Author: Diana Agostini-Vulaj

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Abstract Award at USCAP 2024

Dear members of the PBPS,

The PBPS is now accepting applications for this year’s PBPS Abstract Award. This award will go to a pathology trainee with an abstract (poster/platform) in pancreatobiliary pathology to be presented at the 2024 USCAP Annual Meeting. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the members of Education Committee for originality, scientific merit, and presentation. The selected winner will be notified by email from the Chair of Education Committee and the winner will receive a $500 prize and a certificate that will presented at the PBPS annual business meeting on Sunday March 24, 2024.  The qualifications for this award are listed below:

  1. Only abstracts that were accepted for presentation at this year’s annual USCAP meeting are qualified for the PBPS Best Abstract Award.
  2. Only trainees (medical students, residents, or fellows) are qualified for this award.
  3. The submitting trainee must be a member of the PBPS. Please note the recent change that the associate membership fee for the PBPS will be $10 per year for trainees starting from January 1, 2024. Trainees are strongly encouraged to apply.
  4. The submitting trainee must be first author (except in rare instances in which the trainee may be listed as the senior author).
  5. Trainees will not receive an award if they have won in the prior year. If you are the winner of the PBPS award for last year, then you do not qualify for consideration for the current year.

The online submission will be open from 12:00 pm on December 18, 2023 (Monday) to 12:00 pm (US Central time) on January 19, 2024 (Friday).

Please submit your abstract online (https://pbpath.org/abstract-submission/). 

We look forward to receiving your submission.
 
Education Committee

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about this deadly disease and advocating for early detection, research, and improved treatment options. During this awareness month, organizations like the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, healthcare professionals, and communities come together to educate the public about the risk factors, symptoms, and importance of early diagnosis. By spreading awareness, we can encourage individuals to pay attention to their bodies, recognize potential warning signs, and seek medical advice promptly. Additionally, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the urgent need for research funding to develop better diagnostic tools and innovative treatments, ultimately improving the chances of survival for those diagnosed with this devastating disease.

Supporting Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month also means extending a hand to patients and their families, offering them the emotional and practical support they need. It’s an opportunity for communities to come together to honor the memories of those who have fought or are currently fighting pancreatic cancer. By fostering a sense of unity and understanding, we can work towards a future where pancreatic cancer is diagnosed at an earlier stage, treatments are more effective, and, ultimately, find a cure for this challenging illness.

Also, Thursday, November 16 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day – an even more focused opportunity to recognize this disease and the numerous efforts to improve the care of those affected. Please remember to “wear purple” and spread the word.

Olca Basturk, President
Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

The PBPS is seeking new Case of the Quarter Committee Members

The Case of the Quarter (CoQ) Committee for the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society is seeking six new committee members to join our team for a term of 2 years starting from March 1, 2024.

The CoQ will publish six times each year (January 15th, March 15th, May 15th, July 15th, September 15th and November 15th) on the PBPS website. Every CoQ committee member is responsible for submitting or soliciting at least one case during each year of their term on the CoQ committee. The CoQ members are responsible for the selection, writing, editing, and final submission of an interesting CoQ for publication on PBPS website (https://pbpath.org/). The CoQ is a valued educational tool among our community and a great way to network with others in the field.

Interested PBPath members should send their CV to info@pbpath.org by Friday September 15, 2023. Applicants must be members of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.

Message from the President, PBPS at USCAP 2023

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

We are gearing up for another annual USCAP meeting! Our Companion Society session will be held on Sunday, March 12th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Great Hall A of the New Orleans Convention Center. The PBPS Annual Business Meeting will immediately follow.

This year’s companion meeting will have two components:
        Part I will be dedicated to presentations on Interpretation of Small Biopsies and Frozen Sections of the Pancreatobiliary Tract. The chosen topics represent expert evaluations of the full spectrum of small biopsies one may see in practice, from the cytopathologist’s perspective (Dr. Martha Pitman – WHO International Classification System for the Reporting of Pancreatobiliary Cytology Specimens) to their histomorphologic characteristics (Dr. Alyssa Krasinskas – Bile Duct and Ampulla; Dr. Claudio Luchini – Pancreas), and frozen section evaluation (Dr. Wendy Frankel).
        Part II will be dedicated to an interactive discussion moderated by Drs. Vikram Deshpande and Grace Kim. For this part, we will utilize the PBPath Society Twitter account to post questions in advance (Please keep an eye on our Twitter account https://twitter.com/pbpath for more information on that).

Thanks to the members of the Executive and Education Committees who are dedicated to the growth of our Society and have worked hard to increase our outreach and be impactful, there is more good news:

        The PBPath Society, in collaboration with the Chinese American Pathologist Association (CAPA), will participate in the 13th annual Asia Pacific International Academy of Pathology meeting in Malaysia in June, 2023. Ampullary carcinoma (Dr. Volkan Adsay) cholangiocarcinoma (Dr. Seung Mo Hong) and intraductal papillary neoplasms of the bile duct (Dr. Yoh Zen) will be discussed.
        Additionally, Drs. Alyssa Krasinskas and Barbara Centeno will present our society’s official short course titled “The ABCs to XYZs of Pancreatic Surgical and Cytopathology” at the next annual CAP meeting in October, 2023.

Lastly, if you have not already done so, we would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to renew your membership. We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans, LA!

Sincerely,

Olca Basturk, President
Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Abstract Award at USCAP 2023

Dear members of the PBPS,

The PBPS is now accepting applications for this year’s PBPS Abstract Award. This award will go to a pathology trainee with an abstract (poster/platform) in pancreatobiliary pathology to be presented at the 2023 USCAP Annual Meeting. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the members of Education Committee for originality, scientific merit, and presentation. The selected winner will be notified by email from the Chair of Education Committee and the winner will receive a $500 prize. The qualifications for this award are listed below:

  • Only abstracts that were accepted for presentation at this year’s annual USCAP meeting are qualified for the PBPS Best Abstract Award.
  • Only trainees (medical students, residents, or fellows) are qualified for this award.
    The submitting trainee must be a member of the PBPS. Please note that associate membership in the PBPS is free for trainees. Trainees are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The submitting trainee must be first author (except in rare instances in which the trainee may be listed as the senior author).
  • Trainees will not receive an award if they have won in the prior year. If you are the winner of the PBPS award for last year, then you do not qualify for consideration for the current year.
  • The deadline for submission of Award applications is 12:00 pm (US Central time) on February 6, 2023.

Please submit your abstract online (https://pbpath.org/abstract-submission/).

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Education Committee

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Dear All,

November is the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Recognition of the growing prevalence of pancreatic cancer, with the help of foundations and organizations like the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, can help direct resources towards research and clinical care efforts. Thursday, November 17 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day – an even more focused opportunity to recognize this disease and the numerous efforts to improve the care of those affected. Please remember to “wear purple” and spread the word.

We, the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, send our support to the survivors, their families and to everyone who has lost a loved one to this deadly disease. This is also an opportunity to thank our membership for their dedication to improve the clinical practice and management of pancreatic cancer and to foster tissue-based research. 

Olca Basturk, President 

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

PBPS pathCast 2022

PBPS pathCast 2022

Dear members of the PBPS,

PBPS, together with PathCast, organized a free 2-day course which was streamed live on January 29-30, 2022 on FaceBook.com/PathCast as well as YouTube.com/pathCast. Here is link of the recorded course videos:

https://pathologycast.com/index.php?title=Pancreatobiliary_Pathology_Society_pathCast_Short_Course

January 29th 2022

8:00 – 9:20 AM (EST): Intraductal/cystic lesions of the pancreas (40 minute prerecorded didactic powerpoint – Dr Olca Basturk) followed by a 40 minute slide session on Intraductal/cystic lesions of pancreas – Dr David Klimstra); live Q and A at 9:20 AM (15 minutes) – Dr David Klimstra and Dr Olca Basturk

 

9:40 – 11:10 AM (EST): Neuroendocrine neoplasms of the pancreas and differential diagnosis: (40 minute prerecorded didactic powerpoint) followed by a 40 minute slide session); live Q and A at 11:10 AM (15 minutes) – Dr Stefano LaRosa and Dr Silvia Uccella

 

January 30th 2022

8:00 – 8:50 AM (EST): Gallbladder and bile duct: 50 minute didactic lecture followed by a 10 minute live Q and A at 8:50 AM – Dr Volkan Adsay

 

9:00 – 9:50 AM (EST): Cytology of the Bile Duct: 50 minute didactic lecture followed by a 10 minute live Q and A at 9:50 AM – Dr Michelle Reid

 

10:05 – 11:20 AM (EST):Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and variants (40 minute pre-recorded didactic powerpoint – Dr Laura Wood); Approach to neoadjuvant treated pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (40 minute prerecorded didactic powerpoint – Dr Huamin Wang); Live Q and A at 11:20 AM – Dr Laura Wood and Dr Huamin Wang (15 minutes

 

 

 

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and PBPath Society Updates

Dear colleagues,

November is Pancreas Cancer Awareness Month, and today (Thursday, November 18) is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, when “loved ones, communities and organizations around the world unite to shine a light on pancreatic cancer” (World Pancreatic Cancer Day) specifically to raise awareness of the disease and its presenting symptoms, in hopes for earlier detection and a greater possibility of survival.  Please take this opportunity to reflect on our PBPS’s efforts to enhance collaboration, stimulate research, and disseminate knowledge about pancreatic and biliary diseases – wear purple! And tell your colleagues, friends, and associates about what we are doing to help combat pancreatic cancer.  PBPS members have an understanding of these diseases (plural intended) that provides a vital context for clinical and basic researchers, so engagement of pathologists in the study of pancreatic neoplasia is a key to success.  I know I am preaching to the choir here, but we need to actively (aggressively) engage with other researchers to ensure our impact is contributed!

There are many updates from the leadership of our Society.  We have enhanced our website with additional content, including the ongoing “Case of the Quarter” feature, led by Dr. Elizabeth Thompson and our new “Challenging Case” content, which will allow the posting of whole slide images of truly challenging or controversial cases to enable members to contribute their comments about the findings.  This feature is led by Dr. Rondell Graham and will establish an interesting dialog about these diagnostic conundrums.

In other news, the Grossing Working Group, led by Dr. Grace Kim and Dr. Daniela Allende, published a paper in Am J Surg Pathol recently detailing their recommendations for grossing pancreatic specimens, entitled Towards a More Standardized Approach to Pathologic Reporting of Pancreatoduodenectomy Specimens for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Cross-continental and Cross-specialty Survey from the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Grossing Working Group (PMID 33899890; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33899790/).  This paper will hopefully help standardize our approach to these challenging specimens, and I congratulate the members of this working group.

Members of the PBPS are also participating in a number of courses.  Drs. Olca Basturk and Michelle Reid presented a session at the CAP annual meeting on September 28 entitled EUS-Guided and “SpyBite” Biopsies of Pancreatic and Biliary Tract Lesions (FNA versus Biospy), which explored the relative utility of different diagnostic approaches to pancreatic lesions.  Soon there will also be a PathCast course organized with the PBPS, which will be a FREE 2 day online course, aired on January 29-30, 2022.  Details on the content and how to attend will be sent soon!

Finally, we are eagerly anticipating the next USCAP meeting, which is scheduled to be an in-person event, happily.  In addition to the PBPS Companion Meeting, there promises to be multiple presentations and courses on pancreatobiliary pathology, and details will be provided in another missive early in the new year.  For now, please remind your trainees about the PBPS abstract prize for USCAP submissions on pancreatobiliary topics.  The prize is for trainees only and comes with a $500 cash award and the opportunity to be honored at the Companion Society meeting and photographed with me (booster stool will be provided).  The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration is February 1, 2022, and they should be emailed to Dr. Michell Reid, Chair of the Education Committee (michelle.reid@emory.edu).

I will write again with more updates soon.  Thank you for your participation in the PBPS; with your help we are succeeding in bringing these important topics to center stage in the pathology community, and the response and impact has already been tremendous!  

Best wishes for the holiday season.

David Klimstra

President

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society is seeking new Committee Members.

The PBPath Website/Membership committee is seeking new committee members to join our team, for a term of 3 years.
The website/membership team member(s) will help the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society maintain and expand our membership, post updates to our website, and send newsletters to our members. Experience with WordPress and/or HTML is a plus, but not required.

The ideal candidates possess a willingness to learn and a team-player mentality.

Interested PBPath members should send CV to info@pbpath.org. Successful committee members must be active members of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Executive Committee