Pathologists Among Leaders Presenting at International Workshop


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Pathologists Among Leaders Presenting at International Workshop

March 26, 2013 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., March 26, 2013-Albany Medical College was in the top 20 percent of all institutions submitting scientific abstracts accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the premier academic society of pathology.

More than 400 institutions from the U.S., Canada and throughout the world proffered nearly 2,700 scientific abstracts, the highest number ever submitted for presentation at an annual meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). A total of 2,105 abstracts were presented at the conference held March 2-8 in Baltimore.

"We are extremely pleased that most of our submissions were accepted for presentation at USCAP, the largest gathering of physician-pathologists in the world," said Jeffrey S. Ross, M.D., Cyrus Strong Merrill Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. "Our success speaks to the quality of advanced research being carried out at Albany Med."

The Pathology Residency Research program submitted a total of 18 research studies, 15 of which were accepted for presentation, according to Dr. Ross.

The abstracts were also published in the February issues of Modern Pathology and Laboratory Investigation, two of the world's leading pathology journals.

"This year's USCAP meeting confirmed that we pathologists are changing our approach to studying cancer from a ,diagnostic' focus to a ,predictive' focus," Dr. Ross said. "Many of the studies presented at the meeting involved selecting, monitoring and measuring outcomes of specific anti-cancer treatments."

Dr. Ross conducted a symposium at the USCAP meeting titled "Next Generation Pathology: Clinical Application of Next-Generation Sequencing to Identify Actionable Genomic Changes in Common and Rare Solid Tumors." In addition, two of his studies on identifying and targeting gene mutations in cancer cells were selected for the honor of oral presentation at the meeting.

Along with Dr. Ross, the following Albany Med faculty and residents presented abstracts at the meeting: Christine E. Sheehan, M.S.; Osama Elkadi, M.D.; Katsiaryna Laziuk, M.D.; Janne V. Rand, M.D.; Rami N. Al-Rohil, M.B.B.S.; Michael J. Presta, M.D.; Guilian Niu, M.D.; and Ashley Tarasen, M.D.

Co-authors of abstracts presented were: Ann Boguniewicz, M.D.; Timothy A. Jennings, M.D.;  J. Andrew Carlson, M.D.; David M. Jones, M.D.;  Hwa Jeong Lee, M.D.; Tipu Nazeer, M.D.; Gregory M. Sheehan, M.D.; Hugh A.G. Fisher, M.D.; Ronald P. Kaufman Jr., M.D.; Christopher B. Sheehan, B.S.; Suzanne Homan, M.D., Ph.D.; Ellis Tobin, M.D.; Wadad S. Mneimneh, M.D.; Jessica Kumar, M.D.; Dion Middleton, M.D.; and Mary Barrett, M.D.

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