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Giving Tuesday

This has been a difficult year for everyone—especially those who are experiencing isolation due to COVID-19. Many people are desperate for connection, and we try to share resources to encourage the ASIP spirit during these challenging times. The pandemic continues to take a toll on health care workers.

There is hope, and you can help.
We want to continue our efforts in discovering disease mechanisms with even more ways to support education in pathology. We would love to have you join us for #GivingTuesday. 
ASIP joined #GivingTuesday last year and raised funds for travel awards. This year our goal is to raise $10,000. Your donations will be matched by the ASIP!

How can you help?

As a supporter of the ASIP, we need your help. Please share our fundraiser with your network on #GivingTuesday. We welcome any donation amount. Mark your calendar and help us reach our $10,000 goal. 
How will the money raised be used?

This year, the ASIP is fundraising to provide support for undergraduate to work in a research laboratory during summer 2021 through the ASIP Summer Research Opportunity Program in Pathology (SROPP). This program promotes the entry of young scientists into the mainstream of the basic, translational, and clinical research communities and provides summer research opportunities in pathobiology mentored by ASIP members. Donations can also be designated towards the Pathology Leadership Fund, any of our named Trainee Scholar Awards, or any of our named Junior Faculty Scholar Awards.

Why Give?

Your Impact has helped many past award recipients. Will you consider donating this year to ASIP to help advance pathology education?
Every $ raised is helpful. Thank you for your support. Click the red button below to donate. We are grateful for you and your generosity. Together, we can make lasting change.

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Want to attend #ASIP2022 at #ExpBio but don’t know how to ask?

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Hello [AMAZING P.I.],

This year we’ve many projects planned and I am excited to participate. To help me strengthen my skills and generate new ideas to share with the rest of the team, I’d love to attend the

2022 ASIP Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology.

This conference will take place April 2-5, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA. Many scientific professionals and speakers will come together for oral and poster sessions and networking events every evening.

I think this conference is a great opportunity for us to engage with leaders, connect with potential mentors, and bring back best practices to the lab. I’m particularly excited about [SPECIFIC SESSION, EVENT, OR TOPIC] which I think will help us [APPLY TO YOUR WORK].

At the ASIP meeting, attendees will experience:

  • Presentations representing cutting edge research in a variety of disciplines
  • Award lectures and special presentations by internationally-recognized leaders
  • Opportunities to meet and network with other trainees, as well as established investigators in the field
  • Focused professional, career development, and educational sessions
  • Opportunities to explore ways in which trainees can engage in ASIP events/activities and groups

My attendance will cost about [COST], which includes travel, lodging, and registration. I will ensure my duties are covered while I’m away and will take detailed notes and give a short recap presentation for our team when I return.

Thanks in advance for considering my request. I’d love to discuss this opportunity and answer any questions you might have!


Trainee Scholar Award Opportunities Available

Trainee Scholar Awards recognize excellence in research from ASIP Trainee members (Undergraduate Students, Pre- and Post-Doctoral Trainees). Awardees are selected based upon the scientific merit of their submitted abstract. Trainee abstracts will be programmed for presentation in a poster session and/or minisymposia.

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PISA2021 Recap – Oh What A Conference!

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Oh, what a conference!
Early October, back in twenty-one
What a very special time for me,
As I remember, what a conference!

This year’s ASIP Annual Meeting, known as PISA (that’s ASIP backwards!) – Pathobiology for Investigators, Students, and Academicians – was held virtually from October 5-7 2021. This year’s PISA was particularly special as it was dedicated to Young Investigators (YIs) with a stellar line-up of 42 talks from YIs with each session headlined by a keynote presentation from an esteemed senior ASIP member. Details of the virtual program can be found here:

The night before the meeting, we held the ASIP Trainee Hangout which was a ton of fun! Hosted by Alexander Sougiannis, Michele Alves and yours truly! The theme was “Happy Hour” and as such, we all came with our fun drinks in hand and caught up on life since the last ASIP Trainee Hangout and discussed how to make the most of the PISA Meeting ahead.

The meeting kicked off with the Cancer Pathobiology and Neuropathology session where Dr. Diane Bielenberg from Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School gave the Isaiah J. Fidler Memorial Keynote Lecture. It was so inspiring to hear about the great experiences and fond memories that Dr. Bielenberg shared with her PhD advisor. The YI talks that followed were fantastic and generated great discussion amongst the virtual audience.

Marina (Emmy) Anastasiou, PhD on Twitter: “happening now: the Neuropilin-1 saga is REAL & HERE! Dakshna Bala from the Bielenberg lab explains how Neuropilin-1 Regulates Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Contractility and Blood Pressure! @ASIPath #pisa2021 / Twitter”

happening now: the Neuropilin-1 saga is REAL & HERE! Dakshna Bala from the Bielenberg lab explains how Neuropilin-1 Regulates Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Contractility and Blood Pressure! @ASIPath #pisa2021

While the meeting was occurring virtually, another stream of content was being posted live on Twitter by conference attendees and the ASIP team. Check out all these posts via the Twitter hashtag #PISA2021 and account tag @ASIPath. A big tip for conference attendees is to get active on Twitter and post about your conference experiences using the official conference hashtag and tagging the conference organizers. For the upcoming Experimental Biology meeting in 2022, you can start preparing by following @ExpBio and tagging #ExpBio

Experimental Biology on Twitter: “Experimental Biology 2022 welcomes research in all areas of experimental biology, especially #anatomy, #biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative #pathology, #pharmacology, and #physiology. Submit an abstract for your latest research today. #ExpBio / Twitter”

Experimental Biology 2022 welcomes research in all areas of experimental biology, especially #anatomy, #biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative #pathology, #pharmacology, and #physiology. Submit an abstract for your latest research today. #ExpBio

A huge congratulations to all the PISA Awardees, both postdoctoral and predoctoral researchers, for their outstanding research! More details here:

𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 on Twitter: “Congrats to our #PISA2021 #Postdoctoral Awards for Outstanding #Research 😍 @EyeDaisyShu @HMSeye @behindourscienc @harvardmpa1 @samrita15 @OUHSC_research@thekengevik @BCMAR_HISD @FranCarrilloPhD @TuftsMedSchool Emrah Gumusgov @UTSWNews / Twitter”

Congrats to our #PISA2021 #Postdoctoral Awards for Outstanding #Research 😍 @EyeDaisyShu @HMSeye @behindourscienc @harvardmpa1 @samrita15 @OUHSC_research@thekengevik @BCMAR_HISD @FranCarrilloPhD @TuftsMedSchool Emrah Gumusgov @UTSWNews

Vik Meadows on Twitter: “@ASIPath is such a wonderful organization promoting science and trainee research/career development. Congratulations to all the speakers at #PISA2021 y’all rocked it!#JoinThePathSide #ASIPVirtual / Twitter”

@ASIPath is such a wonderful organization promoting science and trainee research/career development. Congratulations to all the speakers at #PISA2021 y’all rocked it!#JoinThePathSide #ASIPVirtual

While virtual meetings have their perks, I am definitely looking forward to in-person meetings next year, especially #ExpBio! I can’t wait to meet everyone that I have gotten to know so well virtually, in-person! Don’t forget to submit your abstracts by November 30th! More details here:

See you in Philly!

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Lessons Learned

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Have you ever been told the same thing multiple times but when you really need to remember that information you suddenly have amnesia? Some people experience this during test-taking if they get stressed out at the thought of taking a test.

Recently I was exasperated, discussing with my therapist that I don’t understand why I “know” all the things I should be doing to take care of my anxiety, but those things feel so inaccessible in the moment of anxiety. I said “how many times do I have to be told that X is what I need to do before I actually implement it??” She said there is actually a biological reason why I am unable to access what I know in times of high anxiety .

All of the things I “know” about how to handle my anxiety, resources that can help bring down my anxiety, and other strategies I have been taught through therapy, are stored in my prefrontal cortex. Anxiety disrupts the neuronal capacity of the prefrontal cortex by disrupting emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, and the control of behavior. This Psychology Today article states the results of one research study done at Pitt on how the prefrontal cortex is affected by anxiety: “First, anxiety often leads to bad decision-making, especially when there were conflicts or distractions. Second, bad decisions made under distress were correlated with the “unclamping” of very specific PFC neurons.”

The lead author of this study said it this way: “The data indicates that anxiety has an exquisitely selective effect on neuronal activity that supports decision making. We have had a simplistic approach to studying and treating anxiety. We have equated it with fear and have mostly assumed that it over-engages entire brain circuits. But this study shows that anxiety disengages brain cells in a highly specialized manner.”

So now that I am done nerd-ing out on you, what does all this mean for you?? That you deserve more grace than you are giving yourself, and some things are simply out of your controlno matter how hard you try. Hearing that there is a physical, biological process in my brain inhibiting me to put into practice all the skills I have learned in therapy makes me feel like less of a failure.

When I am not experiencing high anxiety during my therapy sessions, I can label and point out the things I need to start incorporating, the resources that help me, and how to prevent myself from getting into panic attack situation. Yet as someone who spends a lot of time in their mind and not their body, I sometimes don’t realize how anxious I have become until it’stoo late and I am already stuck in the hamster wheel. The dichotomy of all the knowledge I have and want to employ and what actually happens real time had me frustrated at myself for a long time.

So, if you find yourself in a similar situation I just want to impart some encouragement that you’re not alone. it takes a long time to re-wire our brains to think in a new way and we have to be patient with ourselves. Additionally, your therapist may have other techniques that they can try with you in order to reprocess old memories or beliefs that may be holding you back, talk to your provider if you have one and are also struggling with this issue.

As always, my hope is that you find a sense of relief that someone else is experiencing what you have experienced and thought before. And that you remember to be compassionate and kind to yourself without always throwing blame on yourself if something doesn’t go the way you think it “should.” I know we like to think we have control over our body and mind, but you probably don’t understand how to make your heart keep beating, or your eyes blinking, or your throat swallowing, so how can we think we have even the slightest bit of control over the most complex part of our body – our brain? The great news though is that our brains have plasticity, which means you have the chance to undo thought patterns and make new thought patterns as you work to think in a new way. It just takes time, and patience, and commitment. So keep showing up to do the hard work!

Becca Kritschil
PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh

7 Steps Toward Looking and Feeling Better Than Ever

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7 Steps Toward Looking and Feeling Better Than Ever

Are you looking to make some changes? Are you ready to look and feel better — ready to significantly boost your health so that you can get the most out of life? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The good news is that you can improve your appearance and overall well-being. And whether you want to stick close to home or venture out into the world, you can start today.

From building a solid fitness routine to moisturizing your skin to adopting a new attitude, the American Society for Investigative Pathology shares seven practical steps you can take to get there.

Work it out

Few things can give you a boost quite as regular exercise. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and then build a fitness routine around it. Swimming, running, and weightlifting are among the most effective types of workouts you can do. And if you incorporate supplements into your routine, you can enhance your workouts even more. 

Another thing to consider is the equipment you use during workouts. The right gloves, for instance, can significantly improve grip, which in turn can help you get the most from your workouts. Moreover, gloves can even reduce over-gripping, which is especially helpful for people who deal with high blood pressure. 

Keep up with oral hygiene 

Oral hygiene is a must. Brush your teeth every morning and night, floss once a day, and visit your dentist for regular checkups, or you could be at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Did you know that overbite may cause tooth decay and gum disease? While minor overbite is mostly a cosmetic issue and doesn’t typically cause health problems, more severe cases will need to be corrected. There are a few different treatment options available including braces, at-home or in-office aligners, or (in the worst-case scenario) correction surgery. Visit your orthodontist to learn about which treatment plan is most appropriate. 

Drink water

Our bodies are made mostly of water. Therefore, it makes sense to drink plenty of water, right? The problem is a lot of people don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. If you think water is boring compared to that soda or fruit juice, cut out all sugary drinks for a short time. You might be surprised by how quickly your taste buds change and how much better you feel. 

Take care of your skin

Your skin also makes a big difference in how good you look and feel. Be intentional about skin care each day so that you can achieve that radiant glow of your youth. Limit your exposure to harmful sun rays, and wear sunscreen and hats when you’re out in the sun. Use a cleanser and moisturizer every morning and night, and exfoliate twice a week. Furthermore, look into supplements that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E. 

Go to checkups

If you want to know the best ways to improve how you look and feel, ask a doctor. By going to regular checkups, your physician can examine you from head to toe and help you stay in front of any potential health issues. They can then recommend any lifestyle changes that could boost your health and well-being. 


Sleep is a key element of any healthy life. Yet, so many people neglect it in their lives. No matter how busy you are, carve out enough time in your schedule to get adequate sleep (the CDC recommends seven to nine hours a night for adults). You’ll be better able to fight off illnesses, be more productive, and get back that youthful glow!

Stick to a good diet

You knew it was coming: eat a healthy diet. Nutrition is as fundamental as it gets in regards to how you look and feel. Ditch the foods that are heavily processed, salty, or sugary, and go with lean proteins and whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.

What better time than now to make meaningful changes in your life? And taking steps to improve how you look and feel is a great place to start. Along with implementing the tips listed here, keep researching how you can keep becoming the best version of yourself. You won’t regret it. 

By Kim Thomas