Society for Pediatric Pathology

Meetings and Events

The Society conducts a Spring Annual Meeting in conjunction with the U.S.-Canadian division of the International Academy of Pathology (USCAP), attracting large numbers of registrants from both organizations. In addition, the Society holds a Fall Meeting each year at various pediatric institutions throughout North America. The Fall Meeting includes the presentation of papers and a symposium that draws upon the expertise of local faculty. An informal atmosphere allows for interchange among colleagues and an opportunity to visit the institutions of peers. Since 1978 the Society has presented the Sidney Farber Lecture which features an in depth view of current topics in developmental pathology.

2017 Fall Meeting will be in Denver, CO

September 7-10, 2017
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202


Fall Meeting Quicklinks

2017 Fall Meeting App

2017 Fall Meeting Program Book

2017 Fall Meeting Abstract Book

2017 Abstract Presentation Guidelines

2017 Fall Meeting Hotel Reservations

2017 Fall Meeting Registration Form

Want to add events to your registration? Here's how



Participation in the SPP 2017 Fall Meeting is limited to registered attendees. General registration fees include admission to sessions, welcome reception, poster sessions, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.



On or Before 7/18

After 7/18 and Before 8/21

After 8/21 and Onsite


SPP Member, Practicing





Non-Member, Practicing





SPP Member, Senior





Non-Member, Senior





SPP Member, Trainee





Non-Member, Trainee





ADDITIONAL EVENTS (Not Included in General Meeting Registration)

Perinatal Symposium

SPP Member, Practicing





Non-Member, Practicing





SPP Member, Trainee





Non-Member, Trainee




Banquet & Social Program Registration

Banquet, Practicing





Banquet, Trainee





Gorgeous Golden Country Tour*





Children’s Hospital Colorado Tour**





Advance registration ends August 21, 2017. After this date, participants must register at the meeting in Denver. SPP accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover and checks made payable to the Society for Pediatric Pathology, in U.S. Dollars only. The SPP registration form can be completed and sent via email to or by mail with full payment to the address below:

Mail to:

Society for Pediatric Pathology
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA

Registration Fees

All speakers, session chairs and meeting attendees are required to pay the registration fee for the Annual Meeting according to SPP policy and fee schedule. Registration and fee schedule apply even when the speaker attends the Annual Meeting for a short time only to present his/her paper or participate in a panel discussion.

Payment Instructions

Registrations must include payment by check (drawn on a U.S. bank), credit card or bank transfer of funds in U.S. dollars. Wire transfers within North America will incur a $30 fee and wire transfers outside of North America will incur a $45 fee. SPP cannot accept registrations by telephone. SPP will not accept registrations without full payment. Caution: If you submit your registration form more than once, it may result in a duplicate charge to your credit card. Send your registration using only one method of payment.

Confirmation Letters

SPP's web-based registration system acknowledges online registrations immediately via email. You will receive a confirmation/receipt to the email address provided in the registration system shortly after your registration is complete.

SPP will confirm registrations received by email and mail within 14 days of receipt via email as well. 

Note: SPP is unable to confirm registrations earlier than two weeks after the submission date if you do not provide an email address. If you do not receive confirmation after two weeks, contact Amy Metzgar at

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received before August 24, 2017, will be refunded, less a $50 cancellation fee. Substitutions are allowed at any time, but must be submitted in writing and must be of the same member status.

Cancellations will be honored, but money will not be refunded after August 24, 2017.


Social Program Information

Gorgeous Golden Country Tour

Saturday, September 9

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Price:  $65/attendee

Take a panoramic ride into the foothills surrounding Golden, Colorado for a lovely afternoon that will begin with a driving history tour of the downtown Golden area, followed by a visit to the largest brewery west of the Mississippi, MillerCoors.  Attendees will take a thirty-five minute self-guided tour of the facility followed by freshly brewed samples in the beer tasting room!

After enjoying the brewery, experience the adventure of the foothills as you wind your way to the top of Lookout Mountain.  The 7,377-foot peak is located in Lookout Mountain Park, just west of downtown Golden, with clear views of Denver, located 12 miles to the east.  Known for its natural scenery, Lookout Mountain has played a major role in area recreation, transportation, water supply and telecommunications over the years.  It’s earliest known inhabitants were the Ute tribe of American Indians, who used the mountain as a lookout point for the surrounding region.  This is sure to be a perfect photo op!

A boxed lunch will be provided on the bus for each attendee.  All attendees must be 21 years of age or older to participate in this tour.

This tour has a maximum attendance of 50.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Tour

Saturday, September 9

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Price:  Complimentary

Attendees will be taken via charter bus to Children’s Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado where senior managers and leadership will provide a tour of the beautiful facility and laboratory.  A hot buffet lunch will be served at the hospital.

Children’s Hospital Colorado has generously donated funds to subsidize the cost of this tour for attendees.

This tour has a maximum attendance of 55.

Banquet – History Colorado Center

Saturday, September 9

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Price:  Practicing Physicians - $75/Trainees:  $50

Attendees will spend the socializing and dining with their colleagues under the stars with a full view of the night sky behind the glass sawtooth roof of the Anschutz Hamilton Hall, the gem of the History Colorado Center.

Children’s Hospital Colorado has generously donated funds to partially subsidize the cost of the banquet for all attendees, and further subsidize the cost of the banquet for trainees.

Hotel Accommodations

Please select this link to reserve your room: Book your group rate for SPP 2017 Fall Meeting

  • Room Rates
    • $199.00
    • Single/Double/Triple/Quad

Airport Transportation Information

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection is 28 miles southwest from the Denver International Airport (DEN). The host hotel does not provide shuttle service. SuperShuttle is an option to alternate transportation from the airport to the hotel upon request. Estimated SuperShuttle fare is 22 USD (one way).  Estimated taxi fare is 60 USD (one way). 

Delta Airlines Discount

Taking advantage of this discount is easy! Just click the “Advanced Search” link on and enter NMPN3 in the box that says “Meeting Event Code.” If your flight qualifies for a discount, it will automatically be applied to your search results. We suggest using this discount to book your SPP flight.


On-site parking is 15 USD hourly, 47 USD daily
Valet Parking is 47 USD daily

Valet parking only, 47 USD per day with in & out privileges

Denver Climate

The average daytime high temperature in Denver, Colorado in September is 80°F (27°C); the average low temperature is 49°F (9°C). Because people have varying sensitivities to temperatures in hotel meeting rooms, please bring a sweater or other warm clothing to wear inside the hotel.

Questions regarding the annual meeting may be directed to Amy Metzgar at or by phone +1-847-686-2290. 



Thursday, September 7, 2017

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Clinical Pathology Symposium: “Personalized Medicine in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory” - Introduction: Dr. Mark A. Lovell

8:10 – 8:45 AM

“Next Generation Sequencing – Applications and Expectations” -
Dolores Lopez-Terrada, MD, PhD, Texas Children’s Hospital

8:45 – 9:20 AM

“Use of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques in the Microbiology Laboratory” - Samuel Dominguez, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

9:20 – 9:55 AM

“Genotyping in Transfusion Medicine” Kelley Capocelli, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado

9:55 – 10:25 AM

Coffee Break

10:25 – 11:00 AM

“Appropriate Test Utilization in the Age of Personalized Medicine” -
Michael Astion, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s Hospital

11:00 – 11:35 AM

“Consequences of Genetic Testing – Issues Surrounding Unexpected Results and Result Reporting” - Sharon Plon, MD, PhD , Baylor College of Medicine

11:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion

12:00 – 6:00 PM

Committee Meetings

2:00 – 6:00 PM


6:00 – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception – Brown Palace Hotel

Friday, September 8, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Scientific Program

8:00 – 8:05 AM

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Ann Thor, Chair, University of Colorado Department of Pathology

8:05 – 8:50 AM

COG Update: Bruce Pawel, “Bone Tumors”

8:50 – 10:20 AM

Platform Presentations - Session I

10:20 – 10:45 AM

Break and Poster Viewing

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Platform Presentations - Session II

12:00 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 2:30 PM

Platform Presentations - Session III

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Poster Session I

3:30 – 3:45 PM

Break and Poster Viewing

3:45 – 4:45 PM

Poster Session II

4:45 – 5:00 PM


5:00 – 5:45 PM

Lotte Strauss Lecture – Miriam Conces, “A Strategy for Helicobacter Immunohistochemistry Utilization in Pediatric Practice”

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Perinatal Business Meeting

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Perinatal Slide Session

Saturday, September 9, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Symposium – “Down Syndrome in the Twenty-First Century”

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Introduction and Keynote Speaker

Michelle Sie Whitten- President, CEO, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Connor Long –Advocate and Individual with Down Syndrome

8:30 – 9:15 AM

“The Current State of Clinical Care for Patients with Down Syndrome” -
Francis Hickey, MD – Sie Center Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado

9:15 – 9:45 AM

“An Update on our Genetic Knowledge of Down Syndrome” -
Joaquin Espinosa, PhD – Scientific Director for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, University of Colorado

9:45 – 10:15 AM

“Hematopoietic Disturbances in Down Syndrome” - Kelly Maloney, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mark Lovell, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Break and Poster Viewing

10:45 – 11:15 AM

“Immune Dysregulation and Autoimmunity Dysfunction in Down Syndrome” Jennifer Barker, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

11:15 – 11:45 AM

“Pulmonary Development and Disease in Down Syndrome” -
Csaba Galambos, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Questions and Final Remarks

12:30 – 5:00 PM

Social Program 

6:00 – 10:00 PM

Banquet – Colorado History Museum

Sunday, September 10, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Perinatal Symposium - “Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment”

8:00 – 8:10 AM


8:10 – 9:00 AM

“Circulating Cell-Free DNA: Prenatal Assessment of Aneuploidy Risk” -
Edward Ashwood, MD - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

9:00 – 9:50 AM

“Advances in Placental Imaging” - Mariana Meyers, MD - Children’s Hospital Colorado

9:50 – 10:20 AM

Coffee Break

10:20 – 11:10 AM

“Noninvasive Fetal Therapies” - Michael Zaretsky, MD - Children’s Hospital Colorado

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

“How Placental Pathologic Diagnoses Inform Management of Future Pregnancies” - Jennifer Hodges, MD, PhD - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Amy Treece, MD - Children’s Hospital Colorado


Abstract Submission

The Society for Pediatric Pathology abstract submission process has now closed. If you have submitted an abstract you will be contacted as to whether or not your abstract has been accepted.

If you have any questions regarding your abstract submission, please contact Patricia Ferchland-Bingham at, or call 847-686-2374.