- Congratulations to Dr. Parks who has been awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship from the University of Bristol in the UK!03.18.2018
Dr. Parks has been awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship from the University of Bristol in the UK. During his time there, Dr. Parks will work with data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The ALSPAC study centers around 14,500 pregnancies that delivered in Bristol in a single year in the early 1990’s. For this study, vast amounts of data were collected across a considerable array of disciplines. The placentas were also collected from each delivery, but these have yet to be analyzed. Dr. Parks will begin to evaluate these placentas with the aim of integrating the placental pathology findings into the already existing expansive ALSPAC database.
- Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Morency, college mentor for the Medical School Class of 2021!03.15.2018
- The American Society of Cytopathology: Honoring the service and leadership of our past Presidents on International Women’s Day.03.08.2018
Congratulations Dr. Ritu Nayar!
- “New chair spearheads innovation with focus on precision pathology”03.07.2018
- Watch Kate Poropatich, MD, MPH talk about her research interests and the important role physician-scientists play in patient care.03.07.2018
- ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Awarded to Janardan K. Reddy, MD03.05.2018ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Awarded to Janardan K. Reddy, MD
Congratulations, Dr. Reddy!
Investigating the Pathogenesis of Disease
Press Release: February 2018
ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Awarded to Janardan K. Reddy, MD
Dr. Reddy Lauded for His Leadership and Long-Term Contributions to Pathology
Janardan Reddy was born and raised in India, where he completed his undergraduate and medical degrees and pathology residency training. Dr. Reddy subsequently moved to the United States and completed residency and research fellowships at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1970, Dr. Reddy joined the faculty at KUMC and was promoted to Associate Professor within three years. Only three years later, he was made full Professor, by which time he had already published 66 research articles in prestigious journals, including Nature, Science, Journal of Cell Biology, The American Journal of Pathology, Laboratory Investigation and Cancer Research. In 1976, Dr. Reddy accepted a position as Professor in the Department of Pathology at Northwestern University, where he has spent the remainder of his illustrious career. He was subsequently named Chairman of Pathology in 1993, a position he held for many years, and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Pathology.
In his nearly 50-year career as a pathologist, investigator, leader and teacher, during which he achieved senior status in academic pathology, received acclaim for his research related to liver biology and in particular the field of peroxisomes and carcinogenesis, and participated in many international symposia, Dr. Reddy has demonstrated all the hallmarks of a world-recognized academic pathologist. He and his colleague, Dr. Sambasiva Rao, discovered that peroxisomal proliferation can be achieved by a variety of agents, including hypolipidemic drugs, and thus linked their biology to lipid metabolism — an impetus for the discovery of the peroxisomal beta-oxidation system. Dr. Rao stated that “in the last 30 years, no other single scientist contributed more to the understanding of peroxisome biology and peroxisome proliferator-induced hepatocarcinogenesis than Dr. Reddy; he has been universally recognized as a pioneer in this field.” He described Dr. Reddy as “a man of reason, unaffected by power and achievements and always willing to help and guide anybody that approaches him. [He] is a great teacher with a unique talent for simplifying complex problems.”
Dr. Reddy has received many honors and awards for his work, among them the ASIP Rous-Whipple Award, which is presented to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research who has advanced the understanding of disease and has continued productivity at the time of the award. He was awarded the Rous-Whipple Award in recognition of the work he started as a resident in pathology, studying a morphological phenomenon of proliferation of peroxisomes (then called microbodies) in liver cells; over the years, this work led to the identification of structurally diverse classes of chemicals — several lipid-lowering drugs, certain phthalate ester plasticizers used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride plastics, herbicides, and certain solvents — all of which exert similar effects. These are now called peroxisome proliferators, a designation Dr. Reddy and his lab introduced in 1975. Dr. Reddy demonstrated that despite their structural diversity, various peroxisome proliferators induce the development of liver cancer and act in a cell-specific manner by receptor-mediated mechanisms. He also identified a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) subfamily that plays a pivotal role in lipid metabolism.
In addition to his research, Dr. Reddy has excelled in educating and mentoring students. His exceptional teaching and advocacy of medical students and the field of Pathology was formally recognized with the George H. Joost Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teacher, an award given to the best lecturer at Northwestern University Medical School, which he received twice. According to one of his protégés,Dr. David Engman, “the very best mentors develop personal connections with their mentees. This is Dr. Reddy’s greatest attribute. He met with each of us faculty members individually in formal meetings every six months and informally much more often…with an aim to support us, not only for promotion and tenure, but for becoming successful and developing national reputations in our respected areas.”
In summary, Dr. Reddy is considered a world leader in many research areas related to liver biology and pancreatic/hepatic differentiation. . He has authored over 400 research articles, reviews and book chapters, which his associate, Dr. Satdarshan Paul S. Monga, extols as a demonstration of the tremendous impact his work has had on the field.
Dr. Reddy will receive the Gold-Headed Cane Award at the ASIP 2018 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology in San Diego, California on Monday, April 23 from 5:15 to 6:30 PM in Session Room 2 of the San Diego Convention Center.
- New Collaborative Cytopathology Publication02.19.2018
Cytopathologists Dr. Xiaoqi Lin and Dr. Ritu Nayar's new book in collaboration with Radiology, Cytology, Histology, Cytoscopy, and Radiology of the Urinary System, just published.
- Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Jones, PGY-3, our Chicago Pathology Society 2018 Resident Research Competition 3rd Place winner!02.01.2018Ryan Jones, third year resident in the Physician Scientist Training Program, has won third prize in the annual Chicago Pathology Society Resident Research Competition for his work entitled “Mutation spectrum of KRAS gene in colorectal adenocarcinomas using next generation sequencing: a single institution large cohort,” with coauthors Andrew Bandy, Audrey Deeken-Draisey, Jie Liao, Leyu Sun, Juehua Gao, and Guang-Yu Yang. Dr. Jones will be presenting his work at the Chicago Pathology Socieity meeting on 2/12/18 at 7:00pm at 808 S. Wood St, UIC, College of Medicine East Tower building, room 268.
- Investiture of Dr. Daniel Brat, MD, PhD01.26.2018
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel J Brat, MD, PhD on receiving the title of Pathology Department Chair and Magerstadt Professor of Pathology. Dr. Brat was recognized with a ceremony on January 18th, 2018. Speakers included Dr. Eric Neilson, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Dr. Maciej Lesniak, MD, Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chairman of the department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University.
- Dr. Ritu Nayar, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent01.18.2018
Dr. Ritu Nayar, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent Pathology at the National Cancer Policy Forum Workshop “Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies” to be held February 12-13, 2018.
This public workshop will examine strategies to ensure that patients have access to appropriate oncologic pathology and imaging expertise and technologies to inform their cancer diagnosis, treatment planning, assessment of treatment response, and oncologic surveillance. Potential strategies that will be explored include opportunities to develop and maintain a workforce with oncologic imaging and pathology competencies and the role of new technologies and models of care to improve access to this expertise. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:
- Training needs for clinicians who interpret pathology and imaging results for patients with cancer.
- Models of care that can improve patient access to cancer specialists in pathology and radiology and implications on patient outcomes and clinical practice.
- Opportunities to enhance collaboration among pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists to improve diagnostic testing and treatment decision-making for patients with cancer.
- Challenges and opportunities for technologies to facilitate improved diagnostic decision-making among specialists and generalists.
- Potential role of new advances in imaging and pathology technologies to improve decision making for patients with cancer.
- Cervical Cancer Screening- Are we Ready For Primary HPV Screening in the United States?01.17.2018
Cervical Cancer Screening- Are we Ready For Primary HPV Screening in the United States?Ritu Nayar, MD, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Pathology, led the United States Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC), working closely with the Gynecologic Professional Organization’s (ASCCP/ACOG and SGO) leadership to provide input during the open comment period for the recent United States and Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening. The cytopathology and molecular diagnostic laboratories at NMH provide access to cytology/reflex HPV, co-testing and primary HPV screening, using state of the art liquid based, image assisted cytology and the FDA approved Roche cobas test that offers partial genotyping for HPV 16/18. Here is the CETC’s commentary outlining the concerns associated with USPSTF’s recommendations. http://www.jascyto.org/article/S2213-2945(17)30402-7/fulltext
- Congratulations to our trainees and faculty for the acceptance of 31 abstracts for the 2018 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting!01.16.2018
This year a total of 17 residents and fellows combined had 27 first-author abstracts accepted to USCAP's Annual Meeting, taking place in Vancouver,BC Canada in March 2018. Abstracts accepted range numerous specialties and include invitations to the Stowell-Orbison Awards competition. Congratulations again to the trainees and their mentors!
- Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Morency, college mentor for the Medical School Class of 2021!01.15.2018
- Dr. Peng Ji's publication on Blocking Gene Expression Improves Outcomes in Blood Disease in Models11.30.2017Scientists successfully reduced the symptoms of a blood disease called myeloproliferative neoplasm in mouse models by interrupting an important regulatory pathway, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
- Congratulations to our trainees for their acceptance to the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2018 Annual Meeting!11.14.2017
- Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program chaired the “Breast Pathology for the Non-Pathologist”11.14.2017
Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program chaired the “Breast Pathology for the Non-Pathologist” Session at the 2017 Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium that took place on September 14-17, 2017 in Chicago. The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, currently in its 19th year, is a four day long symposium and one of the premier breast cancer conferences in the nation. This year Dr. Stuart Schnitt from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Dennis Sgroi from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Frazier Symmans from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Tari King from Dana Farber Cancer Center were our invited speakers during the Breast Pathology Session. Dr. Luis Blanco, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dr. Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology, also discussed Breast Pathology issues during the multidisciplinary breast cancer case presentations that followed the lectures (http://www.lynnsagebreastcancer.org/index.cfm).
In addition, Dr. Siziopikou discussed Breast Pathology issues during the Multidisciplinary Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall that took place on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Prentice Women’s Hospital, with a presentation titled “The State-of-Art Breast Pathology report: How to Interpret it” (http://cancer.northwestern.edu/townhall/index.cfm).
- Dr. Glenn Ramsey’s publication on Blood component transfusions in mass casualty events10.18.2017
Dr. Glenn Ramsey’s publication on Blood component transfusions in mass casualty events.
Congratulations, Dr. Ramsey!
- Dr. Ronen Sumagin, recipient of 2017 Harold E. Eisenberg Research Scholar Award10.16.2017
In 2016, the Eisenberg Foundation established the Research Scholar Award, providing Lurie Cancer Center scientists with the resources and protected time needed to ask novel research questions and to explore new ideas relating to GI cancers. These highly prestigious awards are raising the bar for scientific discovery by regarding ingenuity. Ronen Sumagin, PhD, is the 2017-2018 scholar and aims to define inflammatory mechanisms and to test whether neutralizing them can prevent increased mutations and cancer.
Congratulations, Dr. Sumagin!
- Shirley Dehn, Matthew DeBerge and Shuang Zhang/ Dr. Edward Thorp's recent study published10.03.2017
- Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology receives the 2017 Women Faculty Organization (WFO) First Place Award and Dr. Julianne Martinez de Ubago, Breast Pathology Fellow, receives the Third Place Award for Clinical Research.04.24.2017Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology received the Women Faculty Organization (WFO) First Place Award for Women’s Health Research at the Annual Northwestern University LewisLandsbergResearch Day in the Clinical/Public Health category. Dr. Blanco’s work was titled “PD-L1 expression in Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer”. Dr. Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program were the co-authors of this study.Dr. Julianne Martinez de Ubago, 2016-17 Breast Pathology Fellow, received the Third Place Award for Clinical Research at the Annual Northwestern University LewisLandsbergResearch Day. Dr.Ubago’swork was titled “PD-1 and PD-L1 expression in HER2 positive breast carcinomas”. Drs. Alexandra Larson 2015-16 Breast Pathology Fellow, Mansooreh Eghtesad 2016-17 Breast Pathology Fellow, Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology and K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program were the co-authors of this study.
- Congratulations to Dr. Brannan Griffin, PGY-2, our Chicago Pathology Society 2017 Resident Research Competition 2nd Place winner!02.14.2017Dr Griffin’s work was titled “Reflex Alternate Reference Probe D17S122 in Double (IHC and FISH) Equivocal Invasive Breast Carcinomas May Aid in Establishing True HER2 Status”Authors: Brannan Griffin MD, Jennifer Pincus MD, Kalliopi P. Siziopikou MD PhD and Luis Z. Blanco Jr. MDThe Chicago Pathology Societyis the second oldest professional society dedicated to pathology in the United States. The object of the society is the advancement of the understanding of disease, with special reference to Pathology.
- Dr. K.P. Siziopikou was appointed member of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee07.05.2016
Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of the Breast Pathology Fellowship Program was appointed member of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee. Since 1977, the Symposium’s mission has been to provide state-of-the-art information on breast cancer research on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers. The Symposium has grown to the premier breast cancer symposium in the world, attended by a broad international audience of academic and private researchers and physicians from over 90 countries.
- Dr. Guang-Yu Yang appointed to be a member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board04.28.2016
Dr. Guang-Yu Yang appointed to be a member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board
Dr. Guang-Yu Yang, Joseph C. Calandra Research Professor in Pathology and Toxicology and Director of Surgical Pathology, was appointed member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board (for a term ending June 2020). He was also appointed as a Special Government Employee (SGE). As the SGE member of a Federal advisory committee, the Board provides scientific peer review of VA research program applications submitted to BLR&D and CSR&D service. The participation of appointees with outstanding scientific credentials is essential for maintaining high quality VA research.
- Shuang Zhang, Driskill Graduate in the Life Sciences, a student in Dr. Edward Thorp's Lab. recipient of Presidential Fellowship04.11.2016
Congratualtions to Shuang Zhang!
The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students at Northwestern. It is funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School. She will be inducted into the Society of Fellows in a ceremony on April 28.
- Dr. Peng Ji's recent study published03.09.2016
- Dr. K.P. Siziopikou appointed to CAP Advanced Practical Program in Breast Pathology01.13.2016
Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology was appointed member of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Advanced Practical Pathology Program in Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology (MBP AP3). The CAP seeks to create new and enhanced roles for the pathologists in the 21st century and to promote the role of pathologists as central members of the health care team. The MBP AP3 Program of the CAP is the leading continuing medical education program in Breast Pathology and consists of seven CME online courses, self-assessment modules (SAMs), a 2-day workshop and continuing practical assessments leading to a Certificate of Recognition of Competence in Breast Pathology for pathologists throughout the nation.
- Dr. Ritu Nayar: Slate of proposed IAC Executive Council 2016-201912.21.2015
The Nominations Committee headed by Volker Schneider has submitted the slate below to be put to the IAC voting members for the IAC Executive Council 2016-2019 to be effective after the international congress in Yokohama. The Executive and all other voting members receive this slate along with an invitation to the 2016 congress.
SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR THE IAC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR THE YEARS 2016-2019
President: Robert Y. Osamura (Japan) (elected)
President-Elect: Andrew Field (Australia)
Past-President Philippe Vielh (France)
Vice-President: John Smith (UK)
Secretary-Treasurer: Fernando Schmitt (Luxembourg)
Editor: Kari J. Syrjänen (Finland)
Council Member: Luis M. Collaco (Brazil)
Council Member: Annabel Farnsworth (Australia)
Council Member: Lan Chen (China)
Council Member: Kusum Kapila (Kuwait)
Council Member: Ritu Nayar (USA)
Cytotechnologist Member: Shirley Greening (USA)
- Shuang Zhang/ Dr. Edward Thorp's recent study pulished10.23.2015