Wednesday, February 10, 2010
2010 AANP Annual Meeting Program Announced
preliminary program for the 2010 annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists has been released. The meeting, to be held June 10-13 in Philadelphia, will feature a special day-long course entitled Hereditary Tumor Syndromes of the Nervous System: Clinical, Pathological, and Biological Updates. Of the topics to be covered in that course, I most eagerly anticipate the presentation by Dr. Alexander Judkins (pictured) entitled "INI1: Syndromes and Diagnostic Neuropathological Applications". Since the World Health Organization has only in recent years recognized Rhabdoid Tumor Predisposition Syndrome and its association with the INI1 gene, it will be interesting to hear Judkins -- a recognized leader in this area of research -- talk about the evolution of this syndrome as a distinct nosologic entity. Also on the agenda is a Presidential Symposium entitled "Big Science" Neuro-Oncology: How can Neuropathologists Play Roles in Large-Scale Clinical, Translational and Basic Research? The Transition to Personalized Medicine. Its heartening to see the AANP addressing one of the key areas of transformation in pathology in the coming decades: personalized medicine. And, of course, the always-popular Diagnostic Slide Session of unknowns makes its return. So far, it looks as though we're in for a stimulating meeting!