THE PAEDIATRIC PATHOLOGY SOCIETY (PPS)
The Paediatric Pathology Society (PPS), started in 1955 as the Paediatric Pathology Club, is composed of pathologists who specialise in or have a major interest in the pathology of the fetus, neonate or child. The Society exists to promote paediatric pathology in its widest sense, embracing all the disciplines of pathology, but most members are now Histopathologists. Membership is largely European, reflecting the origins of the Society, but is open to those from anywhere in the world.
The Society runs an Annual Scientific Meeting, with meetings generally happening in Europe. Donations to the Society have enabled the institution of a guest lecture - The John Emery Lecture - at the annual meeting and the Norman Brown Award is given for the best presentation by a junior member or guest.
Please note that this site is www.paedpath.org, not to be confused with www.pedpath.org, which is our journal website.
The 59th PPS Annual Meeting will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 19th to 21st of September 2013. The local organisers will be Elena Popova and Sergey Popov. The meeting website opened on the 1st of March 2013.
The meeting has been accredited for 10 EACCME points.
Abstract submissions are now open until 24th May 2013.
Firstly, I wish to thank the Society's members for electing me as the new President from October 2009. I feel very honored in this respect and hope to serve the Society well and live up to the expectations of all members.
I have been engaged with perinatal pathology for about 20 years, attended the five IPPA courses and three update courses. In 2000 I defended my thesis on a comparison between ultrasound and postmortem findings in fetuses and infants. For the moment I have a 50% position at the St. Olavs Hospital, University Hospital of Trondheim and 50% at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
In 2003, I organized the PPS Annual Meeting in Trondheim and was member of the PPS Committee from 2000-2004. I have also been a member of the Speciality Committee and Educational Committee of the Norwegian Society of Pathology.
The future of Paediatric Pathology is challenging. There is a lack of pathologists specialising in Paediatric Pathology. Over the last 20 years, the shift in autopsy practice has been from infants to fetuses, demanding a more meticulous technique. Parents have become more reluctant to agree to an autopsy, many demanding that all organs are immediately replaced in the body. This renders examination of the central nervous system, in particular, more difficult.
The challenge of the future is to inspire young pathologists to specialise in Paediatric Pathology. With this hope I wish all members of the PPS a prosperous and Happy New Year!
PPS President 2009-2012