Spring and Summer 2001 Society for Hematopathology Update

General Membership Meeting in Atlanta

We had a successful membership meeting in Atlanta that included a special recognition for Sue Berardıs many years of outstanding service to the Society! The full minutes of this meeting have been posted on the listserve. You are also welcome to contact Adrian Martinez if you would like a copy of the minutes mailed to you (martinza@mail.nih.gov).

New Member-at-large

Dr. Carl Kjeldsberg was elected to join the Executive Committee as a member-at-large. We welcome his involvement on this group! The entire Executive Committee and all current Society for Hematopathology committee appointments can be viewed on our website.

Pathologist in Training Awards

At the general membership meeting we discussed the possibility of offering more than one Pathologist in Training Award. The Awards Committee has made the recommendation that two awards be given from the Society this year. From the many outstanding posters and proffered papers the Awards Committee identified the following two excellent abstracts:

Qian-Yun Zhang from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque was selected for her abstract entitled "Novel Method for Rapid Identification of Leukemia-Specific Translocations" James Z. Huang from the University of Nebraska Medical Center was selected for his abstract entitled "CD10, bcl-2, and bcl-6 Protein Expression and t(14;18)(q32;q21) in Two Subtypes of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Defined by Gene Expression Profiles."
From the entire Society I would like to extend our congratulations for these two outstanding abstracts and thank all of our trainees who participated in the awards process. There were many, many excellent posters and proffered papers.

WHO "Bluebook" Available!!

After a gestation of more than five years, the WHO "Bluebook" on Tumours of the Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues has just been published. This project was a joint effort of the Society for Hematopathology and the European Association for Haematopathology. It represents the third volume in the series Pathology and Genetics published by IARC Press, and covers all hematolymphoid neoplasia including myeloid, lymphoid, histiocytic and dendritic cell tumors. The book is approximately 320 pages in length and contains more than 700 photographs, all in color. The graphics are both attractive and informative, with numerous tables, diagrams, and survival curves. Each chapter prepared by experts in the field is devoted to a single disease entity, and includes information on incidence trends, risk factors, histopathology, immunophenotype, genetics, clinical features, and survival. You are welcome to check out a sample chapter from the new series at the IARC web page: http://www.iarc.fr/WHO-BlueBooks/index.html. The book is offered for only $50.00 to members of the IAP/USCAP, if you order directly from IARC Press. You may FAX or mail your order to:

Suite 480
1775 K Street NW
Washington DC 20006
FAX: (202) 223-1782
A flyer about this and other books in the Pathology and Genetics series is enclosed. We know this book will be very attractive to the Society's membership, as well as clinicians, residents, and fellows.

More thank you's

Once again, on behalf of the Society I would like to thank Sue Berard for her many years of service to the Society. If you would like to keep in touch with Sue, she can be reached at berard@islc.net. Loann Peterson completed her term as member-at-large on the Executive Committee, Eric Hsi completed his term serving as editor of Case of the Quarter, and Bill Pugh has recently completed 5 years of service on the Membership Committee including chairmanship.

I would like to extend the ongoing appreciation of the entire Society to Marshall Kadin for sponsoring the upcoming SH/EAHP workshop in Boston in November 2001. Flyers about this workshop are included with this mailing. On behalf of the Society I would also like to acknowledge Randy Gascoyne as moderator and John (Wing) Chan as co-moderator and all six speakers for an outstanding Scientific Symposium in Atlanta. The estimated attendance exceeded 600.

New Appointments

Dom Pantalony from Toronto has kindly agreed to serve as editor of the Case of the Quarter, while Judith Ferry has assumed the chairmanship of the Membership Committee. Susan Abbondanzo and Dan Arber have joined the Membership Committee, while John (Wing) Chan has assumed the chairmanship of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

2002 Society for Hematopathology Scientific Symposium

The title for the 2002 Scientific Symposium is "Genetics and Molecular Genetics in the Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of Hematologic Neoplasia" and will be moderated by John (Wing) Chan with Marshall Kadin as co-moderator. The list of speakers and talks will be distributed to Society membership through both the listserve and the USCAP. This Scientific Symposium is intended to serve as a follow-up to the November workshop in Boston.

2001 ASCP Companion Meeting

Phuong Nguyen, Bill Kern, and Eric Hsi have put together a Companion meeting that will be held in Philadelphia on October 19. The speakers and the titles of their talks are:

Elaine S. Jaffe Marginal Zone Lymphomas: A family of B-Cell Neoplasms
Steven H. Swerdlow Extranodal Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphomas of MALT Type: A Practical Multiparameter Diagnostic Approach
James W. Vardiman Refractory Cytopenia with Multilineage Dysplasia (RCMD): Diagnosis and Clinical Significance
Richard D. Brunning Therapy-Related Myelodysplastic Syndromes

EAHP/SH Workshop in Siena, May 2002

EAHP will soon be sending flyers to the SH membership with the specifics about this upcoming workshop on aggressive B cell lymphomas.

2003 Joint SH/EAHP Workshop

Since these workshops take many months to plan and organize, we are already looking for potential hosts and topics for the 2003 Workshop. Several Society members have expressed interest in hosting a workshop, and we would very much welcome suggestions from Society members for topics. Please contact me at kfoucar@salud.unm.edu with your ideas and suggestions!

Fellowship Programs on Website

We would like to know if Society members are interested in having all hemepath fellowship programs listed on our website. If there is interest in this we will attempt to collate all of this information and develop a process to maintain current information about hematopathology fellowship training programs. Please let Adrian Martinez know of your interest in this activity (martinza@mail.nih.gov).

New Members:

The new members who were welcomed to the Society at the annual meeting include:

Rafael E. Andrade, M.D.
Carrie L. Bearden, M.D.
Ann Marie Blenc, M.D.
Laurence de Leval, M.D.
Vonda K. Douglas, M.D.
Mary N. Kilo, M.D.
Steven J. Kussick, M.D.
Stephanie Schreiner, M.D
I wish you all a relaxing and peaceful summer. I hope you will be able to participate in both the ASCP Companion meeting and our workshop this fall!

My best - Kathy