Research Committee Update, 3/2013

The Research Committee and the Abstract Subcommittee worked together to review almost 70 abstracts for the recent spring meeting in Baltimore. Reviewers and attendees alike were thrilled with the high quality of research being performed by Society members. Start planning to submit your work for possible presentation at the 2013 Fall Meeting in Salt Lake City. We’ll be implementing a new abstract submission system (the one currently used by USCAP), and we’ll have plenty of communications about the forthcoming changes (including an earlier deadline), so stay tuned!

The Research Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 SPP Young Investigator Research Grant is Dr. Gabrielle Rizzuto, a third-year resident at the University of California – San Francisco. She will receive a $10,000 award to support her proposal, “Immune response to infection at the maternal-fetal interface.” We extend our congratulations to her, and our thanks to our other five stellar applicants.

The Research Committee is also responsible for nominating the recipients of the SPP’s A. James McAdams Short-Term Study Award. This award is dedicated to helping residents garner exposure to pediatric pathology through an away rotation, or allowing a practicing pathologist to gain expertise in a specialized technique or topic. Applications are due 4/26/2013, and additional information is available on the website. Please consider applying or encouraging one of your trainees to apply for this award!

We are working to improve the “Research” section of the SPP website by reorganizing the current content to include expanded lists of grants/funding opportunities relevant to pediatric pathologists, as well as disease-specific registries and resources.

Members of the Research Committee have also taken responsibility for the “Journal Watch” section at the bottom of the SPP homepage. Please take a look at this feature that has a monthly summary of the latest and hopefully greatest publications relevant to the world of pediatric pathology including AP, CP, and basic science topics. Most citations also have embedded hot links, so if the title interests you, a single click will take you to the PubMed reference and, from most academic institutions, you’ll only be one more click away from the full-text article.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas about how the Research Committee can help promote scientific productivity within the Society. You can email me at jjarzemb@mcw.edu.

View Research Committee Update, 10/2012

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