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28th STP Annual Symposium General Information

Preliminary Program (pdf)

The Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. will be the headquarters hotel of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology 28th Annual Symposium, “Cancer,” June 21–25, 2009. Situated on sixteen acres in the Woodley Park area of Washington, D.C., the hotel is adjacent to a convenient Metro subway stop. The Marriott is within walking distance of the National Zoo and also the National Cathedral. Most popular sites of interest in the U.S. capital are just a few Metro stops away. Numerous dining options are within two blocks of the hotel, including several in the recently renovated hotel.

Symposium Co-Chairs: Jerrold Ward, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Global VetPathology and Kathleen Funk, DVM, PhD, DACVP, EPL, Inc.
Continuing Education Course Chair: Brian Berridge
, DVM, PhD, DACVP, GlaxoSmithKline

The 2009 STP Symposium will cover the broad topic of “Cancer” in animals and humans. Cancer is a major cause of death in humans throughout the world. Cancer involves all organ systems and has many etiologies including chemicals, viruses and irradiation but also has many important modifying factors such as genetics and diet. Cancer is the endpoint of a multistage process which begins as focal hyperplastic lesions and progresses, often through benign neoplasia, to malignant neoplasia. Toxicologic pathologists are often involved in studies involving tumors as an endpoint, including basic cancer research, studies with genetically engineered mice, and toxicology and carcinogenicity assays for safety assessment of chemicals. This symposium will cover various aspects of cancer: human cancer, cancer biology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis, regulation of carcinogens, use of genetically engineered mice for carcinogenesis bioassays, and tumor pathology. Continuing education courses on cancer drug development and other subjects with the Saturday NTP session, which will emphasize tumor pathology, will round out the Symposium on Cancer.

U.S. Government Employee Tuesday-Only Sessions Registration

Interested U.S. Government employees may register to attend Tuesday morning and afternoon sessions listed below at no charge. Registration (indicating one or both sessions) is required by June 1.

  • Tuesday AM Scientific Session: Alternative Mouse Models for Carcinogenicity
  • Tuesday PM Scientific Session: Background Disease in Animal Models of Toxicity: Relevance and Interpretation in Risk Assessment

NTP Symposium—Saturday, June 20 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Free Event; registration required

Tumor Pathology and INHAND Nomenclature

Chair: Susan Elmore, MS, DVM, DACVP
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The object of this symposium is to provide continuing education on interpreting pathology slides, to generate lively and productive conversation, and to have a good time! The theme for the symposium this year is tumor pathology, corresponding with the STP meeting theme of cancer. We will also include some examples and discussion of INHAND nomenclature as it pertains to neoplastic lesions. During each talk, the speakers will project a series of lesion images on one screen with a choice of diagnoses/answers on a separate screen. The members of the audience with wireless keypads will then vote anonymously and the voting results will be displayed on the screen. After each voting session, time is allowed for discussion. The images presented for voting and discussion may represent lesions that are rare and interesting, present a diagnostic challenge, are controversial or have nomenclature dilemmas. This is a free session for meeting attendees but due to space limitations registration is required.

Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Education Sessions—Preliminary Program

Four half day Continuing Education Courses will be offered this year on Sunday, June 21 (additional fee).

Sunday, June 21—AM Concurrent Sessions

CE 1—Cancer Therapeutics, Development Strategies in the Era of Targeted Therapies
CE 2—Drug-induced Hematotoxicity—What’s New?

Sunday, June 21—PM Concurrent Sessions

CE 3—Unintended Mechanism-based Adverse Events Associated with Cancer Chemotherapy
CE 4—Drug Development for Pediatric Populations

Exhibit Space Available
Please contact Terra Thomas, Exhibits Manager, (703) 438-7508.

Career Development Sessions

Sunday, June 21—Career Development Workshop Free Event; registration required

Toxicologic Pathology in a Multicutural World

Monday, June 22—Career Development Lunchtime Session

Exploring Cultural and Career Diversity in Toxicologic Pathology: A Panel Discussion (12:30 PM–1:30 PM)— Please join us for an informational lunch time session to hear the experiences of several STP members who have taken different career paths. Audience participation is essential! Lunches will be provided to the first 35 students who register. Presentations and discussions will be of interest to attendees at all career levels.


Meeting Timeline

Abstract submission Deadline: April 1, 2009
Advance Registration Deadline: April 10, 2009
Pre-Registration Deadline: May 20, 2009
Hotel Reservation Deadline: May 29, 2009
Meeting Cancellation Deadline: May 10, 2009

Meeting Events

Town Hall Meeting
The Town Hall meeting will be held from 5:30–6:30 PM Monday, June 22.  The topic for this year's facilitated discussion will be "International Recognition of Qualified Toxicologic Pathologists."  This forum will consider a draft proposal for one such system, which has been prepared by the International Federation of Societies of Toxicologic Pathology (IFSTP) based on negotiations among various toxicologic pathology societies over the last three years.

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening, June 24. Student travel winners and other STP Award recipients will be recognized at this time.

Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24 immediately following the Awards Ceremony.

Student Travel Awards 

Exhibits Opening
The Exhibit Hall will open on Sunday evening, June 21 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM.

Student Outing
Attention Students: The Society is planning a special student outing on Tuesday afternoon, June 23 to the National Zoo. This will be a fun opportunity to meet fellow students, and interact with mentors. This function has been the highlight of past meetings for many students. Details will be e-mailed to student registrants and can also be found in the Preliminary Program.  

President’s Reception
The President’s Gala Reception will be held on Wednesday evening, June 24. One ticket to this event is provided to Member, Nonmember, exhibitor and Student Registrants as well as registered Spouse/Guests. Additional tickets can be purchased onsite. Attire will be casual.

Washington, D.C. Activities

Area Restaurants:

Washington Post—DC
Bethesda—Metro subway ride (Bethesda Metro Station)—10–15 minutes
Dupont Circle—DC (Dupont Circle Metro Station, 5 minutes)
Marriott Wardman Hotel

Web sites about Washington, D.C.

Destination D.C.
District of Columbia

Time Zone

Washington, D.C. is on Eastern Daylight Time in the summer.

A Special Note for the Physically Challenged

STP wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this meeting, please contact STP Headquarters, 703-438-7508, ext. 1443.


The average summer temperature in Washington, DC is 84º F (29° C). Casual, comfortable attire is appropriate. Please bring sweater or light jacket for the air-conditioned meeting rooms.

Taxes & Tipping

The District of Columbia has a statewide general sales tax rate of 5.75%. A 10% tax rate applies for restaurants and take out. A 15-20% tip is customary in restaurants if not already included in the bill.


STP wishes to thank its Corporate Sponsors for their generous support of the Society and its activities, which include all events and scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting. Their donations make it possible for STP to continue to offer high quality science at an affordable fee.

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