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ASIP.org > BLOG > November 2015

ASIP Pathogenesis Blog, november 2015

President's Perspective. . .Scientific Interest Groups
William B. Coleman, PhD, ASIP President

Compared to many scientific societies, the American Society for Investigative Pathology is relatively small (based upon membership numbers). However, despite our relatively small membership numbers, the ASIP membership is incredibly diverse based upon training, professional endeavors, and research interests. The diversity of our membership represents a real strength of our Society and presents our members with numerous opportunities to collaborate across fields and disciplines. While these opportunities are important, it is equally important for our members to be or become known within their own field, collaborate with others, and network broadly to identify new opportunities. Recognizing the need for members to network within their own scientific discipline, the ASIP Long Range Planning Committee (that convened in 1991) recommended that “Scientific Subsections” be organized to represent the eclectic scientific interests of the membership. In the early years, the Scientific Subsections functioned as informal associations and were not specifically recognized in the ASIP Bylaws. Each Scientific Subsection provided one or two individuals to serve as members of the Program Committee to help plan the annual meeting. Revisions to the ASIP Bylaws in 2003 legitimized the scientific subsections and designated them as Scientific Interest Groups.  Consistent with the original intent of the scientific subsections, the current ASIP Scientific Interest Groups are designed to represent the diverse research interests of the ASIP membership and to provide members with the community, culture, and experience of a small specialty society within our larger membership. The Scientific Interest Groups provide members aligned with specific research interests with representation in program development for the ASIP Annual Meeting (at Experimental Biology) and other scientific events (such as single topic conferences [PISA] or specialized courses or workshops), networking and collaboration opportunities for young and established experimental pathologists alike through face-to-face events, social media, and intranet resources.

The ASIP currently supports 17 Scientific Interest Groups covering a variety of topics: including Biobanking, Breast Cancer, Cell Injury, Digital and Computational Pathology, Environmental and Toxicologic Pathology, Gene Expression, Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy, Inflammation/Immunopathology, Liver Pathobiology, Molecular Diagnostic Pathology, Neoplasia/Growth Regulation, Neuropathology, Pulmonary Pathobiology, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis, Vascular and Mucosal Pathobiology, and Veterinary and Comparative Pathology. As shown in the graph, some of these Scientific Interest Groups are small (~50 people) and others are fairly large (>300 people). The research interests of individual ASIP members may be related to more than one of these Scientific Interest Groups (for instance a member may be interested in both Breast Cancer and Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis), and so members may join and participate in the activities of one or several groups. As shown in the graph, the majority of ASIP regular members have joined multiple Scientific Interest Groups.



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Each of the ASIP Scientific Interest Groups have a page on the ASIP website that contains information related to the goals and objectives of the group, the leadership of the group (with contact information), and information of interest to group members (scientific meetings, relevant literature, and other news). In the following sections, a sampling of the ASIP Scientific Interest Groups is described. To see the details associated with all 17 ASIP Scientific Interest Groups follow the links provided in this blog post or see www.asip.org/SIGs/. ASIP members are encouraged to consider the opportunities afforded by these groups, join one or more, and become engaged in the activities associated with these groups.

Biobanking Scientific Interest Group
Website
The objectives of the Biobanking Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Foster dialogue and collaborations among researchers and clinicians, (ii) Engage scientists in debate, exchange of information, and discussion of issues related to the collection and processing of human biospecimens, (iii) Promote biospecimen science research, (iv) Participate in discussions concerning the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues associated with the collection and preservation of biospecimens, and (v) Disseminate scientific information about human biospecimens and their use in the development of novel biomarkers and diagnostic tools.

Breast Cancer Scientific Interest Group
Website
www.facebook.com/ASIPBreastCancer/
The mission of the ASIP Breast Cancer Scientific Interest Group is to advance the understanding of the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of breast cancer enabling the development of new diagnostics and treatments that will lessen the burden of this disease in the United States and world-wide. The objectives of the Breast Cancer Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Create a community of breast cancer researchers that have a common interest in mechanisms of disease related to breast cancer initiation, progression, and metastasis that are invested in identification of new genes, proteins, and pathways that represent targets for development of new molecular diagnostics, therapeutic strategies, and treatment modalities, (ii) Promote cutting edge breast cancer research that encompasses basic mechanistic and experimental studies, as well as clinical/translational investigations, and employs state-of-the-art approaches, technologies, methodologies, and model systems, (iii) Create a conduit for effective outreach to breast cancer researchers (and others with an interest in breast cancer pathobiology) and communication among breast cancer researchers for the dissemination of research news, notification of new research opportunities, and to encourage formation of new multi-disciplinary collaborative teams, and (iv) Engage current predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees that are interested in breast cancer research, ensuring that a new cadre of experimental pathologists will emerge that are well trained in all aspects of breast cancer pathobiology and well prepared to conduct breast cancer investigations as they transition into research careers.

Cell Injury Scientific Interest Group
Website
The Cell Injury Scientific Interest Group (Der Schadenklub) was created to give a forum for investigators studying how tissues respond to stress by cell death, repair, and remodeling. The overarching mission is to develop a community of researchers interested in wound healing, biological stress responses, molecular chaperones, radiobiology, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering, as well as trauma and critical care medicine to promote the development of novel therapeutic strategies for pathological disorders. The Cell Injury Scientific Interest Group meets once a year during the ASIP Annual Meeting at a poster session and social networking event. The objectives of the Cell Injury Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Foster dialogue, collaborations and networking between researchers with common interests in cell injury, (ii) Bring together investigators to discuss and address the common causes of cell injury such as hypoxia and ischemia, chemical and physical agents, infections, immunological reaction, genetic defects, and others, (iii) Disseminate scientific knowledge in the discipline and foster investigations into classification, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapeutic development, and (iv) Encourage and facilitate the participation and involvement of all interested trainees to produce the next generation of well-trained experimental pathologists.

Inflammation/Immunopathology Scientific Interest Group
Website
The mission of the Inflammation/Immunopathology Scientific Interest Group is to facilitate the study of the role of infectious, inflammatory, and immunologic processes in cell injury, pathology, and disease. Modulating responses to inflammation, for example as a response to infection or injury or as a suppressor of neoplastic cell growth, is an important aspect of therapeutic approaches. Vaccines and antagonists are being investigated and developed for therapeutic use to provide long-lasting responses. The objectives of the Inflammation/Immunopathology Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which cells and tissues cope with infection and inflammation to ultimately develop immunity, (ii) Investigate how neoplastic processes escape immune responses and how tumor immunology can be modulated to combat neoplasia, (iii) Investigate how dysregulation of inflammation and immunity underlies auto-immune and inflammatory diseases, (iv) Foster interactions among scientists investigating mechanisms of inflammation and immunopathology, (v) Provide a forum to discuss recent findings (both published and preliminary unpublished data) related to infection, inflammation, immunity, and how these processes underlie human pathologies, and (vi) Mentor the next generation of pathologists and scientists interested in inflammatory and immunopathology processes

Liver Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group
Website
www.facebook.com/ClubHepatomania
The mission of the Liver Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group (Club HepatomaniaTM) is to advance our understanding of the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of all aspects of liver disease with the goal of enabling the development of new diagnostics and treatments that will lessen the burden of these diseases in the United States and world-wide. The objectives of the ASIP Liver Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Engage liver scientists in debate, exchange, and discussion on advances in all fields of liver pathobiology, (ii) Promote cutting-edge and relevant research in hepatic pathobiology, (iii) Foster dialogue, collaborations and networking among researchers with common interests in hepatic biology, and (iv) Disseminate scientific knowledge in the discipline.

Molecular Diagnostic Pathology Scientific Interest Group
Website
The mission of the Molecular Diagnostic Pathology Scientific Interest Group is to synergize the efforts of basic, translational, and clinical science researchers to increase our understanding of molecular pathways and develop diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic applications. The objectives of the Molecular Diagnostic Pathology Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Identify a community of scientists with a common interest in molecular pathology and application to diagnostics, prognostics, and therapeutics, (ii) Provide a forum for the dissemination of information about molecular pathology and molecular markers of disease, (iii) Through workshops and webinars, facilitate the identification and communication of new research in molecular pathology applications, and (iv) Engage pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral trainees, and academically oriented house staff in molecular diagnostic approaches.

Vascular and Mucosal Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group
Website
www.facebook.com/asipvamp/
The Vascular and Mucosal Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group is committed to bringing together Investigators, Fellows, and Students who share a passion for epithelial and endothelial cell biology, mucosal inflammation, and immune cell biology. The goals of the Vascular and Mucosal Pathobiology Scientific Interest Group are to (i) Promote cutting edge research in the areas of epithelial and endothelial biology and inflammation that focuses on improving the understanding of the complex mechanisms and regulation of inflammation, at all levels of research, from basic to translational and clinical, (ii) Establish and maintain efficient flow of information by this this webpage, Facebook Fan page, and listserv so that our members, other interested researchers, and teaching faculty can stay abreast of cutting edge research advances and upcoming events in the field, (iii) Foster interactions and collaborations amongst researchers in the field by bringing together current members and other interested parties using the internet and email platforms and by hosting events like the Networking Poster Session and other informal activities at the ASIP Annual Meeting, (iv) Encourage and facilitate the participation and involvement of all interested trainees and newcomers to the field to ensure that the next generation of researchers is able and ready to contribute to the field of Vascular and Mucosal Pathobiology.

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