Dear Colleagues, Patients, and Friends,
The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) is recognized for its unmatched expertise in all aspects of molecular diagnostics, but we are also known as a dynamic, diverse and welcoming community working together to improve patient care.
AMP members help patients every day by developing and performing advanced molecular testing to provide accurate and timely diagnosis. Our work is primarily completed in laboratory facilities, sometimes far from the doctor’s offices or hospital rooms where patients receive care. Nevertheless, we serve as an essential partner in precision medicine efforts that are improving outcomes for patients fighting a broad range of cancers, infectious diseases, and inherited conditions.
AMP advances the field of molecular diagnostics through education, clinical practice, and advocacy.
I encourage interested individuals to take advantage of our broad range of educational offerings, including webinars and in-depth courses (offered in-person or online), and to read our freely available practice guidelines in our highly regarded academic publication, The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD). If you are a patient or patient advocate interested in learning more about our organization, please email us so we can include you in our ongoing engagement efforts.
Whether you are new to our community or hoping to return to the field, I can think of no better opportunity for you to learn about advancing molecular-based patient care than by attending one of our meetings. The AMP Annual Meeting & Expo is the premier gathering place where new discoveries and practical aspects in molecular medicine are first discussed. In addition, we will be hosting our 2nd Global Congress on Molecular Pathology on May 16-18, 2019 in Hong Kong, preceded by a course for those rather new to molecular diagnostics and a JMD workshop for authors on May 15.
I am honored to serve as AMP’s President at a special time in our organization’s history; as we approach our 25th anniversary, I encourage members to reflect on the astonishing advancements in our field, and to share your ideas for future innovation opportunities. If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join us and experience all that AMP has to offer!
Victoria M. Pratt, PhD, FACMG
Indiana University School of Medicine