Association for Molecular Pathology                       
Newsletter
February 2009, Volume 15, Number 1

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
• Message from the Past President
• 
AMP Test Directory
• CHAMP
• 
The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
• Web Editorial Board Report
• 2008 Annual Meeting Photo
  Album
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
• Economic Affairs Committee
• Membership & Professional   
  Development Committee
• Nominating Committee
• Professional Relations
  Committee
• Program Committee
• Publications Committee
• Strategic Planning Committee
• Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees

Infectious Diseases Subdivision Report

Frederick S. Nolte, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM) By Frederick S. Nolte, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM)
Chair, Infectious Diseases Subdivision
e-mail: nolte@musc.edu

Greetings from historic Charleston and the South Carolina low country, with best wishes for 2009!    I am proud to serve as the Infectious Diseases Subdivision Chair and take this opportunity to thank Frank Cockerill for his efforts as the outgoing Chair, and welcome David Persing as the Chair-Elect.   Frank did a great job in organizing the Infectious Diseases portion of the Program for the 2008 Meeting and Dave is already making significant contributions as we put together the Program plan for the 2009 Meeting in Orlando.

I also want to recognize other members for their contributions to the mission of the Infectious Diseases Subdivision in 2008: Aaron Bossler, Clinical Practice Committee; Kenneth Bahk and Randy Hayden, Nominating Committee; and Matt Bankowski, Training and Education Committee.   I look forward to working with our incoming Representatives to the Clinical Practice Committee, Donna Wolk and Belinda Yen-Lieberman, the Nominating Committee, Jeanne Carr, and the Training and Education Committee, Carol Holland

By all measures the 2008 Annual Meeting in Grapevine was a success and thanks are due to all the speakers.  The Infectious Diseases Subdivision sponsored an Early Bird Session, two Workshops, Platform Presentations of Selected Infectious Diseases Abstracts, and a Plenary Session.   The Early Bird Session on microorganism identification by sequence analysis was presented by Cathy Petti, ARUP Laboratories, and Nancy Wengenack, Mayo Clinic.   Despite the early hour it was well attended and the audience was rewarded with excellent talks on the clinical relevance of microbial diversity by Cathy and sequence-based identification of mycobacteria and fungi by Nancy.   Cathy’s performance was particularly remarkable, considering she was up all night with food poisoning prior to her talk!

Terry Wright delivered a comprehensive and insightful update on hepatitis B virus as one of our Workshops.   The second Workshop was jointly sponsored by the Clinical Practice Committee and focused on quantitative testing for BK polyomavirus.  It was moderated by Aaron Bossler with presentations on the clinical applications; and assay design, validation, and reference material by me and Linda Cook, respectively.  Support for establishing an AMP working group to advance the development of standardized reference material for BKV DNA was expressed at the workshop.  Those interested in working on this project should contact Donna Wolk directly (dwolk@email.arizona.edu).

Greg Storch served double duty at the 2008 Meeting.  He presented a state-of-the-art lecture on multiplex assays for respiratory viruses as a Plenary Session speaker for the Infectious Diseases Subdivision, and then participated as a panel member in a Special Topics Plenary Session on clinical development, validation, and application of multiplex assays.

The platform presentations of selected posters were well attended and will be back by popular demand for the 2009 Meeting.  The number and quality of the posters this year made the selection of just six for oral presentation very difficult, but that is just the kind of problem we want.

The Program for the 2009 Annual Meeting is still under development as of this writing; however, the topics under consideration by the Program Planning Committee for the Infectious Diseases sessions include:  clinical applications of mass spectrometry; role of nucleic acid tests in diagnosis of Clostridium difficile disease; molecular diagnostics in resource-poor settings; adenovirus infections in transplant recipients; and deep sequencing for HIV tropism and drug resistance.  As always, your thoughts for topics for the 2009 or other future meetings are welcomed.