Dear Colleagues, Patients, and Friends,
Twenty-five years ago, the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) was formed at a small molecular diagnostics workshop. What began as a bit of an experiment has evolved into a dynamic, diverse and welcoming global community of molecular professionals. We’ve grown to more than 2,500 members in over 50 countries, and I could not be more proud to call this organization my professional home.
AMP is recognized for its unmatched expertise in all aspects of molecular diagnostics. We advance the field through education, clinical practice, and advocacy. Our members work to help patients every day by developing and performing advanced molecular testing to provide accurate and timely diagnosis for a wide range of conditions.
For laboratory professionals who are new to our community or hoping to return to the field, I encourage you 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). In addition, 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 the AMP Europe 2020 Congress on September 4-16, in Milan, Italy.
While our members’ work is often conducted far from the doctor’s offices or hospital rooms where patients receive treatment, we serve as an essential partner in their care. To help patients understand the role molecular professionals play, AMP is working to develop patient-facing educational materials that are created based on patient need and designed with input from the patient community. I am excited for these materials to be shared with our patients and for AMP to continue to build meaningful connections with patient advocacy organizations.
I am honored to serve as AMP’s President at this special time in our organization’s history. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, AMP has compiled a new history timeline complete with videos looking back on our community and accomplishments.
If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join us and experience all that AMP has to offer!
Karen Weck, MD
University of North Carolina