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The 2014 PPS/SPP Meeting

Birmingham - UK

Dear Friends and Colleagues

It was with enormous pride and pleasure that we hosted the joint meeting of the Paediatric Pathology Society and the Society for Pediatric Pathology, in Birmingham, UK  on 4-6th September 2014.

The meeting was granted 10 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

The meeting also marked the Diamond Jubilee of the PPS.

The meeting was held at the famous International Conference Centre (ICC) in the heart of the city, next to the restored canals and close to all of Birmingham’s amenities, hotels and shopping.

The programme offered something for everyone, with two symposia, a slide seminar and two keynote lectures.  A large number of abstracts for the scientific sessions were submitted and the programme was of a high standard.


The Reception took place in the new Birmingham Library.  The Gala Dinner was held in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  During the reception of which the famous Pre-Raphaelite Gallery of the Museum was open for a private viewing.

Please take a look at the gilded bronze statue of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdock the genius industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed tot he fame of Birmingham and whom we chose to be the logo of the meeting and whom we pictured on our commemorative medal.

Birmingham is a great base for exploring the historic towns of the Midlands, and the beautiful countryside or a starting point for a tour of the UK.

We hope you enjoyed your visit.


About this year's meeting


The hotels below have agreed a discount rate for delegates at the joint meeting. Early booking is recommended as the reserved rooms are limited in number and our allocation will be released 28 days before the meeting. You will receive booking codes/ links to dedicated booking pages for the hotels in the email confirming your registration for the meeting. Please follow the link to the hotel of your choice and enter/quote the relevant code (if required) to obtain the discount.

Crowne Plaza Birmingham 4*

Central Square, Holliday Street
Tel: +44 (0)121 224 5000
Website: www.crowneplazabirmingham.com

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street 3*

200 Broad Street
B15 1SU
Tel: +44-121-329 7450
Fax: +44-121-329 7460
Website: Hilton 3*

Hilton Garden Inn 4*

1 Brunswick Square
Brindley Place
B1 2HW
Tel: +44-121-6431003
Fax: 1-121-6431005
Website: Hilton Garden Inn 4*

Hyatt Regency Birmingham 4*

2 Bridge Street
B1 2JZ
Tel: + 44 (0) 121-643-1234
Fax: +44 (0) 121-632-1644 
Website: www.birmingham.regency.hyatt.com


The meeting is being held in the International Conference Centre (ICC) at the heart of the UK’s second city and within walking distance of the main hotels, attractions and the shopping.

The Conference dinner will take place in the nearby Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to an internationally important collection of pre-Raphaelite art.


Birmingham is at the heart of the UK’s road and rail networks and the international airport receives flights from many parts of Europe and also from further afield. Fast trains from London take around 80 minutes, for those arriving at Heathrow or attending the European Congress of Pathology.


Local Organisers

  • Phil Cox
  • Tamas Marton
  • Beata Hargitai

Education Committee

  • Jane Dahlstrohm
  • Rita Alaggio
  • Tamas Marton

We would also like to thank:

Clare Winter and Michelle Merritt of the Meetings office of the Royal College of Pathologists, London for their help in the management of the meeting.

Linda Best and colleagues of the ICC for assisting with arrangements at the venue Julia Snowdin of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery for the organisation of the Gala dinner.

Tracey Cox, for administrative support at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Dan Brown of the Library of Birmingham for organization of the reception.

Our sponsors


Thursday 4th Sept

Chairpersons: Glen Taylor and Ronald de Krijger

Paediatric Neuropathology Symposium:

  1. Zoltan MolnarProfessor of Neurodevelopmental Biology andFrancis SzeleUniversity Lecturer in Developmental Biology, University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Developmental biology of neuronal migration.
  2. Dr. Waney Squier Department of Neuropathology. Oxford University Hospitals. Neonatal encephalopathy: Changing patterns.
  3. Dr.Catherine Fallot-Bianco, Hopital Sainte Justine etUniversite de Montreal (QC) Canada. Neuronalmigration disorders.

4.     Dr. Casper Jansen, Consultant Paediatric and Neuropathologist, LaboratoriumPathologieOost- Nederland. Hengelo, NL. Paediatric Neurodegenerative Disorders

19.30 Welcome Reception
The Secret Garden, Library of Birmingham

Friday 5th September


Paediatric pathology
plenary session Chairpersons:CsabaGalambos and Nick Smith

Perinatal pathology plenary
Chairpersons: Tamas Marton and Rebecca Baergen




IPPA graduate session
Chairpersons: Marta Cohenand Samantha HoldenPresenters:
Jukka Laine(Finland) George Kokai (UK) Bhumita Vadgama, (UK) Gitta Turowski(Norway) Jens Stahlschmidt (UK)

Perinatal/Paediatric pathology
plenary session Chairpersons: Ona M. Faye-Petersen and Cesar Peres

Chairperson: Raj Kapur

Lotte Strauss lecture
Benjamin Wilkins, MD, PhD “p53-mediated biliary defects caused by knockdown of cirhia, the zebrafish homolog of the gene responsible for North American Indian Childhood cirrhosis.”





Paediatric pathology
plenary session Chairpersons: AuroreCoulomb and Lisa Teot

Perinatal pathology plenary
Chairpersons: Linda Ernst and Roger Malcomson

Chairperson: Phil Cox

John Emery Memorial Lecture – Prof. Roc Kaschula: "Malnutrition
as a form of Child Abuse or Neglect"





SPP Business meeting

Conference Dinner – Birmingham Museum and Art  Gallery

Saturday 6th  September


Perinatal Symposium – Skeletal
Chairpersons: Hal Hawkins and ClairEvans

  1. Peter Nikkels(Utrecht, Netherlands):Mimics ofskeletal dysplasia and chondrodysplasiapunctata.
  2. Luc Oligny(Montreal, Canada):Ciliopathies as a cause of skeletal dysplasia.
  3. Trevor Cole(Birmingham, UK):Skeletal Dysplasias:Review of practice in the clinicsetting.
  4. Linda Ernst(Chicago, USA):Diagnosis of skeletaldysplasia in disrupted fetuses.

Paediatric pathology
plenary & poster session Chairpersons: MeganDishop and Marie-Anne Brundler




Perinatal pathology
plenary and poster session Chairpersons: Nick
Smith and Monique De Paepe

Slide seminar – New insight in head
and neck pathology Chairpersons:RaffaellaMorotti and Marian Malone
Presenters: John Hicks, USA Kyle Kurek, USA
Bruce Pawel, USA Lisa Teot, USA
Jane Dahlstrom, Australia

1400 onwards

Cultural activity

2014 programme (2M)

PROGRAMME-4th-joint-PPS-SPP-Meeting-Programme-Bham-Sept-14 (2M)