Abstract Award

Each year, the “GIPS Abstract Award” is given by the society to pathology trainees who are presenting an abstract (poster or platform) at the annual meeting of the USCAP. GIPS membership is not required in order to apply for this award. Each abstract is evaluated based on originality, scientific merit and presentation.

The abstract award winner will receive $500. Two runners-up will each receive $250.


Past Winners

Abstract Award Winner:  Pari Jafari, University of Chicago Medicine: Correlational Analysis of p53 Immunostain and TP53 Mutational Events in Colorectal Neoplasia
First Runner-up: Mina Farag, McGill University: Characterization of HER2-Altered Colorectal Carcinomas in North American Patients: A Case-Control Study of Clinicopathologic and Molecular Features of HER2-Amplified and HER2-Mutated Colorectal Carcinomas Compared to their HER2-Wild-Type Counterparts
Second Runner-up:  Yin Guo, New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Irving Medical Center: Histopathological Characterization of Pouch Polyps in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients with Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)

Abstract Award Winner:  Gertruda (Greta) Evaristo, University of Chicago: Comparison of Inflammatory Changes in Anastomotic Biopsies from Patients with and without Crohn’s Disease
First Runner-up:  Radhika Sekhri, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York: Visual Cues for Triage of Gastric Lymphoid Infiltrates: Results of An Interdisciplinary Analysis
Second Runner-up:  Ruth Zhang, University of California San Francisco: DNA Content Abnormality Frequently Develops in the Right/Proximal Colon in Patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is Highly Predictive of Subsequent Detection of Dysplasia

Abstract Award Winner:  Beena Ahsan, University of Chicago: What is my N-terminus MSH6 antibody missing?
First Runner-up:  Nicole Tomm, University of Michigan: Follow Up Biopsies in Gastrointestinal Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Toxicity May Show Markedly Different Inflammatory Patterns Than Initial Injury.
Second Runner-up: Dorukhan Bahceci, University of California San Francisco: Undetected Dysplasia Found in Colectomy Specimens of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is Often Associated with Non‐Conventional Dysplastic Features, Flat/Invisible Gross Appearance, and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Abstract Award Winner: Chih-Ping Mao, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Integrated Clinicopathologic and Genomic Analysis to Predict Response to Neoadjuvant Treatment in Esophageal Cancer
First runner-up: Linyuan Wang, Emory University: Analysis of KRAS Mutational Profiles in the gastrointestinal tract reveals site-specific alterations that can help distinguish pancreatobiliary and upper gastrointestinal primaries
Second runner-up: Christopher Bowman, University of California San Francisco: Persistent or Recurrent Barrett’s Neoplasia After Endoscopic Therapy is Associated with DNA Content Abnormality Detected by DNA Flow Cytometric Analysis of Paraffin-Embedded Tissue

Abstract Award Winner: Alex Taylor, University of Michigan: Measuring Submucosal Depth of Invasion in Endoscopic Mucosal Resections for Barrett’s Adenocarcinoma Would Only Rarely Impact the Decision for Esophagectomy
Runner-Up: Katherine Boylan, University of Chicago: Objective Visual Analog Scale for Biopsy Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Clinical Practice
Runner-Up: Julia Naso, University of British Columbia: Variability in Synoptic Reporting of Colorectal Cancer T4a Stage and Large Vessel Lymphovascular Invasion

Abstract Award Winner: Samuel Ballentine, Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine: Low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasms: A large cohort study with long term outcomes
Runner-Up: Lina Irshaid, Yale: Immune checkpoint inhibitor induced gastrointestinal tract inflammation shows morphologic similarities to, but is immunologically distinct from H. pylori gastritis and celiac disease
Runner-Up: Ahmed Bakhshwin, Cleveland Clinic: Gastric margin status at frozen section: Discrepancies between representative vs. in total sections

Abstract Award Winner: Odise Cenaj, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Detection of ERBB2 Amplification by Next Generation Sequencing Predicts HER2 Expression in Colorectal Carcinoma
Runner-Up: Phoenix Bell, University of Rochester Medical Center: Significance of Clinicopathologic Parameters, Including Margin Distance and Tumor Budding, on Local Disease Recurrence Following Esophageal Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
Runner-Up: Kwun Wah Wen, University of California, San Francisco: “Indefinite for Dysplasia” in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Aneuploidy as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Marker of High-Grade Dysplasia or Colorectal Cancer

Abstract Award Winner: Adam J. Gomez, Stanford Health Care: Detection of Mutations in DNA Polymerase Ɛ (POLE) in Colorectal Carcinoma with Intact Mismatch Repair Proteins: Immunotherapeutic Implications of Ultramutation
Runner-Up: Michael Markow, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: Two-Stain Rather Than Four-Stain Immunohistochemical Screening in Colorectal Cancer May Fail to Detect Mismatch Repair Deficiency
Runner-Up: Matthew Rosenbaum, Massachusetts General Hospital: Immune Checkpoint Expression and the Tumor Immune Environment in Colorectal Carcinoma

Abstract Award Winner: Michelle Heayn, UPMC: ATRX/DAXX Loss Is Highly Specific for Metastatic Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Runner-Up: Su-Yang Liu, UCSF: Tumor Deposits and Venous Invasion in Colorectal Carcinoma: Clarification of Morphological Criteria and Role of these Parameters in Staging
Runner-Up: Matthew Rosenbaum, MGH: Next Generation Sequencing Adds Value to the Pre-Operative Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cysts

Abstract Award Winner: Anna-Sophie Weidner, Weill Cornell Medical College: Idelalisib Is a Novel Biologic Agent That Can Cause Severe Gastrointestinal Toxicity
Runner-Up: Jenny Mas-Moya, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Clinicopathologic Comparison of Colorectal Carcinoma in Patients With Suspected Lynch Syndrome w/o Germline Mutation vs Patients w/ Germline Mutation
Runner-Up: Christopher Hartley, Medical College of Wisconsin:  Who Are You Calling Indeterminate? Classification of Colon Biopsies Predicts Decision to Treat in GI GVHD

Abstract Award Winner: Cheryl Ann Adackapara, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Endoscopic Abnormalities of the Pre-Pouch Ileum Are Strongly Predictive of Subsequent Crohn’s Disease in Patients with an Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis
Runner-Up: Ming Jin, Ohio State University: The Impact of Tumor Deposits on Colonic Adenocarcinoma AJCC TNM Staging
Runner-Up: Juliana Kissiedu, Cleveland Clinic: Mesenteric Arterial and Venous Dysplasia/Vasculopathy (MAVD/V) Is Distinct from Fibromuscular Dysplasia

Abstract Award Winner: Alexis Scherl, Yale University School of Medicine: MicroRNAs as Regulators of Colorectal Cancer Hepatic Metastasis
Runner-Up: David H Gonzalo, Gene Expression Profiling of Serrated Colorectal Polyps: Identification of Genes That differentiate Hyperplastic Polyps (HPs) from Sessile Serrated Polyps(SSPs)
Runner-Up: Jeanne Shen, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Abstract Award Winner: Aatur Singhi, Johns Hopkins Hospital: Acinar Cell Cystadenoma of the Pancreas: A Benign Neoplasm or Non-Neoplastic Ballooning of Ducts
Runner-Up: David Hernandez Gonzalo, Cleveland Clinic: Hirschsprung’s Disease and Calretinin in Inadequate Biopsies
Runner-Up: Bing Ren, University of Rochester Medical Center: MACC1, a Potential Diagnosis Marker for Early Stage Colorectal Cancer

Abstract Award Winner: Kevin Golden, Brigham & Women’s Hospital: High Goblet Cell Density Protects Against Progression to Adenocarcinoma in Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus

Abstract Award Winner: Shelby Melton, UT Southwestern Medical Center: COMMD1 is an inhibitor of intestinal inflammation and colitis in a myeloid-specific knockout mouse model.
Abstract Award Winner: Julianne Purdy, University of Michigan: Nodal Scar but not Proliferation Index Predicts Worse Survival in Treated Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.
Abstract Award Winner: Suntrea Hammer, University of Michigan: Duodenal Lymphocytosis with Normal Villous Architecture: How Often is it Celiac Disease?
Abstract Award Winner: Huankai Hu, Case Western Reserve: Utilization of Notch1 and Prion Markers to Detecting Pluripotent Pancreatic Cells: An autopsy study

Abstract Award Winner: Rish Pai, University of Chicago: Identification of Histologically Unique Adenomas That Arise Predominately in Patients with CIMP-Associated Polyps
Abstract Award Winner: Camtu Truong, MD Anderson Cancer Center: Assessing HER-2/neu Protein Expression and Gene Alteration in Gastric Cancer: Comparing Arrayed Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) Technique with Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization (FISH).
Runner-Up: Maria Westerhoff, University of Chicago: CD61, CD31 and CD34 Improve Diagnostic Accuracy in Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia and Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy

Abstract Award Winner: AD Vanderheyden, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA: Lymphocytic Esophagitis in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Manifestation of Upper Gastrointestinal Crohn Disease
Runner-Up: RL Rucker-Schmidt, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA : Non-Adenomatous Dysplasia in Barrett s Esophagus: A Clinical, Pathologic and Molecular Study
Runner-Up: D Giusto, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL: Proposed Modifications in the Protocol for Rectal Adenocarcinomas Resected after Preoperative Radiochemotherapy
Runner-Up: EL Fingar, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH: Isolated Asymptomatic Ileitis Does Not Progress to Crohn s Disease Despite Presence of Features of Chronicity in Ileal Biopsies
Runner-Up: KE Chu, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH: Neoplasia of the Pouch and Anal Transitional Zone in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis Treated by Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis: A Morphologic Study of a Rare Group of Neoplasms

Abstract Award Winner: M Selbst, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Spectrum of Histologic Changes in Colonic Biopsies in Patients Treated with Mycophenolate Mofetil
Runner-Up: RM Najarian, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA: The Clinical Significance of Colonic Intraepithelial Lymphocytosis in the Pediatric Population
Runner-Up: VS Chandan, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Prevalence and Clinical Significance of Serrated Lesions in Ulcerative Colitis
Runner-Up: CR Rund, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) Analysis of Solid Pseudopapillary Tumors of the Pancreas

Abstract Award Winner: I Zhang, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: IgG4 Stain For The Diagnosis of Autoimmune Pancreatitis: Helpful In Pancreatic Biopsies, But Not In The Duodenum.
Runner-Up: A Arslan, UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ: Clinicopathologic Correlates of C4d Staining in Pancreas Allografts
Runner-Up: ZM Chen, Washington University, St. Louis, MO: CK7 Expression in Normal, Regenerative and Neoplastic Intestinal Epithelium: Uncovering the Identity of Potential Human Intestinal Progenitor Cells.

Abstract Award Winner, Molecular Category: DW Abbott, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA: Genetic Interactions and Histologic Associations of NOD2, DLG5, OCTN1 and OCTN2 Polymorphisms in Ileal Crohn’s Disease
Abstract Award Winner, Clinical Category: DC Welch, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN: Gastric Graft vs. Host Disease Revisited: Does Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy Affect Endoscopic Gastric Biopsy Interpretation?
Runner-Up, Molecular Category: Z Gombos, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA: Expression of Erythropoietin and Its Receptor Increases in Colonic Neoplastic Progression: The Role of Hypoxia in Carcinogenesis
Runner-Up, Clinical Category: AV Arrossi, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH:The Clinical Significance of So-called “Backwash Ileitis” (BWI) in Total Proctocolectomy Specimens (TPC) in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Treated with Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)
Runner-Up, Clinical Category: L Lomo, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA: Basal Crypt Dysplasia-like Atypia with Surface Maturation in Barrett’s Esophagus: Evidence That It Represents True Neoplasia

Abstract Award Winner, Molecular Category: J Wang, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Enhanced Expression of Light and Dysregulated IgA Production in Human Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Abstract Award Winner, Clinical Category: EK Jacob, Mayo Clinic Foundation, Rochester, MN: “Apoptotic Colopathy” is an Effect of Oral Sodium Phosphate Bowel Preperation Solution
EC Margianean, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Gastric Glandular Siderosis: A Possible Sign of Undiagnosed Hemochromatosis
AC Soldano, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC: Pattern of Gastric Mucosal Iron Deposition in Iron Supplement Tablet Injury and Hemochromatosis: Clues to the Diagnosis

Abstract Award Winner: W Xin, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI: The Clinical Significance of Focal Active Colitis in Pediatric Patients
Runner-Up: G Guo, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI: Histopathology of Interval Appendectomy Specimens: Strong Association with Granulomatous Appendicitis
Runner-Up: FP O’Connell, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA: Utility of Immunohistochemistry in Distinguishing Primary Gut Adenocarcinoma from Metastatic Breast Carcinoma in the Gastrointestinal Tract
Runner-Up: N Fukushima, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD: Aberrant Methylation of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS-1) Gene in Ductal Adenocarcinoma and Intraductal Papillary-Mucinous Neoplasms of the Pancreas

Abstract Award Winner: C Rosty: Overexpression of S100A4 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is associated with poor differentiation and DNA hypomethylation.
Runner-Up: KL Grogg KL, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Lymphocyte-rich gastric cancer: associations with Epstein-Barr virus, microsatellite instability, histology, and survival
Runner-Up: S Kakar, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Intraepithelial lymphocytosis in small bowel biopsies with normal villus architecture.
Runner-Up: CA Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD : Exploration of global gene expression of pancreatic cancer by cDNA microarray analysis

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