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The spring newsletter, as usual, is our
most informative issue. It includes important information from various
committee chairs following the annual meeting, as well as the proceedings
of the annual business meeting. Award winners, new members and a list of
current committee assignments are included in this issue. We look forward
to the initiatives planned by Ron Jaffe and his incoming administration
and we thank Claire Langston for a job well done. So read on, and also
enjoy the pictures of the annual meeting captured by our archivist,
Stephanie Young. Y’all have a pleasant summer.
PASSION AND COMPASSION
When I interview candidates for residency
or fellowship positions, I ask them about other things in their lives that
they might be passionate about. Some say God, or mushroom collecting,
ballroom dancing, or the Steelers. All answers are correct, at least to
me. If someone is excited and enthusiastic about something in their lives,
I reason that if we are doing our job correctly, they might become
just as passionate about pediatric pathology too. So when I come across
enthusiasm, it is to be nurtured and encouraged and stimulated.
And that is how I feel about the perinatal
pathologists among us. They are excited about what they do - and they want
to foster the field. They have formed a group within the Society that is
looking towards its second meeting in Memphis after our interim meeting.
The previous meeting in Vancouver filled the room. This one can do better.
The Society will foster and encourage the growth and strength of this
group because perinatal pathology is much of what we do. The group will
achieve credibility by putting on informative and challenging symposia, by
organizing national workshops, by submitting scientifically sound and
novel abstracts, and by publishing groundbreaking research in the field
(hopefully, in the Society journal). Respect is earned, and they have done
so, and we need to give our perinatal colleagues every chance to display
their talents. Their glory will reflect on us and we will be proud that
their passion has made them the leaders in the field. Sign up now for the
Memphis Perinatal Symposium, Sunday September 23, after the SPP meeting.
Compassion, on the other hand, is to feel
sympathy for the misfortune of others. And there is lots of misery going
around. The large problems of mankind; poverty, famine, wars and AIDS,
take a disproportionate toll on the young. And as pediatric pathologists,
we should have a professional interest in these matters quite separate
from our feelings of humanity. A number of members of the Society have
been involved, over the years, with efforts to spread the knowledge and to
bring the benefits of our special field of endeavor to those currently
without it. They have generally acted as individuals, and are to be
applauded for the effort. But what has the Society, as an organization
devoted to the propagation of pediatric pathology, done?
I have asked some of the people who have
had experience in places of need, to get together, and to suggest to the
Society some ways by which more targeted use of our skills and talents can
bring help where help is needed. It is too cynical to believe that money
alone can cure the world. Denis Benjamin, John Buchino, Vijay Joshi, David
Becroft and Roc Kaschula will suggest to Council, next spring, some ways
in which we, as a group, can channel our efforts. I hope that our standing
Committees, Practice, Education, and others, will take up the banner and
make the ideas work. If you have your own experience or ideas and want to
participate, call Denis Benjamin. I have invited Roc Kaschula, who knows
about medicine and pathology practice in Africa, to give the annual Farber
lecture along this theme.
We can do these two things at once - look
inwards and promote the passion, look outward and let the compassion move
us to action.
Business Meeting Minutes
March 3, 2001, Atlanta, GA
President Langston called the business
meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Marquis III room of the Marriott
Marquis, Atlanta, GA.
The minutes of the 2000 business meeting
President Langston acknowledged the loss of
Dr. Landing and Dr. Emery during the past year and a moment of silence was
President Langston reported that the
executive committee has begun an initiative to memorialize Dr. Ben
Landing. Dr. Triche noted that he is one of a group of five physicians who
previously worked closely together at Los Angeles Children's hospital and
that a memorial fund was established at LA Children's for him. A plan is
in the organizational stage to establish an annual lecture at LA
Children's in his honor. Dr. Triche plans to contact Drs. David Hardwick
& Bruce Beckwith to work with him and the family on this endeavor. Dr.
Triche will continue to update the Society.
Dr. Langston related that this has been an
extremely busy year for the SPP. Initiatives that came out of Council at
the interim meeting included a directive that the executive committee
review the administrative functions of our management company. Dr.
Weinberg was asked by the executive committee to review our options and
report back to Council, which he did. Following considerable discussion,
Council voted to change the management firm effective January 1, 2002, the
end of our current contract with Degnon Associates. Search for a new
management firm will begin immediately. Another initiative resulted from
Dr. Kapur's efforts to seek innovative new educational and research uses
for excess income generated by our restricted funds in accordance with the
mandates governing the use of these funds. Council voted to approve the
creation of a mechanism whereby a portion of the income from our
restricted reserves would be used for novel projects that further the
mission of the Society. The program will begin this year.
The Secretary-Treasurer reported on the
membership status and the financial position of the Society. At year-end
2000, there were a total of 577 SPP members, with 302 regular, 47 junior,
52 affiliate, 1 honorary, 35 emeritus and 50 life members. As of January
1, 1998, all Society restricted and unrestricted funds were transferred
into mutual fund holdings managed by Salomon Smith Barney. As of December
31, 2000 the SPP had total assets of $524,382, with $395,427 in restricted
funds (Vawter, Lotte Strauss, Young Investigator), $109,678 in
unrestricted general funds, $7,768.94 in the checking and $11,507.83 in
the savings account. The Founder’s Endowment for Research in Pediatric
Pathology (FERPP), also known as the Young Investigator Fund, decreased in
value from $205,421 in 1999 to the current value of $180,016. The Lotte
Strauss Fund value decreased in value from $205,221 in 1999 to the current
value of $180,933. The Vawter Fund value increased in value from $31,300
in 1999 to the current value of $31,478. Additional funding was received
from the Vawter family. The financial status of the SPP at year-end 2000
revealed no deficit. The year 2001 budget, approved in September 2000, is
a deficit budget, with recognition that no utilization of SPP reserve
funds has occurred.
Reports from Committee Chairs:
Archives Committee - No Report.
Distinction and Awards Committee - The
Lotte Strauss, Neustein and Vawter awards will be given tomorrow morning.
Bylaws Committee - Dr. Dickey reported
for the Bylaws committee. The proposed Bylaws changes have been previously
distributed and published in the SPP newsletter. Dr. Dickey read the bylaws
changes. The bylaws changes were
Education Committee - Dr. Patterson
reported for the Education Committee. Dr. Patterson thanked Dr. Teot for her
work on the ACCME accreditation, which resulted in full compliance status. The
next reaccreditation application is due in June 2001, with a reverse site
visit in September. The number of abstracts submitted for this meeting were up
in comparison to previous years, while last year’s numbers were down. Please
submit pediatric and perinatal abstracts to the Spring SPP meetings and to the
interim meetings of our Society. Future interim meetings include Memphis 2001;
Dallas 2002; Cincinnati 2003; Hot Springs, AK 2004.
Fellowship Committee - Dr. Langston
thanked Dr. Finegold for his service as Fellowship Chair. Dr. Greco reported
for the Fellowship Committee. The Fellowship committee is planning to organize
a meeting of the Pathology program directors this year, possibly in
conjunction with the interim meeting.
Finance Committee - Dr. Haas reported
for the Finance Committee. The Finance committee supported the novel use of
Society funds to accomplish the aims and mission of the Society as outlined by
Dr. Langston. Fiscally, the Society is in better shape than it has ever been.
The total Society assets are approximately $500,000, with approximately 80% in
restricted funds. Donations from Society members and family members have
allowed the funds to continue to grow. The yield from these funds this year
will continue to be used to memorialize Drs. Strauss and Vawter, provide for
the YI award, and should allow additional activities as noted by Dr. Langston.
Long-Term Planning Committee - No
Practice Committee - No Report.
Publications Committee - Dr. Rogers
reported for the Publications committee. The website has been moved to a
commercial firm and is doing well. In December a Publications retreat was held
in Dallas and many suggestions came forth. These included: editorial board
redesign; the editorial board will be kept international; new sections will be
added to the journal; electronic publishing will increase; marketing
initiatives from Springer are continuing. Thanks to Dr. Paul Dickman for
starting the website. Thanks to Dr. Denis Benjamin for being the first editor
in chief of PDP. The new PDP editor in chief is Dr. Miguel Reyes-Mugica. Dr.
Reyes-Mugica expressed his gratitude for the position. He commented that
following the tremendous work of Denis Benjamin, he would regroup and restart
with an enthusiastic new editorial board. The support from Dr. Reyes'
department is already in place with the publication of other journals. He
encouraged help from other members of the Society, including a plea to members
who presented at this meeting to submit their work to the PDP journal. Dr.
Rogers thanked the four strong applicants for the editor in-chief position.
Dr. Rogers announced that the new webmaster is Dr. Hal Pinar. Dr. Pinar
thanked the Society for supporting him in this new position. His goal is to
make our website a frequently visited site for scientific data and SPP
information. Dr. Pinar will solicit members for information/contributions to
Research Committee - Dr. Kapur reported
for the Research committee. He noted that Drs. Jim Downing and Deb Schofield
complete their service to the Research committee and he welcomes Drs. Gail
Deutsch and Drucilla Roberts. Four applications for the YI award were
received. The Young Investigator award winner will be announced tomorrow
morning. The McAdams stipend will not be awarded this year, as no applications
Dr. Perrin brought up the recently raised
public concerns related to autopsy consent that have become a major problem in
the UK, and offered the floor to Dr. Kelehan from Dublin, Ireland to comment
on the background and developments in this area. Dr. Kelehan reiterated the
concerns of the pediatric pathology community in the UK, especially in regards
to the standard autopsy procedure and the issue of informed consent. He seeks
support from the American pathologists. Dr. Langston notes that this situation
is well known to the SPP. We are widely supportive individually, however it is
not clear what can be done Society wide. Similar risks may exist in places in
the US and individual institutions need to address the issues. Dr. Qualman
commented that there are two components to informed consent - the signing of a
form and an accompanying informative pamphlet. This is the model for obtaining
tissue for study, and similar models can be used for autopsy consent. Dr. V.
Anderson recommends that the Society review the autopsy
procedure/protocol/consent. Dr. Coffin commented this issue was addressed
proactively in Salt Lake City, where an interhospital consent form and
pamphlet was developed. The autopsy consent form was revised with a
multidisciplinary committee, including parents, physicians, nurses, etc. The
CAP has already provided a lot of support for this through the CAP checklist
and autopsy resource committee. The Society will refer further review of this
important issue to the Practice committee.
Membership Committee - Dr. Perry
reported for the Membership Committee. The newly elected members are:
||Susanne K. Coberly
Nominating Committee - Dr. Jaffe
reported for the Nominating Committee. The slate of nominees is:
President-elect: Henry Krous
Secretary-Treasurer: Deborah Perry
Council: David Parham, Linda Margraf
There was a call for nominations from the
floor. There were no additional nominations.
The nominations were closed and the slate was
Announcement of upcoming meetings included:
Dr. Perry announced that the next annual
meeting is in Chicago, Illinois, February 22-23, 2002.
Dr. Perry announced the 47th
annual meeting of the Pediatric Pathology Society in Warsaw, Poland, September
Dr. Downing announced the Interim SPP meeting
in Memphis, TN, September. 20-23, 2001 and invited all to attend.
Outgoing councilors, Drs. Vogler and Coffin,
escorted incoming President Jaffe to the podium. President Langston presented
Dr. Jaffe with the talking stick. Dr. Jaffe presented Dr. Langston with a
carved plaque and thanked her for all her work for the Society.
Dr. Jaffe adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.
at the Atlanta Meeting
Jeffrey Goldstein, Chair, Awards
Three individuals were recognized for meritorious
scientific efforts at our annual meeting in Atlanta. The Lotte Strauss Prize,
which is awarded annually to the author of the best paper published on a subject
germane to pediatric pathology in the preceding year by an individual 40 years
of age or younger, was awarded to Dr. Rusung Tan. Dr. Tan is Assistant
Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia, and Medical
Microbiologist and Virologist for the Children's & Women's Health Centre of
British Columbia. He received the award as senior author of the paper: Cutting
Edge: Defective natural killer cell activation in X-linked lymphoproliferative
disease, published in the Journal of Immunology, 2000; 165:3549. His
co-authors were Drs. Loralyn Benoit, Xiaoxia Wang, Henry Pabst, and Jan Dutz.
Dr. Tan receives a $1000 (U.S.) honorarium, and an expense paid trip to the
Society’s interim meeting in September in Memphis, where he will present his
research to those in attendance. Congratulations to Dr. Tan and his co-workers.
We are looking forward to his lecture.
The Gordon F. Vawter Pathologist in Training
Award was awarded to Dr. Csaba Galambos
from the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center and Cardinal Glennon
Children’s Hospital for his abstract: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
Isoforms 164 And 188 Are Essential For Fetal Mouse Lung Development. Dr.
Galambos’ co-authors were Drs Ali, Ng, Noguchi, D’Amore, and deMello.
The Harry B. Neustein Award
for use of new or novel technology was presented to Dr. Sara O.Vargas
from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School for her paper: Optical
"Biopsy" Of The Pediatric Gastrointestinal Tract Using Optical
Coherence Tomography. Dr. Vargas’ co-authors were Drs. Gull, Stumper,
Patel, Fujimoto and Brezinski.
Congratulations to Dr. Tan and to Drs. Galambos
and Vargas and their co-authors.
SPP Committee Members
||President: Ron Jaffe
Past-President: Claire Langston
President-elect: Henry Krous
Secretary-Treasurer: Deborah Perry
||Robert Bendon (2002)
Glenn Taylor (2002)
Liliane Boccon-Gibod (2003)
Larry Becker (2003)
*David Parham (2004)
*Linda Margraf (2004)
||Stephanie Young (Chair-2003)
Joan Durbin (2002)
Bahig Shehata (2003)
*Thomas Stocker (2006)
||Glenn Dickey (Chair-2002)
Maureen Sander (2002)
Vicki Gresik (2002)
Heather Prashner (2003)
Distinction & Awards:
Jeff Goldstein (Chair-2003)
Antonio Perez-Atayde (2002)
Rafaella Morotti (2003)
*Hal Pinar (2004)
Kathleen Patterson (ex-officio)
||Kathleen Patterson (Chair-2002)
Alba Greco, Fellowship Chair
Edith Marley (2002)
David Witte (2003)
*Pauline Chou (2004)
Cynthia Kaplan (2002)
Ona Faye-Peterson (2003)
* Laura Finn (2004)
Lisa Teot (2005)
Niru Padiyar (2002)
*David Carpentieri (2004)
Extramural Education Subcommittee:
Sue Hammond (2002)
Daphne DeMello (2003)
*Rebecca Baergen (2004)
||Alba Greco (Chair-2004)
Van Savell (2002)
Glenn Taylor (2002)
*Bruce Pawel (2004)
*Edwina Popek (2004)
*Paul Dickman (2004)
Bill Bradford, Bill Donnelly - Consultants
Joel Haas (Chair-2002)
Linda Margraf (2002)
Beverly Dahms (2003)
*Carole Vogler (2004)
Deborah Perry, Secretary-Treasurer
||Deborah Perry (Chair)
Kathy Patterson (2002)
Raj Kapur (2003)
Ted Pysher (2003)
Elizabeth Perlman (2002)
Robert Novak (2002)
David Hardwick (2002)
Long Term Planning:
||Derek deSa (Chair-2002)
Enid Gilbert-Barnes (2002)
David Parham (2003)
*Charles Timmons (2004)
*Carlos Galliani (Chair-2004)
Theonia Boyd (2002)
*Jon Rowland (2003)
*Aliya Husain (2004)
||Henry Krous (Chair)
David Kelly (2002)
Susan Simonton (2003)
*Cheryl Coffin (2004)
Past Presidents: - Claire Langston, Joe Rutledge
||*Ted Pysher (Chair-2003)
Gareth Jevon (2002)
Debra Heller (2002)
M. John Hicks (2003)
Pierre Russo (2003)
*Mary M. Davis (2004)
*Raja Rabah (2004)
Slide Survey Subcommittee:
*Gloria Kohut (2004) - chair
Leon Metlay (2002)
*Grace Kim (2004)
*Hector Monforte-Munoz (2004)
Robert Novak - coordinator
||Beverly Rogers (Chair-2002)
Bill Donnelly (2002)
Katrina Hansen (2002)
Yee Khong (2003)
Patricia O’Shea - Consultant
Miguel Reyes-Mugica, PDP
Hal Pinar, Website
Don Singer, Perspectives
James Dimmick, Perspectives
Arthur Weinberg, Newsletter
Deborah Perry, Secretary-Treasurer
||Raj Kapur (Chair-2003)
Miguel Reyes-Mugica (2002)
Hiroyuki Shimada (2002)
Luc Oligny (2003)
Poul Sorensen (2003)
*Gail Deutsch (2004)
*Drucilla Roberts (2004)
(*denotes new appointment)
The Fellowship Committee is organizing a meeting
of the Directors of Pediatric Pathology Fellowship Programs to be
held on Thursday Sept 20, 2001, at 11 AM-1 PM, in Memphis. It will convene on
the day before the SPP Interim Meeting at the same hotel. A lunch break is
planned and we hope to have a very productive session. For more
information, please contact Alba Greco (e-mail:
The Fellowship Committee is collecting current
information about all of our existing ACGME-accredited pediatric pathology
fellowship programs so that this information can be updated on our website.
Regular annual revisions of this important information are anticipated.
Directors will be solicited annually to update their data; interim revisions are
also possible at the request of the director. Please submit any
revisions/updates directly to Alba Greco.
Dr. Miguel Reyes-Mugica was selected as the new
editor-in-chief of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. He was chosen
from a field of outstanding applicants, and we are grateful to all that applied
for the position and to Dr. Reyes-Mugica for carrying the journal forward. The
search committee for the new editor-in-chief consisted of Drs. Claire Langston,
Roc Kaschula, Marian Malone, Ron Jaffe, and Beverly Rogers. The Publications
Committee acknowledged that the Editorial Board is a crucial part of increasing
journal submission. The Committee recommended that each member of the Board of
Editors be given specific responsibilities that must be fulfilled, in line with
those reported from the task force meeting in December (see winter newsletter).
The Committee also recommended that Dr. Reyes-Mugica be given freedom to choose
his editorial board, and that the current board be acknowledged for their
support of the journal and released from duty. Springer has marketed the journal
proactively and we hope that all of the efforts of our publisher, our editorial
board, and our editor will increase our subscription base and make the journal
more attractive to those who submit articles.
Dr. Hal Pinar was selected as the new website
editor-in-chief. Dr. Margaret Collins coordinated the selection process, and I
would like to thank Dr. Collins and all of the very capable candidates who
applied for the position. Hal will share his plans for the website in a
I must thank Dr. Denis Benjamin as outgoing
editor-in-chief of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. Denis has
edited the journal for 6 years, and has carried the journal through a change in
publisher and a successful first attempt to have the journal indexed by the
National Library of Medicine. He has persevered to produce a timely, informative
publication through declining submissions and static subscriptions. It is a huge
task, and we owe him heartfelt thanks. I would also like to thank Dr. Paul
Dickman as outgoing editor of the website. Dr. Dickman pointed out the utility
of having such a site in its earliest days, and carried the website forward as
its first editor-in-chief. Thank you for the vision to know that the electronic
medium is not the way of the future, it is the standard of the present.
The Impact Factor - What Is It and
Why Should I Care?
Impact Factors are numbers assigned to a journal
that convey how many times articles from the journal are cited over a specified
length of time. Impact Factors are particularly important overseas, where
promotion for a pathologist may depend on the number of publications in journals
with high impact factors. Therefore, there is more pressure from administrators
to publish articles in the American Journal of Pathology (Impact Factor
6.436) than, say, Pediatric and Developmental Pathology (Impact Factor
Why is Pediatric and Developmental Pathology’s
Impact Factor so low? One major reason is that the journal is new, and it takes
time to develop enough articles to be cited. Despite a logical reason for our
low Impact Factor, the repercussions are that submissions to the journal are not
what they could be, particularly from investigators overseas. What we can
expect, at the least, is to achieve the Impact Factor of our former journal (Pediatric
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), which is 1.0.
So, the way to improve the Impact Factor is to
cite articles that are published in our journal. We have a huge breadth of
content in our journal, and many classic articles from the Perspectives series
as well as Current Practice. The point is, remember to cite articles published
in our journal when you write. Increasing the Impact Factor means increasing
submissions and increasing visibility. We need you to participate.
On behalf of the entire SPP, the Practice
Committee thanks Drs. Margaret Collins, Dena Selby and Charles Timmons for their
service to the committee, and welcomes Drs. Mary Davis, Grace Kim, Gloria Kohut,
Hector Monforte, and Raja Rabah as new members.
Participants in the Slide Survey will be asked to
renew subscriptions earlier than usual this year, so that the accounting of
Survey funds can be on the same timetable as the rest of the SPP budget. New
subscribers are always welcome, and members wishing to subscribe, or contribute
cases are encouraged to contact the Slide Survey Coordinator, Dr. Robert Novak,
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Discussions are
underway with SPP's webmaster, Hal Pinar, to post old Slide Survey cases on the
The Practice Committee will be conducting a
staffing and activities survey of pediatric pathologists practicing in
freestanding children's hospitals. Dr.Gareth Jevon is making final revisions to
the survey document, and any members wishing to participate in the survey should
contact him at email@example.com. This survey
is patterned after one conducted by the College of American Pathologists (CAP),
and CAP officials have agreed to share findings from their survey that are
relevant to pediatric pathology. A less extensive questionnaire intended to
define the general practice patterns of all SPP members will be included in a
The Practice Committee has been asked to
recommend to Council positions that the SPP should take regarding informed
consent for the autopsy, and the utilization of pediatric pathology experts for
sudden unexplained deaths in infants and young children, as outlined in a law
enacted in New Jersey last year. The committee will be developing its
recommendations over the next few months, and members wishing to comment should
contact any committee member, or e-mail comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The four subcommittees of the Education Committee
have had a busy year.
The abstract subcommittee, chaired by Cindy Kaplan, received 57 abstracts for
the spring meeting and accepted 60% of them for platform or poster presentation.
Abstract submissions for the fall interim meeting are due June 26; we would like
to encourage all of you to submit abstracts representing your current work for
consideration for the fall meeting. Downloadable abstract submission forms are
available here on the SPP web page; if you are unable to download the forms,
contact the SPP office and a copy will be mailed to you. Starting this fall, the
accepted abstracts will be posted on the SPP web page prior to the meeting; look
for them in early September.
In planning symposia and workshops, the committee relies on comments and
suggestions gleaned from the fall and spring meeting evaluation forms. In
addition, your input (negative and positive) into these evaluations is the
primary tool by which the Education Committee can judge its past decisions. So
please remember to complete these forms at the meetings - and turn them in. If
you forget to drop them off, they can always be mailed to the central office.
Current plans include:
Spring 2002 symposium: Hannah Kinney,
Department of Neurosciences at Boston Children’s Hospital has agreed to
chair a non-tumor neuropathology seminar for the 2002 spring meeting.
Spring 2002 new workshops:
Placenta pathology, presented by Rebecca
Baergen and Ona Faye-Peterson
Soft tissue tumors, presented by Cheryl
The workshops are intended to impart up-to-date
practical knowledge of use to practicing pediatric pathologists. I know many of
you have knowledge and experience in one of the many areas of interest to
Society members; please seriously consider sharing that knowledge with the rest
of us! Just send (via email, fax, or mail) a short 2-3 paragraph description of
your proposed topic to Edith Marley (current subcommittee Chair).
We all owe Lisa Teot, CME coordinator, and her committee members a big thank you
for the detailed work required to keep the Society up-to-date with the ACCME
requirements. The fall ACCME progress report returned us to full compliance.
Lisa is currently preparing for our upcoming ACCME reaccreditation reverse site
visit. Meanwhile the committee members are busy in the background of all the SPP
activities that give CME credit, monitoring the long list of requirements.
The role of the extramural subcommittee interfaces closely with that of the
newly reconstituted Liaison Committee - see the next Education Committee report
for an update on how this interface evolves.
The 2001 Young Investigator Research Grant
has been awarded to Dr.Michael Fritsch (University of Wisconsin) for his
proposal entitled "The role of histone acetylation in regulating embryonic
stem cell differentiation". Dr. Fritsch is a assistant professor with a
strong basic scientific research background. He completed his residency at the
NIH and a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.
The proposed experiments will be conducted using a murine embryonic stem cell
line to determine whether generalized and/or gene-specific acetylation of
histones is associated with differentiation in vitro. The work has implications
for developmental biology, neoplasia, and stem cell therapy. The SPP anticipates
that he will present preliminary results of his research at the 2002 Spring
meeting in Chicago.
The McAdam's Travel Stipend was not awarded in
2001 because no applications were received.
Chair, Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is soliciting
nominations for the following offices:
President, 1-year term, 2003-2004
Secretary-Treasurer, 5-year term, 2003-2008
Councilor-at-large (2 positions), 3-year term,
The committee is also soliciting names of
individuals who are interested in serving on SPP committees as positions become
available. Names should be provided to me no later than September 1, 2001 since
the committee's recommendations must be submitted to Council at the Fall 2001
meeting of the SPP.
Please remember that the success of our Society
depends upon the diligence, commitment and hard work of the individuals who fill
these positions, whether as officers or committee members.
Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Pediatric and Developmental Pathology has changed
its Editor-in-Chief. After more than 6 years Dr. Denis Benjamin has decided to
step down from his position. During his tenure as Chief Editor, Dr. Benjamin led
our Journal through a series of challenges that culminated with our current
publication looking better than ever, ready to initiate a new phase, a new
millennium. As a member of the SPP, I would like to express my gratitude to Dr.
Benjamin, his associate editors and all the members of the Editorial Board for
their great work and continued efforts to improve our Journal. As a new
Editor-in-Chief, I am fully committed to work with responsibility, imaginative
creativity and enthusiasm to continue making our Journal the essential
information vehicle for pediatric pathologists and related professionals around
the world. The position of Editor-in-Chief is a great honor, and also a major
challenge. I thank the SPP and PPS for trusting me to lead their written voice.
Working in collaboration with Drs. Beverly Rogers, Marian Malone and Raj Kapur,
the new associate editors, we hope to be able to carry our Journal to a higher
level. To accomplish this goal we will require the full support of our members
submitting quality manuscripts, the single most important element upon which
success will depend.
Newly appointed Editor-in-Chief
Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Survey of Member Activities
The Education Committee, at its meeting in New
Orleans, determined that the visibility and interaction of our Society with
other pediatric and academic pathology societies would be enhanced by the
creation of a database that contained information about our members' specific
areas of expertise, research interests and affiliations with other Medical
organizations. To this end, we request that you take a few minutes of your time
to complete the following survey. Answers will be e-mailed to us. Thank you for your help in promoting the `cause' of Pediatric Pathology
among our colleagues in pediatrics and adult pathology.
Click to complete our
survey. Once you're done, you may come back to this part of the
If you have any questions or comments, you may
directly get in touch with one of us:
Daphne deMello: email@example.com
Derek D'sa: DDESA@CW.BC.CA
Sue Hammond: firstname.lastname@example.org
2000 Donors to the Founders Endowment for
Research in Pediatric Pathology
*Received in honor of Ron Jaffe
Our website is rapidly evolving
into a central focus for the operations of our Society. To best accomplish the
goals set forth for the site, an editorial board specific for the site has been
created and will operate under the following guidelines:
The board shall consist of members of the
SPP. The editor-in-chief shall determine other qualifications of board
Board members shall serve at the invitation
of the website editor. The editor-in-chief may change the members of the
board at any time.
The board shall consist of an odd number of
voting members. The editor-in-chief and full board members shall each have
one full vote. Majority vote shall prevail in matters brought to a vote. The
editor-in-chief may invite consulting members to the board, but they shall
be non-voting members.
1. The members of the board shall serve for
periods of three consecutive years, to be renewed at the discretion of the
The editor-in-chief and board shall meet at
least annually, in conjunction with SPP meetings. Each board member shall
attend at least half of the board meetings that are scheduled during the
term on the board.
The editor-in-chief will be an ex-officio
member of the SPP Publications Committee. The editor-in-chief will submit an
annual report and budget to the Publications Committee for Committee
approval one month prior to the spring meeting.
The editor-in-chief shall determine the
duties of individual board members, which will include but not be limited to
responsibility for frequent up-dates of website pages.
Council must ratify the appointment of the
SPP Fall Meeting
Memphis, TN - September 20-23,
Thursday, September 20
Reception and Registration
Friday, September 21
Poster and Podium Presentations
The Impact of Molecular Biology on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric
Therapy induced second malignancies: The Hodgkin’s
Melissa Hudson, M.D.
St. Jude Research Hospital
DNA damage response pathways: manipulation for
Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
St. Jude Research
Adrenocortical carcinoma: novel insights from
Raul C.Ribeiro, M.D. and Gerard P.Zambetti, Ph.D.
St. Jude Research Hospital
Molecular basis of embryonal central nervous
Cynthia J. Wetmore, M.D., Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic and
Business Meeting and Banquet
Saturday, September 22
Symposium - The
Morphologic Basis of Pediatric Tumor Diagnosis
Pediatric brain tumors
Peter Burger, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Elizabeth Perlman, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric hematopoietic neoplasms: practical
Frederick G. Behm, M.D.
St. Jude Research
Soft tissue tumors: diagnostic dilemmas
Louis P. Dehner, M.D.
Lotte Strauss presentation
Long Range Planning Committee
Barbecue at the Rendezvous
Sunday, September 23
Ad Hoc Perinatal Section Symposium - Perinatal
Announcing the Fall 2001 Perinatal Symposium
As determined through discussion and votes by
some 30 attendees at the education workshop of the Ad hoc Perinatal Section in
Vancouver, the 2001 topic is “Mechanisms and Chronology of Acute ‘Perinatal
Asphyxia”. The pathology of perinatal asphyxia is one of the most challenging
and active areas of study and medicolegal activity in perinatal medicine today.
Thus, we are fortunate to have secured leading experts in the fields of
perinatology, pediatric neurology, and neuro- and placental pathology to deliver
a multidisciplinary presentation of this complex topic. Please note the agenda
below. The symposium will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2001, from
8:00 am -12:30 pm, and will be preceded by a continental breakfast. The new
Sunday time slot will allow participants to maximize the financial discounts
afforded by a Saturday night stay and avoid potential scheduling conflicts with
SPP Committee meetings and the Fall program set up by our colleagues at St. Jude’s.
Please note that completion of a separate registration form is required,
with checks ($80.00 symposium fee) made payable to the SPP. Registration
materials must be sent to the SPP office in McLean, VA. Attendance by
obstetricians, pediatricians, and pediatric radiologists is encouraged. All
participants will be eligible to receive 4.5 hours of Category I CME credit.
As a final note: A business meeting of the
Perinatal Section, open to all interested SPP members, is envisioned for Saturday,
September 22, 2001. Hopefully, we will meet from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and at the
Peabody Hotel (room TBA) and still make the evening’s events! The agenda will
include discussion of the Fall 2002 Symposium (Developmental Biology of the
Placenta) and current and future section projects and symposia.
Questions? Contact Ona Faye-Petersen, MD
(email@example.com) or (205) 975-8880.
Ad Hoc Perinatal Section Symposium
Society for Pediatric Pathology
The Peabody Hotel
Sunday, September 23, 2001
7:30 - 8:00 am
8:00 - 12:30 pm
Mechanisms and Chronology of Acute “Perinatal Asphyxia”
Introduction and Welcome: Ona
Faye-Petersen, M.D. and Jesse Jenkins, M.D.
8:05 - 8:50 am Obstetrical
Assessment of Fetal Well Being
Steven Bloom, M.D.,
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
9:00 - 9:50 am Pediatric
Neurologic and Neuroimaging Findings in Acute Perinatal Asphyxia
John Mantovani, M.D., Vice
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Director of Child Neurology,
St. John’s Mercy Child Development Center
Clinical Associate Professor,
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
10:00 - 10:20 am Coffee
10:20 - 11:05 am Neurobiology
of Acute Perinatal Asphyxia
Charles Palmer, M.B. Ch.B.,
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania State University
College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center,
11:10 - 12:00 p.m. Neuropathology
and Placental Pathology of Acute Perinatal Asphyxia
Marjore Grafe, M.D. PhD,
Professor and Vice-Chairman of Education, Department of Pathology,
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Panel
Discussion: Mechanisms and Chronology of Acute “Perinatal
Steven Bloom, M.D., John
Mantovani, M.D., Charles Palmer, M.B. Ch.B., Marjorie Grafe, M.D.
Ph.D. [Moderator: Ona Faye-Petersen,
12:30 pm Adjournment
Ad Hoc Section Meeting -- Registration Form
Perinatal Ad Hoc Section
Symposium: Mechanisms and Chronology of Acute “Perinatal Asphyxia” is coming
up on Sunday, September 23, 2001, at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee.
Please click for the Registration Form.
Once it's completed, mail this SIGNED form with a check
or money order for $80.00 (U.S. value) payable to the Society for
Society for Pediatric Pathology
Attn: Ms. Kathryn Kelly
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
For questions, contact Ona Faye-Petersen, M.D.,
at (205) 975-8880 or by e-mail: Onamarie@path.uab.edu.
Other Upcoming Meetings
2002: Chicago, February 22-23
2003: Washington, DC, March 21-22
SPP Interim Meetings
2001: Memphis, TN, September 20-23
2002: Dallas, TX, September 25-29
2003: Cincinnati, OH
23rd Annual Aspen Conference of Pediatric Disease
The Pathology of Tumors in Children
Aspen CO August 6-10, 2001
47th Annual meeting of the Paediatric Pathology
Warsaw, Poland September 13-15, 2001
7th International Workshop on Fetal and Genetic
Sorrento, Italy September 16-18, 2001
9th Conference of the European Placenta Group and
International Federation of Placental Associations
Sorrento, Italy September 19-23, 2001
New Positions Available
Please see our Positions
page for the newest and all prior postings. (Links, below, go the details
about these new positions.) The link will be removed once the position is filled.
Fellowship Training Position, Pediatric Pathology - Kansas City, MO
Pathologist - Seattle, WA
Pediatric Pathologist -
Photos from the
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Claire Langston passes the talking stick to Ron Jaffe
President Jaffe performs his first official presidential
duty; the speech.
Pepper Dehner delivers the Sydney Farber Lecture.
Joe Rutledge says something important to someone or
Cyril D'cruz awaits questions at his poster.
Eugene Perrin makes his point while Henry Krous waits his
Speakers at the USCAP Pediatric Pathology Specialty Conference (Ron
Jaffe, Francis Jaubert, Beverly Rogers, Joe Rutledge, Derek de Sa, Fred
Poul Sorensen and James Downing handle questions after
Lisa Teot and Timothy Triche appear pleased with the