"Neuropathology is the study of anything that interests a Neuropathologist"
Dr. Jerzy Olszewski, 1963
Dr. Olszewski couldn't have been more correct, but to be more specific, neuropathology is the study of diseases of the nervous system. Neuropathologists are medical specialists with expertise in the diagnosis of nervous system diseases by gross, microscopic and molecular examinations.
Neuropathologists are primarily involved in the diagnosis of diseases of brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and muscle. These entities range from congenital disorders to tumours to degenerative illnesses. A typical neuropathology practise includes both surgical and postmortem tissue diagnosis. In addition, some neuropathologists have clinical activities in obtaining needle muscle biopsy specimens.
As a non-profit organization, the purpose of the CANP is to further the specialty of Neuropathology in Canada with respect to teaching, education, research, maintenance of competence and other professional matters.
The activities of the CANP include the following:
dissemination of information of interest to Neuropathologists through a regular newsletter
holding annual meetings
awarding trainees for excellence in research and clinical work
education of trainees
assisting members in participation in the MOCOMP program of the RCPSC.