Association for Molecular Pathology                       
Newsletter
October 2009, Volume 15, Number 3

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
• AMP Advocacy
• AMP Test Directory
• CHAMP
• JMD Report
• Web Editorial Board
• AMP 2009 Preliminary Program
• AMP 2009 Corporate Workshops

• Announcements
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
• Membership & Professional   
  Development Committee
• Nominating Committee
• Professional Relations
  Committee
• Program Committee
• Publications Committee
• Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees

Solid Tumors Subdivision Report

Antonia R. Sepulveda MD, PhD Solid Tumors Subdivision Report
By Antonia R. Sepulveda MD, PhD, Chair
e-mail: Sepulveda@uphs.upenn.edu

With Summer turning the corner we are just getting into the final stretch to another AMP Annual Meeting. Molecular testing applications of solid tumors are clearly reaching another level, with a rapidly expanding field of applications. Solid Tumor Subdivision Representatives in the 2009 Program Committee, Loren Joseph and I, invite you to join an exciting and timely series of presentations planned for this year’s Annual Meeting, under Florida’s sunshine.

Representatives to the Training and Education (T&E) Committee, Jennifer Laudadio and Liang Cheng report a very successful solid tumor webinar this past Spring. The Webinar, “Tumors of Unknown Origin,” was hosted by Liang Cheng and given by Marina Nikiforova. It was very successful with almost 200 attendees. Two solid tumor related webinars are in the works for 2010. Volunteers for future topics are always welcome. We are looking forward to the outreach course which will be in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Loren Joseph is presenting an Update on Issues in Molecular Solid Tumor Testing.

From the Clinical Practice Committee (CPC), I am pleased to report the publication in the July issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics the review paper by the AMP-methylation working group, entitled “CpG Methylation Analysis - Current Status of Clinical Assays and Potential Applications in Molecular Diagnostics: a Report of the Association for Molecular Pathology.”

Highlights of the 2009 Solid Tumor Subdivision program to be featured during the Annual Meeting include the Plenary Session on Friday November 20. Two topics under the umbrella of the impact of the Cancer Genome Atlas project on solid tumors will be presented by field experts Marc Ladanyi, and Sanford Markowitz, with talks entitled: Translating the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Findings in Glioblastoma into Molecular Diagnostics and Genetic Lessons from Colon Cancer, respectively.  On Saturday November 21st another highlight is the Solid Tumors Workshop focused on “Molecular Diagnostics and Targeted Therapies of Colon Cancer.” The expert speakers for this workshop will be Shuji Ogino and Wade Samowitz discussing Molecular Classification and Molecular Testing in Colorectal Cancer and KRAS Mutation Testing, Methods and Application to Selection of Colorectal Cancer Patients for EGFR-Targeted Therapies, respectively.

Abstract submission was very successful this year and in addition to the “very social” poster sessions we will feature on November 20th a platform presentation workshop with oral presentations of selected abstracts. Finally, for the early birds in the group you can enjoy your breakfast during two Early Bird Sessions with focus on solid tumor topics.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the 2009 Annual Meeting in November!