Society for Pediatric Pathology

Grants and Awards

October 10, 2019

Neustein Award

Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award


The purpose of this award was originally to recognize abstracts presenting meritorious work involving electron microscopy in the study of disorders of children. In 1998 the award criteria were expanded to in addition include new methodological advances in molecular technology and immunohistochemical techniques or development of other innovative technological advances in the study of pediatric pathology. Platform or poster presentation at the interim or annual SPP meeting qualify provided the winner is the principal author and the work has been identified as being in competition for the award by the abstract committee. The winner receives an illuminated certificate, $500.00 cash award and receives recognition in the Society Newsletter.





Daphne E. deMello, MD, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Subcellular immuno-gold localization of SP-A in lungs of infants dying from respiratory distress syndrome.





Catherine Pegors, MD

Morphology of the middle and inner ear in a murine model of mucopolysaccharidase type VII.


Gary Mireau, PhD, Denver Children’s Hospital

Intranuclear Birbeck granules in Langerhans cell histiocytosis.







1996, Spring

Joe C. Rutledge, MD, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center

Ultrastructural changes after bone marrow transplantation for Hurler’s disease.

1996, Fall



1997, Spring

J Ackerman, MD, University of South Florida College of Medicine

I-Cell Disease - A Pathologic and Electron Microscopic Study of 5 Cases.

1997, Fall


1998, Spring


1998, Fall


1999, Spring

Elizabeth Perlman, MD, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore

Genetic analysis of clear cell sarcoma of kidney (CCSK) by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH).

1999, Fall


2000, Spring

P. Argani, Johns Hopkins Medical Inst., Baltimore, MD

John M. Hicks, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX

Reassessment of infantile fibrosarcoma and related lesions by RT-PCR for the ETV6/NTRK3 fusion transcript

Role of ICAM-1deficiency in modulation of lupus-like glomerulopathy: A histopathologic and ultrastructural study.

2000, Fall

Pam Groen & David Witte, Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati

Quantitative EBV assay using the LightCycler instrument to monitor transplant patients at risk for PTLD.

2001, Spring

Sara O. Vargas, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Optical “biopsy” of the pediatric gastrointestinal tract using optical coherence tomography.

2001, Fall

Allen Yeoh, MD, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Molecular fingerprinting for subclassification in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia using the Affymetrix gene-chip.

2002, Spring

Kenichi Harada & Anirban Maitra, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Promoter methylation of CASPASE-I and RASSF1A is a common event in solid tumors of children.

2002, Fall

Philip J Katzman, MD University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Cardiac registry screening for DiGeorge critical region deletion using loss of heterozygosity (LOH) analysis.

2003, Spring

Chiler Hasan, MS

Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Differences in Genetic Expression Between Hyperplastic Perilobar Nephrogenic Rest (HPLNR) and Wilms Tumor (WT).

2003, Fall


2004, Spring

Rocio Pena-Alonso M.D. Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez and Hospital General de Mexico, Mexico, D.F.

Analysis of the sex determining region of chromosome-Y (SRY) by PCR and FISH in true hermaphrodites.

2004, Fall

Dinesh Rakheja, M.D.

UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Batten disease and lipid rafts

2005, Spring

Rene L. Galindo, M.D.

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Genetic dissection of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma pathogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster.

2005, Fall

Nancy Galvin, Ph.D.

St Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Early onset of lysosomal storage disease in a murine model of mucopolysaccharidosis type VII: Undegraded substrate accumulates in many tissues in the fetus and very young Mps VII mouse.

2006, Spring

Nina Tatevian, M.D., Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX

Molecular heterogeneity in a poorly differentiated neuroblastoma with pleomorphic giant cells-a Bac array CGH analysis.

2006, Fall

Monique E. DePaepe, M.D. , Brown Medical School, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI

Microarray analysis of ventilated preterm lungs identifies differential expression of angiogenesis-related genes.

2007, Spring

Amanda Murphy, M.D., Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Variable expression of WT1 in desmoplastic small round cell tumour.

2007, Fall

Gino R. Somers. M.D. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Detailed expression profiling of pediatric undifferentiated sarcomas: Evidence for upregulation of the insulin-like growth factor signaling pathway.

2008, Spring

Scott D. Boyd, M.D.

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Characterization of Pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia micro RNA libraries using high-throughput pyrosequencing and specimen barcoding.

2008, Fall

Bahig Shehata, M.D., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Ewing sarcoma with 7;22 translocation-Is it occurring in a younger age group with predilection for extraskeletal location? A study of 35 cases with emphasis on molecular analysis.

2009, Spring

C. A. French, M.D.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Targeting the Epigenome in NUT Midline Carcinoma.

2010, Spring

Bahig Shehata, MD

Children’s Healthcare/Egleston

Atlanta, Georgia

Identification of candidate genes for histiocytoid cardiomyopathy using whole genome analysis: Analyzing material from the HC Registry

2010, Fall

Kyle C Kurek

Children’s Hospital Boston

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Garry W. Mierau (runner-up)

Children’s Hospital

Aurora, CO

Loss of function mutations in PTPN11 is responsible for the hereditary bone tumor syndrome, metachondromatosis.

Comparative evaluation of specimen collection methods for ultrastructural diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia syndrome.

2011, Spring

Bonnie Cole

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

19q13.4 loss of heterozygosity and occult androgenic/biparental mosaicism in sporadic hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma.

2011, Fall

Larissa V. Furtado, MD

University of Utah and ARUP Labs

Salt Lake City, Utah

Development of a DNA Microsatellite Genotyping Test for Aneuploidy Detection in Paraffin Embedded Tissue from Products of Conception

2012, Spring

Craig Midgen, MD

Texas Children’s Hospital and

Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas

Ventricular noncompaction with and without associated cardiac abnormalities: A pathology series of 30 cases.

2012, Fall

Benjamin Wilkins, M.D.

Children’s Hospital Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Zebrafish cirhin morphants have p53-mediated developmental biliary defects, and are a model for North American Indian Childhood Cirrhosis

2013, Spring

Csaba Galambos, MD, PhD

Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

In utero embryonic intracardiac injection under biomicroscopy guidance: a cutting edge technology to study embryonic lung development in vivo.

2013, Fall

Jason Wang, MD

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Diagnostic yield of targeted panels of seizure genes

2014, Spring

Ilana Ariel, MD

Hadassah-Hebrew University

The “myotrophoblast” – endothelin-1-induced contraction of modified spiral artery of the rat.

2014, Fall

Bahig M Shehata, MD

Emory University School of Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Knockdown of ndufb11 in zebrafish model results in cardiac anomalies, confirming the role of newly recognized NDUFB11 in histiocytoid cardiomyopathy pathogenesis

2015, Spring

Gino Somers, MBBS, PhD

Hospital for Sick Children

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Sarcoma subgrouping by detection of fusion transcripts using nanostring technology

2015, Fall

Seth C Lummus, D.O., M.S.

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Aurora, CO

Elevated cell cycle and muted host immunity underlie the biology of infant ependymomas.

2016, Spring

Miguel Reyes-Múgica, M.D.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA

Serotonin induces proliferation in NRAS-mutated nevus cells from patients with large/giant congenital melanocytic nevi

2016, Fall

Rangaraj Selvarangan, M.D.

Children’s Mercy Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Human parechovirus 3 is the leading Picornavirus associated with CNS infections in children

2017, Spring

Michael Fritsch, M.D., Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

Correlating MR imaging and histology in a rat model of placental dysfunction due to diminished maternal vascular perfusion

2017, Fall

Nicholas Willard, M.D.

University of Colorado

Denver, CO

Transcriptomic analysis for molecular subgrouping of former CNS-PNETs

2018, Spring

Sarah Kerr, M.D.

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Villitis of Unknown Etiology Demonstrates an Inflammatory Signature Similar to Graft Versus Host Disease and Allograft Rejection

2018, Fall

Nathan Shelman, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital,

Boston, MA

H3K27me3 in the Pathologic Investigation of Disorders of Sexual Development

2019, Spring

Linda Ernst, MD

NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL

Umbilical cord blood miRNAs to predict neonatal early onset sepsis

2019, Fall

Csaba Galambos, MD, PhD

Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

State-of-the-Art Synchrotron-based Imaging Uncovers the Three-Dimensional Microanatomy of Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease

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