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What's New
NEW!!! Report from the SPP Secretary-Treasurer on the Pathology Workforce Summit held December 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is now online. Please click here to read more. (Updated 4/13/14)
NEW!!! 2014 SPP Spring Meeting Evaluations, SAM Post-tests, and CME/SAM Claim forms are now available. Please click here to log in. (Updated 3/2/14)
Latest SPP President's Message is now online. Please click here to read more.
Practice Committee Survey on Perinatal and Pediatric Autopsy, please click here to access.
Time to renew your SPP membership! If you haven't done so already, please click here to access.
Meeting evaluations, session materials, SAM post-tests, and CME/SAM claim forms for the 2013 SPP Fall Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 26-29, 2013 are now available. Please click here to access.
Perspectives, Volume 28, Insights Into Pediatric Laboratory Medicine, and Volume 29, Soft Tissue Tumors in Children and Adolescents, can now be ordered online direct from Allen Press! Please click here to go to the Allen Press ordering page.

Joint Meeting of PPS and SPP
September 4-6, 2014
Birmingham UK

The Meeting Website and Meeting Registration are now OPEN.
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Final Meeting Programme

(Updated 5/1/14)

Local organisers: Phil Cox, Tamas Marton and Beata Hargitai

Society for Pediatric Pathology Spring Meeting
March 1 - 2, 2014
San Diego, CA

Final Meeting Program

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Journal Watch
An eclectic selection of two dozen potentially interesting articles from current journals*

*Click here for the current watch list of journals.

All articles are in print. Please click the PMID number at the end of each citation to see the abstract on PubMed.

DISCLAIMER: Articles are listed in this section for information purposes only. The SPP does not approve or endorse these articles, and the SPP is not responsible for their content.

August 2014 Update
This month's Journal Watch prepared by Jason A. Jarzembowski, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Click here to download August 2014 Journal Watch list.

  • Mahe E, Hamid J, Terry J, et al. Frozen section of placental membranes and umbilical cord: an aid to early postpartum diagnosis of intra-amniotic infection. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Aug;142(2):202-8. PMID: 25015861.
  • Rudd RA, Marain LC, Crandall L. To hold or not to hold: medicolegal death investigation practices during unexpected child death investigations and the experiences of next of kin. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2014 Jun;35(2):132-9. PMID: 24781400.
  • Rodriguez FJ, Tihan T, Lin D, et al. Clinicopathologic features of pediatric oligodendrogliomas: a series of 50 patients. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Aug;38(8):1058-70. PMID: 24805856.
  • Pournazari P, Padmore RF, Kosari F, et al. B-lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma: overexpression of nuclear DNA repair protein PARP-1 correlates with antiapoptotic protein Bcl-2 and complex chromosomal abnormalities. Hum Pathol. 2014 Aug;45(8):1582-7. PMID: 24856976.
  • Xing D, Qasem SA, Owusu K, et al. Changing prognostic factors in osteosarcoma: analysis of 381 cases from two institutions. Hum Pathol. 2014 Aug;45(8):1688-96. PMID: 24931466.
  • Nakaya T, Morita K, Kurata A, et al. Multifocal kaposiform hemangioendothelioma in multiple visceral organs: an autopsy of 9-day-old female baby. Hum Pathol. 2014 Aug;45(8):1773-7. PMID: 24931465.
  • Haberman Y, Tickle TL, Dexheimer PJ, et al. Pediatric Crohn disease patients exhibit specific ileal transcriptome and microbiome signature. J Clin Invest. 2014 Aug 1;124(8):3617-3633. PMID: 25003194.
  • Bhatla T, Jones CL, Meyer JA, et al. The biology of relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia: opportunities for therapeutic interventions. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Aug;36(6):413-8. PMID: 24942023.
  • Sullivan EM, Wilson MW, Billups CA, et al. Pathologic Risk-based Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Unilateral Retinoblastoma Following Enucleation. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Aug;36(6):e335-40. PMID: 24577551.
  • Koga H, Makimura M, Tanaka H, Sumioki H. Placental mesenchymal dysplasia and fetal hematologic disorder. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Aug;36(6):e389-91. PMID: 23799527.
  • Guo H, Zhu P, Yan L, et al. The DNA methylation landscape of human early embryos. Nature. 2014 Jul 31;511(7511):606-10. PMID: 25079557.
  • Tannour-Louet M, Han S, Louet JF, et al. Increased gene copy number of VAMP7 disrupts human male urogenital development through altered estrogen action. Nat Med. 2014 Jul;20(7):715-24. PMID: 24880616.
  • Ludwig LS, Gazda HT, Eng JC, et al. Altered translation of GATA1 in Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Nat Med. 2014 Jul;20(7):748-53. PMID: 24952648.
  • Pai SY, Logan BR, Griffith LM, et al. Transplantation outcomes for severe combined immunodeficiency, 2000-2009. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jul 31;371(5):434-46. PMID: 25075835.
  • Vassal G, Fitzgerald E, Schrappe M, et al. Challenges for children and adolescents with cancer in Europe: The SIOP-Europe agenda. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1551-7. PMID: 24706509.
  • Gorlick S, Barkauskas DA, Krailo M, et al. HER-2 expression is not prognostic in osteosarcoma; a Children's Oncology Group prospective biology study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1558-64. PMID: 24753182.
  • Monsma DJ, Cherba DM, Richardson PJ, et al. Using a rhabdomyosarcoma patient-derived xenograft to examine precision medicine approaches and model acquired resistance. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1570-7. PMID: 24687871.
  • Saettini F, Conter V, Provenzi M, et al. Is multifocality a prognostic factor in childhood hepatoblastoma? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1593-7. PMID: 24757164.
  • Kropshofer G, Kneer A, Edlinger M, et al. Computed tomography guided percutaneous lung biopsies and suspected fungal infections in pediatric cancer patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1620-4. PMID: 24803392.
  • Dardas M, Gill SR, Grier A, The impact of postnatal antibiotics on the preterm intestinal microbiome. Pediatr Res. 2014 Aug;76(2):150-8. PMID: 24819377.
  • Tubio JM, Li Y, Ju YS, et al. Mobile DNA in cancer. Extensive transduction of nonrepetitive DNA mediated by L1 retrotransposition in cancer genomes. Science. 2014 Aug 1;345(6196):1251343. PMID: 25082706.

June/July 2014 Update
This month's Journal Watch prepared by Jason A. Jarzembowski, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Click here to download June/July 2014 Journal Watch list.

  • Collins MN, Brawley CB, McCracken CE, et al. Risk factors for quantity not sufficient sweat collection in infants 3 months or younger. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Jul;142(1):72-5. PubMed PMID: 24926088.
  • Sehic D, Ciornei CD, Gisselsson D. Evaluation of CITED1, SIX1, and CD56 protein expression for identification of blastemal elements in wilms tumor. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Jun;141(6):828-33. PubMed PMID: 24838327.
  • Galarreta CI, Grantham JJ, Forbes MS, et al. Tubular obstruction leads to progressive proximal tubular injury and atubular glomeruli in polycystic kidney disease. Am J Pathol. 2014 Jul;184(7):1957-66. PubMed PMID: 24815352.
  • Menon R, Boldogh I, Hawkins HK, et al. Histological evidence of oxidative stress and premature senescence in preterm premature rupture of the human fetal membranes recapitulated in vitro. Am J Pathol. 2014 Jun;184(6):1740-51. PubMed PMID: 24832021.
  • Spann KM, Loh Z, Lynch JP, et al. IRF-3, IRF-7, and IPS-1 promote host defense against acute human metapneumovirus infection in neonatal mice. Am J Pathol. 2014 Jun;184(6):1795-806. PubMed PMID: 24726644.
  • Akamatsu T, Dai H, Mizuguchi M, et al. LOX-1 is a novel therapeutic target in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Am J Pathol. 2014 Jun;184(6):1843-52. PubMed PMID: 24731447.
  • Gerami P, Busam K, Cochran A, et al. Histomorphologic assessment and interobserver diagnostic reproducibility of atypical spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms with long-term follow-up. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Jul;38(7):934-40. PubMed PMID: 24618612.
  • Yang P, Cornejo KM, Sadow PM, et al. Renal cell carcinoma in tuberous sclerosis complex. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Jul;38(7):895-909. PubMed PMID: 24832166.
  • Schaefer IM, Fletcher CD. Myxoid variant of so-called angiomatoid "malignant fibrous histiocytoma": clinicopathologic characterization in a series of 21 cases. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Jun;38(6):816-23. PubMed PMID: 24503754.
  • Triot A, Järvinen PM, Arostegui JI, et al. Inherited biallelic CSF3R mutations in severe congenital neutropenia. Blood. 2014 Jun 12;123(24):3811-7. PubMed PMID: 24753537.
  • Kushner BH, Modak S, Kramer K, et al. Striking dichotomy in outcome of MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma in the contemporary era. Cancer. 2014 Jul 1;120(13):2050-9. PubMed PMID: 24691684.
  • Qiu Y, Nguyen KD, Odegaard JI, et al. Eosinophils and type 2 cytokine signaling in macrophages orchestrate development of functional beige fat. Cell. 2014 Jun 5;157(6):1292-308. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.03.066. PubMed PMID: 24906148.
  • Kumasaka T, Hayashi T, Mitani K, et al. Characterization of pulmonary cysts in Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome: histopathological and morphometric analysis of 229 pulmonary cysts from 50 unrelated patients. Histopathology. 2014 Jul;65(1):100-10. PubMed PMID: 24393238.
  • Wan Y, Zhao W, Jiang Y, et al. β-catenin is a valuable marker for differential diagnosis of osteoblastoma and osteosarcoma. Hum Pathol. 2014 Jul;45(7):1459-65. PubMed PMID: 24746516.
  • Matoso A, Allen D, Herzlinger M, et al. Correlation of ALOX15 expression with eosinophilic or reflux esophagitis in a cohort of pediatric patients with esophageal eosinophilia. Hum Pathol. 2014 Jun;45(6):1205-12. PubMed PMID: 24742828.
  • Gregory KE, Winston AB, Yamamoto HS, et al. Urinary intestinal fatty acid binding protein predicts necrotizing enterocolitis. J Pediatr. 2014 Jun;164(6):1486-8. PubMed PMID: 24636854.
  • Wang G, McCain ML, Yang L, et al. Modeling the mitochondrial cardiomyopathy of Barth syndrome with induced pluripotent stem cell and heart-on-chip technologies. Nat Med. 2014 Jun;20(6):616-23. PubMed PMID: 24813252.
  • Grafe I, Yang T, Alexander S, et al. Excessive transforming growth factor- β signaling is a common mechanism in osteogenesis imperfecta. Nat Med. 2014 Jun;20(6):670-5. PubMed PMID: 24793237.
  • Phillippe M. Cell-free fetal DNA - A trigger for parturition. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun 26;370(26):2534-6. PubMed PMID: 24963574.
  • Studer J, Bartsch C, Haas C. Aquaporin-4 polymorphisms and brain/body weight ratio in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Pediatr Res. 2014 Jul;76(1):41-5. PubMed PMID: 24727946.
  • Zhang SC, Chen F, Jiang KL, et al. Comparative proteomic profiles of the normal and aganglionic hindgut in human Hirschsprung disease. Pediatr Res. 2014 Jun;75(6):754-61. PubMed PMID: 24608570.
  • Spector LG, Murphy SE, Wickham KM, et al. Prenatal tobacco exposure and cotinine in newborn dried blood spots. Pediatrics. 2014 Jun;133(6):e1632-8. PubMed PMID: 24819573.

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From the Editor's Desk

Dear Colleagues:

Salutations! The SPP Spring Meeting, to be held in San Diego, CA, on March 1 and 2, 2014, is approaching. Links to meeting registration, hotel and travel information, and the preliminary program are now available by clicking here.

Have you been using Journal Watch? It is a handy overview of recent literature prepared every month by members of the SPP Research Committee. Please see the latest Journal Watch by clicking here.

Robert E Ruiz
SPP Website Editor

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