Research Committee

Committee membership

The Research committee welcomes new members Drs. Stefan Kostadinov from Brown University, Sarah Keating from the University of Toronto, Michael Fritsch from Children’s Memorial Hospital and 2011 fellow member Jefferson Terry from Harvard who will be joining us this Spring. We are very grateful to the 3 years of service given by Drs. John Ozolek from Pittsburgh and Dinesh Rakheja from UT Southwestern to the committee, as well as the service of 2010 fellow members Drs. James Davis of Harvard and Petros Giannikopoulos of Baylor.

Young Investigator Award

As this letter goes to press, we are busy receiving applications for the 2011 SPP Young Investigator award and look forward to announcing the winner at the 2011 Spring meeting in San Antonio. We have asked previous winners to comment on the importance of this award to their careers and have received excellent responses, like the following from Dr. Fritsch, 2001 Young Investigator awardee:

“I think small grants such as the SPP Young Investigator award provide two opportunities to increase the likelihood of obtaining more sustained funding. One is of course the money that allows for the acquisition of preliminary data and the second is the added prestige of having had the research already recognized as being important by another organization. I believe the SPP award played an important role in my obtaining an RO1. I would like to see the Young Investigator award stipend increased (the cost of research only goes up) and/or the number of Young Investigator awards increased.”

We hope this feedback will inspire others to donate to the SPP to further fund this award, so we might be able to assist more young investigators with greater awards in the future.

McAdams Stipend

Originally funded to allow practicing pediatric pathologists to travel elsewhere for gaining additional expertise, the McAdams travel stipend has become an excellent way to allow residents to experience pediatric pathology at an institution offering a fellowship in pediatric pathology. For this reason, with the urging of the fellowship committee and blessing of the sponsoring institution Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the deadline for McAdams travel stipend applications is being moved to Monday May 2, 2011. The stipend will be available for rotation in the academic year 2011-2012 as usual, and the winner will be announced at 2011 interim meeting. We hope that this change will allow more residents to find out about the award at the USCAP resident’s fellowship fair, and consider pediatric pathology as a career. Practicing pediatric pathologists are still eligible for the award and are encouraged to apply as well. Please see the webpage for more details.

Future directions

Finally, the research committee looks forward to working with the Education committee abstract review subcommittee as we transition the responsibility for abstract reviews from to the Research committee. We are continuing to work on ways we might strengthen research efforts within the Society for Pediatric Pathology, and are always welcome to new ideas from our colleagues.

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