Society for Hematopathology Newsletter, Summer 2004

I hope this brief newsletter finds everyone having a great summer. The Society for Hematopathology remains a hotbed of activity. Programs are being prepared and planned. The Education and Bylaws Committees are hard at work. Feel free to contact the chairs of these committees if you have any suggestions: Education Committee (Sherrie Perkins), Bylaws Committee (Wing (John) Chan). If you have any comments about the bylaws, let John Chan know immediately as we are finalizing proposed changes for 2005. The website is in the process of being transferred to be under the auspices of our USCAP management.

Proceedings of the SH/EAHP/St. Jude's Slide Workshop on Pediatric Hematopathology, October 23-25, 2003. The December 2004 issue of Pathology Patterns will be devoted to our recent slide workshop with manuscripts from the panel members and selected speakers. Dr. Lorsbach is coordinating these efforts. We hope to be able to send all members a copy of the publication free of charge. If you do not want a copy, please fill out and fax or send the enclosed form to us care of the USCAP management office. Extra copies can also be obtained for $15 each by filling out the same enclosed form and including either a check or credit card number for the total.
All requests MUST be received by September 1, 2004.

Some upcoming events on our calendar are summarized below:

  1. Meeting of the European Association for Haematopathology including the EAHP/SH Slide Workshop, September 26 October 1, 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece. A two day EAHP Bone Marrow Symposium, consisting of scientific sessions and a slide workshop, will be held on September 26th and 27th preceding the EAHP Lymphoma Symposium and EAHP/SH Slide Workshop. A number of satellite symposia including FISH, B-CLL, microdissection and gene expression profiling as well as the 5th Conference on thymus tumors will follow. Two educational sessions on classification and differential diagnosis of B- and T/NK cell neoplasms and on chronic/acute myeloid neoplasms will take place on September 27. The main themes of the EAHP Lymphoma Symposium, from September 28th to 30th are "Integration of molecular genetics into haematopathology" and "Extranodal Lymphomas". The joint EAHP/SH Slide Workshop on "Extranodal Lymphomas (excluding bone marrow, spleen and stomach)" will be held on September 30th October 1. More information about the meeting is available at: http://www.med.auth.gr/conf/eahp2004/eng/main.htm

  2. SH/ASCP Companion Meeting, October 6, 2004. Challenges in Hematopathology: Myeloproliferative/Myelodysplastic Overlap Syndromes, Extranodal Cytotoxic Lymphomas, Reactive Versus Lymphomatous Skin Lesions

    Moderators: William G. Finn, MD and Steven H. Kroft, MD

    Speakers:
    James Vardiman, MD Myeloproliferative/Myelodysplastic Overlap Syndromes Marsha Kinney, MD Extranodal T/NK Cell Tumors Bong Kim, MD - Cutaneous Lymphoma and Reactive Mimickers of Lymphoma

  3. Society for Hematopathology Scientific Symposium, Sunday, February 27, 2005, San Antonio, Texas. Our moderators, Elaine Jaffe and John K.C. Chan, have organized the following program on extranodal lymphomas:

    Part I
    MALT lymphomas: genetic changes, their detection and significance Andreas Chott, Vienna, Austria

    Infective etiologies of MALT lymphomas: biological and clinical correlations - Peter Isaacson, London, U.K.

    Problems in diagnosis of lymphoid lesions of the salivary gland and gastrointestinal tract - JKC Chan, Hong Kong

    Part II
    Lymphoid proliferations in the breast and gynecological tract Nancy Lee Harris, Boston, MA

    Mediastinal lymphomas: Practical and theoretical issues Elaine S. Jaffe, Bethesda, MD

    New WHO classification of cutaneous lymphomas Steven H. Swerdlow, Pittsburgh, PA

  4. For those of you who are Hematopathology Fellowship Program Directors, we will once again have a Sunday morning breakfast meeting at the USCAP in San Antonio. It is being planned by Sherrie Perkins and members of her Education Committee. This year will feature both "our very own" Rob McKenna speaking in his role on the American Board of Pathology and an as yet to be named member of the RRC. More details will follow.

  5. Planning for the Society for Hematopathology /European Association for Haematopathology/MD Anderson Slide Workshop on T-cell lymphoma to be held October 20-22, 2005 in Houston, Texas is also well underway. The organizers of the meeting are Drs. C. Bueso-Ramos, D. Jones and J. Medeiros. In addition to the meeting organizers, the panel members will include Drs. M. Kinney, N. Harris, P. Gaulard, and H.K.K. Muller-Hermerlink. More information will be sent out in the fall with on-line case submission and pre-registration probably beginning in November.

    Best wishes to all,
    Steve