It was wonderful seeing all of the Society for Hematopathology members at the 2016 USCAP Meeting in Seattle, Washington in March. Below are some of the highlights from the many activities of Society for Hematopathology over the past six months:
Berard-Dorfman Founders Award:
The second annual awarding of the Berard-Dorman Founders awards took place during the intermission of the Sunday Symposium at the Seattle 2016 USCAP. The 2016 awardees included Dr. Robert Ohgami who received the Young Investigator Award based on the excellence of his clinicopathologic research and clinically relevant publications in the areas of lymphoma, indolent T-lymphoblastic proliferations and AML. Dr. James Vardiman from University of Chicago was awarded the Senior Leadership Award for his demonstrated excellence in the practice, teaching and understanding of hematopathology. Dr. Vardiman has held multiple leadership roles during his career at the University of Chicago and has been a thought leader in the diagnosis and classification of myeloid disorders including a major driver in the approach to myeloid neoplasms using the WHO Classification.
Members are also encouraged to contribute financially to sustaining this award by mailing a check to SH- Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Award in care of Nilda Barrett ASCP Affiliated Organization, 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, Ill 60603 or by making a contribution when you pay your annual dues.
2015 SH/EAHP Workshop, Long Beach, CA October 29-31, 2015
The 2015 SH/EAHP Workshop on “Immunodeficiency and Dysregulation” was held October 29-31, 2015 at Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the ASCP Annual Meeting. A total of 423 cases spanning a wide spectrum of immunodeficiency-related lymphoid proliferations including post-transplant, infectious, drug-related and primary immunodeficiency disorders were submitted to the workshop. An excellent subset of these cases was presented and discussed during the workshop in order to illustrate both classic and unusual cases. An expert group of panelists including Drs. Yaso Natkunam, Dita Gratzinger, Amy Chadburn, John K.C. Chan, Daphne DeJong, Elaine Jaffe, John Goodland, and Jonathan Said chose the cases to be presented as well as acted as moderators for the workshop, providing excellent summaries of each group of presentations. There were a total of 424 paid registrants for the workshop, indicative of the strong interest in this topic. The workshop panelists are currently summarizing the workshop for publication, which is anticipated to be before the end of 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and will include electronic links to may of the cases presented.
2017 SH / EAHP Workshop
The 2017 SH / EAHP Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2017 ASCP Annual Meeting and is tentatively scheduled for September 7-9, 2017 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. The workshop topic will be “Advances in Molecular Genetics of Hematopoietic Neoplasms”. Drs. Frank Kuo, Robert Hasserjian and Olga Weinberg from Massachusett’s General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital are working as a team to organize this next workshop that will examine the use of molecular techniques in diagnosis and characterization of hematolymphoid neoplasms.
Pathologists in Training (PIT) Award:
The 2015 PIT Award was presented at the SH Scientific Symposium in Seattle to Dr. Benjamin H. Durham from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for his work entitled “Exploring the Molecular Bases of Histiocytic Neoplasms by Sequencing Analysis” done in collaboration with Drs. Ma, Choi, Campbell, Walsh, Chung, Nakitandwe, Park, Gruber and Abdel-Wahab from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Jude’s Research Hospital. This work was presented as a poster presentation at 2015 USCAP Meeting.
The PIT Award committee (Drs. Dan Arber, Stefania Pittaluga, Kaari Reichard, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, Carlos Bueso-Ramos, Tracy George, Magdalena Czader and Sherrie Perkins) reviewed a total of 42 abstracts for the 2016 PIT Award. Congratulations to the top abstract, presented as a poster entitled “Ex vivo metabolic analysis using isotopic labeling: a novel platform to assess cancer metabolism in hematopoietic malignancies” by Dr. Sankha S. Basu from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
USCAP Sunday Symposium
I want to thank Drs. Eric Hsi and John Choi who moderated and organized the SH Scientific Symposium at the Seattle USCAP Meeting on Sunday March 13, 2016. They put together an excellent program on the topic entitled “Current Concepts in Aggressive B-cell Lymphoma/Leukemia “. The symposium included updates and scientific talks addressing diagnosis, pathophysiology and monitoring of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas and B-ALL. Talks addressing diffuse large B-cell lymphomas included presentations by Dr. Yaso Natkunam speaking on EBV-associated B-cell lymphomas, Dr. Jeff Medieros presenting an entertaining discussion of important diagnostic entities in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, Dr. Lisa Rimza speaking on prognostic biomarkers in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and Dr. John Leonard addressing treatment. Focusing on B-ALL, Dr. Charles Mulligan reviewed molecular advances in classification of B-ALL and Dr. Brent Wood spoke about diagnosis and monitoring of B-ALL. The talks provided excellent updates and reviews on this rapidly evolving area of hematopathology.
ASCP Companion Meeting
Many thanks to Dr. Sophia Yohe for organization of the SH companion meeting at the ASCP Annual Meeting in Long Beach. CA in 2015 entitled “The Spectrum of Non-Neoplastic Hematologic Disease: Important Non-Malignant Conditions in Lymph Nodes, Bone Marrow and Flow Cytometry.” This session included lectures on “Reactive Lymphadenopathy” by Dr. Lauren Smith from the University of Michigan, “Differentiation of Benign from Malignant Lymphoid Lesions in the Bone Marrow” by Dr. Kathy Foucar from the University of New Mexico and “Recognizing the Reactive Flow Cytometry Proliferations that can Masquerade as Neoplasia” by Dr. Sindhu Cherian from the University of Washington. There were 71 attendees and the program received excellent evaluations of 4.5 out of 5 from the attendees.
The next ASCP Companion Meeting will be held at the 2016 Las Vegas, NV ASCP Annual Meeting in September 2016. Dr. Lauren Smith has developed an excellent program entitled “WHO Update- What’s New in Hematolymphoid Neoplasia” that includes talks by Robert Hasserjian on “Acute Myeloid Leukemia”, Yuri Fedoriew on “Lymphoma” and Kyle Bradley on “Myelodysplastic Syndromes”.
EAHP/SH 2016 Workshop in Basel, Switzerland
The 2016 EAHP Meeting and EAHP/SH Workshop will be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 3-8, 2016. The chair of the local organizing committee, Professor Stephan Dirnhofer, will be overseeing preparations for a lymphoma and bone marrow workshop devoted to “Aggressive Lymphoid and Accessory Cell (Hematolymphoid) Neoplasms”. The bone marrow workshop will be focusing on “Aggressive Malignancies of the “Other Cells” of the Bone Marrow: Histiocytes, Dendritic Cells and Accessory Cells. This promises to be an exciting and interesting workshop and SH members are encouraged to attend the workshop and symposium.
SH is indebted to all of the members who have served on committees over the past several years. Certificates of Appreciation were given to the following individuals at the Annual Business Meeting in Seattle:
New committee member appointments 2016 include:
As many of you have noticed, there have been ongoing technical difficulties with the SH/EAHP website this spring leading to the website being inaccessible. The website is currently being reconstructed and is slowly coming back up with the expert assistance of Frank Kuo. We anticipate full restoration of website functionality soon.