Report of The 92nd Annual Meeting of The United States and Canadian Academy
Washington DC March 22-28, 2003
The 92nd annual meeting of the USCAP was held in Washington
DC at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. The older part of this hotel (then
called the Sheraton) was the venue for the 1976 International Congress
of the IAP. That meeting was a very important one in the history of the
IAP and the USCAP. It was chaired by Kash Mostofi who contributed so much
to the post World War II resurgence of the IAP and the USCAP. Sadly, Kash
lay dying in a Washington Hospital during the meeting. He died shortly
afterwards. The IAP mourns his passing.
Louis Dehner (President of the USCAP) with Julia
Bridge (University of Nebraska), recipient of the Young Investigator Award
for her work on cytogenetics and molecular cytogenetics in solid tumours.
The number of registrants at the
meeting was the third highest on record. (Last year’s “Chicago”
at 3194 “topped the charts”, with 1999’s San Francisco
at 3172 coming in second). The 3115 attendees makes this meeting the largest
gathering of Physician- Pathologists in the world. Eight percent of the
registrants/attendees were from countries outside of North America. Some
of the 60 countries represented, and the numbers from each country, were
as follows: England/UK/Ireland (86), Spain (49), Italy (41), Japan (38),
France (34), Mexico ( 31), Germany (25), Korea (19), Switzerland (17),
Brazil (16), Argentina (16), Australia (13), Portugal (11), and the Netherlands
and the Czech Republic (each 10). We had 92 cancellations (as of 4/7/03)
58 from North America, and only 34 from outside of North America. It was
pleasing to see that 559 Junior Members attended.
Over 2055 scientific abstracts were
submitted, 60 more that the previous record. 73.8% were accepted after
“blinded” peer review.
A record of 884 Pathologists-in-Training (students, house staff and fellows)
attended various portions of the meeting. This was over 100 more than
last year’s all-time high. 301 scientific abstracts were submitted
by pathology house staff/fellows from throughout North America and Europe
for the prestigious Stowell-Orbison Awards. This tied the all-time high
of 301 last year. There were four co-equal Stowell-Orbison Awards and
one Autopsy Award presented.
A group of awardees. Rear L-R. David Hardwick, Stephen
Vogel, Richard Kempson, James Downing. Front L-R. Kamal Ishak, Elaine
Jaffe, Julie Bridge.
Some winners of the Stowell-Orbison Castleman and Vogel
766 registrants attended the Long
Course directed by Drs. Jonathan I. Epstein and Peter A. Humphrey entitled
“Prostate Cancer Pathology and Pathobiology”.
The Nathan Kaufman Timely Topic Lecture
was presented by Dr. Irv Weissman, Professor of Pathology at Stanford
University. His lecture was entitled: “Stem cells: past, present
and future”. Over 1000 pathologists were present.
The Maude Abbott Lecture was presented
by Dr. James Downing of St. Judes Medical Center. His lecture was entitled:
“Oncogenic Transcription Factors in Acute Leukemia.” It was
a sparkling display of the marriage of basic science and clinical science,
and the lecture was very well presented. It was attended by well over
Several Special Awards were presented.
Dr. Richard Kempson received the Distinguished Pathologist Award, and
Dr. Kamal Ishak won the President’s Award. The F. Kash Mostofi Award
was presented to Dr. Elaine Jaffe. The Young Investigator Award was presented
to Dr. Julia Bridge for her studies on the cytogenetics of soft tissue
tumors. The Biosketches (Biographies) of these outstanding individuals
are on our USCAP Website: www.uscap.org
Winner of the Benjamin Castleman
Award (for the best published paper in the field of human pathology) was
Dr. Jerome T. O’Connell and the F. Stephen Vogel Award (for the
best paper in one of our Academy’s journals, either Laboratory Investigation
or Modern Pathology) by a house staff member was Dr.Dinesh Rakheja for
The 16 evening Specialty Conferences
which are organ-based were held from 7:30-9:30 PM, which was a testimony
to the continuing endurance of the meeting’s registrants.
The case histories and images/slides
were placed on our USCAP Website many weeks before the annual meeting,
and all of these handouts presented at the annual meeting in DC are now
online (the entire handout-text, references, etc,) were placed up on our
USCAP Website on Friday March 28, the final day of our annual meeting,
at 10 AM EST.
Dr. Pepper Dehner served a distinguished
and active term as President of the USCAP. He turned the gavel and the
presidency to Dr. Virginia LiVolsi as the new President of the Academy.
By vote of the USCAP membership, new members of the USCAP Council are
Julia Bridge, James Downing and Victor Reuter.
By vote of membership at the annual
meeting in DC, Drs. Sylvia Asa was elected Vice President and Ricardo
Lloyd as President-Elect.
The older section of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
which was the site of the 1976 IAP Congress (when it was called the Sheraton
Hotel). In 1976 the Editor was almost overwhelmed by the size of this
hotel. It was the biggest he had ever seen by a long way (how one’s
Two well known senior Paediatric Pathologists. Roc Kaschula
(Capetown, South Africa) and Harvey Rosenberg (Houston, USA).
Additional activities of the Academy:
Our USCAP Website:
Our Website has been very active. In January 2003 we received 340,000
“hits” and the rate for February was “off the scale”
(with about 15% of the hits being international). This is compared with
approximately 100, 000 to 150,000 hits just a year ago. There are many
educational offerings (free to all) on our website including: All the
16 evening Specialty Conferences, almost all of the Companion Societies
(in a week or two), many ended Short Courses, and of course, all the accepted/presented
cutting-edge scientific abstracts for the past two years (and they are
searchable by topic, author, disease, technology, etc). There are “links”
to a dozen of our other IAP divisions, most of the Companion Societies,
and other important institutions involved in pathology and pathology education.
Dr. Zarbo discussed the numerous offerings (including meeting planner
for the Annual meeting) at our Business Meeting in DC.
After submission of 11 outstanding applications, the Search Committee
for the new Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation is nearing completion.
An announcement will be made quite shortly. Also, the USCAP journal’s
publishing house selection will also be made quite soon. Both of the Academy’s
journals continue to be in the “top ten” of pathology journals
by Science Citation impact figures.
The USCAP continues to work with AIPNA (The Association of Indian Pathologists
of North America) and Dr. HK Ng in Hong Kong to make available electronic
links to the USCAP Website/Journals and the HighWire electronic online
Stanford link. Individuals have been contacted regarding the Academy’s
altruistic associations with underserved pathologists in underserved communities.
Thus far, over 40 pathologists at 40 medical schools in PR China are receiving
these altruistic contributions. Of course, through the efforts of Mr.
Jim Crimmins and Jo Ann Johnson, for the past two decades or more, the
central Augusta office has sent many educational materials to over 20
world-wide Divisions of the IAP.
“Sustaining the Academy”
continues to do well. Over $40,000 in voluntary contributions has been
received (and matched 1 to 1 by the USCAP Council) for the altruistic
development of our “outreach” and electronic endeavors. These
endeavors include waiving registration at our annual meetings for underserved
pathologists. Of course, these monies are in addition to the bequest of
Dr. Leland Stoddard of $50,000 for this purpose as well.
The Long Term Strategic Planning Initiatives under the direction of Dr.
David Hardwick (Group I) and Dr. Jeffrey Myers (Group II) will be hosting
meetings (“advances”) this August, 2003.
The USCAP’s summer pathology course entitled “Diagnostic Pathology”
(with 14 outstanding faculty) will be held in Bar Harbor, Maine from July
12-18, 2003. It is Directed by Drs. Sylvia Asa and Greg Fuller. Most,
if not all, of the educational materials/images will be distributed to
the participants/registrants in CD-ROM style. Thus the registrants will
receive thousands of digital images of the presentations.
Special acknowledgment is due to the
entire Education Committee (under the Direction of Dr. Victor Reuter,
New York City) and to the large and ever-growing group of abstract reviewers
for compiling this wonderful meeting; to all of the chairs and moderators
of the many sessions; and to the extraordinary and ongoing efforts of
our permanent staff in Augusta, Georgia, notably James Crimmins, Jo Ann
Johnson and Carolyn Lane.”
As I said at the Business Meeting at our annual meeting in DC: “In
spite of hurricanes, blizzards, 9/11, computer worms, charging for abstract
submissions, and now war, pathologists keep coming. I guess Pathologists
do what Pathologists have to do. What they learn often helps somebody.
I’m proud to have Pathologists as my colleagues and to be called
Fred Silva, Secretary-Treasurer/Executive
[May I presume to speak on behalf
of those colleagues, and to say that we are proud to be associated with
you, Fred, and to be able to call ourselves Pathologists, too. Editor]
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Report on the Third IAP Asia Pacific Meeting
Bangkok Thailand 19-23 January, 2003
View of Bangkok. Skytrain running north, freeway
running east and beneath them the main business street running south to
the river. The Rama 6 park is on the right. The first three white buildings
on the left are the medical facilities attached to the Chulalongkorn University
consisting of two hospital buildings – the King Bumiphol and Queen
Sirikit and then the Medical School.
This meeting was organized and run by Thiti Kuakpaetoon and his
able and hard working committee. They arranged a very interesting and
appropriate programme. About 250 delegates attended. They represented
most of the IAP Divisions in the region. Speakers came from almost all
the participating Divisions. The local speakers were strongly supported
by keynote speakers from Europe. Some financial support was received from
firms which contributed to the Trade display. A grant from the Education
Committee of the IAP made it possible for the organisers of the Meeting
to invite the only pathologist in Cambodia and the only pathologist in
Laos to attend the meeting. Both of these men were very grateful for this
On the 2 days before the main meeting, there was a comprehensive course
on the Diagnosis of Diseases affecting Lymph Nodes. This was conducted
in the newly completed pathology department of the Chulalongkorn Hospital
which is situated “across the road” from the Conference hotel
– the 5 star Dusit Thani. While the hospital is easily visible from
the hotel, getting there involved the interesting exercise of crossing
10 lanes of Bangkok traffic, which has to be seen to be believed. The
Faculty for this course was Konrad Muller-Hermelink, Wurzburg, Germany;
Tony Leong, Newcastle, Australia; Suat Cheng Peh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
and Pongsak Wannakrairot from the Chulalongkorn Hospital itself.
Some of the Congress organizing team – Mongkol
Uiprasertkul, Pongsak Wannakrairot, Voranuch Thanakit, Thiti Kuakpaetoon,
Tumtip Sangruchi, Samreung Rangdaeng
Delegates from China - Prof Wu and Dr. Fang
The Conference was officially opened by Professor Shinichiro Ushigome,
President of the IAP. Professor Ushigome was one of the key initiators
of the first meeting of Asia Pacific Divisions of the IAP. His attendance
at the meeting had the added significance that he is the first Asian President
of the IAP.
A 2 day, post congress Cytology Workshop was held in the seaside town
of Hua-Hin, 200 kms south of Bangkok. This was attended by 150 delegates.
During the meeting, a committee meeting of 15 representatives from the
participating Divisions was held. Representatives from Indonesia and the
Philippines were welcomed for the first time. The other Divisions represented
were: Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, China, and the hosts –
Thailand. This committee congratulated Dr. Thiti and his helpers on the
organisation of this meeting. It was decided that further meetings would
be held every 2 years in the year in which there was no Congress of the
IAP. The next meeting of this group will be held in Beijing, China, in
August 2005. The 3 delegates from Beijing distributed advance publicity
for this meeting. The President of the Beijing meeting will be Professor
Bing Quan Wu, Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Beijing University, Editor
in Chief of the Chinese Medical Journal of Pathology, and President of
the Chinese Division of the IAP.
Delegates from Malaysia
Delegates from the Philippines led by Elizabeth
Nuqui and Marissa Orillasa
The Scientific programme was important and useful, but the occasion allowed
delegates to meet socially, to extend friendships that were formed from
past meetings, and to make new contacts that will be the basis of friendships
and collaborations in the future.
Compiled from information supplied by Thiti Kuakpaetoon and H.K.
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The British Division Supporting African Pathology
In a new development in 2002, Council
of the British Division of the IAP endorsed the support of African Pathology
in three new projects.
Firstly it is to provide financial and educational support to African
Pathological Societies. It will provide speakers, and fund their travel,
to the annual ADIAP meeting in South Africa and for the biennial APECSA
meeting. Professor Peter Furness, the Divisional Editor, became the first
BDIAP goodwill ambassador to the Mombasa, Kenya, APECSA Congress this
“The Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa
(APECSA) held their sixth Congress at the Leisure Lodge Beach Hotel from
17th – 20th October 2002. The meeting was entitled “Evolving
Images in Pathology” and the local organising committee, chaired
by Dr J Rajab, had put together a remarkably diverse set of images. Starting
with a Memorial Lecture to Professor Kasali, the meeting moved on to cover
not only all the subspecialties of Pathology but it also extended from
cutting edge molecular biology to simple but remarkable epidemiological
studies of problems specific to sub-Saharan Africa, with many insights
into their pathogenesis. I for one had never previously appreciated the
complex interplay of environment and genetics in the condition I had been
taught at medical school to call “Bantu siderosis”.
Topics given special emphasis included
the involvement of pathologists in disaster management, the impact of
new and emerging diseases and the potential of new technologies. There
was considerable interest in the need for improved quality assurance and
standardisation of laboratory testing.
Four external speakers attended the meeting. Professor Colleen Wright
was supported by Stellenbosch University, Professor Simon Naylor by Roche
and Professor Ojwang by Witwatersrand University. I was supported by the
British Division of the IAP. Our contributions were gratefully received,
but I at least left the meeting feeling that I had learned a good deal
more than I had contributed. Not for the first time, I was humbled by
seeing how much can be achieved with dedication and enthusiasm despite
limited resources. Of course, we shared much more than just bare scientific
facts. The organisation of the meeting was relaxed and the setting, on
one of the best beaches in the world, was idyllic. In such a location,
the high level of attendance at all the sessions was particularly eloquent
testimony to the quality of the contributions!”
Our Division is also supporting a lecturer to the next ADIAP meeting in
Johannesburg in July this year.
Secondly, the BDIAP is sponsoring
two studentships in Pathology for disadvantaged African countries. These
pathology training posts will be based in South Africa because the BDIAP
Division has the great support of Professors Martin Hale, IAP Vice-President
for Africa, and Roc Kaschula, who have considerable contacts with those
countries targeted for support. The excellent training, and monitoring
thereof, in South Africa is a major factor in this decision. Furthermore
the current exchange rate between Sterling and Rand means that there are
considerable financial advantages in placing the training posts there.
Arrangements are now in hand for the establishment of these posts and
BDIAP Council has agreed to support these for the foreseeable future.
Thirdly, BDIAP Council is also looking
at more generic ways of supporting Pathology education, both training
and continuing professional development, in Africa. It has agreed to assist
the transfer of books and journals to pathology departments in African
countries via Bookaid.
It is early days in these developments and the pathology service in many
central and southern African countries remains either non-existent or
perilously close to collapse. The BDIAP hopes that these small measures
may provide succour and support to pathology in these countries.
Professor Neil A Shepherd, General
Secretary and Professor Peter N Furness, Divisional Editor, BDIAP
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