Happy New year and welcome to the January issue of the Davis-Thompson Foundation newsletter, put together by our great managing editors: Stephanie Shrader and Javier Asin. Thank you!
As we enter 2021, I want to start by thanking you our speakers, moderators, committee members and everybody that in one way or another contributed to the teaching activities of the Foundation, for your hard work and generous donations of time and resources. We couldn’t have done it without your commitment and dedication.
This issue of the newsletter includes an emotional farewell to Dr. Linda Kassebaum Johnson, who passed away recently. She was one of our previous Board members, a member of our Faculty, and one of our greatest champions and most ardent supporters of the Foundation. Linda: you will be missed!
In this issue you will find the Foundation’s calendar for the first semester of 2021, which is already full with an an amazing variety of educational activities for a most diverse audience, in several different languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish). We are also offering some of our seminars time-zone friendly for many countries around the world.
All our educational offerings come at no cost or low cost and with great CE credits, and are also announced in social media (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) where you can find details about our seminars and also watch most of our past-seminars.
Last but no least: In January and February, we are offering two free day-long seminars, on Diseases of honeybees and Diseases of coral, respectively. Both seminars will provide RACE and MOC credits, which are offered to our participants at no cost.
Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of our upcoming seminars.
Davis/Thompson Foundation CEO
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As this unusual and difficult year draws to a close, I take this opportunity on behalf of the Davis-Thompson Foundation to thank you one and all for your outstanding efforts. What would normally have been a busy year of travel and face-to-face courses all over the world became a challenging but yet exciting time of interesting and plentiful virtual seminars. The upside of this is that we have been able to offer a wide and diverse range of instructional topics with great CE credits to many, many more people in more places around the world, than at any other time.
The striking success of our online seminars is a direct result of the consistent hard work and generous donations of time and resources from all of our speakers, moderators, and our awesome webinar committee, along with all of our members who attended our seminars over countless hours. We couldn’t have done it without your commitment and dedication.
The seminars, however, are only part of the many great educational activities that the Foundation offers, including our great series of texbooks on “Soft tissue tumors”, the slide rotations and study centers in many countries, and much more.
Please have a look at the wonderful video that Rachel Autran and her team put together, as a token of our appreciation, to sum up some of the activities of the Foundation in 2020 and thank everyone who made it possible.
A huge thank you to you all, from all of us at the Davis/Thomson Foundation.
With best wishes for a brand new year.
CEO Davis Thompson Foundation
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our previous Board members, a member of our Faculty (speaking most recently only four years ago at the Gross Course at Kansas State University), and one of our greatest champions and most ardent supporters, Dr. Linda Kassebaum Johnson.
As one who had the incredible luck to work with her early in our careers at the Armed Forces of Pathology, and then for many years later with the (then) C.L. Davis Foundation, she will forever live in my fondest memories. No one who knew her would forget so many things about her - the constant twinkle in her eye, her ever-present smile, or the way all conversation in the room would stop when she would speak in her very soft-spoken way,.
Linda never failed to bring out our better angels, and I, like so many others I am sure, walked away from our every encounter resolved to be a better person.
Her passing once again reveals the cruelty of the year, and the randomness of the universe, and we are all lessened by the lack of her company.
"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mghty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow die not." ....John Donne
Linda, we will miss you and always will remember you.
LINDA JOHNSON 1958-2020
Linda Josephine Kassebaum Johnson, daughter of John Philip Kassebaum and former Kansas Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum, died early on Sunday morning from the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at her home in Buena Vista, Colorado. She was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1958 and was a graduate of Holton-Arms School, Kansas State University (B.S., D.V.M. 1979, M.Sc.), and The Johns Hopkins University (1987-1990 post doc/residency and M.P.H.).
While always a mother first to her children, Linda had a life-long passion for veterinary medicine and comparative pathology. After earning her D.V.M., Linda joined the Peace Corps as a veterinarian, and was stationed in Togo, where she met her former husband, Maurice Johnson. Her career included the position as Chief Pathologist for the Registry of Comparative Pathology (1991-1995) at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC where she wrote and edited many publications, facilitated research, and coordinated symposia related to comparative pathology. Her leadership managing the Registry contributed significantly to the elucidation of a number of animal models of human disease, ensured the preservation of pathologic material from many species of exotic animals, and resulted in the archival of invaluable reference material related to comparative medicine.
From 1996-98 Linda was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Comparative Pathology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and from 2001 to 2003 at Yale University Division of Comparative Medicine. In 2003 she moved with her family to England where she was a consultant pathologist with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, England; returning to the US and the Yale University Division of Comparative Pathology in 2008. In 2009 Linda joined the Tri-Institutional Laboratory of Comparative Pathology (MSKCC/Cornell and Rockefeller), Center of Comparative Medicine and Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, NY. She was associated with the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was Chief Anatomic Pathologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College. In this position, she was responsible for the Genetically Modified Animal Phenotyping Service where she provided phenotyping assessment for potential animal models of human disease and anatomic and clinical pathology assessment for safety and biologic studies required for FDA submission. In October 2011 Linda took a position in Australia as the Head of Anatomy and Pathology at the James Cook University Veterinary School in Townsville, Queensland, Australia where she oversaw the departments of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Comparative Anatomy, Histology and Pathology as well as supervised the services of the university diagnostic laboratory and provided guidance to research students. Here she identified and initiated scientific collaborations with university researchers. Her collaborations included work in C57BL/6 mice deficient in MyD8 developing E. coli peritonitis and investigation of gill aneurysms in reef-caught Damselfish related to chronically elevated water temperature. After returning to the States she accepted a position in 2015 developing the Comparative Medicine and Pathology group at the Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado-Denver. She retired from there when her disease progressed. She was a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and was on the Board of Directors of the C.L. Davis and S.W. Thompson DVM Foundation for Comparative and Veterinary Pathology. Over her career, Linda co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, served on the editorial board for several journals, and received the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Recognition Award. She was highly respected by her colleagues in veterinary medicine and pathology for her professional skills, character and contributions. She was also a warm and compassionate friend., and few who knew her were not touched by the twinkle in her eye, her constant smile, and even fewer left her presence without an involuntary resolve to be a better person moving forward.
Linda loved spending time with her family, but was never far from an animal, whether it be a dog, cat, or a tree kangaroo. She loved to watch the Palm Cockatoos by her office in Australia. Unsurprisingly, she was a volunteer at the Denver Zoo. She also enjoyed rooting for Arsenal F.C., bird watching, travel, and adventure (as long as an animal was involved). She is survived by her mother, two brothers, Bill and John, three children, Kristian, Margot, and Elsa, as well as a large family including step-siblings and cousins, nephews and nieces.
A private funeral will be held in Kansas. In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Linda has been established at the Kansas State University Foundation to support veterinary students. Contributions may be sent to: KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS 66502, please indicate fund M47334. To make a gift online, go to www.ksufoundation.org/give/memorials.
We are ready to start 2021 fresh with many improvements to our webinars! Below is a list of new news from the Davis-Thompson Foundation Virtual Seminar Committee.
· Beginning January 2021, 1.5 RACE CE credits and 1 ACVP MOC credit will be provided with all our free Friday webinars.
· CLOSE CAPTION is now available on all webinars. We hope this new feature will aid the deaf, hard of hearing and non-native English speakers to better understand what’s going on. This feature will be provided via Rev’s closed captioning service, a speech-to-text AI system that should improve the more we use and teach it our pathology terms. Close caption is optional and can be turned on or off via the CC icon in the bottom of the Zoom window.
· NEW CERTIFICATE designs. In the new certificate a space is provided for you to fill out your state and license number. You should also note that our certificates are generated via an automated system that uses the name and email that you register to the webinar. Please be sure to register with your name exactly how you want it to appear on the certificate. Also, avoid using .gov emails as they usually block the certificates.
Please join me in welcoming Dr Jey Koehler, as the new President of the Davis Thompson Foundation.
Jey is currently on sabbatical leave and she has agreed to take over as President starting on 1st March 2021. Until then, Dr. Francisco Uzal will continue to carry on the activities of CEO and President.
We are thrilled with Jey’s new appointment. She is a world-renowned pathologist, who has been a member of the faculty of discussants of the Foundation for many years and, most importantly, Jey is and has been for several years, the director of one of the Foundation’s most prestigious courses: the Descriptive Veterinary Pathology course. Under Jey’s leadership, the DVP course reached the outstanding standard it enjoys today. This year, because of COVID, Jey and her team transformed, in record time, the whole DVP course into a fully digital version, which was offered to trainees all over the world. Jey has the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, to take the Foundation to the next level.
Thanks to Bruce and Paco for the kind words and to the Board for your confidence in me. I am honored to do this work and will give it my mind, heart, and spirit! In the almost mind-bogglingly complicated modern world in which we find ourselves, it can be a struggle to know what the right thing is to do and how to do it when it comes to helping others. Bureaucracy and internecine politics of various kinds can conspire to thwart our simple desire to give of ourselves to our fellow humans. For me, and I strongly suspect for all of you, the Foundation stands out in stark relief to this by being an organization with a refreshingly clear, straightforward, pure, and noble goal. It is incredible to see the many hours of dedication put in by brilliant, talented, and generous people toward this singular enterprise, with both the “rockstar” lecturing and the abundant behind-the-scenes work being equally critical to our mission. To be able to work with not just a handful but dozens of these extraordinary people is a joy and a humbling privilege. Together, we can and will continue to do the work of disseminating high-quality veterinary pathology teaching to every corner of the globe, expanding our reach every year. Three cheers for the Foundation!
Jey W. Koehler, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Coordinator, Anatomic Pathology Residency Program
Clinical Liason, Surgical Biopsy Service
For a limited time, for the promotional price of $175 USD (plus shipping), you could get:
- Surgical Pathology of Tumors Vol 1, 2 and 3
- The Necropsy Book, John King
- Metazoans and Protozoans in Tissue Section, Chris Gardiner
To order, please complete the attached order form.
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Below are all the options for purchasing:
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MAIL: send check/money order and form to: The Davis Thompson Foundation, 6241 Formoor Lane, Gurnee, IL, 60031-4757, USA
- PHONE: (1) 847-367-4359
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- FAX: 847-247-1869 (24/7)
- All postages under $100 will be automatically deducted and shipped. Shipping charges exceeding $100 will only be processed after your approval (via email).
With the Davis-Thompson Foundation webinars we strive to bring you relevant and timely topics every week.
We want your experience to be as personal as possible. Therefore, we’ve created a place where you can communicate your suggestions for future topics directly to our team. Suggestions will be periodically analyzed by our expert (Dr. Laura Bassel) and top requests will be pursued for future webinars.
Make as many suggestions as you want, please keep it as succinct and possible (e.g. reproductive, congenital, etc) via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DTFFuturetopics
You will be able to visualize all suggestions in real time through the link below https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-B7D6V93Y/
The 2020 Davis - Thompson Foundation Awards Ceremony
Please follow the link below to access the PDF file of the 2020 Davis-Thompson Foundation Awards Ceremony Program.
You can register to watch it over Zoom via the link below or catch the livestream on our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CLDavisFoundation/) - there is no need to register for the Facebook livestream.
Keeping track of webinars
If you use Google calendar, please feel free to sync your calendar with the Davis-Thompson Webinar Calendar linked below. Make sure to save in your timezone, to set reminders to ON and never miss a webinar again!
For prompt information on upcoming webinars and for networking, join our social media:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davisthompsonfdn/?hl=en (or @davisthompsonfdn)
You can also visit the Non-BSTP Events and Webinar Page - http://www.bstp.org.uk/non-bstp-events/
Diagnostic Exercises (DEs) Guidelines for citing and referencing the literature
To make our DEs more uniform, I’m proposing some gradual changes in format. Let us start with some guidelines that will standardize the methods of citing and referencing the literature.
Citations of the literature in the text should be given with“author and year” always within parenthesis (e.g., Hadlow 1959). Papers w ith two authors should be cited with the name of both authors (e.g.. Mabbott and MacPherson 2006); citations with more than two authors must include the name of the first author followed by “et al.” and the year (e.g., Gajdusek et al. 1966). If two articles cited in the text cannot be distinguished from each other, please identify them by placing small letters alongside the year (e.g., Farquhar 1989a, 1989b). Cite the articles in the text by chronological order (e.g., Hadlow 1959, Gajdusek et al. 1966, Prusiner et al. 2004).
When listing the article in the reference list, please include all authors (see the example below). Include here only references cited in the body of the manuscript.
Farquar J., Sommerville R.A., Ritchie L.A. 1989a. Postmortem immunodiagnosis of scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. J. Virol Methods 24:215-222.
Farquhar J. & Gajdusek D.C., Ritchie L.A. 1989b. Kuru. Early Letters and Field notes from the Collection of D. Carleton Gajdusek. Raven Press, New York. p. 77-103.
Gajdusek D.C., Gibbs Jr, C.J., Alpers M.P. 1966. Experimental transmission of a kuru-like syndrome to chimpanzees. Nature 209:794-796.
Hadlow W.J. 1959. Scrapie and Kuru. Lancet 274:289-290.
Mabbott N.A. and MacPherson G.G. 2006. Prions and their lethal journey to the brain. Nature Rev Microbiol 4:201-2011.
When referencing books with Editor (Prusiner et al. 2004) or with one author and no Editor (e.g., Cummings 2010), please follow the examples below.
Prusiner S.B., Williams E., Laplanche J.-L., Shinagava M. 2004. Scrapie, chronic wasting disease, and transmissible mink encephalopathy, p. 545-5 94. In: Prusiner S.B. (Ed) Prion. Biology and Disease. 2nd ed. Cold Spring Harbor. New York.
Cummings L. 2010. Rethinking the BSE Crisis: A Study of Scientific Reasoning under Uncertainty. Springer, London. p. 101-193.
Try to use key-references, so the reference list does not end up too long. Please restrict the number of references to a maximum of 10.
Diagnostic Exercises of the Latin Comparative Pathology Group/Davis-Thompson Foundation now accepted by ACVP as credits for Maintenance of Certification
Great news: The Latin Comparative Pathology Group (LCPG)/Davis-Thompson Foundation (DTF)’s Diagnostic Exercises (http://www.cldavis.org/diag_exercise.html) have been added to the list of activities that provide recently board-certified ACVP diplomates credit toward their maintenance of certification.
The Diagnostic exercises will now fall under the 'Published peer-reviewed case report' category and will provide 6 credits for first author and 3 credits for each co-author.
This is a recognition to the great job done by the LCPG and the DTF and all the contributors, who for the past 10+ years have been publishing periodically diagnostic exercises.
Please consider submitting your diagnostic exercise to email@example.com.
The template to prepare DE is attached here. For additional information and to see the past DEs, please, refer to http://www.cldavis.org/diag_exercise.html. The template for submission of cases is also attached here. It is necessary that the answer sheet is sent to us concurrently with the submission form.
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DE_Submission_form.doc (277.0 KiB, 70 hits)
Please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Scrambling for CE? - our friends at the Joint Pathology Center have provided 12.5 RACE accredited CEUS in association with the 2019-2020 WSC.
Each set of results (25 in all) and accompanying 5 question self-assessment is worth 0.5 CEUS.
There are a couple of ways to get your CEUs - you can download (or view) the full results (it’s 611 pages, so don’t print it!) and the tests are after each set of results here: - http://www.askjpc.org/wsco/wsc/wsc19/WSCProceedings2019-2020.pdf
..Whichever works better for you.
Scan the set when you are done and send them to me at these two emails: email@example.com (I’m working at home right now( and firstname.lastname@example.org (my office email for record keeping) so I can grade and send you your RACE certificate!
Did you know that the Foundation has made a Spanish Translation of Gardiner and Poynton's Metazoan Parasites in Tissue Section available on its website for FREE as a .pdf?
You can find it at: http://cldavis.org/PDFs/atlas_esp.pdf If you are looking for the softbound version of this book in the original English, these are available for only $40 (plus shipping) at the Foundation's online bookstore (https://store.cldavis.org) and you will be supporting the Foundation's many global initiatives!
The Foundation is very proud to announce the publication of a brand-new, absolutely FREE e-book explaining gross (macroscopic) description entitled "Opening Pandora's Box", by Drs. Paul Stromberg, Dr. Dan Rissi, Dr. Claudio Barros, and with minimal contribution (explained in the preface) by Bruce Williams.
This beautifully illustrated e-book is available to view online at http://www.cldavis.org/pandora or available for download in multiple electronic formats including .PDF, .epub, .azw3 (Kindle) and .mobi at: http://cldavis.org/pandora/ebooks.html
Chapters include Gross Description of Tissue Changes, Interpretation of Tissue Changes, Writing a Pathology Report, as well as an informative preface, introduction, and postface. The text is illustrated by over 80 beautiful gross images.
We believe this is going to be a fantastic help for pathology trainees, veterinarians, veterinary students, and anyone wishing to improve their gross descriptive skills.
Information from the Joint Pathology Center:
The JPC IT department is working on replacing the old Flash-containing Aperio Imagescope with an upgraded product which is not based on Flash (Leica's Eslide).
At this juncture, not all slides are back online, and it may be a long slog as each case at this point has to be updated manually in the database. We have identified the urinary system (currently the system being reviewing int he JPC curriculum) and this year's WSC as the priorities, and other systems and years of WSC will follow.
In addition, the current configuration requires a username ("guest") to enter, but leave the password blank.
Our IT staff is currently working in this issue and we will provide periodic updates.
If you are not familiar with the Joint Pathology Center's (JPC's) Wednesday Slide Conference, it is weekly slide conference (well 25 weeks a year) in which over 125 institutions submit two cases and writeups each year. Now in its 65th year, the results are a fantastic trove of information on pathology of all types in all species. They are always available via the JPC at https://www.askjpc.org/wsco/index.php.