Digital and Computational Pathology

The mission of the ASIP Digital and Computational Pathology Scientific Interest Group (DCP SIG) is to advance the utilization of physical, mathematical and biophysical techniques for the study of disease. This includes those aspects of imaging involved in reconstruction, enhancement, and optimal data extraction that go beyond classical geometric optics and require extensive computation and digital processing (computational imaging), as well as the use of computationally intensive biophysical techniques to study how underlying biochemical processes lead to physical interactions among cells and between cells and their microenvironment. These approaches should not only provide new insights into mechanism of disease but also, via translational research, to new diagnostic tools for clinical applicability.

The objectives of the DCP SIG are:

  1. To identify a community of pathologists with a common interest in the interface of engineering physics, mathematics, and biomedicine in the service of pathology.
  2. To promote cross-disciplinary awareness of this area of research for both established and novice investigators of molecular pathogenesis.
  3. To provide scientific forums for the presentation and discussion of scientific results and emerging conceptual advances arising from those results and to encourage publication of these findings in the mainstream biomedical literature.
  4. To provide a forum for the dissemination of information regarding "best practices" in the creation of divisions of biophysical and/or computational pathology by analysis of existing units of this kind in biomedical research centers.
  5. Through workshops, to facilitate the identification of high throughput and/or turnkey systems currently available that can facilitate this research, and to identify areas for collaboration with industry in the development of such devices and their applications.
  6. To engage pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral trainees, and academically oriented house staff in biophysical and computational approaches.
  7. To create a conduit for effective outreach to investigators of neoplasia, vascular dynamics, organ and cellular dysfunction, as well as other areas of research that would benefit from biophysically-oriented investigative work, and to encourage the formation of multidisciplinary collaborative teams both at the intra-institutional and extra-institutional levels.
  8. As a long-term objective, the publication of a syllabus for courses on the integration of physical and biological investigation for students and trainees.


ASIP Members are invited to participate in the Digital and Computational Pathology SIG Listserv. Please email to have your name and email address added to the listserv.

To send a message to the Digital and Computational Pathology SIG Listserv, send your email to Please note that you must be a member of this listserv in order to send and receive messages.

Please direct all questions to: Lisa McFadden (240) 283-9712.


Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen, MD
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John Tomaszewski

John Tomaszewski, MD
Univeristy of Buffalo School of Medicine