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STP/IFSTP 2010 Joint Symposium


Scientific Co-Chairs: Robert C. Sills, DVM, PhD, DACVP, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Kathleen A. Funk, DVM, PhD, DACVP, EPL, Inc, and Brad Bolon, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, DABT, FIATP, GEMpath, Inc.

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The Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) in conjunction with the International Federation of Societies of Toxicologic Pathologists (IFSTP) will co-host a symposium on the fundamentals and recent innovations in the field of toxicologic neuropathology. The focus of this international meeting is to correlate advances in the morphologic evaluation and interpretation of neuropathology findings with functional, cellular, and molecular knowledge in a series of plenary and poster sessions.

The major goal of the meeting is to foster an open framework in which to discuss the current state of knowledge of neuropathology evaluations in conventional toxicology and specialized neurotoxicology studies. Foundational sessions will include fundamentals of neurobiology, modern pathology methods for neural investigations, and an interactive panel discussion on "best practices" for brain sampling. The meeting will also provide a unique forum to review the remarkable progress in gene expression, biomarkers and the role of different glial cell populations in nervous system diseases. A "special problem" session will be dedicated to critical but less understood areas of neuropathology such as the blood-brain barrier, synaptic pathology, and exaggerated pharmacodynamics as a neurotoxic event.

The traditional NTP Satellite Symposium, entitled Pathology Potpourri, in advance of the symposium will also include presentations on proposed INHAND neuropathology nomenclature. Three continuing education sessions—on non-invasive imaging in general toxicity and drug development programs, hemostasis, and current regulatory and scientific opinion in developmental neurotoxicity testing—as well as a half-day Career Development seminar will be held on the Sunday before the general sessions begin.

Neuropathology is one of the fastest growing areas of toxicologic inquiry and regulatory concern, and this congress promises to be a fantastic opportunity to review and expand your knowledge of this important field. We hope you will join us for this exciting program in Chicago.

Headquarters Hotel

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile will be the headquarters hotel of the Symposium. Situated on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile with its famous shops, restaurants, and entertainment, the hotel is in close proximity to the Windy City’s top attractions, including Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and the Theater and Museum Districts. STP/IFSTP has a block of discounted rooms at the hotel. You are encouraged to make reservations early to ensure availability.

NTP Symposium

Saturday, June 19
Free Event; registration required

Pathology Potpourri

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

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CE Courses

Continuing Education Course Chair: Kevin Keane, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Three half-day Continuing Education Courses will be offered this year on Sunday, June 20 for an additional fee. These courses will be on non-invasive imaging in general toxicity and drug development programs, hemostasis, and current regulatory and scientific opinion in developmental neurotoxicity testing.

Career Development Workshop
Sunday, June 20, 2010
8:00 AM–12:00 NOON
(Free Event, registration required)

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Managing Your Career in a Changing Environment
Presented by the STP Career Outreach and Continuing Education Committees

The workshop will provide interactive sessions covering the challenges of managing one’s career as a toxicologic pathologist in changing economic and scientific environments. Specifically we plan to address how the economic environment, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, is likely to shape future opportunities and how the changes in the science and practice of pathology and drug development influence the performance expectations for a toxicologic pathologist. After this brief introduction, the discussion will focus on how to anticipate and react to change, particularly those changes that require changing employers. In those segments of the workshop, speakers will lead discussion on how to stay current scientifically, and, should conditions require that you seek new employment, how to define yourself so that your resume will be noticed and how to negotiate leaving a position. Speakers will also discuss how to deal with the mechanics of life (applying for unemployment, arranging for health insurance) should termination become inevitable. During these discussions, speakers will be expected to engage the audience to provide specific examples of how they have dealt with these issues.

Career Development Lunchtime Series
Monday, June 21, 2010
12:30 PM–1:30 PM

(Free, registration required)

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The Value of a Research Degree to a Career as a Toxicologic Pathologist: The Debate Continues

Panelists and audience members will discuss this issue from a variety of angles, including topics such as:

  • Cost vs. reward in obtaining an additional advanced degree
  • Relevance of research to different toxicologic pathology careers
  • Are there skills you learn during grad school that you can't get any other way?
  • And many more!

Exhibit Hall

An Exhibit Hall will be held Sunday evening through Wednesday featuring companies offering products and services relating to toxicologic pathology. Scientific posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall during exhibit hours and complimentary continental breakfasts and coffee breaks will take place in the hall Monday through Wednesday.

Monday Lunch

A buffet lunch sponsored by the exhibitors for all scientific attendees will be held on Monday in the Exhibit Hall.

Meeting Timeline

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1, 2010
Advance Registration Deadline: April 10, 2010
Pre-Registration Deadline: May 20, 2010
Meeting Cancellation Deadline: May 20, 2010
Hotel Reservation Deadline: May 27, 2010

Meeting Events

(Exact times will be listed in the Preliminary Program which will be posted on-line in December)

Town Hall Meeting
The 2010 Town Hall Meeting will discuss the pathology peer review process; discussions will focus on the best practice recommendations generated by the Pathology Peer Review Working group with members from Europe, Japan, and North America. The session will include suggestions regarding the materials and slides that should be included in a pathology peer review, at what point in the study pathology data should be locked, and the timing of the signing of the peer review memo. Differing perspectives on the pathology peer review with respect to minimizing bias and data locking will be presented.

Charles River Cocktail Reception
Charles River will host a casual Cocktail Reception featuring a live disk jockey Saturday, June 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile in the Halsted Area.

Charles River Cocktail Reception Flyer PDF icon

EPL Reception
The EPL Reception will be at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile in the Halsted Area on Monday, June 21, 2010, between 6:30 PM–10:30 PM. Always a lively event, there will be music, food and libations for all attendees and guests!

EPL Reception Flyer PDF icon

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening, June 23. STP Award recipients will be recognized at this time.

Annual Business Meeting
The STP Annual Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 23 immediately following the Awards Ceremony.

Student Travel Awards
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3rd ACVP/STP Coalition Scientific Conference

The Coalition for Veterinary Pathology Fellows is a joint educational initiative between the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) to establish new positions at North American universities to train veterinary pathologists. The Coalition will hold its 3rd Scientific Conference, Sunday, June 20th, during the 2010 STP Annual Symposium. This Conference will focus on the progress of Coalition Fellows and will include platform presentations by 14 currently enrolled Fellows, featuring case reports, diagnostic investigations and results of PhD dissertation research. In addition, representatives of academia and industry will give a presentation on an issue of mutual interest and importance to pathology trainees. This will be an all day scientific program (8:00 AM–5:00 PM), preceded by continental breakfast (7:30 AM), and including lunch (12:00 PM–1:00 PM) and a cocktail reception (5:00 PM–6:00 PM). Coalition participants (Fellows, academic and industrial mentors, and representatives of sponsoring companies) as well as non-participants are invited to attend the Conference at no additional cost. You must register to attend, and non-participants must pay an additional fee if they also wish to attend the breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception.

Exhibits Opening

The Exhibit Hall will open on Sunday evening, June 20 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM.

Student Outing

Attention Students: The Society is planning a special student outing on Tuesday afternoon, June 22. 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.

President’s Reception

The President’s Gala Reception will be held on Wednesday evening, June 23. 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.

Chicago Activities

The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

City of Chicago

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

STP will offer the popular Chicago Architecture River Cruise on Tuesday afternoon (June 22), which is a free afternoon for attendees. This narrated 90-minute boat cruise will spotlight more than 50 significant buildings along the Chicago River. The tour will meet at 1:30 PM at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, which is four blocks from the Marriott. You can register for the tour when you register for the meeting. Cost is $30. If you have already registered for the meeting, please send an e-mail to stp@toxpath.org and indicate your interest in adding this session.

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 Chicago, IL is 80º F (25° C). Casual, comfortable attire is appropriate. Please bring sweater or light jacket for the air-conditioned meeting rooms.

Taxes & Tipping

State and County sales tax in Chicago is 10.25%. Hotel accommodation taxes are 15.4%. A .25% tax rate applies for restaurants and take out. A 15–20% tip is customary in restaurants if not already included in the bill.

Time Zone

Chicago, Illinois is on Central Daylight Time in the summer.


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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