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2020 Educational Course (Postponed)

The American College of Toxicology and Society of Toxicologic Pathology have made the decision to cancel the face-to-face course. We are currently exploring the possibility of holding the course in a virtual format.

Pathology for Nonpathologists

Course Description

This joint American College of Toxicology and Society of Toxicologic Pathology course, held every other year, provides lectures given by highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology. Lectures will cover anatomy and physiology, spontaneous and chemically induced pathological changes, clinical pathology, and case study examples. The knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your day-to-day practices. Different organs or systems are featured in subsequent courses.

The registration fee includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch.

Course Flyer

Course Schedule

Monday, May 18

Pathology and the Pathologist in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Within and beyond the ‘Scope', Hibret Adissu, Covance, Inc.

Introduction to Toxicologic Pathology, Marie Bockenstedt, Covance, Inc.

The Process—Terminology, Pathology Report, Peer Review, Brad Goupil, Covance, Inc.

Adversity: Characterization, Communication, and Context, Molly Boyle, Covance, Inc.

Respiratory Pathology: Part 1, Jack Harkema, Michigan State University

Respiratory Pathology: Part 2, Jack Harkema, Michigan State University

Case Studies


Tuesday, May 19

Hepatic Pathology: Part 1, Bhanu Singh, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Hepatic Pathology: Part 2, Bhanu Singh, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Case Studies

Urinary Pathology: Part 1, Leslie Obert, GlaxoSmithKline

Urinary Pathology: Part 2, Leslie Obert, GlaxoSmithKline

Case Studies

Wednesday, May 20

Cardiovascular Pathology: Part 1, Noel Dybdal, Genentech, Inc.

Cardiovascular Pathology: Part 2, Noel Dybdal, Genentech, Inc.

Case Studies

Clinical Pathology: Part 1, Lindsay Tomlinson, Pfizer Inc.

Clinical Pathology: Part 2, Lindsay Tomlinson, Pfizer Inc.

Daily continental breakfast, snack breaks, and lunch are provided as part of the registration. Detailed course handouts will be provided electronically. Participants must bring personal computer to view materials.


Registration and Check-In: Monday 7:30 AM–8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast: Monday—Wednesday, 7:30 AM–8:00 AM
Course: Monday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM;
               Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Reception: Monday 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Course Organizers

Thomas Steinbach, DVM, DACVP, DABT, EPL, Inc.
Daniel Patrick, DVM, DACVP, DABT, Charles River
Jordan Ballance, ACT staff liaison

Course Committee

Chidozie Amuzie, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DABT, Janssen Research and Development
Scott Everette Boley, PhD, DABT, Sinclair Research
Mary Ellen Cosenza, PhD, DABT, RAC, ATS, MEC Regulatory & Toxicology Consulting, LLC
Ken Schafer, PhD, DVM, DACVP, FIATP, Greenfield Pathology Services, Inc.


Registration Fees:

  By March 15 March 16–May 15
ACT/STP Member $1,195 $1,295
ACT/STP Student and Postdoc Member $   895 $   995
Nonmember $1,395 $1,495
Government $1,195 $1,295
ACT/STP Member Group Rate**
(3 or more from same company)
$1,045 $1,145
Nonmember Group Rate**
(3 or more from same company)
$1,245 $1,345

**To take advantage of the group rate please send your completed registration forms to You will not be able to select the group rate through the online registration. All three forms (or more) should be emailed at the same time.

Refund Policy:
$75 Processing Fee will be charged before 3/15/20; 50% refund if canceled before 4/13/20;
After 4/13/20 no fees will be refunded.

Dietary and Special Services Accommodations:

Accessibility, dietary needs, or allergies must be indicated during registration to arrange for accurate service and preparation. The college will try to accommodate these requests. There is no guarantee that requests can be honored.

We strive to work with our partners and vendors to provide safe and delicious meals for all attendees. Despite taking every precaution, we cannot guarantee that menu items are free of trace amounts of allergens or other ingredients.

Course Location

Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
9751 Washingtonian Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 United States
Tel: 301.590.0044


Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
9751 Washingtonian Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Tel: 301.590.0044
Hotel Reservations: 800.228.9290

Housing Deadline:

Please refer to the ACT PNP Room Block to make your housing reservation. The ACT PNP meeting rate of $189 (plus tax) is offered over the dates of May 17–20, 2020, based on availability, and reservations must be made by April 27, 2020.


Attendees should bring a personal laptop and laptop charger to the course to view the course materials, which will be provided approximately one week before the start of the course. Please be advised that because Wi-Fi will not be available in the course room, attendees are encouraged to download all course materials to their personal laptop before arriving at the course.

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