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.

2018 SPP Spring Meeting

March 16 - 18, 2018
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3, Canada


SPP Quicklinks

2018 Spring Meeting Registration Form

2018 Spring Meeting Learning Objectives




Participation in the SPP 2018 Spring Meeting is limited to registered attendees. General registration fees include admission to sessions, welcome reception, poster sessions, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.

Use our secure online registration website or download the registration form.

Registration Fees



On or

before 1/17

After 1/18

& before 3/1

After 3/1

& onsite


SPP Member, Practicing

$550 USD

$600 USD

$650 USD


Non-Member, Practicing

$600 USD

$650 USD

$700 USD


SPP Member, Senior

$485 USD

$535 USD

$585 USD


Non-Member, Senior

$545 USD

$595 USD

$645 USD


SPP Member, Trainee

$265 USD

$265 USD

$265 USD


Non-Member, Trainee

$315 USD

$315 USD

$315 USD


Guest Registration

$150 USD

$150 USD

$150 USD

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION (Not Included in General Meeting Registration)


SPP Member, Practicing

$150 USD

$150 USD

$150 USD


Non-Member, Practicing

$150 USD

$150 USD

$150 USD


SPP Member, Trainee

$100 USD

$100 USD

$100 USD


Non-Member, Trainee

$100 USD

$100 USD

$100 USD

ADDITIONAL EVENTS (Not Included in General Meeting Registration)

               Social Program Registration


All attendees $125 USD per ticket

Advance registration ends March 1, 2018. After this date, participants must register at the meeting in Vancouver. 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

All speakers, session chairs and meeting attendees are required to pay the registration fee for the Spring Meeting according to SPP policy and fee schedule. Registration and fee schedule apply even when the speaker attends the Spring 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. SPP does not accept American Express.

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 March 1, 2018, 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 March 1, 2018.

Optional Courses and Events

Please also note, additional fees are required to attend Social Programs and Workshops.

Social Hour & Banquet

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Price: $125


On Sunday, March 18, the following workshops will be offered at an additional fee:

Workshop Session 1: 

A. What every pediatric pathologist needs to know: WHO classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System (2016) Pediatric Tumors (Year 1/3)

B. Adding Relevance to the Pediatric Autopsy with Defined Pre-autopsy Goals and Practical Techniques (Year 3/3)

C. Pediatric Gastrointestinal Biopsy: An Update on the Diagnosis and Pathogenesis of Pediatric Upper Gastrointestinal Disease (Year 2/3)

Workshop Session 2:

D. Bone dysplasias:  A systematic diagnostic approach. (Year 1/3)

E. Pediatric Kidney Biopsy Interpretation: Essentials for the Pathologist-on-Call (Year 3/3)

F. Challenges in Pediatric Soft Tissue Pathology: A Case-Based Approach to Selected Difficult Cases (Year 2/3)

Event Hours

Registration Hours:     
Friday, March 16 12:00pm-6:00pm  
Saturday, March 17 7:00am-6:00pm  
Sunday, March 18  7:00am-2:00pm  
SPP Poster Presentation Schedule:    
Friday, March 16 Noon-5:00pm Poster Presenter Set-Up 
Saturday, March 17  7:00am-6:00pm Posters Open
Sunday, March 18 7:00am-Noon Posters Open
  12:30pm Poster Dismantle
SPP Exhibit Hours:    
Friday, March 16 Noon-5:00pm  Exhibitors Set-Up
Saturday, March 17 7:00am-6:00pm  Exhibits Open
Sunday, March 18   7:00am-12:30pm  Exhibits Open
  12:30pm Exhibits Dismantle


Hotel Accommodations

Please select this link to reserve your room: Book your group rate for SPP 2017 Spring Meeting. There are several hotels for attendees to select from, events during the meeting will be held at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront:

  • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Room Rates
  • $265.00 CAD
  • Single/Double/Triple/Quad

Airport Transportation Information

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront is about 10 miles north from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  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 95 CAD (one way).  Estimated taxi fare is about 43 CAD (one way). 

Delta Airlines Discount

Taking advantage of this discount is easy! Just click the “Advanced Search” link on and enter NMRCL 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.


$7.50 CAD hourly or $28 CAD per night with in-out privileges (when you register your vehicle at the time of check-in).

Valet parking is available for $33 CAD Daily.

Vancouver Climate

The average daytime high temperature in Vancouver, BC in March is 50°F (10°C); the average low temperature is 38°F (3°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.


Preliminary Agenda

Friday, March 16

8:00am – 6:00pm

Committee Meetings  

2:00pm – 6:00pm


Saturday, March 17

7:00am – 5:00pm


7:00am – 8:00am


8:00am – 8:05am


8:05am – 10:20am

Platform Presentation (Type I)

8:05am – 10:20am

Platform Presentation (Type II)

10:20am – 10:45am

Poster Viewing and Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:50am

Farber-Landing Lecture: “The Spectrum of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders.  Lessons from Down Syndrome and Gaucher Disease”.

Eliezer Masliah, MD
Director of the National Institute on Aging, Division of Neuroscience, National Institutes of Health

12:00pm - 1:30pm

IPPA Council Luncheon (Invitation Only)

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Perinatal Business Meeting

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Symposium:  Pediatric Liver Tumors: New Advances in Pathologic Classification, Molecular Diagnostics and International Cooperative Trials

5:00pm – 6:00pm

SPP Business Meeting

6:30pm – 11:00pm


Sunday, March 18

7:00am –2:00pm


7:00am – 8:00am


7:00am –12:00pm

Poster Viewing

8:00am – 9:30am

Platform Presentation (Type III)

8:00am – 9:30am

Platform Presentation (Type IV)

9:30am – 10:30am

Poster Discussion I

10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Poster Discussion II

12:00pm– 12:30pm

Awards Presentation    


Posters and Exhibits Dismantle

12:30pm– 1:30pm

Lunch  on your own


Workshop Session 1:

- What every pediatric pathologist   needs to know: WHO classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System (2016) Pediatric Tumors

- Adding Relevance to the Pediatric Autopsy with Defined Pre-autopsy Goals and Practical Techniques

- Pediatric Gastrointestinal Biopsy: An Update on the Diagnosis and Pathogenesis of Pediatric Upper Gastrointestinal Disease


Workshop Session 2:

- Bone dysplasias:  A systematic diagnostic approach.

- Pediatric Kidney Biopsy Interpretation: Essentials for the Pathologist-on-Call

- Challenges in Pediatric Soft Tissue Pathology: A Case-Based Approach to Selected Difficult Cases


Meeting Concludes

Presenter's Information


Abstract Submission

The Society for Pediatric Pathology will be soliciting abstracts for consideration for presentation at the upcoming 2018 Spring Meeting to be held March 16-18 in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront.

Abstract submissions for the 2018 SPP Spring Meeting is now closed. Thank you to all of those who have submitted their abstracts.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the abstract submissions, please contact Patricia Ferchland-Bingham, SPP Education Administrator, or Jeff Terry, Abstract Director Thank you.


Continuing Medical Education Accreditation

Accreditation Statement

The Society for Pediatric Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and The Society for Pediatric Pathology.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

This activity has been approved for 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

International Physicians

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.

Health Professionals

Health Professional participants (including residents and fellows-in-training) may claim hours to receive a Certificate of Participation for an activity designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.

Course Director
Dr. Lili Miles

Program Planning Group
Click here to see a full list of the individual planning group members

Learning Objectives

As a result of this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Acknowledge recent advancements in research and practice related to the biology, characterization and/or diagnosis of pediatric disease.
  • Identify areas with recent significant advancement in the practice of pediatric pathology.
  • Implement diagnostic and consultative management updates in pediatric pathology into practice.
  • Summarize clinicopathologic differential diagnoses and pathologic processes of perinatal and pediatric disorders and their complications, as well as their treatments and possible outcomes.

Target Audience

  • Pediatric Pathologists
  • Fellows-in-Training
  • Residents (Pathology)
  • Pediatric Gastroenterologists;
  • World renowned researchers in infantile cholestatic liver disease
  • Educational Need

Pediatric liver tumors are an important and challenging aspect of the practice of Pediatric Pathology. Groundbreaking advances have been made over the last few years that have propelled the field forward.  This symposium will focus on the histopathologic features, molecular alterations and other advances regarding hepatoblastoma, the transitional cell liver tumor (hepatoblastoma with hepatocellular features/hepatocellular neoplasm NOS), hepatocellular adenoma and hepatocellular carcinoma.  Additionally, next generation sequencing and other genomics initiatives have led to the proposal of a new biologically-based classification system for all pediatric liver tumors. With this in mind, we will present a review of the molecular techniques required to establish diagnoses and guide treatment.  Finally, advances in the risk stratification and oncologic treatment of patients with hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma with particular focus on the latest international cooperative trial will also be explored.

Medical Knowledge: As described above, this field is undergoing a rapid transformation based on biologically-driven genomic studies and never-before established international consensus efforts to standardize diagnoses and improve patient risk stratification.  These advances have established new standards for the diagnosing and reporting of these tumors.  The new classification system for diagnosing hepatocellular adenomas based on their genetic mutation is a prime example.  This system has established new subtypes (and absorbed the telangectactic variant of focal nodular hyperplasia) according to its gene mutation(s) and established the risks for malignant transformation to hepatocellular carcinoma.  This information has been widely circulated among adult liver pathologists, and less widely among pediatric pathologists.  Our members and guests should be educated.

Competency need: As previously mentioned, knowledge and competence in classifying hepatocellular adenomas is an important need that will immediately change how our members and guests practice pediatric pathology.  Additionally, knowledge of the morphologic features and gene mutations governing transitional cell liver tumors remains elusive.  This has been repeatedly mentioned as a gap in practice/competence within our field.  The experts who will speak at this symposium are internationally recognized as leaders who can address this need.

Performance need: The knowledge we have gained regarding pediatric liver tumors within the past 5 years has far outpaced what had been known in the previous 20 years.  With the advancements made in genomic testing/personalized medicine our knowledge has increased by leaps and bounds.  It is difficult to keep track of all of these advancements.  This has led to significant gaps in clinical knowledge and competence among our members.

DISCLAIMER: These materials and all other materials provided in conjunction with continuing medical education activities are intended solely for purposes of supplementing continuing medical education programs for qualified health care professionals. Anyone using the materials assumes full responsibility and all risk for their appropriate use. The SPP makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the accuracy, completeness, currentness, noninfringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of the materials. In no event will the SPP be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the materials. In no event should the information in the materials be used as a substitute for professional care.

Claiming CME Credit

Certificates of continuing medical education AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be issued through the Society for Pediatric Pathology. CME credits will only be awarded after completion of an online evaluation form.


October 25-28, 2018 
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Combined SPP - PPS Meeting
October 10-13, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania