Dear Fellow ISUP Member
This past month has been an eventful one with changes in the senior leadership of the Society and the temporary suspension of ISUP as a companion society of the USCAP. The upcoming year is a critical one for the Society. It is important to inform you, as ISUP members, about the plans for the upcoming year. The goal of the Council is to be transparent in its decision making. This will be the first complete year that the Society is governed by the revised Constitution and Bylaws (available on the website www.isup.org) passed last year, and intended to improve the representation of our members in the various leadership positions of the Society as outlined below.
This is an election year. In the summer, a call for nominations (which must be submitted to the Secretary in writing with a second member supporting the nomination) will go out to membership. We look forward to all of you thinking about colleagues (or yourself) as possible leaders of the Society. Under the new Constitution and Bylaws, the International Councilors are elected for 2-year terms and are eligible for a second term but no more. The current councilors are all in their second terms and are not eligible for re-election as Councilors. This means that you will be selecting an entirely new group of members for those positions. Nominations will also be accepted for the officer positions (except for the President and Past President that are predetermined by the President elect and President positions).
All individuals up for election will be requested to provide a brief biosketch, a vision for ISUP and a photograph before being placed on the ballot. I look forward to having excellent nominees and a competitive election.
The new Constitution and Bylaws include two standing committees (the Stipend Award Committee and the Excellence in Urological Pathology Award Committee). Each of these committees will now include a Chair and three ordinary members. The terms are limited to 2 years and can be renewed only once. Drs. Fine and Osunkoya have been outstanding Chairs of these committees but are now past the term limits. Previously, other members of the committees have been named on an ad hoc basis. This year the committees will be reconstituted with new Chairs and members. Anyone interested in serving on these committees should contact me and let me know of their interest.
The Constitution allows for the formation of new committees from time to time as is deemed appropriate by the council. We are currently exploring forming several new committees that seem appropriate for a Society with the membership we have. Within the next couple of months the Council will make final decisions on which new committees should be formed, develop charges for those committees, and determine their composition. This will provide opportunities for direct participation by many more members in the activities and success of the society. The council would welcome input from membership on this topic, including suggestions for new committees and reason why they would be of value.
Companion Society Status
Over the next few months, we will be working diligently to prepare a submission to USCAP seeking reinstatement to active companion society status. It is safe to say that our Society has been a leader in this regard, consistently putting on excellent programs that have been extremely popular with those attending the USCAP annual meeting. Further, the Society enjoys international recognition as a leader in the area of urological pathology and oncology having a significant impact on pathology practice, patient care, reporting standards and tumor classification. We are looking forward to providing USCAP with a compelling case for the Society. I would ask each and every one of you who supports this application to drop me a brief email indicating that support.
Under the leadership of Dr. Egevad and with Dr. Williamson as webmaster, the ISUP website is one of which to be proud. It provides information about the Society and its history, functions as the membership portal, is utilized for educational activity and serves as a research tool to evaluate the impact of on line educational activity. The case of the month feature under the leadership of Dr. Evans has proven to be extremely popular and all members are encouraged to submit interesting cases. In the past year, the number of unique visitors to the website increased 26% to 9,239 and the number of page views by 24% to more than 101,000! Nonetheless work on the website continues. We are looking forward to launching a greatly enhanced educational offering that will provide quizzes for individuals allowing them to both learn and test their knowledge. Most exciting is that those quizzes and the feedback provided will be available in multiple languages to serve the international community that is crucial to our mission as a truly International Society. We are also working to improve the membership function and clean up the membership lists.
As was noted in my first President’s letter, a PubMed search of “ISUP” today yields 279 relevant hits. Of these, the term ISUP or International Society of Urological Pathology is in the title of at least 100 articles. The remarkable productivity of the Society and its impact is a source of pride to us as members. Further, the efforts highlight the remarkable participation of members in these activities. As was noted, all 4 publications from the Vancouver kidney tumor meeting included on the authorship line the “ISUP Renal Tumor Panel.” A PubMed search of any of the 134 names listed as members of the panel leads to the 4 articles, recognizing the contribution of each individual in a formal and public manner. In the coming months an “ISUP bibliography” will be developed for inclusion on the website to highlight the impact the Society has had.
Australasian Division of the IAP Scientific Meeting
The International Society of Urological Pathology will be holding a Companion meeting in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division of the IAP in Sydney, Australia on Friday June 1st. Urological pathology is also a focus of the Scientific Meeting on June 2nd and I am looking forward to meeting with those members attending the conference.
The Council is exploring the possibility of holding a special conference in conjunction with the USCAP meeting next year. The tentative topic would be “Molecular Testing in Urological Malignancies: State of the Art in 2019.” As with most previous special meetings, it will begin with a survey of members to learn what current practice is in communities around the world. The focus will be identifying those tests that have substantial scientific support for application as well as a look forward at what is most likely to become important in the near future. We will report back to the membership on this topic soon.
The Council is excited by the many activities planned for the coming year. As indicated above, we seek input from the membership on a number of specific topics and all comments/suggestions will be given serious consideration. It is our intent to provide the membership with regular updates throughout the year as progress is made on these and other initiatives.
David Grignon, MD