the Editor's Desk
Edwina J. Popek, DO
It’s hard to believe that it’s been
nearly two years since the long range planning met here in Houston. Much
has been accomplished towards the goals set at that time and those
involved are to be congratulated. From the pleas by some of our committee
chairs, our help is still needed.
One of the goals of that meeting was to
create a “broader-tent” of membership to encourage enjoinment in the
society. In the spirit of that issue Dr. Liliane Boccon-Gibod has asked
that the International Paediatric Pathology Association Newsletter be
published in toto in the Society for Pediatric Pathology Newsletter. I was
a little confused between all the pediatric pathology societies around the
world, Dr. Liliane Boccon-Gibod offers some clarification elsewhere in
I know that many of you are traveling,
spreading the word about pediatric pathology. Why not send me a photograph
and some information on your trip and I’ll make you famous in the
J. Thomas Stocker, MD
In October, 1996, the Society held a
Strategic Planning Meeting following its interim meeting in Houston. At
that meeting, about 45 members of the Society identified seven specific
areas that they felt were the most important concerns of the Society.
These issues were stated as follows:
Over the ensuing 21 months the Society has
addressed these issues through its council and committees. At the
September meeting in Toronto we will continue the process by holding a
two-hour planning session as part of a “pre-council meeting” on
Thursday morning, September 17. The committee chair and council members
will discuss the issues derived from the Houston meeting and will set
aside at least an hour to suggest and look at “new” issues that are of
interest or concern to our members. If you have an issue you would like
discussed, please contact me or one of the committee chair (see the
listing on page 5 of this newsletter) or prepare a short description of
the issue which can be distributed to the planning group prior to the
Toronto meeting. Please send the description by August 20. (Email: JStocker@USUHS.mil)
You are also welcome to attend the Thursday morning meeting to present
your issue in person.
- Convince others of pediatric
pathology’s unique value by defining and measuring what is unique
about pediatric pathology.
- Strengthen our influence on the practice
of pathology by enhancing pediatric pathology through initiatives
targeted primarily for non-pediatric pathology audiences.
- Become and be assertive and passionate
leaders within the Society by developing strategies and more clearly
defining the roles of he Society leadership.
- Continue the process of planning by
making strategic planning an integral part of the Society’s council
- Expand the influence of the Society by
expanding its membership through creation of a “broader tent” with
easier entry into the Society.
- Apply new communication technologies to
local/international education by creating a new committee for
- Enhance research by expanding and
defining the activities of the Research Committee.
I would also like to congratulate Denis
Benjamin, Jeremy Berry, Cheryl Coffin, Julian Garvin, Jocelyn Hicks and
the Editorial Board of Pediatric Pathology and Developmental
Pathology for the timely publication of the first four issues of
our journal. The Society and Springer-Verlag are asking the National
Library of Medicine to approve the journal for abstracting and indexing as
soon as possible.
We hope you will be able to join your
colleagues in Toronto in September as the Hospital for Sick Children and
the University of Toronto host the 1998 interim meeting of the Society. We
look forward to seeing you there.
Meeting Raffle II
Edith P. Hawkins, M.D.
Drawing to be held at the Interim Meeting
Banquet in Toronto
Saturday, September 19, 1998
TO RAISE MONEY FOR
THE YOUNG INVESTIGATORS AWARD
Chances to win greater than ever, SIX,
count them SIX great Prizes!!!!!!
Each copy autographed by author, editor or artist
* Beckwith, Bruce - duplicate
“old” book: Keibel & Mall, Human Embryology 2 vols. Printed 1912.
* Langston, Claire - original art by
daughter, Rebecca Cornwell.
* Popek, Edwina J- Moran C, Mullick
FG, ed. Systemic Pathology of HIV Infection and AIDS in Children. AFIP,
* Gonzalez-Cruzi, Frank - Harcourt
Notes of An Anatomist
The Day of the Death.
On the Nature of Things Erotic.
* Kleinman RE, Gilger MA, Braverman RM, Finegold
MJ, Hawkins EP, Klish WJ - Atlas of Pediatric Gastrointes tinal
Disease. B.C. Decker, Inc., 1998.
* Kaplan, Cynthia G - Color Atlas of
Gross Placental Pathology. Igaku-Shoin, 1994.
Tickets - 10$ for 1 or 3 for 25$
Do not have to be present to win.
If unable to attend meeting, tickets may be
purchased from the National Office by sending a check made out to:
Society for Pediatric Pathology
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
Tickets not available by mail after
September 5, 1998.
PPS, IAP, SPP - What’s in a Name?
Dr. Liliane Boccon-Gibod, MD, Chairperson, IPPA
The International Pediatric Pathology
Association (IPPA) is an “umbrella” association. IPPA’s main role is
to enhance the links between the pediatric pathology societies and promote
pediatric pathology around the world. It also runs the IPPA course, which
is mainly organized, in Europe, but with participants from all over the
world. The IPPA does not have much power or money, (usually this goes
together) but it traditionally organizes the pediatric pathology program
at the international meeting of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP)
meetings (Hong-Kong 94, Budapest 96, Nice 98, Japan 2000). This is one of
the reasons why I am in charge of this part of the Nice meeting, the other
one being that the French organizers of the Congress have asked me to be
on the Scientific Committee of the Congress.
The Paediatric Pathology Society (PPS) is
more or less the European Association of Pediatric Pathology. Most of its
members (approx. 200) are from Europe but a few are from Australia, South
Africa, and New Zealand. This Society, of which I am also a member, was
mainly British when it was founded by John Emery, but in the recent years
more and more people from Continental and Eastern Europe have become
members. Never-the-less, it always keeps a dominating number of people
from the UK amongst its officers.
Beverly Rogers, MD, Chairperson
The first half of 1998 has been a busy time
for all involved with Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. With four
issues published, we are moving forward with our application for indexing
and abstracting by the National Library of Medicine. Once indexing is
approved, it will be retrospective to the first volume. We ask you to
continue to send your best articles to our journal; the support of all
members is essential to maintain the standard of quality set by these
first four issues. Send your manuscripts to: Denis R. Benjamin, MB, BCh,
Editor-in-Chief, Department of Laboratories, Children’s Hospital and
Medical Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way N.E., PO Box 5371, MS CH-37, Seattle,
If you haven’t visited the Web Site
recently, take a few minutes to browse. Dr. Paul Dickman and colleagues
have been working hard to update the Site with information useful to both
members and non-members. Just a few of the categories covered by the Web
Site are upcoming meetings and events (including registration forms), a
roster of members, and information about training programs. A section on
SPP publications contains search capabilities for the past issues of Perspectives
in Pediatric Pathology. Links to various other Web Sites are
available. The address of the Web Site is: http://path.upmc.edu/spp/
Joe Rutledge, MD, Chairman
The Nominations Committee, has begun its
process of selecting officers for 1999, a slate of which will be presented
to council in September. Your suggestions should be forwarded directly to
Dr. Rutledge as soon as possible.
The SPP is invested in its committee
structure. Committee members not only have the rewards of contributing
their expertise and judgment to the Society, opportunity to work closely
with members they may not have gotten to know, but also gain an additional
line on their CV. Your membership on a committee is vital to both the
organization and to the discipline of pediatric pathology. While the next
round of appointments will not take place until the Spring meeting 1999,
it is hoped that the selection process can be finished in time for
designated appointees to attend the Spring 1999 committees meetings, as
observers. To that end, if you are interested in committee membership,
either contact the committee chair directly to express an interest or talk
with Joe Rutledge who will be responsible for working with committee
chairs to appoint new members.
Joe C. Rutledge, MD, (206) 526-2103, Fax:
(206) 527-3840, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
for the Future - A Plea
Kathy Patterson, MD, Chair, Workshop Subcommittee
I need help! The Workshop and Symposium
subcommittee of the SPP Education Committee is charged with the task of
finding topics that meet the needs of the society members and to then
match those topics with appropriate course directors. In the ideal world,
we would each year be buried in a pile of workshop suggestions from
interested members and potential workshop course directors. Unfortunately,
in the past 1-2 years we have gleaned only a smattering of suggestions for
topics from the meeting evaluations and even fewer able bodies coming
forward to offer themselves as course directors. I therefore make a double
- Send us some ideas. The workshops are
intended to be practical, with opportunities for questions and
comments from the course attendees. We would like to include a variety
of topics incorporating the wide range of interests extant in our
society. What new topics would you like to see in the upcoming year?
Is there an interest in things like computer/digital graphics or
photography? What organ systems have we ignored? And whom would you
suggest as a course director for your ideas?
- Send us some workshop proposals. Here is
your opportunity to share your interests and expertise with your
colleagues. The 2 hour workshops should incorporate recent advances in
your area of expertise, presented in an interesting and
thought-provoking manner. All I need initially is a short description
of your proposed workshop including your goals in making the
presentation. If the committee accepts your proposal, you will be
required to prepare a handout with appropriate references for
distribution at the workshop. You will also need to provide a set of
Kodachrome slides for distribution following the workshop. A stipend
of $400 for the first year and $300 for succeeding years is provided
to help defray costs.
Send your ideas and workshop proposals to:
Kathy Patterson, MD, SPP Education Committee, Chair, Workshop
Subcommittee, Phone 206/526-2592; Fax: 206/527-3840; E-mail: email@example.com
Pediatric Pathology Meetings
Society for Pediatric Pathology
1998 SPP Interim Meeting, September
Toronto, ON, Canada
Symposium: New Horizons in Cardiovascular Pathology
1999 SPP Annual Meeting, March 20-21
San Francisco, CA
Symposium: Renal Disease
Workshops: Pediatric Bone Tumors and Tumor-like Lesions;
Congenital Malformation in the Fetus; New Advances in Pediatric Muscle
Pathology; Fine Needle Aspiration in Pediatrics; Brain Tumors of
Childhood; Pediatric Hematopathology.
1999 SPP Interim Meeting, September
7th International Congress on
Pediatric Laboratory Medicine
September 30, October 1-4, 1998
Organized by the International Association
of Pediatric Laboratory Medicine, Portuguese Society of Clinical
Pathology, National Association of Clinical Pathologists and the
International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
For more information: 7th Congresso Mundail
de Patologic Pediatric, Attn: Dr. Judite Delgado, Rua Tenente Espanca, 36
- 3o Drt, 1050 Lisboa, Portugal; Phone: 351.1.795 15 46 Fax: 351.1.793 53
The Philippe Laudat
September 27-October 1, 1998
Immune Molecules and Cells in Implantation
andTrophoblast class I (HLA G and C);
NK and other uterine lymphocytes; Immune responses in pregnancy (Th1/Th23
- moust/human); Tolerance to paternal MHC, Cytokines in pregnancy;
Hormonal control of cytokines in peri-implantation uterus.
Early Pregnancy, AIX LES BAINS (France).
This pluridisciplinary conference is aimed
at promoting scientific high-quality meetings, as to compare opinions,
research hypotheses and methodologies. The objective is to bring together
scientists from a wide range of disciplines, thus enabling them to
establish personal contacts, undertake new collaborations in the aim of
widening scientific knowledge in every field of Biomedical and Health
For more information contact: Olivier
Morin, Head of the Philippe Laudat Conference, INSERM, Department De
L’Information Scientifique et de la Communication. 101, rue de tolbiac,
F-75754 PARIS, Cedex 13, France; Tel: 33 (0) 1 44 23 60 89; Fax 33 (0) 1
44 23 60 69; E-mail: Morin@tolbiac.inserm.fr;
Registration on internet http://www.inserm.fr
(conferences Philippe Laudat page)
National Search for a Pediatric
UniPath, LLC, a 23 member multispecialty
pathology group based in Denver, CO with a busy in and outpatient
laboratory practice is seeking an AP or AP/CP board certified pathologist
with subspecialty board certification in pediatric pathology.
Responsibilities will include autopsies and
surgical pathology in the fields of neonatal and pediatric pathology in
addition to placenta pathology. Preferences will be given to candidate
with strong skills in general surgical pathology. This position is open at
a 675-bed tertiary care facility covered by UniPath. Applicants should
send their CV to Ms. Tricia Hughey, UniPath, LLC, 2180 S. Leyden Street,
Denver, CO 80222
Driscoll Children’s Hospital - Pathologist
Qualified candidates will be board
certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and be board eligible or
certified in the subspecialty of pediatric pathology and eligible for
Texas license. Training and/or experience in molecular genetics will be
beneficial but all applicants with strong diagnostic, teaching skills and
experience are encouraged to apply.
The hospital supports a well established,
fully accredited large pediatric residency training program. Affiliation
with Texas A&M University Health Science Center provides increased
opportunities for students, faculty, and medical staff.
The pathology department provides surgical pathology, autopsy, and
clinical laboratory services. The clinical laboratory provides hematology,
chemistry, coagulation, immunology, flow cytometry, microbiology and
Interested candidates are requested to send a current CV, letter of
intent, and references to Fae Bryan, Search Committee Coordinator, PO Box
6530, Corpus Christi, TX 78466-7530 or Fax 512/694-5317.
Director of Perinatal and Developmental Pathology
Magee-Womens Hospital and the University of
Pittsburgh Department of Pathology are seeking an experienced academic
Perinatal Pathologist at the Associate Professor or Professor rank to
assume the position of Director of Perinatal & Developmental
Pathology, reporting to the Chief of Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital.
Faculty of the Department of Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh
with a special interest in Obstetric, Gynecologic, Reproductive and
Perinatal Pathology are assigned to Magee-Womens Hospital Department of
Pathology. Magee-Womens Hospital and its Womencare Centers and Satellites
provide the major tertiary Womencare services for the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center and it is a member of the Tri-State Health
System - a regional Integrated Delivery System coordinated by the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Clinical services include over 9,000
deliveries per year, a strong genetics counseling program, including early
pregnancy loss, supported by university faculty specialists in
maternal-fetal-medicine, neonatology, ultrasound and reproductive
genetics. The Director of Perinatal & Developmental Pathology is
required to have several years of 'hands on' experience in the full range
of diagnostic perinatal pathology including placental pathology, pathology
of early pregnancy loss, and fetal and neonatal pathology. This is
required in order to lead an academic diagnostic perinatal pathology
service in a multidisciplinary academic setting that provides for close
interdisciplinary collaboration with both pathologists and clinicians in
the above mentioned clinical service areas. The director should also aim
to develop a funded research program in perinatal pathology related areas.
Laboratory space and set-up funds can be allocated as necessary.
Pediatric Neuropathology expertise is
available through the Department of Pathology at the University of
Pittsburgh. Molecular Diagnostics, Molecular Genetics, Flow Cytometry, and
other state-of-the-art technology is accessible through the Department of
Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh. With system integration
initiatives opportunities exist to expand a regional perinatal pathology
The position is available October 5, 1998.
Applications should be forwarded to Trevor Macpherson MD, Chief of
Pathology, Magee-Womens Hospital and Professor of Pathology University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine at 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
and phone 412-641-4655.
The University of Pittsburgh is an equal
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