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

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
• 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
AMP 2009 Annual Meeting & Exhibits
Preliminary Program
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
8:00am-3:30pm CDC GeT-RM Expert Panel Meeting 2009
11:30am-6:00pm AMP Council Meeting 1
12:00pm-6:00pm Registration, Check-In
3:00pm-6:00pm CAP Laboratory Preparation Seminar (For registration, contact CAP Education Division at 800-323-4040 x7525 or education@cap.org )
Moderators:
Helen D. Fernandes, PhD, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ and
Philip R. Foulis, MD, MPH, FCAP, College of American Pathologists, Chicago, IL
3:30pm-5:00pm Dialogue with NIST: Reference Standards for Molecular Testing
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009
7:00am-5:00pm Registration, Check-In
7:30am-3:30pm PATHOLOGY OUTREACH COURSE
Real Time Updates and New Clinical Applications in Molecular Pathology:
A Course for Emerging Molecular Laboratory Professionals
Supported by Nanosphere, Inc. Co-Sponsored by the College of American Pathologists and the Florida Society of Pathologists
Separate registration required
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9:00am-5:00pm Corporate Workshops (See separate schedule)
(Throughout the day) AMP Committee Meetings
  7:30am-9:30am Economic Affairs
  8:00am-10:00am Strategic Planning Committee
  12:00pm-3:00pm Professional Relations Committee
  2:00pm-3:00pm Membership and Professional Development Committee
  3:00pm-3:30 pm Nominating Committee
  3:30pm-4:30pm Program Committee - 2009
  4:30pm-5:00pm Program Committee - 2010
  3:30pm-5:00pm Training and Education Committee
  4:30pm-5:30pm Publications Committee
  5:30pm-6:30pm Clinical Practice
6:00pm-9:00pm Abbott Molecular Reception
6:30pm-7:30pm MGP Program Directors Meeting
7:00pm-11:00pm Dinner for Canadian Members
   
Friday, November 20, 2009
7:00am-6:00pm Registration, Check-In
7:00am-8:00am Early Bird Sessions
 
  Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening
Iris Schrijver, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
  Detection of Mutations with Prognostic Implications in AML
Bryan L. Betz, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from InvivoScribe Technologies, LLC
  Small Group Workshops
 

Alternative Performance Assessment Strategies
Timothy Tubman, MP(ASCP),CGMBS,
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano, CA

 

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Molecular Diagnotics
Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

 

CYP450 Testing: A Forum to Share Experiences of Using the Roche Amplichip
Pamela M. Ward PhD, University of California –Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, CA

 

Informatics Interest Group
Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

International Chapter
Lei Po (Chris) Wong PhD, Hong Kong Sanatorium Hospital, Hong Kong, CHINA

 

Rocky Mountain States Regional Interest Group
Robyn Temple-Smolkin, PhD, Big Sky Diagnostic Labs, Helena, MT

 

Solid Tumors: Challenging Cases and Diagnostic Dilemmas
Marina N. Nikiforova, MD, FCAP, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

8:00am-8:15am Break
8:15am-8:20am Opening Remarks
Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
8:20am-9:30am AMP AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS LECTURE
Kay Davies, PhD, Oxford University, London, ENGLAND
9:30am-10:30am Break - Visit the Exhibits and Posters Supported by GenomeWeb LLC
10:30am-12:00pm PLENARY SESSION I: GENETICS
Complex Genetic Disorders of Childhood
  Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Illumina, Inc
  Moderator:
Hanna Rennert, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  Genetics of Complex Pediatric Disorders: What Have we Learned?
Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
12:00 pm-1:00pm General Luncheon
Genetics Business Luncheon
Solid Tumors Business Luncheon
1:00pm-2:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
 
  Platform Presentations of Selected Abstracts - Genetics
Moderators:
Hanna Rennert, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY and
Arlene Buller, PhD, Quest Diagnostics, San Juan Capistrano, CA
  Platform Presentations of Selected Abstracts - Hematopathology
Moderators:
Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Tim Greiner, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from InvivoScribe Technologies, LLC
 
Platform Presentations of Selected Abstracts - Infectious Diseases
Moderators:
Frederick S. Nolte, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
David Persing, MD, PhD, Cepheid Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
  Platform Presentations of Selected Abstracts - Solid Tumors
Moderators:
Antonia R. Sepulveda, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Loren Joseph, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
2:30pm-4:30pm

Break - Visit Exhibits & Posters Supported by NorDiag, Inc
Odd-numbered posters manned 2:30pm - 3:30pm
YIA and Tech Award posters manned 2:30pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm-6:00pm PLENARY SESSION II: Solid Tumors
  The Cancer Genome Atlas
Moderators:
Antonia R. Sepulveda, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Loren Joseph, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  Translating the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Findings in Glioblastoma into Molecular Diagnostics
Marc Ladanyi, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  Genetic Lessons from Colon Cancer
Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cleveland, OH
6:00pm-7:00pm Welcome Reception
Supported by Roche Diagnostics Corporation
7:00pm-8:30pm JMD Editorial Board Meeting
   
Saturday, November 21, 2009
7:00am-6:00pm Registration, Check-In
7:00am-8:00am Early Bird Sessions
    Coding Conundrums
Jeffrey A. Kant, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  Reporting Molecular Test Results
Margaret Gulley, MD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  Web-Based Tools
Nitin S. Udar, PhD, Beckman Coulter, Inc, Fullerton, CA
  QA/QC for MicroArrays
  Moderator:
Hanna Rennert, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  Quality Control and Data Processing for the Evaluation of DNA Variants Using Affymetrix Assays
Francesca Demichelis, PhD, Weill Cornell University College, New York, NY
8:00am-8:15am Break
8:15am-9:45am PLENARY SESSION III: HEMATOPATHOLOGY
  NFKB Activation in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Moderators:
Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Tim Greiner, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  Pathway Alterations in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma
Laura Pasqualucci, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Achilles' Heel Screen for Molecular Targets in Cancer
Vu Ngo, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
9:45am-10:00am Break
Supported by InvivoScribe Technologies, LLC
10:00am-11:30am CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Molecular Diagnostics and Targeted Therapies of Colon Cancer
Moderators:
Antonia R. Sepulveda, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Loren Joseph, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Molecular Classification and Molecular Testing in Colorectal Cancer
Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
KRAS Mutation Testing, Methods and Application to Selection of Colorectal Cancer Patients for EGFR-Targeted Therapies
Wade S. Samowitz, MD, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT
    Acquired Mutations in Myeloproliferative Diseases
    Moderator:
Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
   
Somatic Mutations and Uniparenteral Disomy in Philadelphia Chromosome Negative Myeloproliferative Diseases
Josef T. Prchal, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
   
Practical Issues Regarding JAK2 and MPL Mutation Testing in the Clinical Laboratory:
A Discussion of When to Do it, How to do it and How to Report it.
Rebecca F. McClure, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Analysis of Complex Genetic Disorders
    Moderator:
Hanna Rennert, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
    Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD): How a Monogenic Disorder Becomes Complex
Sandro Rossetti, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Maria I. New, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
    Technical Troubles: What Would You Do?
    Moderator:
Joan T. Gordon, BS MT(ASCP) Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc, Scarborough, ME
    Gregory J. Tsongalis, PhD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
    William E. Highsmith, Jr., PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
11:30am-12:30pm Visit Exhibits & Posters, Even-numbered posters manned
12:30pm-1:30pm General Luncheon
Hematopathology Business Luncheon
Infectious Diseases Business Luncheon
Trainee Luncheon
1:30pm-3:00pm PLENARY SESSION IV: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  Mass Spectrometry for Infectious Diseases Applications
  Moderator:
Frederick S. Nolte, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  Donna Wolk, PhD, (ABMM) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  Charlotte Gaydos, MPH, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  David J. Ecker, PhD, Ibis Biosciences, Inc, Carlsbad, CA
3:00pm-4:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Breaking Topics
  Moderator:
Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
  Circulating, Cell Free, Fetal Nucleic Acids as an Object of Clinical Laboratory Investigation
  Daniel H. Farkas, PhD, HCLD, Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine
  Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis: from the Bench to Clinical Practice
  Osnat Geifman-Holtzman, MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  New Strategies for Diagnosis and Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infections
  Moderator:
David Persing, MD, PhD, Cepheid Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
  Karen C. Carroll, MD, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  Dale N. Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hines, IL
  Puzzlers by Prior
  Thomas W. Prior, PhD, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  Clinical Utility of Microarrays
  Moderator:
Steven C. Cook, BS MT(ASCP), CLSp(MB), Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN
  Nancy Spinner, PhD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  Madhuri R. Hegde, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
4:30pm-4:45pm Break Supported by Hologic, Inc
4:45pm-6:00pm Business/Awards Session
    Technologist Award
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Hologic
  Young Investigator Award
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Luminex Corporation
  Leadership Award
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Molecular
6:00pm-7:00pm Awards Reception
Supported by Hologic
7:00pm-10:00pm Saturday Evening Social Event (Optional)
Supported by Abbott Molecular, Illumina, Luminex, and Roche Diagnostics
Ticket purchase required - see registration information for details
   
Sunday, November 22, 2009
7:00am-12:00pm Registration, Check-In
7:00am-8:00am Early Bird Sessions
    Getting Funded - A Workshop for Researchers
Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
  New CDC Guideline for Molecular Genetic Testing for Heritable Diseases: What Laboratories Should Know and Why?
  Vicky Pratt, PhD, Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute, Chantilly, VA
  Bin Chen, PhD, FACMG, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
  Response of Molecular Diagnostic Laboratories to Novel Influenza A Virus Infections
 

Christine C. Ginocchio, PhD, North Shore-LIJ Health System Labs, Lake Success, NY

  Jan A. Nowak, MD, PhD, Northshore University Health System, Evanston, IL
  Use of MicroArrays for Mitochondrial Diseases
  Moderator:
Hanna Rennert, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  Genetic Testing for Mitochondrial DNA Using MicroArray-Based Applications
Lee-Jun C. Wong, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
8:00am-8:15am Break
8:15am - 9:45am CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Gene Patents: The Current Environment - Panel Discussion
  Moderator:
Karen Mann, MD, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  Roger D. Klein, MD, JD, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Glendale, WI
  David H. Ledbetter, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  Debra G.B. Leonard, MD, PhD, Weill College of Cornell University, New York, NY
  Jean Amos Wilson PhD, Berkeley HeartLab, Inc, Alameda, CA
  Molecular Pathology Using Paraffin-Embedded Tissue
  Moderator:
Jennifer L. Hunt, MD, MEd, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
  Career Development Workshop: A look Inside the Options
Moderators:
Barbara Zehnbauer, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Timothy C. Greiner, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Karen E. Bijwaard, MS CLSp(MB), FDA, Rockville, MD
Russel K. Enns, PhD, Cepheid, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
9:45am-10:00am Break
10:00am-11:45am PLENARY SESSION V: SPECIAL TOPICS
  Molecular Testing in the Developing World
  Moderator:
Helen D. Fernandes, PhD, UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
  Molecular Methods for Diagnosis of MDR/XDR TB-Perspectives from a Tertiary Care Center in Mumbai, INDIA
Dr. Camilla Rodrigues, PD Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mumbai, INDIA
Opportunities for Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease in Developing Countries
Mark D. Perkins, MD, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
11:45am-12:00pm Closing Remarks
Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC
12:00pm Adjourn
12:30pm-3:00pm AMP Council Meeting II