NEWS & EVENTS
January 25, 2023
January 18, 2023
As the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to mutate over time and new booster vaccines become available, the question arises, are the multivalent boosters more effective at improving immune response than the monovalent vaccines with which we began? This question was addressed by a multi-site group from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York) and from the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Pathology.
January 13, 2023
The American Board of Pathology Announces the Appointment of May Chan, MD to the Test Development and Advisory Committee for Dermatopathology
The Department of Pathology offers its congratulations to Dr. May Chan, Professor of Dermatopathology, on her appointment to the American Board of Pathology's Test Development and Advisory Committee beginning in 2023. "As an established subject matter expert in dermatopathology, the contributions of Dr. Chan will be highly valued," commented Bonnie Woodworth, ABP Communications Director. Chan, who also serves as the Program Director for the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program, commented, "With this appointment, I’ll be joining seven esteemed dermatopathologists in designing and writing questions for the dermpath board exam and for the dermpath portion of the anatomic pathology board exam.
NGS Solid Tumor Panel
Molecular testing of solid tumor neoplasms - particularly advanced-stage cancer. This DNA and RNA based, NGS test targets 50 actionable genes (35 mutations, 19 amplifications, 21 - fusions). Requires <1mm2 of tissue (as little as 100 tumor cells) and a low 3% QNS rate.
NEW TREATMENT OPTION FOR METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
MLabs offers NGS Solid Tumor Panel and Single gene test to detect PIK3CA for FDA approved therapy alpelisib (Piqray®).
Myeloid NGS Panel
This test is intended for the molecular evaluation of myeloid neoplasms including myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, acute myeloid leukemias (AML), mastocytosis and myeloid neoplasms with eosinophilia and gene rearrangement.
Erdafitinib (Balversa™) is an FGFR-inhibitor that is FDA-approved for the treatment of metastatic urothelial cancers harboring susceptible mutations or translocations involving FGFR2 or FGFR3.
NR4A3 (9q22-9q31) Rearrangement (FISH)
NR4A3 encodes an orphan nuclear receptor. Rearrangements of NR4A3 occur in more than 80% of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC) as well as in salivary acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), driving tumorigenesis.
TFE3 Rearrangement (FISH)
Detecting rearrangements involving the TFE3 gene region (Xp11.2) via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to qualitatively assess for the presence of TFE3 translocations that are associated with certain subtypes of renal cell carcinoma. Testing for TFE3 gene rearrangement may aid in the diagnosis and classification of renal tumors.