Summer 2002 Society for Hematopathology Newsletter

Updates from the 2002 USCAP meeting in Chicago

The Society Welcomes 52 New Members...
the membership approved and welcomed 52 new members to the Society at the 2002 Business Meeting,

Awards emeritus status to five members...
Al Batata, Richard S. Neiman, Pierangelo Taschini, Malcolm Vye, and D.H. Wright,

And bestowed an honorary membership to...
Janet Rowley, University of Chicago, in honor of her many discoveries in cancer genetics.

2002 Scientific Symposium

On behalf of the members of the Society, I want to thank John (Wing) Chan and Marshal Kadin for organizing the 2002 Scientific Symposium, held in conjunction with the USCAP meeting in Chicago, and to congratulate them on a job well done. This symposium, "Molecular Pathogenesis in Leukemia and Lymphoma", featured some of the world's leading investigators in the field of lymphoma and leukemia: Frederick Alt (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children's Hospital, Boston), Ming Du (Royal Free and University College Medical School, London), Georgio Inghirami (New York University Medical Center, New York), Albert Rübben (University Hospital of the RWTH, Aachen), Janet Rowley (University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago) and Jim Downing (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis). There were over 400 attendees, and the evaluations indicated that the symposium met and exceeded the expectations of the registrants.

Pathologist-in-training awards

Nearly 40 abstracts were entered into the Society's competition for the Pathologist-in-Training Award. A panel of three judges evaluated each abstract for scientific approach, significance, and presentation. This year, two nominees received identical scores, and shared the top honors:

Dr. Sven de Vos, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California Los Angeles. Gene expression profiling in laser microdissected normal follicular mantles, mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and blastoid variant of mantle cell lymphoma" (co-authors, U Krug, WK Hoffmann, GS Pinkus, SH Swerdlow, W Wachsman, T Grogan, C Yue, HP Koeffler, JW Said)

Dr. Ryan Robetorye, Department of Pathology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City. Gene expression profiling of B-cell lymphoma cell lines with the t(14;18). (co-authors, SD Bohling, JW Morgan, GC Fillmore, MS Lim, KSJ Elenitobe-Johnson).

Future Meetings and New Initiatives

2003 Scientific Symposium, March 23, Washington DC: "Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas"

Jonathan Said and Eric Hsi will moderate and plan the 2003 Scientific Symposium, which will be devoted to "Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas". Jonathan and Eric have already lined up an impressive roster of speakers, and the talks will cover important new information that includes not only molecular characterization of aggressive B cell lymphomas, but also their morphologic and immunologic recognition. In addition, the problematic (for some of us) topic of Burkitt and Burkitt-like lymphomas will be discussed, as will aggressive B cell lymphomas that arise from transformation of a lower grade lymphoma and B cell lymphomas that occur in immunocompromised patients. This promises to be an important and informative session, and more specifics will appear in the next newsletter.

2003 SH/EAHP Workshop, October 23-25, 2003, Memphis, TN:
"Congenital, Reactive and Neoplastic Disorders in Pediatric Hematopathology"

Robert Lorsbach and James Downing, Department of Pathology, St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, have proposed an interesting workshop for a topic that has been somewhat neglected in our past symposia and workshops - hematopathology in the pediatric patient. Their goals and objectives are to "provide the attendee with a comprehensive exposure to the congenital, reactive and neoplastic hematolymphoid disorders most frequently encountered in pediatric patients". Planning for this workshop is now underway, and more information will be provided in the next newsletter and on our website. The meeting will be at the famous Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.

2002 ASCP Companion Meeting, Washington D.C., October 11, 2002

Drs. William Kern and Eric Hsi will co-chair the SH companion meeting at the ASCP in Washington D.C., October 11, 2002. The speakers and topics are:

Eric Hsi Cutaneous B cell lymphoma
Steve Kroft Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
Dan Arber Practical, pathologic classification of AML
Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson Utility of flow cytometry immunophenotyping in the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes

The SH companion meeting with the ASCP is always well received, and generally offers an excellent opportunity to learn good information and ask questions of the faculty. If you are going to Washington in the fall for the ASCP convention, don't miss this meeting!

Case of the Quarter ... Questionnaire enclosed (attached) to learn what format would best serve you

Dominic Pantalony is the current Editor-in-Chief of this endeavor, and the Society is deeply indebted to him for the time he has devoted to this project. Dominic is interested in finding out the format for the C/Q that the membership would find most useful - as paper and kodachromes, as currently done, or in an electronic format, either from the website or a CD ROM, or some combination of these. A questionnaire is attached to this message, and is also posted on the website. We urge you to complete this form, and return it to the Society's office at the fax number indicated on the questionnaire, or by mail. Please take a minute to do this - it is important for our future plans. Note: an electronic form of the questionnaire is also available for direct transmission from the website. Link to questionnnaire.

A new committee - the "Education Committee" - are you interested?

Beginning July 1, 2003, SH members with approved Hematopathology Fellowship programs will be required to have established formal guidelines that outline how fellows will achieve competency in their program, as well as plans on how competency of trainees will be measured. Over the summer, I will be asking some members to participate on a committee whose main charge will be to help draft a template for fellowship training and competency assessment that members might adapt, if they wish, to their own programs. The ACGME has voiced interest in cooperating with us on this. I realize that every program is a bit different, but we all have to meet similar requirements. Some general guidelines from the committee, working in consultation with the ACGME, may be quite useful to the membership. If you are interested in serving on this, or any other committees, send me an email. (jvardima@uchospitals.edu).

Well - a rather long newsletter - and there is still more to tell you. But I will wait until the next one! In the meantime, have an enjoyable, safe and productive summer!

Jim Vardiman