Spring 2003




From the Editor's Desk
Margaret Collins

My first words as newsletter editor are to thank Art Weinberg for sharing with us his great editorial skills over the past three years. He streamlined and refined the process so that a potentially (and I believe actually) onerous task has become fun (at least that's what he tells me!). I would also like to thank him for his very kind mentoring over the past months, that has ensured a smooth transition. My thanks also to Steve Qualman and the members of the Publications Committee for awarding this privilege to me. I've always enjoyed the newsletter-it's one of the few paper or email missives that I read cover-to-cover. I hope you all will continue to enjoy the newsletter as well. I'm very open to suggestions. This is your newsletter. Any suggestions you have about topics to include, etc I will gladly entertain. 

The spring meeting in Washington, DC was busy and educational as usual. Hotel security, and security elsewhere in the city, was quite prominent. The presentations were truly outstanding. The committee reports follow, and be sure to see the photos at the end of the newsletter. 

Speaking of meetings, please plan to attend the interim meeting October 17-19, 2003 at Cincinnati Children's. The scientific program will be worthwhile, and Tall Stacks Music, Arts and Heritage Festival is a unique occurrence. We will strive to achieve the level of graciousness and good humor displayed by our hosts in Dallas in 2002. And we are counting on at least as many registrants! There will be several firsts at the October meeting. All presentations at the meeting will be digital. USCAP is converting to all-digital meetings, next spring I believe, so we are getting a head start at the interim meeting. The Children's Oncology Group Pathology Discipline will provide an update on neuroblastoma, delivered by Hiro Shimada. (See the announcement below from Grace Kim concerning another first-mentoring young pathologists in COG). At the Cincinnati meeting, Dr.Uma Kotagal will speak about the Pursuing Perfection initiative at Cincinnati Children's, particularly from the point of view of the impact of laboratory medicine on perfecting patient care. A "Timely Topic Talk" (the name can change), similar to Dr. Kotagal's, that is a brief overview about a topic of interest to the registrants and is also an area of interest or expertise in the host institution could become a feature at future interim meetings. We sincerely hope you will join us in October. Abstracts are due June 24, 2003 (see message from Abstract Committee below).




President's Message
Derek DeSa

I am very honoured to have been elected President of the Society and I would like to thank the members for being given this opportunity to serve. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my membership over the last 30 years, and have benefited enormously from the encouragement and friendship which I have received. It is also very heartening to see how much the Society has grown not only in the numbers of members, but also in terms of the activities we sponsor and support. We still have a major problem with recruitment for the future......Inevitably, our meeting in Washington was affected by the conflict in Iraq, but it was gratifying to see that many of our members were able to attend. Personally speaking, the security measures at the hotel seemed to be unduly intense, but, I suppose that is in the nature of things. 

The growth of the Society is a tribute to all its members, especially our Founders, but it is worth recording special indebtedness when it is due. Reflecting on the meeting while traveling home, I was struck by the contributions of our most recent past-Presidents and Farber -Landing Lecturers, and how they exemplify many of the changes in the Society's activities. 

Milton Finegold, our Farber -Landing Lecturer for 2003, gave us a masterly review of the history of developments in pediatric medicine and child health, to which he has made huge personal contributions. Apart from being the mentor of so many of the brightest talents in the field and a past-President, as the chair of our Research Committee he was instrumental, in part, in the concept and establishment of the Young Investigator grants, thereby helping to create the ethos whereby the Research activities of the Society flourish. The speakers at our symposium at the 1998 Spring meeting (Boston) were not only excellent, but more to the point, all were former recipients of Young Investigator awards. Three went on to win Lotte Strauss awards with papers whose titles reflected the topics of research that the society supported. 

Henry Krous as chairman of the Education Committee, oversaw the continued (and apparently exponential) growth of the Educational activities of the Society, through the murky waters of "perceived needs", "continuing medical education credits" and all the other joyous administrative strictures so beloved by some authorities. He also produced a distillate of the activities of the Committee, with a manual that was both road map and first aid kit, so that successors could obtain some perspective and guidance. Workshop planning and Educational activities have become easier to organize (if not execute!) following his tenure. He has been an ardent advocate for greater interaction between our Society and forensic pathology services, in general, and recent developments appear to show that his efforts in that regard are having an effect. 

Ron Jaffe was the first Editor when the Society took over the Journal, and melded the reviewers, authors and the Publications Committee into a smoothly functional corpus, establishing our journal as our flagship publication. It is no exaggeration to say that prior to his editorship the Journal was floundering, and we needed the great amount of energy that he and his assistants spent on our behalf.

"Roc" Kaschula was the first to hold the title of Farber -Landing Lecturer. He forcefully expressed the view, nascent until then within our Society, of the need for us to share with other less fortunate, kindred spirits in the wider world of Pediatric Pathology. Growth in our Education, Research and Publication activities, along with increased mentoring, outreach, and broadening of our horizons in a general sense are all activities that should be a source of great pride to our members, and in so many ways, the recent Presidents and Lecturers cited deserve our gratitude.

If there are some who feel the need for even greater and wider-ranging activities it is worth remembering that the Society has come along way from the days of the Pediatric Pathology Club. The 1973 Washington DC meeting of the Pediatric Pathology Club (my first) consisted of about 20 platform papers only. There were no posters, research symposium, workshops or special Lecture (Dr. Ben Landing assumed the title of President at that meeting, following Dr. Bill Donohue). Our numbers have grown, but our activities have grown at an even greater pace. This year we had a record number of submissions for poster and/or platform presentations for the Spring meeting. The Society could not accept 33 of the78 abstracts submitted, many of which exceeded the cut -off rating level! Hopefully, these abstracts will be resubmitted for the Cincinnati meeting.

The Spring meeting is very busy and, since it is set in a large hotel in a large city, inevitably lacks the collegiality of our Fall meetings. However, the change-over of Officers of the Society occurs at this meeting. A new President is hardly noticeable- or needed in all probability- and that is the way it should be. The seamless transfer of functions depends on the excellent quality of our Committee chairs and all the hard work that they are called upon to do. I would like to repeat, once more, the thanks expressed by Henry Krous to all those volunteers who perform these thankless tasks for our greater benefit. However, there is one key Officer of the Society whose enormous influence is crucial, and without whom this Society could not survive. We have had a run of very good Secretary /Treasurers in the past, but when we elected Deb Perry we awarded ourselves a bonus. She is remarkably well-organised, efficient, unflappable and cheerful. Without her we would have had a far more troubled period of growth and expansion over the last five years, and life for all of us would not have been quite so pleasant. Most members may not know, but by the time we returned home from any meeting, there would be the E-mailed minutes of the most recent Council meeting awaiting comments, along with reminders of tasks to be performed etc in the Inbox! Those Presidents who have served under her (the correct description of the reality) will know just how easy it has been with Deb running things. Fortunately in Hal Pinar we have a superb replacement and the transition will be seamless. As a further act of service Deb Perry has produced a detailed guide, akin to the Education Committee guide, so that future Secretaries will have a clearly defined framework and calendar of activities.

We need to thank Art Weinberg, our retiring editor of the Newsletter and welcome Margaret Collins to this post. The success of the Newsletter depends on the timely submission of Committee Reports and this is a not -so - subtle reminder of that fact to all concerned. The Newsletter will carry many useful items of information in addition to the Committee Reports, including the use of digital projection for our presentations in the future. I would like to remind Members that our Newsletter is a vehicle for all of us to use for the professional development of the membership at large, and we should rally behind Margaret. 

This is also a good time for me to express my gratitude to the self-proclaimed Oracle of Indianola (Nebraska) for his guidance and leadership this past year. His efforts have brought the difficult topic of forensic Pediatric Pathology to the forefront of the Society's attention, and he has developed links with the association of Medical Examiners. Hopefully, we will see the membership, old and new, use these links towards better collaboration and a greater understanding of pediatric forensic issues everywhere.

What of the future of the Society? We are faced with a looming shortage of trained Pediatric Pathologists, with more vacancies than new candidates. This is one of the Society's greatest challenges. We have to support any attempt to attract new graduates in to Pathology, and, in turn those Residents to Pediatric Pathology. It is small comfort to know that almost all the pediatric subspecialties are experiencing a similar shortfall. The initiative by the Research Committee led by retiring Chair, Raj Kapur, to have a poster competition for case reports by Residents is an excellent start. We need to publicize this competition, and perhaps even throw it open to medical students, since many Medical Schools offer student electives in Pathology or even specific intercalated periods in Pathology during the undergraduate years. In my view the paramount need is to ensure that Pathology does not get submerged in some of the trendy, "problem solving", loosely structured curricula that are becoming all the vogue. I regard the practice of Pathology as a prime example of "biomedical problem solving" (BMP) with Pediatric Pathology as the "primus inter pares". I have always tried to convey that message to students, even in one of the spiritual homes of BMP's, McMaster in Hamilton. I am certain that we must keep Pathology in the forefront of the Medical school curriculum if we are to succeed in attracting candidates to the Specialty in the first place. (It is a pity that we could not have had a recording of Milton Finegold's Farber-Landing Lecture and made it mandatory for all Medical Students to listen. It could have been a marvelous recruiting tool as it was an outstanding portrayal of the inherent excitement, tremendous impact and direct clinical relevance of Pathology!).

Due to a combination of fortuitous circumstances, I have been able to travel fairly extensively in recent months. I always enjoy the opportunity, but travel has served to re-emphasize the great importance of socio-economic factors in the health of children. These vary from abject poverty with a complete lack of facilities to isolated hospitals with over-worked pathologists-or no pathologists with Pediatric pathology expertise. We may not be able to change socio-economic conditions, but as a Society we should be able to trying to foster links with less fortunate colleagues in the isolated corners of the world. I would like to make this a focus of my tenure. The modern age of communication technology makes it possible to develop electronic links that can link individuals as well as offering access to the electronic libraries of the National Libraries of Congress. 

The Spring meeting is a time when some of the future activities planned for the Society are announced. This fall we will meet in Cincinnati OH, Oct 16th -18th, with the Perinatal meeting on Oct 19th. I know that I am not alone when I say that I much prefer our collegial Interim (Fall) meetings to the more formal Spring sessions. The 1983 meeting in Cincinnati was one of my favourites, and unless I am sadly mistaken, the meeting in 2003 will become another favourite. The scientific programme will be a great attraction, of course, but the Tall Stacks Festival sounds inviting and intriguing. Prepare your abstracts, book your flights and hotel room early, and see you there.
 




Annual Business Meeting Minutes

SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC PATHOLOGY
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES

March 23, 2002, Washington, D.C.


President Krous called the business meeting to order at 5:20 p.m. in the Cotillion South room of the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

The minutes of the 2002 business meeting were approved.

President Krous acknowledged the loss of Drs. Robert Kirschner, Laurence E. Becker, Kurt Aterman, Kristina Keough, Feike Willemse, Mayra Patricia Alvarez-Franco during the past year and a moment of silence was held.

President Krous reported that since the last business meeting, the following Council actions were performed:

  1. Approval of the consolidation of the three restricted Salomon Smith Barney funds into a single Awards fund, effective January 2, 2003.
  2. Approval of the Practice Committee case survey to be distributed with the 2003 SPP membership renewal.

President Krous thanked the outgoing chairs for their outstanding work: Dr. Raj Kapur - Research Committee Chair, Dr. Ted Pysher - Practice Committee Chair and Dr. Arthur Weinberg - Newsletter Editor. President Krous thanked the USCAP/SPP management office for their hard work over the past year. Dr. Krous thanked Dr. Deborah Perry for her work as Secretary-Treasurer.

The Secretary-Treasurer reported on the membership status and the financial position of the Society: 
At year-end 2002, there were a total of 603 SPP members, with 392 regular, 28 junior, 82 affiliate, 1 honorary, 55 emeritus and 45 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, 2002 the SPP had total assets of $522,765, with $281,873 in restricted funds (Vawter, Lotte Strauss, Young Investigator), and $97,532 in unrestricted general funds. All of the funds have significantly lower values than the previous year. 
As of January 2003, the three restricted funds (Young Investigator, Lotte Strauss and Vawter) have been consolidated into a single Awards fund, with Salomon Smith Barney. Additional funding was received from the Vawter family. The central management office operations are in good shape, with the transition to the USCAP management team successfully completed.

Reports were heard from the Committee Chairs:

Archives Committee - Dr. Krous reported that Dr. Landing's archives will be archived at the SPP office. 

Distinction and Awards Committee - Dr. Perry reported that the Lotte Strauss, Neustein and Vawter awards will be presented tomorrow morning.

Bylaws Committee - No Report.

Education Committee - Dr. Goldstein reported for the Education Committee. Thank you to Drs. OnaMarie Faye-Petersen, David Witte and Daphne DeMello for their service on the Education committee. Special thanks to Dr. Witte for organizing and moderating the 2003 symposium. Thank you to Dr. Laura Finn and the abstract committee for their hard work. The number of abstracts submitted was at an all time high for this meeting. The SPP underwent an ACCME review and with the efforts of Dr. Lisa Teot has full accreditation for another two years. Future activities include a 2004 annual meeting symposium on lung pathology, moderated by Dr. Daphne DeMello. New workshops for 2004 include pediatric gynecology by Dr. Debra Heller and liver pathology by Drs. Jim Dimmick and Gareth Jevon. All future meetings will have100% digital presentations. The SPP has endorsed the St. Jude's Pediatric Hematology symposium in October 2003. Please fill out your meeting evaluation forms for this meeting to help plan future meetings. CME credit forms are available at the SPP meeting registration desk; with one combined form for the general meeting and workshops.

Fellowship Committee - Dr. Greco reported for the Fellowship Committee. A pediatric pathology market survey reveals that there are 18 staff positions available and only 5 fellows finishing their fellowships this summer. 

Finance Committee - Dr. Vogler reported for the Finance Committee. The Society will switch the management of the SPP investment accounts from Salomon Smith Barney to Merrill Lynch effective April 1, 2003. 

Long-term Planning Committee - Dr. Coffin reported that there are three things that the long-term planning committee is working on. One is consolidation of previously long-term planning information; the second is an outreach effort by the Society and the third is to develop our vision and roadmap into the future by developing a strategic plan.

Practice Committee - Dr Pysher thanked Drs. Hicks and Russo for their service on the Practice committee. An example of a case from the case surveys will be placed on the SPP website this year. The case survey material is generally supplied by members of the Practice committee, however all members are encouraged to provide cases. Dr. Kohut is in charge of the case survey program. Perinatal cases are especially needed this year. HIPPA regulations will be followed for all case survey cases. Dr. Pysher reported those results of the survey of SPP membership demographics and practice will be summarized in the PDP journal.

Publications Committee - Dr. Qualman reported for the Publications committee. The website will soon have available a membership database on the SPP website accessible for all members to update their demographic information. Abstract submission online is still being explored, with tentative plans for spring 2004. Electronic abstract submission will not be available for the fall 2003 meeting. Special thanks to Hal Pinar, webmaster and Margaret Collins, the new newsletter editor. The PDP journal continues to receive a good number of submissions and the journal impact factor has continued to climb. The journal is planning to move to electronic submission of papers by the end of 2003. The new managing editor, Michael Centola, was introduced to the PDP editorial board at this meeting. As of January 1, 2004, the American College of Surgeons will begin inspecting all programs of comprehensive cancer centers (adult and pediatric). 100% compliance of 90% of the cases is expected, with actual checklist and explanatory notes both reviewed. All protocols will be published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine first. Dr. Coffin reported that the CAP templates would not have to be used if all of the key elements are in the surgical pathology report. 

Research Committee - Dr. Roberts reported for the Research committee. The McAdams travel stipend will be given to Dr. Margaret Collins. Seven applications for the YI award were received and the award will be given to Dr. Roberto Gianini for his work "Transgenic expression of survivin in NOD mouse islets ".

Old Business - None.

New Business

Announcements - Dr. Don Singer announced that the bound volume 24 of Perspectives is available for purchase.

Membership Committee - Dr. Perry presented the new members of the Society:

Regular:  Thomas A. Blumenfeld, Cynthia Hawkins, Paula North, Kerby Oberg, Lei Shao
Affiliate:  Chong Jai Kim, Eumenia C. C. Castro
Junior:  Linda Ernst, Fusun Gundogan, Jason Jarzembowski, Portia A. Kreiger, Kristen Landi, Vinay Prasad 
 
Approval of transfer to emeritus status: Kathleen Heidelberger
 
The new members were approved.

Nominating Committee - Dr. deSa reported for the Nominating Committee. The slate of nominees is: 

President-Elect:  Denis Benjamin
Secretary-Treasurer:  Halit Pinar
Council:  Kathleen Patterson
David Witte

There was a call for nominations from the floor. There were no additional nominations. 
The nominations were closed, and the slate of officers was unanimously accepted. 

Announcement of upcoming meetings
Dr. Margaret Collins invited all members to the SPP interim meeting in 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 18-19, 2003, in conjunction with the Tall Stacks weekend. This meeting will be held at the Cincinnati Children's hospital. The next SPP annual meeting will be in Vancouver, BC, March 6-7, 2004.

Councilor, Dr. Cynthia Kaplan, escorted incoming President Dr. Derek deSa to the podium. Dr. deSa thanked Dr. Krous for all of his hard work for the Society and presented him with a carved plaque.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by President deSa.




Committee Reports

DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
Antonio R. Perez-Atayde, Chair

Awards for presentations at the Washington DC Spring Meeting 2003

At the SPP's spring meeting in Washington DC in late March, three individuals were recognized for meritorious scientific efforts. 

The Vawter Pathologist in Training Award was presented to Dr. M Kshirsagar, M.D. Children's Research Institute, Columbus, OH., for her paper: CORRELATION OF GENOTYPE/PHENOTYPE IN A NUDE RAT MODEL OF METASTATIC RHABDOMYOSARCOMA. Coauthors are: C Corpron, J Gastier-Foster, E Albright, M Blumenkratz, F Barr, S Qualman, from the Children's Research Institute, Columbus, OH, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. See below.

The Neustein "Novel Technology" Award was presented to Dr. C Hasan for her paper DIFFERENCES IN GENETIC EXPRESSION BETWEEN HYPERPLASTIC PERILOBAR NEPHROGENIC REST (HPLNR) AND WILMS TUMOR (WT). Coauthors are: D Kersey, P Grundy, EJ Perlman and the NWTSG. Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. See below. 

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. Csaba Galambos, M.D. He received the prize as first author of the paper: DEFECTIVE PULMONARY DEVELOPMENT IN THE ABSENCE OF HEPARIN-BINDING VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH FACTOR ISOFORMS, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and MolecularBiology, 2002;27:194-203. He will be invited to give the LOTTE STRAUS LECTURE about this work during the Fall Meeting in Cincinnati. Dr. Galambos is currently a Fellow in Pediatric Pathology at Children's Hospital in Boston, and was formerly at the Department of Pathology in Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri, where he performed the work that culminated in the prized paper. Coauthors are Y-S Ng, A Ali, A Noguchi, S Lovejoy, and PA D'Amore. 

Abstract (Neustein Award)

DIFFERENCES IN GENETIC EXPRESSION BETWEEN HYPERPLASTIC PERILOBAR NEPHROGENIC RESTS (HPLNR) AND WILMS TUMORS (WT). C. Hasan MS, D. Kersey BS, P Grundy MD, EJ Perlman MD, and the NWTSG. Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

     WT frequently develop in the setting of HPLNR, which are in turn mistaken for WT due to their histologic overlap. Our goals are to investigate 1) the pathogenesis of HPLNR, 2) the development of WT from HPLNR and 3) diagnostic markers able to distinguish between HPLNR and WT. We examine the gene expression profiles of 3 HPLNRs, 3 blastemal or poorly differentiated epithelial WT that arose within a PLNR, and two 16 wk gestation kidneys using Affymetrix HU-133A arrays representing 22,000 genes. Significant differential expression was defines as >3-fold expression difference. Hierarchical clustering analysis showed discrete clustering of the fetal kidneys, the HPLNRs, and the WT; genes showing greater expression in HPLNR included, Pax8, FZD6, Notch2, WISP3, MET, STAT4, and IGFBP4. Genes with increased expression in WT relative to HPLNR included PDGFRA, CSPG2, LDB2, RGS5, IGF2BP3, SFRP1 and THBS. In summary, HPLNR and WT show different genetic expression profiles. Theses differences can be targeted for diagnostic purposes, as well as for understanding the steps in the pathogenesis of HPLNR and WT. The distinct differences between the expression of fetal kidney relative to HPLNR suggest that the pathogenesis of HPLNR may involve different pathways than normal nephrogenesis.

Abstract (Vawter Pathologist in Training Award)

CORRELATION OF GENOTYPE/PHENOTYPE IN A NUDE RAT MODEL OF METASTIC RHABDOMYOSARCOMA. M. Kshirsagar, B.S.;C. Corpron, MD; J. Gastier-Foster, PhD; E. Albright MD; M. Blumenkrantz, MD; F. Barr MD; S. Qualman MD. Children's Research Institute, Columbus, OH, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

     A model of rhabdomyasarcoma (RMS) in the athymic nude rate (mu/mu) allows the study of mechanisms underlying metastatic spread and organ predisposition, as well as testing new therapeutic strategies for children with metastatic RMS. A suspension of 1 x 107 cells containing either the Rh28 alveolar RMS (ARMS) cell line [t(2;13)], an ARMS with t(1;13), or a RD2 embryonal RMS cell line (with a p53 mutation) was injected into the left ventricle of 5-7 week old nude rats (n=-12 for each cell line). Each cell line produced a unique pattern of metastatic disease indicating a relationship between the cell line genotype and the phenotypic expression of the RMS subtype. All xenografts showed the stability of translocations (RT-PCR) in the tumors produced and were also MyoD1, myogenin and desmin immunopositive with myogenesis. Twenty-five (25)% of rats receiving t(2;13) cells have been sacrified at means of 58 days post-injection due to palpable subcutaneous interscapular masses, symmetric retroperitoneal and paraspinal masses, and orbital proptosis, with a classic microscopic alveolar pattern. Rats injected with t(1;13) cells had exclusively diffuse skeletal metastases, with 100% of animals developing pathologic fractures and hind limb paralysis between 17.5 to 35 days post-injection. Histologically, the t(1;13) tumors resembled embryonal RMS. Twenty-five (25)% of RD2 injected rats were sacrificed at a mean of 110 days, due to an exclusively miliary pattern of metastatic pulmonary nodules which were also embryonal RMS microscopically. This metastatic xenograft model of RMS may shed new light on the genotypic dictates of metastatic RMS in human patients and its histologic correlates. 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Jeff Goldstein, Chair

From the Abstract Committee:

WE WANT YOUR BEST WORK!

Please submit your scientific contributions for the interim meeting in Cincinnati before the deadline of Tuesday June 24, 2003, to help guarantee a successful interim meeting. Thanks for your support.

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
Alba Greco, Chair

A survey of 23/28 program directors plus information from the web, e-mails and telephone calls conducted yielded the following information:

Jobs:

Current trainees looking for jobs for July 2003 5
Current trainees with staff positions assured for July 2003 2
Past graduates looking for jobs for July 2003 4

18 staff positions currently available:

11 AP with different combinations: perinatal, neuro, CP, etc
AP/CP
CP
3 Directors

Fellowship programs:
8/21 programs have filled positions for July 2003

9 no response
1 new program
2 waiting for accreditation
1 no fellows until 2005-06

ACGME Outcome Project:
The committee is preparing guidelines about documenting "competency and evaluation" in the training of fellows. It will be available to the program directors to help them to comply with ACGME requirements. 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Carlos Galliani, Chair

Just a reminder to all members to keep your dues current. We depend on prompt payment to keep benefits, such as receiving PDP, coming.

PRACTICE COMMITTEE
Ted Pysher, Chair

The Practice Committee met on Friday, March 21, 2003, prior to the SPP annual meeting. The committee gratefully acknowledged the service of Drs. John Hicks, Ted Pysher, and Pierre Russo, who were completing their terms of office.

Evaluations of the Case Study Survey were generally favorable, and these evaluations, as well as a summary of the performance of respondents were shared with Education Committee for use in planning future educational offerings. There was also a discussion of potential applications of digital technology and virtual microscopy to the survey, and Dr. Halit Pinar, Website Editor, will attend the fall meeting of the Practice Committee to explore this further. In the interim, a sample case will be placed on the website, and input from members about this format will be most welcome. We also plan to advertise the survey to residency program directors, and will direct those individuals to the website to view a sample case. As always, SPP members are encouraged to submit cases for the survey, and those wanting to do so should contact Dr. Gloria Kohut, Case Study Subcommittee Chairperson, at Gloria.Kohut@spectrum-health.org

Case Study Survey cases have never included specific personal identifiers, but to further protect patient confidentiality, the committee recommended that future cases be presented as "case scenarios" without specific dates, full facial photographs, or institutional identifiers -- including the identity and affiliation of the person submitting the case. Submitters of future cases will also be asked to affirm that submissions are in compliance with their institution's HIPAA requirements.

Finally, the committee reviewed the preliminary results of the 2003 Membership Survey that accompanied this year's dues statement. To date, completed questionnaires have been received from 129 of the Society's 603 members; and paint a picture of a diverse, busy, aging, and active group that has no shortage of ideas about the future direction of the SPP. These preliminary findings have already been shared with the Society's Council and Long Range Planning Committee; and will undoubtedly figure into the future plans of other committees. A detailed analysis is being prepared for Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, but if you have not yet responded and wish to do so, an electronic copy of the form can be downloaded from the SPP Website, and then e-mailed as an attachment to Dr. Mary Davis at mdavis2@iupui.edu

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE
Steve Qualman, Chair

A review of the Pediatric and Developmental Pathology (PDP) journal revealed that 133 manuscripts were submitted this year, compared to 140 last year. By late fall of this year, PDP, working with Springer Publishers, hopes to move towards a format of electronic submission of manuscripts to facilitate submissions. A motion to increase the budget for the managing editor to 15 hours per week for the year 2003 was approved. It was also determined that the 2003 travel budget for PDP will be $1500.

The Committee approved financial support for moving the membership database to "Memberclicks". This database will be password protected and members will be able to correct their own data. The central office will also update the database twice a year. Dr. Pinar presented various options for on-line abstract submission. He is continuing to work with various vendors, with plans to review at the Fall 2003 meeting and aim for on-line abstract submission for the Spring 2004 meeting.

As of January 2004, all Pathology practices will be expected to comply with the key ingredients of the American College of Surgeons and College of American Pathologists (CAP) cancer protocols. The Childrens Oncology Group (COG), working with CAP, has protocols for Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, and Ewing's sarcoma in process. They will be published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Discussion was also held in regards to potential links from the SPP website to the CAP website, where all the protocols will eventually be available. Dr. Qualman will discuss this possibility with the CAP in July, 2003.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE
Raj Kapur, Chair

Recipients of 2003 SPP Research Grants

The 2003 Young Investigator Research Grant has been awarded to Dr. Roberto Gianini from the University of Colorado for his proposal entitled "Transgenic Expression of Survivin in NOD Mouse Islets". A total of seven applications were received.

The 2003 McAdams Travel Stipend has been awarded to Dr. Margaret Collins from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for her proposal to study the pathology of intestinal transplantation at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. No other applications were received.




Other Announcements

Children's Oncology Group Young Investigator's Mentorship Program

Wanted
Pathologists to be Mentored

Objective
A two-year program, pairing you with a mentor within the Children's Oncology Group to encourage motivated pathologists to become involved in the activities of the Children's Oncology Group. 

Requirements
1. Children's Oncology Group Member
2. Less than 10 years from completion of fellowship/residency 
3. Precise area of interest within a specific pediatric tumor
4. Stated objective for inclusion into program. 

If you are interested and fulfill the above requirements, please send me your name and email address.

Contact:
Grace E. Kim, M.D. 
Children's Oncology Group Pathology Committee Young Investigator Liaison 
Children's Oncology Group Young Investigator Committee Member
Email: gekim@itsa.ucsf.edu
Office phone number: (415) 353-1359




Positions Available 

Please see our Positions Page for the most current list of available positions.




Upcoming Meetings

The most current list and details concerning future pediatric pathology meetings is available on this SPP website.




PHOTOS FROM THE SPRING MEETING IN WASHINGTON, DC 


Bev Dahms, Alba Greco, Marion Malone, and Antonio Perez-Atayde 
attend the PDP editorial board meeting.
 


Denis Benjamin, Laura Finn, Gail Deutsch and
Diana Staribratova enjoy lunch at a sidewalk cafe on a glorious day in
DC. Note the absence of snow!

 

Presidents Henry Krous and Derek de Sa, and the power
behind the throne-Secretary Deb Perry.
 


New SPP President Derek de Sa quickly gets to work!
 


Jim Dimmick and Dave Hardwick (in the foreground) enjoy President DeSa's
 comments at the banquet on Saturday night. Leon Metlay and Cindy Kaplan
 (in the background) are also attentive.
 


Henry Krous presents an award to Deb Perry for her
service as SPP secretary...


 
...and to Ted Pysher for his numerous and important contributions to the SPP....


...and to Jeff Goldstein for enlightening SPP members about the individual in whose 
honor the awards were created.  Also honored were Raj Kapur for creating the 
Resident Trainee Award and Kathleen Patterson for her outstanding service 
as Education Committee Chair.



President Henry Krous with Milton Finegold,
Farber-Landing lecturer for 2003.



Who is that man?



Farber-Landing lecturer Milt Finegold
with new SPP President Derek de Sa and Fred Gorstein.



Milt Finegold with fellow hepatologists
Nelson Fausto and George Michalopoulos.

 









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