Society for Pediatric Pathology


Research committee Update, 3/2014

Posted March 4, 2014

The Research Committee reviewed 116 abstracts for the recent spring meeting in San Diego. Reviewers and attendees alike appreciated and learned from the high quality of research being performed by Society members. Start planning to submit your work for possible presentation at the 2014 Joint PPS/SPP Meeting in Birmingham, England. Abstract submission is now open at

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Young Investigator Research Grant is Nikolina Dioufa, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Maria Tsokos's laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her proposal, "An anchorage independent growth system as a model to study the molecular pathways that lead to drug resistance and metastasis in Ewing Sarcoma" was selected from amongst a record number of applications, all of which exemplified the impressive and diverse research interests of our young(er) members.

The Research Committee is currently accepting applications for the A. James McAdams Short-Term Study Award, which is given annually to either a pediatric pathologist who wishes to gain expertise in a specialized area of pediatric pathology not available at their home institution, or to a pathology resident interested in pediatric pathology who wishes to rotate at a children's hospital with a strong pediatric pathology experience not available at their home institution. More information and application forms are available by clicking here. This year's deadline is 25 April.

Finally, we are working to improve the "Research" section of the SPP website by reorganizing the current content to include expanded lists of grants/funding opportunities relevant to pediatric pathologists, as well as disease-specific registries and resources. We are also developing guidelines for the Society regarding standards for the scientific integrity and ethical approach in our presented and published work. Details to follow.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas about how the Research Committee can help promote scientific productivity within the Society. You can email me at