President's Message

Welcome to the latest "edition" of the SPP News. This is the next step in our foray into an entirely digital format for the Society for Pediatric Pathology's newsletter. Thanks to the initiative of Rob Ruiz, our innovative SPPonline web editor, we will be able to bring newsletter updates to you in a more timely manner. Each Society committee and the SPP leadership will all be able to provide the news and information you need, as it happens, rather than waiting for the twice a year compilation of articles.

I cannot believe the summer is over and autumn is here. All the Halloween decorations are emerging from storage and there is starting to be a nip in the air (actually, here in Ft Worth, that may be a bit of a stretch...it is actually 96 degrees F right now, as I write this). The last minute touches are being put in place in Houston as Karen Eldin, Jim Versalovic and their colleagues at Texas Children's Hospital prepare to host the Fall SPP meeting in just a few short weeks. The educational program looks very exciting. I am particularly eager to hear Lola Lopez-Terrada's COG update on the classification of liver tumors and the symposium on molecular diagnostics in pediatric pathology. You won't want to miss the Lotte Strauss lecture given by Kyle Kurek or the Perinatal Symposium, "Metabolic Disorders of the Fetus and Neonate", directed by Galen Schauer. The social aspects of the meeting, including a banquet and tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science promise to be excellent. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone there.

In other installments in this newsletter, you will learn about some of the behind the scenes activities that have been underway. Committees stay busy throughout the year, developing and organizing educational offerings, overseeing publications and finances, reviewing abstracts and grants, supporting fellowship program activities and findings ways to expand membership etc. We are particularly eager to enlist the assistance of pediatric pathology fellows in our committee activities. I was able to contact most of the new fellows who began training programs this summer and a number of them have signed on to work on society committees. This will be a great way for us to get to know these "new recruits" better. If you have a chance to meet them or work with them at the upcoming meeting, please make them feel welcome. If you know of other trainees who are interested in participating in our society, please encourage them and have them contact me. Our society's vitality is greatly enhanced by representing pathologists at all stages in their careers.

Hope to see you in Houston!

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