Association for Molecular Pathology                       
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May 2009, Volume 15, Number 2 

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President's Message
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
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  Development Committee

• Nominating Committee
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Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
Special Features
• AMP Leadership Award
• CHAMP

• Member Survey Report
• Web Editorial Board Report
• Show Me the Money!
• Announcements
• Career Opportunities
• Meetings and Upcoming Events
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees

Genetics Subdivision Report

Hanna Rennert, PhD By Hanna Rennert, PhD
Chair, Genetics Subdivision
e-mail: har2006@med.cornell.edu

Spring is here and it is time again for an update from the Genetics Subdivision. It has been a busy Winter.  Arlene Buller and I have been working diligently to develop a wonderful Program for the 2009 AMP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Fl. 

We are expecting an exciting start with our Plenary Session speaker, Hakon Hakonarson, from the Center for Applied of Genomics at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who will talk about the molecular genetics of common diseases.  The vast majority of common diseases in children and adults are known to have underlying inherited components.  Rapid advances in molecular genetics have led to a stage where identification of genetic variants contributing to these common but complex traits is feasible.  Such identification promises to revolutionize the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to these disorders.  Dr. Hakonarson has ample experience in pioneering genome-wide mapping and association studies.  He is currently leading one of the largest studies in the world, focusing on genotyping more than 100,000 children over the next 3 years for common diseases of childhood including asthma, diabetes, ADHD, among others as well as pediatric cancer.   

Building on the complexity theme and childhood disorders, our Genetic Workshop will highlight some of the challenges associated with genetic diagnosis of inherited disorders caused by large and/or complex reiterated genes.  We are thrilled to have as our speakers Sandro Rossetti from the Division of Nephrology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, who will talk to us about the molecular genetics of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), and Dr. Maria New (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York), one of the world's leading pediatric endocrinologists, who will discuss the complex genetics of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).  Following last year’s success, our Second Workshop will focus on platform presentations of selected genetics abstracts which will be given by our own AMP members.  Trainees as well as technologists are encouraged to submit their work! 

Other great educational sessions include our Early Bird Sessions.  Iris Schrijver will lead a cystic fibrosis newborn screening session to shed some light on newborn screening practices and algorithms currently used across the nationVicky Pratt will present results from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding molecular genetic testing for heritable diseases. 

Other scheduled sessions include the opportunity to present your most challenging cases to the Puzzlers by Prior.  This session consists of interesting and challenging inherited disorders or cancer genetic cases, solved or unsolved, provided by the AMP membership.  Please submit your interesting genetic case to Tom Prior (thomas.prior@osumc.edu).  We greatly value your input and cannot do this without you! 

We are truly excited about the upcoming 2009 AMP Meeting and hope that you are already working on your abstract.  Looking forward to see you all in Kissimmee in November!