From the Editor's Desk Fall 2005
President's Message
Committee Reports
Upcoming Meetings
Positions Available
Photos - Tours, France

Deadline for Spring 2006 Newsletter -  March 31, 2006
Please direct submissions to the Newsletter to Margaret Collins, Editor

From the Editor's Desk
Margaret Collins

If you missed the meeting in Tours, you really missed something! Meeting with our colleagues in the Paediatric Pathology Society was professionally and socially a truly memorable experience, that hopefully will be repeated in the not too distant future. Please view the lovely photos of the meeting at the end of the newsletter.

Please also enjoy the newsletter contents, beginning with a message from President Bev Rogers, and nominations for Society officers from the Nominating Committee.

Happy holidays to all, and all best wishes in the new year.

President's Message
Beverly Rogers

Organization and Community. It seems that it is tradition, although not in the bylaws, that the president of the SPP has some agenda he/she wants to bring forward for the year we hold the office. The SPP has grown from a Club to a Society with great style, and within the confines of the term "Society", the growth continues. Although there has not been a recent growth in number of members, there is an increase in complexity of the Society, with the addition of subcommittees, a web site, a new management firm, and so on.

This year, we have been focusing on bringing further clarity to the responsibilities of the leadership and management office in the Society. Council has directed us to form a task force to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the subcommittee chairs. I have been given the task of drafting a document for review by the SPP and PPS to formulate an agreement for sharing of future journal revenues. The administrative management, headed by Jim Crimmins and Carolyn Lane, are bringing stability to much of our processes, so necessary for continued growth. The process of organizing is frequently slow and, if done right, will take us forward with a structure that will help facilitate carrying out the Strategic Plan of the Society.

With any change in organization comes anxiety. We must remember that there must be true intention to maintain open communication and flexibility when the process of change occurs. This decreases anxiety and keeps a positive spirit alive on a background that invites new ideas and initiatives.

So, simply stated Organization and Community are my wish for this year, with the understanding that neither of these words will encompass only one year, but will stretch out over many. Let's keep things alive and forward moving. It's a really good time to be a pediatric pathologist.

Committee Reports

Deb Perry, chairperson

The nominating committee has proposed the following slate of SPP officers for 2006-7 which has been approved by Council.

President-elect: Ted Pysher

Secretary-Treasurer: Linda Margraf

Councilors at large: Sara Vargas and Ona Marie Faye-Petersen

Bruce Pawel, chairperson

The current roster of members includes:
Junior 38
Affiliate 84
Emeritus 73
Life 45
Total 633

New members approved in Tours:

Junior Members
Dr. May Arroyo
Dr. Amy Davis
Dr. Bonita Fung
Dr. Odette Hall
Dr. Kyle Kurek
Dr. Jie Zhang

Regular Members
Dr. Carlos Benito
Dr. David Chlasson
Dr. Harry Hazelwood
Dr. Brinda Kamat
Dr. Farzena Massimi
Dr. Jun Qin Mo
Dr. Karen Ross
Dr. Marc Silverberg
Dr. Charles Smith

Edwina Popek, Chair

Awards presented at the 2005 SPP Interim Meeting in Tours, France: Gordon L. Vawter Pathologist-in-Training Award was presented to Portia A. Kreiger, M.D. et al, from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, for her platform presentation "Hamartomatous and Other Tongue Lesions in Children".

Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award for meritorious work involving electron microscopy or the application of new or novel technology was presented to Nancy Galvin, Ph.D., from St. Louis University, for her poster presentation, "Early Onset of Lysosomal Storage Disease in a Murine Model of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII: Undegraded Substrate Accumulates in Many Tissues in the Fetus and Very Young Mps VII Mouse".

The Perinatal Award was presented to Dr. J. Martinovic, Department of Genetics, Unite Hopital Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris France, for her platform presentation entitled "Molecular and Histological Studies of Fetuses with Cystic Kidney Dysplasia Identify Severe Cases of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Overlapping with Meckel Syndrome".

Don B. Singer, M.D., and James E. Dimmick, M.D., donated two copies each of the Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology, Volume 24 "Molecular Mechanisms in Development and in Pediatric Pathology" and Volume 25 "Alimentary Tract Pathology in Infants and Children". They were awarded to the following residents in training for their presentations at the Tours meeting.

J. Cielecka-Kuszyk, M.D., Children's Health Memorial Institute, Warsaw, Poland, "Liver Fibrosis in Pediatric Biopsies in HBV Chronic Infection"

Karen W. Eldin, M.D., Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, "Pulmonary Complications of Drug Abuse in Cystic Fibrosis Patients: Report of Two Cases".

Kelly M. Hornaman, M.D., Emory University, Atlanta, GA, "Undifferentiated Embryonal Sarcoma (UES) of the Liver: Eight New Cases with Discussion of Chromosomal Abnormalities and Selected Cases Associated with Mesenchymal Hamartoma (MH).

Aimee C. Popp, M.D., Emory University, Atlanta, GA, "Unusual Presentation of Congenital Infantile Fibrosarcoma (CIFS) in Two Infants with Molecular-Genetic Analysis".

Resident Case Presentation Awards for travel to the Tours meeting were granted to:
Meghan Delaney, D.O., Beth Israel Deaconess medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, "Case Report: Unilateral Clefting and Anomalies: Is Sonic Hedgehog to Blame?"

Kyle J. Noskoviak, M.D., UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA, CD5 Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Mimicking Ewing Sarcoma".

Lotte Strauss Prize was awarded to Gail H. Deutsch, M.D., at the Spring 2005 meeting. At the interim meeting she formally presented her work entitled "Lineage Decisions in the Foregut Endoderm".

Upcoming Meetings

2006 Interim Meeting in Columbus, Ohio

The members of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio invite you to the 2006 Interim meeting which will be held from October 5 to 8, 2006. Our venue is the Hilton at Easton Town Center where a vast array of restaurants, shops and entertainment possibilities exist.

The Symposium will take place on Friday, October 6 and the topic is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and related Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Our speakers will be Michael Caligiuri on CALGB clinical approach to ALL, Bill Carroll for childhood ALL and Tom Gross for NHL discussing clinical approaches in COG, Nyla Heerema on the cytogenetics of ALL, Julie Gastier-Foster on molecular genetic assays, and Mary Beth Ross discussing gene expression profiling.

October in Columbus features crisp weather, blue sky and fall colors. We are planning social activities to showcase some of the unique, but little known facets of our city a Pontifical College, world famous zoo, Short North Arts District, and of course, our own new clinical laboratories.

We are planning a great meeting and hope to see many of you there.

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Photos from the Fall Meeting in Tours, France

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