USCAP Honors

Nathan Kaufman Timely Topics Lecture
YearLecturer
2017Daniel J. Brat
2016Eric F. Glassy
2015Otis W. Brawley
2014Arul Chinniyan
2013Christopher Crum
2012Bogdan Czerniak
2011Guillermo J. Teamey
2010Anthony Atala
2009Todd Golub
2008Frank McKeon
2007Steven L. Kunkel
2006Tyler Jacks
2005Phillip Sharp
2004David H. Walker
2003Irving L. Weissman
2002Lance Liotta
2001James Madera
2000Peter M. Howley
1999Anthony S. Fauci
1998David Korn
1997Raymond White
1996Anthony Epstein
1995Eric Stanbridge
1994Francis Collins
1993Judah Folkman
1992French Anderson
1991Stanley Cohen
1990Philip Leder
1989Jay Levy
1988Cecilia Fenoglio-Preiser
1987Ronald Weinstein
1986James Curran
1985Robert Leader
1984Arthur Upton & Robert Squire
1983Edwin Ewing & Thomas Spira

The Education Committee established the Timely Topics Lecture in 1982 at the suggestion of Dr. Nathan Kaufman. It was initially conceived as a lecture by a prominent individual in the field of pathology to address a “timely topic” but has evolved into a sophisticated presentation, generally by a clinician or researcher, whose integrated relationship with pathology moves the discipline forward with contemporary ideas, innovative methods, and futuristic technology. This lecture is regarded as an honor within the USCAP sphere.

The lecturer should be well recognized and respected within the medical community, in general, and by the pathology community; he/she should be capable of giving a lucid and erudite lecture relating to topics of contemporary interest. The lecture is presented during the Annual Meeting of the Academy.

In 1999, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology chose to honor Dr. Kaufman by renaming this lecture the Nathan Kaufman Timey Topics Lecture. This action was taken in recognition of his distinguished service and invaluable contributions to the Academy, including: prolonged service as first full-time Secretary-Treasurer of USCAP; founding Assistant Editor of Laboratory Investigation and founding Editor of Modern Pathology; institution of the Diagnostic Pathology Course; facilitation of separate incorporation of USCAP and establishment of its Bylaws; formulation of guidelines and procedures for Companion Societies meetings; supervision of lot purchase and construction of a permanent office building for the Academy; establishment of policies and procedures for operations, objectives for educational offerings and terms of reference for the various committees.

Most-Recent Lecturer

Daniel J. Brat, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Brat received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Mayo Medical and Graduate Schools and then completed Residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Fellowship in Neuropathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University in 1999 and is now a Professor and Vice Chair of Translational Programs.

Dr. Brat is Board certified in Anatomic and Neuropathology and the Director of Neuropathology at Emory Healthcare Hospitals, where his practice includes Surgical and Autopsy Neuropathology. He has co-authored two textbooks in Neuropathology: Practical Surgical Neuropathology: A Diagnostic Approach, and Biopsy Interpretation of Central Nervous System. He has been involved with the WHO Classification of Brain Tumors since 2000 and co-authored 9 chapters in the 2016 edition. He has been the Co-Director of the AP/CP Residency Program for 11 years and the Director of the Neuropathology Fellowship Program for 16 years and has overseen the clinical training of over a 100 residents and fellows in Surgical Neuropathology. He has also participated in over 50 CME courses nationally and internationally, including Short Courses, Evening Sessions, and Companion Sessions at USCAP.

Dr. Brat directs an NIH-funded basic and translational research laboratory that investigates mechanisms of glioma progression, including the contributions of hypoxia, genetics, tumor microenvironment and stem cells. He leads the scientific efforts of the In Silico Center for Brain Tumor Research, which uses large scale clinical and molecular databases, such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), to address fundamental questions in human glioma behavior. He is also the Director of the NCI supported Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource at Winship, which includes a full service histology laboratory and tissue procurement service. He has over 17 years of experience in brain tumor research and has written more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and reviews. In the laboratory setting, he has trained and mentored over 50 students, residents and fellows and has been named Mentor of the Year for Postdoctoral training at Emory University.

Dr. Brat has served in leadership positions that oversee clinical practice and investigation in Oncology and Pathology, including the TCGA Glioblastoma and Lower Grade Gliomas (Co-Chair) Working Groups; the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Neuropathology Committee (Chair) and Council on Scientific Affairs; the Executive Council and Vice President Elect of the American Association of Neuropathologists; the Board of Directors for the Society of Neuro-oncology; the WHO Committee for Classification of Brain Tumors; and the AJCC Expert Panel. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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