SUP Electronic Newsletter: Summer 2005

Sizzling 2005 SUP Summer E-Newsletter


Abstract Submissions to USCAP-Ultrastructural Pathology: Deadline September 19th 2005

USCAP 2006 Call for Abstracts

USCAP Deadline: Electronic submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. c.d.t. on September 19, 2005. Electronic Submission now Available at: USCAP Site

Encourage your residents and fellows to submit abstracts to the USCAP for the SUP PITA Award competition and also designate the ultrastructural category on the abstract submission form. The Pathologist-in-Training (PITA) Committee is headed by Elba Turbat-Herrera (information and email addresses are available at the SUP Website.).

As always, attending faculty and practicing pathologists are encouraged to submit abstracts to the Ultrastructural Section of the USCAP/IAP.

The more abstracts submitted, the greater the likelihood that the Ultrastructural Pathology Section will have a platform session. The visibility of Ultrastructural Pathology is dependent upon the SUP membership (that means you) in order to promote the benefit of ultrastructure in day to day diagnosis in surgical pathology and autopsy practice.

2006 SUP Companion Meeting

Combined Companion Meeting with Renal Pathology Society
February 12, 2006:

Mark Your Calendars

On Sunday morning February 12th 2006, the "Renal Pathology Society" and the "Ultrastructural Pathology Society" will sponsor a joint companion meeting in New Orleans at the USCAP annual session. The final program for our joint session is listed below: Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of Renal Disease: The Essential Role of Ultrastructural Investigation Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Conrad Pirani, one of the "founding fathers" of the Renal Pathology Society

  1. S. Singh (The University of North Carolina, Dep. of Pathology, Chapel Hill, N.C.): "The diagnostic utility of negative-staining electron microscopy for the detection of polyomavirus infections in the urine: a comparative analysis of electron microscopy, conventional cytology, and PCR."
  2. M. Kashgarian (Yale University, Dep. of Pathology, New Haven, CT): " The contribution of quantitative techniques including morphometry to renal diagnosis". 3) G. Herrera (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Dep. of Pathology, Shreveport, LA): " Plasticity of mesangial cells: a basis for understanding pathological alterations".
  3. J. Hicks, (Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX): "Modulation of autoimmune glomerulonephritis in a murine model: key role of ultrastructural evaluation".
  4. J. Costello (The University of North Carolina, Dep. of Cell and Developmental Biology, Chapel Hill, N.C.): "Cryo-electron microscopy of organs, cells, and cellular components".
  5. K. Tryggvason (Karolinska Institute, Dep. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Division of Matrix Biology, Stockholm, Sweden): "Three dimensional structure of the glomerular slit diaphragm as revealed by electron tomography".

The session will be moderated by: V. Nickeleit (The University of North Carolina, Dep. of Pathology, Nephropathology Laboratory, Chapel Hill, N.C.) and J. Lloreta, MD, PhD (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Dep. of Pathology, Barcelona, Spain). The session was planned by a program organizing committee from both the "Renal Pathology Society" (V. Nickeleit, chair, C. Alpers and H.J. Groene) and the "Ultrastructural Pathology Society" (J. Lloreta, chair, and G. Herrera and J. Hicks). The topics chosen for presentation should provide the audience with an in-depth understanding of the contribution of electron microscopy to diagnosis and research.


SUP Companion Meeting Proceedings from USCAP February 2005
Mesotheliomas, Mesothelial Proliferations and Their Mimics

Proceedings Papers Soon to Appear in Ultrastructural Pathology

Mesothelioma: Histologic, Histochemical, Immunohistochemical and Ultrastructural Features. Samuel P. Hammar, Director, Diagnostic Specialties Laboratory, 700 Lebo Blvd, Bremerton WA

Biologic, Molecular and Cytogenetic Factors in Mesothelial Proliferations. John Hicks, Professor, Department of Pathology, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Extrathoracic Mesothelial Proliferations and Their Mimics. Josep Lloreta-Trull, Consultant Pathologist, Hospital del Mar-IMAS-IMM, Professor of Pathology, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona Spain.

The Role of Analytical Scanning Electron Microscopy in the Determination of Causation in Malignant Mesothelioma. Victor L. Roggli, Professor, Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC

IAP Celebrates 100th Anniversary in Montreal
September 16-21, 2006):

Electron Microscopy Session Scheduled: Presentations by Prominent SUP Members

Electron Microscopy in Renal Pathology: Wednesday Morning, September 20, 2006

Moderators: A Tucker and J Nesland

  1. D Howell: Overview of applications of electron microscopy in medical renal biopsies
  2. G Herrera: Contributions of ultrastructural examination to the diagnosis of plasma cell dyscrasia-associated renal lesions
  3. K Hewan-Lowe: Electron microscopy in the classification of lupus nephritis
  4. G Lajoie or A Tucker: Ultrastructural evaluation of renal allograft biopsies
  5. S Miller: Ultrastructural assessment of urine samples for BK polyomavirus in transplant patients

Start Making Plans: Ultrapath XIII

Rapid City, South Dakota July 9-14, 2006.

Less than 1 year to the ultimate meeting in Ultrastructural Pathology: Ultrapath XIII (seems like a lucky number to me!!) Jerry Simmons has been steadily working on what will prove to be a most informative and enjoyable gathering of ultrastructural pathologists. The subtitle for Ultrapath XIII is "Frontiers in Ultrastructural Pathology". Jerry has put together an impressive social program that incorporates the flavor of South Dakota. The conference hotel is the Hotel Alex Johnson.

SUP wishes to express its gratitude to Jerry for hosting Ultrapath XIII. We all appreciate the hard work that goes into hosting this meeting.

Ultrapath XIV for 2008 in Greece Set in Stone
(Or Should We Say Marble)

David Howell, Director of Ultrapath Meeting Arrangements, is working with Irene Voloudakis-Baltatzis in the development of Ultrapath XIV for 2008.

David would be happy to entertain proposals for Ultrapath XV in 2010 and future Ultrapath meetings. If you are interested in hosting such a meeting, feel free to contact David.

Ultrastructural Pathology Journal: Submissions, Reference Citings and Subscriptions.

Submissions to the Ultrastructural Pathology journal (SUP's journal) are always encouraged. Also, citing papers published in Ultrastructural Pathology in your manuscripts published within Ultrastructural Pathology, as well as in other journals, increases the impact factor and visibility of Ultrastructural Pathology. Feel free to contact Jahn Nesland if you have questions regarding the submission process for Ultrastructural Pathology.

Share your work, expertise and knowledge with SUP members throughout the world via the printed and electron versions of Ultrastructural Pathology.

Subscription rates are discounted for SUP members.

Encourage your institution and hospital to subscribe in order to allow electronic access to the journal at you facility.

Primer of Diagnostic Electron Microscopy
For Pathologists-in-Training

First Royalty Cheque Rolls into SUP Coffers

Irv Dardick reports that there have been almost 90 CDs of the Primer have been purchased so far.

Please distribute the attached flier to your residents, fellows and others that might be interested in learning more about ultrastructural pathology.

This makes a nice "gift" for your residents and fellows preparing for Board Exams!!

The price for the CD-ROM version is $60.00 (US) plus shipping and handling and it can be purchased online. A link to sample pages on this web page will provide a preview of the layout and content.

If you have comments regarding the CD-ROM Primer, please forward those to Irv Dardick. If you would like to contribute material to the Primer for future revisions, contact Irv Dardick

Forward this announcement to your residents and fellows, faculty, residency directors and departmental chair.
Download pdf file announcement.

SUP Website Updated

Thanks to the efforts of Karlene Hewan-Lowe and Irv Dardick the SUP website continues to be updated and will have more updates in the near future. Karlene and Irv are to congratulated on an excellent resource for our SUP members.

Issues Regarding SUP, Ultrastructural Pathology and Suggestions

Feel free to contact your SUP Councilors, the President-Elect, President or Immediate Past President regarding any issues. Email addresses are available at the SUP Website.

Until the Next SUP E-Newsletter
Best Regards,
John Hicks
SUP President for 2004-2006