Neuropathology is the study of diseases of the nervous system, and typically includes the laboratory analysis of tissue samples for personalized diagnosis or forensic investigations. Neuropathologists are the physicians/scientists who provide cellular and molecular diagnoses and conduct research in this field; common areas of study are brain tumors, Alzheimer disease, stroke, muscular dystrophies, infections, and brain development. Our association is the AANP and our official journal is the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurolog..... Read More

Message from our President

This is an exciting time for the field of Neuropathology. Together with its large, diverse and talented membership, the AANP, as the leading national professional and academic organization for Neuropathology, is at the forefront of investigation, education and clinical service involving diseases of the nervous system. The understanding of brain diseases is advancing at a rapid pace, in large part due to the emergence of data from new technologies used to study them, including genomics, advanced tissue-based investigation, molecular neuroimaging, artificial intelligence, and others.  The diagnosis of brain tumors, neurodegenerative disorders, and neuromuscular disorders all now include molecular biomarkers, creating more clinically and biologically relevant disease categories for personalized patient management, but also uncovering new opportunities for investigation and education as we fill in the gaps of knowledge within these new paradigms.  At the 2019 meeting of the AANP, we heard from leading international experts on advances on the pathogenesis and classification of brain tumors, on the recognition of distinct neurodegenerative diseases, and about the impact of technology and machine learning in neuropathology. The sessions on “What every neuropathologist needs to know” covered the most current concepts and diagnostic approaches for neuromuscular disease, and the Presidential Symposium focused on new tissue engineering and imaging methods that are expanding the ways that we are able to visualize the tremendous complexity of the brain in greater detail. Many of these presentations are posted under the “Meetings” tab for your review, and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) are available through the Education tab for several activities from the 2019 meeting, in addition to the regular offerings based on publications from the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology.

We have already begun planning for the 2020 meeting, which will be held from June 11th to 14th in Monterey, CA. Guaranteed to be memorable both for its content and for its beautiful setting, the meeting will begin with a course on Thursday, followed by the scientific sessions and named lectures on Friday and Saturday, the Diagnostic Slide Session on Saturday evening, and concluding with the Presidential Symposium on Sunday morning

Please join the AANP at its annual meeting next summer. This will be an excellent opportunity to invite a friend or colleague who has never attended, but might be interested in the outstanding array of scientific, educational, professional and social offerings at this meeting.

I look forward to seeing you in Monterey, CA, June 11-14, 2020. 

Daniel J. Brat, M.D., Ph.D.
President, AANP


2020 Annual Meeting of AANP

June 11-14, 2020 
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey, California