96th Annual Meeting of The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
March 24-30, 2007 San Diego, California
The 96th annual meeting of the USCAP was
held in San Diego, California and was the largest meeting of physician-pathologists
in the history of pathology. 64 countries outside North America were represented.
Of the 3534 registrants, 1083 were junior members/students.
Certificates of Merit
USCAP/ADASP Autopsy Award
USCAP/ADASP Surgical Pathology Award
672 registrants attended the Long Course entitled “Targeted Therapies of Cancer: New Roles for Pathologists” directed by Drs. Marc Ladanyi (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) and Allen Gown (PhenoPath Labs).
60 half-day Short Courses were presented. Virtually all of our Short Courses have CD’s (with 95% having post-conference CDs) and several have “Virtual Slides.”
Two all-day Special Courses were offered. 24 Companion Societies presented their educational endeavours on Saturday night and Sunday. All of the handouts are on the website.
The Nathan Kaufman Timely Topic Lecture “Inflammatory Keys to Chronic Diseases” was given by Dr. Steven L. Kunkel, Endowed Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan.
Dr. Virginia LiVolsi, Professor of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania presented the Maude Abbott Lecture. Her topic was “C Cell Lesions of the Thyroid: From Discovery to Molecular Biology.”
The Distinguished Pathologist Award was presented to Dr. Peter Burger, Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins, in recognition of his major and extensive contributions to pathology (especially neuropathology) over the years.
The President’s Award went to Jim Crimmins for 36 years of dedication and work way “above and beyond the call of duty”. He received a very lengthy and vibrant standing-ovation! (And deserved it!).
The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Victor Reuter, Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, for his numerous important past activities in the USCAP.
The Ramzi Cotran Young Investigator Award was presented to Dr. Arul M. Chinnaiyan, of the University of Michigan for his outstanding, cutting-edge work in the field of the molecular basis of prostatic carcinoma.
The recipient of the Castleman Award (for the best published paper in the field of human pathology) was Dr. Adebowale Adeniran, presently of MD Anderson, Houston.
The F. Stephen Vogel Award (for the most outstanding paper published in an Academy journal by a pathologist-in-training ) went to Dr. Donna Hansel, presently of the Cleveland Clinic.
The 17 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. All of the evening Specialty Conferences are online on the Academy’s website.
Additional activities of the Academy have concentrated on the partnership of our two academy journals with the most outstanding medical and science publishing group in the world - Nature Publishing Group.
Other educational endeavours by the USCAP this past year
During the last three years, the Academy rolled out a number
of new initiatives for our junior members.
Next year’s annual USCAP meeting will be held in Denver,
Colorado, March 1-7, 2008. The Long Course entitled “Renal and Urothelial
Tumors “will be directed by Drs. John Eble and David Grignon.
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of how we can make our educational programs more relevant to your practice
Pathology in Cambodia
The history of Cambodian pathology cannot be completely documented because most of the documents were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime. The first Cambodian Pathologist was Prof. Dr. Sao Rin Tep Mam who was trained in France after the Second World War. From 1965-1975, she was the Director of the Department of Pathology and Anatomic Pathology of the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh. For 2 years, she was Director of the University, and from 1965-1968, she was also Minister of Health in Cambodia. In 1968, she was imprisoned by the Pol Pot regime and killed in an unknown place.
An outstanding pathologist was Dr.Nicolai Kajenov from Minsk in Russia who was the Head of the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at the Russian Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh from 1988-1991. He was the teacher of the present Head of Department, Dr. Mar Sy Samang.
The current situation of pathology in Cambodia is dominated by a shortage of personnel. Only 5 doctors, mostly with a short training in pathology, are in charge of the service for 1,400,000 inhabitants. Four laboratories are located in the capital city, Phnom Penh. There are 10,000-20,000 histological specimens and 20,000 cytological specimens per year. These are investigated mostly with H&E and PAP stains. Only one laboratory provides a basic panel of immunohistochemistry. No autopsies or frozen sections can be done in Cambodia.
In 2005, the Cambodian pathologists were invited to join the Thailand Division of IAP. Only two young pathologists, Chhut Serey Vathana and Sam Ang Chen, are participating in meetings aboard.
Story: Gerhard Stauch, Germany.
Arab Division News
The 18th Congress of the Arab
Division of the IAP was held at the Sheraton Hotel, Casablanca,
Morocco, November 2-4, 2006. The President of the meeting was Prof. Dr.
Saida Sqalli, a nephropathologist and Professor of Pathology at Casablanca
Samir Amr and Francis Jaubert
British Division of the International Academy of