meeting with the BDIAP (see event calendar for meeting dates)


How do I apply?

Electronic Application

Please read the full terms and conditions before applying

Reports of Bursaries to attend Maastricht Pathology 2018

Dr Rohaila Ahmed Royal London Hospital

Dr Lorelle Brownlee UCLH

Dr Alice Westwood University of Leeds

Reports of Bursaries to attend the Path Soc Joint Winter Meeting with the Royal Society of Medicine 22-23 January 2019

Dr Simone Arienti, University of Edinburgh


Pathological Society Meeting Bursary for Undergraduates

About the grant?

To cover costs (travel & accommodation) of up to £350.00 to attend a Path Society meeting


Who is eligible?

Undergraduate members of the Society


Deadline Dates

31 December for the Path Society Winter Meeting, January of the following year31 May  for the summer Joint meeting with the BDIAP (see event calendar for meeting dates)


How do I apply?

Electronic Application

Please read the full terms and conditions  before applying


Reports of Bursaries to attend Maastricht Pathology 2018

Dr C Turnquist, University of Oxford

Mr G Mullan, Queen's University Belfast

M Elghobashy, University of Birmingham

D Belete, University of Leeds



Travel & Conference Bursary

About the grant?

To cover the costs of travel and/or registration fees to promote scientific communications at major international meetings

The travel & Conference bursary is up to £500.00 and must supplement monies from other sources 


Who is eligible?

Concessionary members of the Society in good standing for 12 months and Undergraduate members of the Society.


Deadline Dates

None - applications are reviewed on a rolling bases


How do I apply?

Electronic Application


Please read the full terms and conditions before applying

 Reports of funded Travel & Conference Bursaries

USCAP 2018 attended by Dr A Phillips, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria 

AACFR (American Association Cancer Research) Annual Meeting 2018 attended by Dr L Cottone, UCL

Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE 2018) attended by Dr L Brownlee 

Cardiovascular Pathology Meeting, Switzerland attended by Dr Paida Gwiti, Southmeand Hospital

International Society for Extracellular Vesicles Annual Meeting 2018 attended by Dr R Crossland, Newcastle University



 The Sims-Woodhead Medal

The Sims-Woodhead Medal will be given in recognition of distinguished services to the Journal of Pathology.


- The Sims-Woodhead Medal was founded in 2006, the centenary year of the Pathological Society, in honour of the Founder and First Editor of the Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology.

- The object of the Sims-Woodhead Medal is to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Journal.

- The Sims-Woodhead Medal shall only be awarded on those occasions when a deserving recipient can be identified.

- Nominations will be made in the form of a 500 word citation to the Editor in Chief and may be made at any time.

- A notice soliciting nominations for the Sims-Woodhead Medal shall be placed in the Journal, and in communications from the Pathological Society.

- The award of the Sims-Woodhead Medal shall be made by the Journal of Pathology Editorial Committee.

- Its decision will be announced and the Medal awarded at the Society Dinner associated with a Scientific Meeting of the Society


Sims-Woodhead Awards

2010 Prof CS Herrington

2008 Mr J Theobald

2007 Prof PG Toner and Prof DH Wright 


The Jeremy Jass Prize for Research Excellence in Pathology


2016 - Karnezis AN, Wnag Y, Ramos P, Hendricks WPD, Oliva E, D'Angelo E, Prat J, Nucci MR, Nielsen RO, Chow C, Leung S, Kommoss F, Kommoss S, Silva A, Ronnett BM, Rabban JT, Bowtell DD, Weissman BE, Trent JM, Gilks CB, Huntsman DG: Dual loss of the SWI/SNF complex ATPases SMARCA4/BRG1 and SMARCA2/BRM is highly sensitive and specific for small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcaemic type

2015 - Balluff B, Frese CK, Maier SK, Schone C, Kuster B, Schmitt M, Aubele M, Hofler H, Deelder AM, Heck AJR, Hogendoorn PCW, Morreau J, Altelaar AFM, Walch A, McDonnell LA: De novo discovery of phenotypic intratumour heterogeneity using imaging mass spectometry

2014 - Amato E, dal Molin M, Mafficini A, Yu J, Malleo G, Rusev B, Fassan M, Antonello D, Sadakari Y, Castelli P, Zamboni G, Maitra A, Salvia R, Hruban RH, Bassi C, Capelli P, Lawlor FT, Goggins M, Scarpa A: Targeted next-generation sequencing of cancer genes dissects the molecular profiles of intraductal papillary neoplasms of the pancreas.

2013  - Martinez P, Birkbak NJ, Gerlinger M, McGranaham N, Burrell RA, Rowan AJ, Joshi T, Fisher R, Larkin J, Szallasi Z, Swanton C; Parallel evolution of tumour subclones mimics diversity between tumours

2012 - Yip S, Butterfield YS, Morozova O, Chittaranjan S, Blough MD, An J, Birol I, Chesnelong C, Chiu R, Chuah E, Corbett R, Docking R, Firme M, Hirst M, Jackman S, Karsan A, Li H, Louis DN, Maslova A, Moore R, Moradian A, Mungall KL, Perizzolo M, Quin J, Roldan G, Smith EE, Tamura-Wells J, Thiessen N, Varhol R, Weiss S, Wu W, Young S, Zhao Y, Mungall AJ, Jones SJ, Morin GB, Chan JA, Cairncross JG, Marra MA Concurrent CIC mutations, IDH mutations, and 1p/19q loss distinguish oligodendroglionas from other cancers

2011 - Amary MF, Bacsi K, Maggiani F, Damato S, Halai D, Berisha F, Pollock R, O'Donnell P, Grigoriadis A, Diss T, Eskandarpour M, Presneau N, Hogendoorn PCW, Futreal A, Tirabosco R, Flanagan AM IDH1 and IDH2 mutations are frequent events in central chondrosarcoma and central and periosteal chondromas but not in other mesenchymal tumours J Pathol. 2011 July;224(3):334-343

2010 - Weigelt B, Geyer FC, Natrajan R, Lopez-Garcia MA, Ahmad AS, Savage K, Kreike B, Reis-Filho JS The molecular underpinning of lobular histological growth pattern: a genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of invasive lobular carcinomas and grade- and molecular subtype-matched invasive ductal carcinomas of no special type J Pathol. 2010 Jan;220(1):45-57

2009 - Forshew T, Tatevossian RG, Lawson ARJ, Ma J, Neale G, Ogunkolade BW, Jones TA, Aarum J, Dalton J, Bailey S, Chaplin T, Carter RL, Gajjar A, Broniscer A, Young BD, Ellison DW, Sheer D Activation of the ERK/MAPK pathway: a signature genetic defect in posterior fossa pilocytic astrocytomas J Pathol. 2009 June;218(2):172-181

2008 - Lehmann U, Hasemeier B, Christgen M, Muller M, Romermann D, Langer F, Kreipe H Epigenetic inactivation of microRNA gene hsa-mir-9-1 in human breast cancer J Pathol. 2008 Jan;214(1):17-24

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