This meeting was by all accounts a resounding success. Three-thousand three hundred and fifty-eight (3358) physician-pathologists were in attendance - the second highest in the history of USCAP. 620 of the registrants/attendees at the Denver meeting were from 61 countries outside of the US and Canada. There were 1044 residents/fellows at our meeting which is a reflection of the effective recruitment programme of the past 8 years.
2396 scientific abstracts were submitted for evaluation. This was the sixth year for the USCAP to have electronic submission of our scientific abstracts (in conjunction with Marathon, Inc). There was a 71.3 % acceptance rate for abstracts. Abstracts are accepted from anywhere in the world and we try to accommodate as many quality poster sessions as space allows. These scientific abstracts are now online searchable by topic, disease, word, technique, author, institution, etc on the USCAP website (www.uscap.org). Three years of abstracts are kept active on this site.
Blue Bear outside the Convention Center. It is 40ft high and made of ‘4,000 interlocking triangles of moulded blue polymer concrete mounted on a steel framework.’ It was created by Lawrence Argent who was born in England, trained in sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, and is now living in Denver where he is Professor of Art at the University of Denver. This art work is part of Denver’s public art Program whereby 1% of the cost of a building must be spent on art decorations. On Sunday the bear and everything else was covered by a layer of snow.
The office of President
Dr. Chris Crum served a distinguished and quite active term as President of the USCAP.
Dr. Victor Reuter is now the President for 2008-09 and Dr. Richard Zarbo is President-Elect
376 abstracts were submitted. 238 were accepted.
Four co-equal awards made:
Andrea N. Grin
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Crystal P. Jenkins
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Lynette M. Sholl
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Three Certificates of Merit were awarded:
Hannah L. Gilmore
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Juan M. Mosquera
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
Co-authors came from a number of other institutions - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco, McGill University, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Michigan.
The ADASP/USCAP Autopsy Award winning abstract was:
Karen M. Jones
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
The ADASP/USCAP Surgical Pathology Award was:
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Above: Claude Cuvelier, (Belgium), Laurence de Laval (Belgium), winner of the Ben Castleman award, Jaime Prat (Spain) and Robin Young, Mass General (US) (Laurence de Laval once worked at the Mass General)
Above: Some members of the Arab Division who attended their usual social dinner. (Numerous special interest groups of all sorts have social gatherings during the USCAP meeting. This would be one important aspect of the meeting that would be lost if people opt to view the meetings from their computers without actually attending the meeting.)
Above: Rick Fraser, The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award
Left: Ron Yaar, Crystal P. Jenkins, Lynette M. Sholl, Andrea N. Grin, Stowell-Orbison Awards
Christine Janney, Cheryl Coffin, Hala Makhlouf, Elizabeth (beth) Brunt, Andrew Clouston, Speakers at the Liver specialty Conference
The Nathan Kaufman Timely Topic Lecture was given by Dr. Frank McKeon, Professor of Cell Biology from Harvard. The title of his lecture was “p63 Through the Ages”. His lecture was elegant, timely, and very well received.
The Maude Abbot Lecture was given by Dr. Chris Fletcher, Brigham & Women’s/Boston entitled: “The Future of Academic Anatomic Pathology: Challenges and Opportunities”. This was truly an outstanding presentation.
The Distinguished Pathologists Award was presented this year to two individuals in recognition of their long-term, distinguished service in the development of the discipline of pathology and the USCAP.
Drs. Nathan Kaufman and Bernard Wagner were recognized by the Academy membership for their major and extensive contributions to pathology over the years. Please see the USCAP Website (www.uscap.org) for their biosketches.
Above: Ruta Gupta, The ADASP/USCAP Surgical Pathology award
Above: Anirban Maitra, Ramzi Cotran Young investigator award
Above: Jeremy Wallentine, J. Stephen Vogel award
Bernard and Pat Wagner, Distinguished Pathologists Award
Victor Reuter, President of USCAP for 2008-2009, and Brett Delahunt, President of the Australasian Division of IAP.
Chris Crum President of USCAP with Frank McKeon the Timely topics lecturer.
The President’s Award was presented this year to Dr. Jack Perry Strong. His dedication and work for the Academy and especially as long-standing Chair of the USCAP Finance Committee is way “above and beyond the call of duty”. He received a very lengthy and vibrant standing-ovation! (And deserved it!).
Please see the USCAP Website of the 2008 Annual Meeting for details about this outstanding and dedicated individual who has contributed so much to pathology world-wide. Jack has now resigned from the Finance Committee and his replacement is Dr. Peter Banks.
The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Richard Fraser, Montreal for his important and extraordinary effort and success as President of the 2006 IAP Centennial Congress held in Montreal.
The Ramzi Cotran Young Investigator Award was presented to Dr. Anirban Maitra, from Johns Hopkins.
The Castleman Award (for the best published paper in the field of human pathology ) went to Dr. Laurence de Leval (Belgium) for her paper entitled: “The gene expression profile of nodal peripheral T-cell lymphoma demonstrates a molecular link between angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) and follicular helper T (Tfh) cells” in Blood 2007: 109: 4952-4963.
Above: Chris Fletcher, Maude Abbott lecturer
Above: Mike Wells retiring editor of Histopathology, Elizabeth Whelan, Blackwell publishing and Claude Cuvelier, Pres BDIAPBelow: Jack and Mihoko Strong, The President’s Awar
Above: History of Pathology companion meeting. Almost a full lecture room.
The F. Stephen Vogel Award (for the most outstanding paper published in an Academy journal by a pathologist-in-training ) went to Dr. Jeremy Wallentine (Univ. of Utah) for his paper entitled: “Comprehensive identification of proteins in Hodgkin lymphoma-derived Reed-Sternberg Cells by LM-MS/MS” in Laboratory Investigation: 2007 Nov; 87(11): 1113-1124, Epub 2007 Sep 17.
The Long Course entitled “Tumors of the Kidney and Urinary Bladder” by Drs. Eble and Grignon, Indiana University was attended by 658 registrants.
The syllabus consisted of 280 plus pages of notes, and included a CD packed full of hundreds of images. It will be published in Modern Pathology in 2009
Sixty half-day Short Courses were presented. An average of 81 pathologists attended each course. Virtually all of the Short Courses have CD’s, and many have “Virtual Slides”.
Two all-day Special Courses were offered:
A new one on “Basic Principles and Practice of Molecular Pathology in Cancer” was headed by Dr. Julia Bridge (Univ. Nebraska). It was “sold out” attracting a maximum room number of 326 registrants. This course has a CD in addition to the extensive syllabus.
The ongoing Advanced Molecular Pathology course (headed by Dr. Frederic Barr, Univ. of Pennsylvania) attracted 288 registrants and included a CD in addition to the extensive syllabus.
Twenty - Six Companion Societies presented their educational endeavors on Saturday night and Sunday.
The total registrations (number of attendees times the number of Companion Societies) was 2296. This year all of the Companion Society handouts were on our USCAP Website at least 2-3 weeks before the meeting.
The 17 evening Specialty Conferences, which are organ-based, were held from 7:30-9:30 pm, which is always a testimony to the continuing endurance of the meeting’s registrants. All of the evening Specialty Conferences are online on the Academy’s website. For the past five years the unknowns (i.e., clinical history and representative histologic images) are placed on our USCAP website several weeks before the annual meeting, and the answers, complete text, power point presentations, references, etc are placed on our website the morning after the Specialty Conference for all throughout the world to enjoy
Above: History of Pathology companion meeting speakers, Konrad Muller Hermilink, Robin Cooke, Clive Taylor, Jan van den Tweel.
Additional Activities of the Academy
Perhaps the most important of these has been concentrated on the partnership of our two academy journals with the most outstanding medical and science publishing group in the world--Nature Publishing Group.
Many of the top scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century were first reported in the journal - Nature (it is the world’s foremost weekly scientific journal by impact factor). Nature Publishing Group (NPG) publishes over 36 high profile society-owned or affiliated journals and 7-8 of the top 20 in the world in impact factor.
Both of our Academy’s journals now offer 2 pages of free color per published article, rapid advance online publication available 6 weeks after manuscript acceptance, increased international exposure, electronic table of content alerts delivered directly to your inbox highlighting new content each month, online submission of manuscripts and tracking, and reference cross-linking via CrossRef and MEDLINE.
Powered by Naturejobs, the Career and Recruitment division of the journal Nature, Pathology jobs provides recruiters with unique vehicles to advertise.
The Nature website is outstanding with free abstracts of all articles, integrated searches, online archives of all full-text articles from 2000 available through a personal or institutional subscription, and author index-which searches authors names across all available articles. This is a very powerful force in research and education for our members to utilize.
In addition, the scientific abstracts from the annual USCAP meetings for the past three years are now online and searchable. (Please see our USCAP and the Nature websites).
Another activity has been the educational endeavors by the USCAP this past year.
1.) The IAP Centennial Congress held in Montreal September 16-21, 2006. There were 2700 attendees from almost 100 countries.
2.) The establishment of the eAcademy (go to:www.uscap.org for further information). This online, distance-learning tool, will render CME credit for a minor charge. This is under the Direction of Dr. John Sinard (Yale). The APECS cases (anatomic pathology cases) will start this summer, 2008.
3.) The First American Board of Pathology-approved “Self Assessment Module” (SAM): Diagnostic Cytopathology 07. We now have multiple SAM offerings: see the left-hand side of our USCAP Website for a listing of our “four sets” of SAM offerings. .
4.) The development of the CME Portfolio for members.
5.) Continuing involvement in altruistic activities, including West and Sub-Saharan Africa.
6.) Continuing growth of the free USCAP “Knowledge Hub/Pathology Portal”
7.) Over 480 Virtual Slides are now up on the USCAP Website for free (e.g., IAP Centennial; Annual evening Specialty Conferences)
8.) The “Naturization” of Laboratory Investigation (watch for future developments of this type for Modern Pathology coming very soon!)
9.) The development of the Itinerary Planner (electronic planner) for the Annual Meeting
10.) Online Membership Renewal & Registration
11.) A Poster Creation Service and ability to demonstrate entire abstract online
12.) Pod casts of the IAP Centennial Keynote Addresses, and 2007 and 2008 Annual addresses.
13.) Online Evaluation of all of the Academy’s Courses
14.) And much more.
Fred Silva, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Vice President, USCAP.
March 11, 2008.
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