United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Companion Meeting

USCAP LogoThe Society for Ultrastructural Pathology participates in annual meetings of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) through two major activities. The first is a companion meeting, normally held on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, in which a panel of invited speakers makes presentations on a topic of interest to the SUP membership.  The second, later in the week, is a session in which posters based on proffered abstracts are presented.  Any attendee who has registered for the relevant portion(s) of the USCAP meeting is encouraged to attend these sessions, regardless of SUP membership.

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2018 USCAP Companion Meeting Program

Sunday, March 18, 2018 — 8:30am-12:00 noon
Vancouver Convention Center – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Pathology of the Nervous System

Times Title Presenters
8:30 am – 9:15 am Peripheral neuropathy electron microscopy
Brent T. Harris, MD, PhD
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC, USA
Brent Harris, MD, PhD
9:15 am – 10:00 am Electron microscopy in skeletal muscle disorders
Anne Buckley, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC, USA
Anne Buckley, MD, PhD
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break
Juan Valdez, et al
¡Disfrute de un buen café!
Juan Valdez, et al
10:30 am – 11:15 am The Role of Electron Microscopy in the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Lesions of the Pituitary Region:  Past, Present and Future
Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAP, FRCPath (Hon)
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sylvia Asa, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRCPath (Hon)
11:15 am – 12:00 noon Electron Microscopy in the diagnosis of CNS tumors: dead or alive?
Caterina Giannini, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN, USA
Caterina Giannini, MD, PhD
Giovanna Crisi, MD, PhD
Baystate Health
Springfield, MA
Giovanna Crisi, MD, PhD Elizabeth N. Pavlisko, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Elizabeth Pavlisko, MD

ACCME Statement

  1. The topic for this Companion Meeting was determined by the Executive Committee of the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology. The chosen topic is Pathology of the Nervous System, for which Electron Microscopy remains a very important diagnostic tool for the (neuro)pathologist.
  2. The selected program aims to present updates on recent developments in several techniques, and  current and novel diagnostic approaches available to a variety of peripheral nerve and muscle conditions, with an emphasis on the important role of electron microscopy in neuromuscular diseases. Electron microscopy has played an important role in defining the fine structural characteristics of central nervous system tumors, and in the diagnosis and the establishment of new tumor entities and variants. However, the use of ultrastructural analysis of brain tumors has decreased with the advent of new techniques e.g. immunohistochemistry.  The evolution of the role of EM and its past and current contributions to the diagnoses of central nervous system neoplasia will be presented.
  3. The target audience for this Companion Meeting includes ultrastructural pathologists, neuropathologists, general pathologists, pathology trainees.
  4. Completion of this educational activity should provide participants with:
    • Theoretical and practical information on the handling of nerve and muscle biopsies
    • An understanding of the role of multiple new techniques and approaches to the diagnosis of myopathies and neuropathies
    • Information on the application and the important diagnostic contributions of EM, and an ability to recognize and interpret diagnostic ultrastructural findings in neuromuscular diseases
    • A comprehensive review of the role and utility of electron microscopy in CNS tumors
    • For pathologists currently practicing diagnostic ultrastructural pathology, the session will provide information that can be applied directly to their diagnostic work.  For neuropathologists and general pathologists, it will reveal situations in which referral of specimens to a diagnostic EM laboratory would be of value.