Association for Molecular Pathology


October 2011, Volume 17, Number 3


Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
AMP 2011 Meeting Program
AMP 2011 Corporate Workshops
What's New at the Annual Meeting This Year?
A New Strategic Plan and a New Staff Team (Almost)
Scientific Interest Groups
Canadian Interest Group
Pharmacogenetics Interest Group
Working Groups
International Affairs
Whole Genome Analysis

Committee Reports
Clinical Practice Committee
Economic Affairs Committee
Nominating Committee
Professional Relations Committee
Program Committee
Publications Committee
Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
Infectious Diseases
Solid Tumors
2011 AMP Officers and Appointees
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President's Message

Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhDBy Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD

A Tribute to Our Members

This is the last Newsletter message I will write as President of AMP. While there are several more months left to my term, it seems appropriate to share at least one of the lessons I have learned while entrusted with this role. This proved to be difficult, since I learned so much during the year, and because the learning experiences were so diverse, ranging from Association management, to regulatory affairs, reimbursement issues and new developments in the science of molecular diagnostics. Indeed, I have often felt as if I were drinking from a fire hose. So, instead of an article based on lessons learned, I will instead make this article both a tribute and a thank you to the AMP membership.  >>Read the Article

Carlo M. Croce, MD, Recipient of the 2011 AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics

Carlo M. Croce, MDCarlo M. Croce, MD is being honored for his contributions involving the genes and genetic mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of human cancer. During the course of his career, he discovered the juxtaposition of the human immunoglobulin genes to the MYC oncogene and the deregulation of MYC in Burkitt lymphoma, the ALL1/MLL gene involved in acute leukemias, the TCL1 gene associated with T-cell leukemias, and cloned, named and characterized many oncogenes including the BCL2 gene involved in follicular lymphoma as well as several tumor suppressor genes. He uncovered the early events involved in the pathogenesis of lung, nasopharyngeal, head and neck, esophageal, gastrointestinal and breast cancers. >>Read the Article

Mary Steele Williams Appointed as Executive Director of the Association for Molecular Pathology

Mary Steele Williams, MNA, MT(ASCP)SMOn June 30, 2011, AMP appointed Mary Steele Williams, MNA, MT(ASCP)SM to the position of Executive Director. This move is indicative of the tremendous growth experienced by this 17 year-old Association. The outgoing Executive Officer, Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD, a founding member and past President, served for ten years as AMP’s part time Executive Officer and steered it to its current prominence as the voice of molecular pathology.
>>Read the Article

AMP Meritorious Service Award Recipients

It is my great pleasure to announce the first winners of the AMP Meritorious Service: Teresita Cuyegkeng Redondo and Marlene Sabbath-Solitare. Terry and Marlene are receiving this Award in recognition of their dedicated, decade-long service as co-editors of the AMP Newsletter. (For details of the Award see Nominating Committee Report). Newsletter Editor is often a thankless task and involves corralling AMP leadership and encouraging them (aka haranguing them) to deliver Newsletter articles in a timely fashion several times a year. Once all of the articles are in, the work actually begins as the articles need to be edited, corrected, and the overall layout determined. Over the last year, they have moved the Newsletter into a pure electronic format, helping move AMP into the digital age. In addition, they are the semi-official photographers at the Annual Meeting and instituted the Annual Photo Contest. >>Read the Article

Bring Your Camera to the AMP Annual Meeting!

Bring your camera and take some entertaining or interesting photos during the Annual Meeting and enter the AMP Photo Contest. Photos MUST be digital and include a meeting attendee. First, second and third prize winners will receive a gift and their photos published on the AMP website! >>More Information

AMP 2011 Annual Meeting

November 17-19, 2011
Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center
Grapevine, Texas (USA)

From the AMP Newsletter Editors' Desk

Like Martin and Lewis, Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy - all good things must come to an end, with that in mind, we bid thee a fond farewell.

It almost goes without saying that we genuinely enjoyed our time with you. It is comforting to know that we were such vital cogs in the AMP Association that no replacements are contemplated to date. WOW!!!!

In all seriousness, it has been a pleasant and rewarding experience which we will miss and treasure. So thank you for the opportunity and memories.

Terry and Marlene