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
Meeting Support and Guest Societies
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, Earlier.org, 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!