Recap of the 2019 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology in Orlando, FL

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Investigative Pathology was held April 6-9, 2019 in Orlando FL, in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2019. Over 10,000 scientists attended the meeting in the Orange County Convention Center, which was co-organized by the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), the American Physiological Society (APS), the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). The meeting featured a robust scientific program, featuring 2 meritorious award lectures, 14 major symposia, 5 workshops, 6 sessions dedicated to education and career development, and 10 minisymposia and 25 poster sessions reflecting 398 abstracts. EBTV featured interviews with Dr. David Williams and Dr. Bill Coleman that provided insights into the ASIP scientific program and ASIP involvement in Experimental Biology 2019. Special thanks to the members of the Program Committee (Chaired by Dr. David Williams), the Committee for Career Development and Diversity (Chaired by Dr. Cecelia Yates), and the Education Committee (Chaired by Dr. Diane Bielenberg) for assembling an excellent program for the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting also provided ample opportunities for members to network and socialize. This blog will highlight some of the ASIP activities and events that took place during Experimental Biology 2019.

Meeting Support and Guest Societies

The 2019 Annual Meeting was enhanced by the presence and contributions from a number of partnering guest societies, including the Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP), American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB), Histochemical Society (HCS), Society for Cardiovascular Pathology (SCVP), Society for Toxicologic Pathology (STP), American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), and the Italian Society of Pathology and Translational Medicine (SIPMeT). Several of these guest societies contributed to the scientific program by organizing a symposium or workshop. The 2019 Annual Meeting was also generously supported by unrestricted educational grants from Fluidigm, Samsara Sciences,, Baker, Coy Lab Products, Peloton Therapeutics, and Elsevier. Support for speakers in some sessions was provided by the R.E. Stowell Endowment Fund. In addition, R13 grants from the NCI and NIEHS supported specific trainee travel awards and session speakers. Some travel awards were also generously provided by the Histochemical Society. We thank the members of the Program Committee and ASIP leadership that provided time and effort to secure sponsors and grants to support the Annual Meeting.

Business Meeting

Each year at the Annual Meeting, a business meeting is held and reports are presented by the President, Committee Chairs, and the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Pathology. The 2019 business meeting was presided over by current ASIP President Dr. Asma Nusrat (University of Michigan). The results of the 2019 election were presented, and the 2020 Meritorious Award recipients were announced. Several meritorious awards for 2019 were presented, along with numerous travel awards (see below). At the end of the meeting, Dr. Nusrat presented the Presidential Gavel to Dr. Dani Zander (University of Cincinnati) who will serve as ASIP President beginning July 1, 2019.

Meritorious Awards and Award Lectures

Each year, a variety of meritorious awards are given by the American Society for Investigative Pathology to recognize outstanding research, teaching, and leadership by senior investigators, mid-career investigators, and early career investigators. At Experimental Biology 2019, three members were recognized with meritorious awards. Dr. Vinay Kumar (Alice Hogge & Arthur A. Baer Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago) received the 2019 ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Award, which is the society’s oldest and most prestigious award. This award recognizes long-term contributions to the field of pathology, including meritorious research, outstanding teaching, general excellence in the field, and leadership in pathology. Dr. Kumar delivered a keynote address entitled The Accidental Pathologist – A Curiosity Driven Journey from Plant Evolution to Natural Immunity on Sunday afternoon. Dr. Jerry Turner (Harvard Medical School) introduced Dr. Kumar’s lecture and presented the award. Dr. Gregory J. Tsongalis (Professor, Department of Pathology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth University) received the 2019 ASIP Robbins Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes individuals whose contributions to education in pathology have had a manifest impact at a regional, national, or international level, and is named in honor of Dr. Stanley L. Robbins. Dr. Tsongalis presented lecture entitled Moving Beyond Next-Generation Sequencing: The Role of Stat DNA Testing during the Cancer Biomarkers Workshop on Sunday morning. Dr. Bill Coleman (ASIP) made the award presentation. Dr. Denuja Karunakaran received the 2019 ASIP Young Scientist Leadership Award. This award recognizes outstanding and sustained achievements at the earliest stages of a career in biomedical research and is supported by the A.D. Sobel – ASIP Education Fund. Dr. Bill Muller (Northwestern University) made the award presentation.

Faculty Travel Awards, Trainee Meritorious Awards, and Trainee Travel Awards

Three members received George K. Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Travel Awards to attend Experimental Biology 2019: Dennis Jones, PhD (Boston University), Matthew McMillen, PhD (University of Texas at Austin), and Edward Medina, MD, PhD (University of Texas Health Science Center). These awards promote the participation of early career investigators in scientific meetings and conferences, and recognize the outstanding research being conducted by ASIP Regular and Next-Generation Scientist members who are employed as Junior Faculty at institutions around the world. Special thanks to Dr. George Michalopoulos and his family for recognizing the importance of these awards and providing financial support for them. The Experimental Pathologist-in-Training (EPIT) Award is a prestigious honor presented to an ASIP trainee member who is a postdoctoral fellow and has excelled in investigative efforts in studying mechanisms of disease. The 2019 Experimental Pathologist-in-Training Award was presented to Dr. Shengmin Yan (Indiana University School of Medicine) and the Experimental Pathologist-in-Training Merit Award was presented to Dr. Francisco J. Carrillo-Salinas (Tufts University). The Experimental Pathologist-in-Graduate Training Award is a prestigious honor presented to an ASIP trainee member who is a graduate student in a PhD training program, MD/PhD training program, or MD training program who has excelled in investigative efforts in studying mechanisms of disease. The Experimental Pathologist-in-Graduate Training Award was presented to Njabulo Ngwenyama (Tufts University) and the Experimental Pathologist-in-Graduate Training Merit Award was presented to Patrick D. Wilkinson (University of Pittsburgh). In addition, trainee travel awards were presented to 32 trainee members: Three trainee members received A.D. Sobel Scholar Trainee Travel Awards (Triet Bui, Roberto I. Mota Alvidrez, and Akanksha Sharma); Timothy D. Bryson received the GALL Trainee Travel Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research; Orlane Destin received the Gotlieb Family Fund for Undergraduate Education in Pathobiology travel award; Sanaullah Sajib received the Hans-Monga-ASIP Trainee Travel Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research; Jacquelyn O. Russell received the Rojkind-Monga-ASIP Trainee Travel Award for Excellence in Liver Pathobiology Research; Hayley Gorman received The Marion and Lawrence (Larry) Muller Memorial Fund-ASIP Trainee Travel Award for Excellence in Inflammation Research; 14 trainees received ASIP Trainee Travel Awards – Marina Anastasiou, Prarthana J. Dalal, Trevor M. Darby, Paul J. Hanson, Kelsey M. Hirschi, Sarah Hosking, Dana R. Julian, Matthias Kelm, Lindsey Kennedy, Yang Lee, Benoit Niclou, Joshua Owens, Morgan E. Preziosi, and Francisco E. Velazquez Planas; and 10 trainees received Histochemical Society Trainee Travel Awards – Ramón Castellanos, Allison Gartung, Vashendriya Hira, Karis P. Kosar, Bejan J. Saeedi, Victoria Hallisey, Jeana L. Owens, Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, Katlyn Richardson, and Kaitlynn Schuck. Special thanks to all the ASIP Members that established and support named trainee travel awards – Drs. Mark Sobel, Paul Monga, Jon Homeister, Avrum Gotlieb, and Bill Muller.

SIG Night and Society-wide Reception and Networking Event

On Sunday afternoon, the Society-wide Scientific Interest Groups Interactive Poster Discussions, Networking Sessions, and Reception was held immediately following Dr. Kumar’s keynote lecture. The Sunday afternoon/evening placement of these events was very popular and >250 people attended the reception. The SIG Night Interactive Poster Discussions featured 60 posters representing ten of the ASIP SIGs. The networking event and poster discussions were well attended and provided excellent opportunities for networking among members. In conjunction with SIG Night, the Liver Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group held a Club Hepatomania – Meet the Experts event. The featured experts included Stacey Huppert (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), an expert in liver development, and Mark Czaja (Emory University School of Medicine).

Education and Career Development Sessions

The ASIP Education Committee and the Committee for Career Development and Diversity (CCDD) organized a total of six sessions on topics related to pathology education and career development. A popular event that was held on Saturday was the ASIP Highlight Session: I Am An ASIP Member and This is My Science, which featured short talks by eight Trailblazing Women and eight Trailblazing Men, as well as trainee poster presentations and discussions. The session was well attended and the short presentations by the selected members were interesting and informative for all. On Sunday, the XIXth Annual ASIP/AAA Career Development and Mentoring Program and Lunch (co-sponsored by the American Association of Anatomists) featured the topic of Giving and Responding to Critical Evaluations of Manuscripts and Grants. Dr. Martha Furie (Past President of the ASIP and Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Pathology) and Dr. Dan Remick (Past President of the ASIP and NIH Study Section Chair) were the featured speakers. This session provided attendees with practical advice regarding manuscript and grant critiques which challenge investigators at every stage of career. On Tuesday, the Lunch and Learn session was on the topic of Science, Dollars, and Outcomes: The Critical Pieces of Budgeting You Can’t Work Without. This popular session was organized by Dr. Dan Milner (ASCP) and included speakers from academic research and clinical service laboratories. All of the educational and career development sessions were extremely well done. Special thanks to members of the Education Committee and CCDD for organizing these sessions that provide a valuable professional development aspect to the Annual Meeting.

Career Central

At Experimental Biology 2019, the five organizing Societies collaborated to create Career Central, a resource for attendees at the meeting for various career development activities and events. The ASIP had a number of members participate in the Micro-Learning Hub short presentations – Drs. Linda McManus, Traci Parry, Kevin Gardner, and Greg Tsongalis. Special thanks to these ASIP members and to staff members from all the Societies that contributed time and effort to making sure Career Central provided value to the attendees.

More From Experimental Biology 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting was captured in pictures by our tireless and talented photographer Elizabeth Walker (University of Michigan). Please feel free to browse the photo albums associated with the meeting and download pictures of yourself and others: EB2019 Day 1, EB2019 Day 2 (includes SIG Night), EB2019 Day 3 (includes the ASIP Business Meeting), and EB2019 Day 4. Additional photo albums include the Council Dinner, and the AJP Editorial Board Meeting. Special thanks to Liz for producing an exceptional picture archive for the meeting.

Save the Date: EB 2020 in San Diego CA

Experimental Biology 2019 is in the books and was a terrific meeting. Planning for next year’s meeting is already well underway. Save the date for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the ASIP: April 4-7, 2020 at Experimental Biology 2020 in San Diego, CA. It was great to see many of our members in Orlando and we hope to see you all in San Diego next year!