Fall Meeting 2017

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 Fall Meeting Attendee List


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.

Online registration for the SPP Meeting has closed. Attendees will still be available to register onsite. The SPP registration form can be completed and sent via email to aametzgar@staff.spponline.org or by mail with full payment to the address below:

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 ametzgar@staff.spponline.org.

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 boxed 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.


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 PFerchland-Bingham@kellencompany.com, or call 847-686-2374.