SECRETARY-TREASURER'S MESSAGE

Times remain challenging as we try to adapt to a more chronic phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. From personal experience I can see that our trainees are particularly hard hit, and I would like to acknowledge their efforts and continuing contributions.

Annual Meeting
I am very happy to announce that the 60th annual meeting of our Association will be a virtual meeting on October 15-17. The program will be similar to past meetings with scientific and clinical abstract presentations on October 15-16 followed by a Symposium on Neuromuscular Pathology on Saturday, October 17. Slight changes will be apparent from the detailed program, which we will send out closer the meeting. Registration will be required. This year’s virtual business meeting will  take place on Thursday, October 22, and will be open to all members.

I would like to remind those who haven’t paid this year’s association fees, that these are also due.

Oncological Projects
On a different note I would like to share contact details for two oncological initiatives that have reached us over the past month:

Dr. Annie Huang at Sick Kids, Toronto, who holds the Canada Research Chair for rare childhood tumors, would like to invite cooperation with neuropathologists across Canada to facilitate the practical exchange for management of pediatric patients with rare neoplasms. Anybody interested please contact Dr. Salma Al-Karmi (Registry Manager) at salma.al-karmi@sickkids.ca  or  Dr. Mei Lu (RBTC Bio-repositoryManager): meilu@sickkids.ca. Additional details are here.

A radiation oncology research group in British Columbia led by Dr. Andra Krauze is inviting participation in a survey regarding molecular testing practices for gliomas across Canada. The survey is designed to capture testing practices across different specialties and health care practices and can be accessed here.

CANP Website and Webmaster
We are excited to announce that over the upcoming months, the CANP website will be receiving some much needed updates both in design and content. This refresh of the CANP website will develop it into a significant resource for our members, containing past and present meeting information, educational resources, and members-only content. In May, Dr. Andrew Gao took on the role of Webmaster and along with Heather Dow and Colleen Fifield, will be gradually implementing these changes. We would like to thank Dr. Jason Karamchandani for his many years of service as CANP webmaster. Comments and suggestions regarding website changes can be directed to: canp@eventsmgt.com.

With best wishes for a pleasant summer,

Peter W. Schutz, MD PhD
CANP-ACNP Secretary Treasurer

Peter.Schutz@vch.ca

 


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

I hope you and your families are all safe and well in these uncertain times.

Although we have decided to postpone our Saskatoon meeting until next year, because of the ongoing pandemic, we hope you will still be able to join us in October for the first virtual CANP meeting.

Our scientific programme will once again include research updates form our colleagues, a series of unknown cases to stimulate discussion, and a series of lectures from experts in Canada and beyond.

We are very fortunate to have the expertise of our administrative team at Events & Management Plus Inc. as we pivot to a virtual meeting format, and plan ample opportunities for interaction and feedback.

I am pleased to announce that our 2020 CANP Symposium will concentrate on Muscle and Nerve pathology, with lectures by:

  • Jodi Warman Chardon, Ottawa
  • Benjamin Ellezam, Montreal
  • Robert Schmidt, St Louis
  • Werner Stenzel, Berlin

Also included will be a panel discussion on future trends in muscle and nerve biopsy interpretation.

We look forwards to seeing you online this October and in person at next year's meeting.

Best wishes

Peter Gould MD, FRCPC
President
Canadian Association of Neuropathologists
Association Canadienne des Neuropathologistes