Association for Molecular Pathology

Newsletter

February 2011, Volume 17, Number 1

 

Infectious Diseases Subdivision Report

Randall T. Hayden, MD

By Randall T. Hayden, MD
e-mail: randall.hayden@stjude.org




It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as the incoming Infectious Diseases (ID) Subdivision Chair while thanking David Persing (outgoing Chair) for his outstanding work and contributions to AMP over the last two years. As usual, David brought his tremendous wealth of knowledge and broad, insightful perspective to the task, which was reflected in the mix of topics presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the other Infectious Diseases Subdivision Committee representatives for their great work and incredible contributions to the field over the last year: Clinical Practice Committee, Donna Wolk and Jeffrey Wisotzkey; Nominating Committee, Jeanne Carr and Preeti Pancholi; Training and Practice Committee, Carol Holland and Janice Matthews-Greer. Newly elected are Lance Peterson as the Infectious Diseases Subdivision Chair, Kathleen Montone as Clinical Practice Committee representative, Robyn Temple-Smolkinas, Nominating Committee representative and Melinda Poulter, Training and Education Committee representative. We are all very excited to represent the AMP Infectious Diseases Subdivision membership in continuing the accomplishments of the last few years.

The recently held AMP Annual Meeting was an outstanding success with a number of excellent presentations of innovative work in the poster and platform sessions. The Infectious Diseases (ID) Plenary Session was well-attended and centered on uncultured pathogens with talks by Dave Fredericks on bacterial vaginosis and Florence Fenollar on Whipple's Disease. Angie Caliendo participated in two Workshops during the meeting, with several excellent case studies of technical troubles in molecular diagnostics during the Technical Topics Workshop. I had the pleasure of co-presenting with her during the Infectious Diseases Session on quantitative molecular detection, early Saturday afternoon. Beverly Metchock discussed the current status of TB testing during the Infectious Diseases Early Bird Session on Saturday morning. Finally, a fascinating, joint Plenary Session rounded out the meeting on Saturday afternoon, co-moderated by David Persing and Joseph Loren, with two fabulous presentations by Maura Gillison on HPV and Joseph DeRisi on pathogen discovery. By all accounts, the meeting was extremely well-received and infectious diseases topics in particular seemed to resonate with many of the participants, not only from the ID Subdivision, but across all areas represented by AMP.

Lance Peterson and I have begun working in earnest on the 2011 Annual Meeting program and have received many thoughtful suggestions from the membership, particularly during the Subdivision business luncheon. We look forward to telling you about the agenda as it develops over the coming months.