The Cunningham Medal,

for service to the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, was awarded to Professor Sir James Underwood at the 95th Scientific Meeting of the Division, at the Dinner held at the Royal College of Surgeons on Friday 25th November 2005.

The award was made by the current President of the Division, Professor Chris Elston.


The Cunningham medal is awarded to members who have given distinguished service to the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology( BDIAP). It is named in honour of George Cunningham, Professor of Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons from 1955-1968, who was the driving force behind the formation of the Division in 1961. The first award was made to Dr DAH Pratt, the first Secretary of the BDIAP, in 1974; Professor Sir James Underwood is the 10th recipient. James has made a substantial contribution to the BDIAP. He was a Council member and organised a successful scientific meeting in Sheffield in the 1980's. As the third Editor of our house journal, Histopathology, from 1996-2002 he built on its success, made important innovations and embraced the electronic age of publishing. He was a proactive President of the BDIAP from 2000-20002. During his Presidency the BDIAP hosted an excellent International IAP Congress in Amsterdam. James also introduced a scheme for the award of grants and scholarships from our charitable funds to enable undergraduates to participate in intercalated BSc's and electives in Pathology- now known as the Underwood Initiative. We owe him a considerable debt of gratitude.

On the same occasion, the President's Medal for service to education in pathology was awarded to Dr Basil Morson.