UVA Pathology had another year of robust contributions to the 2023 Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Trainees Mick Crawford, Yongsang Park, Srishti Gupta, and Marge Moore presented research posters in the prestigious Stowell‐Orbison Poster session; topics ranged from cervical cytology in Lynch syndrome patients to histologic findings of CLL/SLL with features of acceleration/transformation. Mick Crawford’s work on ER‐positive breast cancers treated with endocrine therapy was featured in a special moderated poster session showcasing the most highly ranked trainee projects at the meeting. As the meeting went on, additional research in immunotherapeutic biomarkers from resident Ngome Makia and UVA medical students (and former Department of Pathology Innes Fellows!) Nancy Shen and Santos Acosta Martinez was featured, and garnered plenty of interest from both pathology colleagues and pharmaceutical representatives at the meeting.
Faculty were also busy both engaging at and contributing to the intellectual festivities. Kristen Atkins, Elizabeth Courville, and Anne Mills served as primary research mentors for trainees presenting their work. Additionally, Sara Zadeh shared her own project on pan‐TRK in breast carcinomas, and Anne Mills presented an inter‐institutional study on PD‐L1 in cervical carcinoma. Bea Lopes gave a short course on pituitary tumors, as well as a complementary session on pituitary adenomas and neuroendocrine tumors at the American Association of Neuropathologists Companion Meeting. Finally, Elizabeth Courville delivered not one but two Short Courses on cutting edge topics in hematopathology, one of which was co‐presented with UVA Path colleague Ifey Obiorah.
As always, the most enjoyable part of the meeting was the lively UVA dinner, which included a special appearance from Dr. Stacey Mills who shared pearls of wisdom with the current crop of trainees about the Department’s rich history. Having just submitted another crop of exciting abstracts for the upcoming 2024 USCAP meeting, UVA Pathology looks forward to another fun and productive year of clinically relevant research!