Globally recognized ASIP Member receives distinguished professorship

Professor Vinay Kumar University of Chicago (Photo uchicago.edu)

Dr. Vinay Kumar has been named the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Pathology. He is a long-time ASIP Member and was the recipient of the 2019 ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Award which is the highest honor granted by the American Society for Investigative Pathology.

Kumar is a pioneer in the field of the cellular and molecular biology of natural killer cells and a global leader in medical education.

He was one of the first to propose the existence of a novel subset of lymphoid cells with antileukemic activity, subsequently identified as natural killer cells.

Prof. Kumar’s research has led to greater understanding of the origin and differentiation of these cells and their role in the rejection of transplanted bone marrow.

His team of researchers is also credited with discovering that mutations in the human perforin gene give rise to severe and fatal disorders of immune dysregulation

Kumar is the senior editor and co-author of five pathology textbooks, including Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, which has been translated into more than 13 languages and is the most widely used pathology text in the world.

Among the many honors he has received for his research, is election as a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences in 2004.

Kumar was born in India in 1944, and graduated with a science degree from Fergusson College, Poona University. He went on to get his medical degree from Punjab University Medical College in Amritsar at the young age of 22.

ASIP Ambassadors Program

The American Society for Investigative Pathology is pleased to announce the launch of the ASIP Ambassadors Program.

What is the goal of this program?

The major objective of this program is to promote the Society, its major functions, career advancement opportunities, and membership benefits to potential members and participants across the United States and around the world.

Who are the ASIP Ambassadors?

ASIP Ambassadors reflect the diversity that is present within the membership of the Society. ASIP Ambassadors include individuals representing all stages of career from trainees to senior members, and originate from various academic and non-academic institutions across the United States, and from several other countries. ASIP Ambassadors include individuals from Society leadership including current, past, and future Presidents, members of the ASIP Council, members of various ASIP standing committees, and others. All of our ASIP Ambassadors are dedicated and highly engaged members who actively participate in all aspects of the Society and recognize the value of membership in our Society.

What do the ASIP Ambassadors do?

ASIP Ambassadors promote the ASIP to their peers, colleagues, and collaborators, both within their own institutions and beyond. ASIP Ambassadors promote (i) ASIP membership, (ii) ASIP meetings, and (iii) ASIP journals. Membership in the ASIP affords numerous opportunities for positive career development through our travel and meritorious awards programs, participation with committee work, networking with the leaders of the Society and field at-large, and international exposure through our meetings and journals. The ASIP Annual Meeting (at Experimental Biology) and the stand-alone PISA Meeting offer members ranging from trainees to senior scientists the opportunity to present their research to the larger pathobiology research community and to network with investigators within this community. The American Journal of Pathology is the most frequently cited pathology journal (with 40,000 citations per year) and is well read (with 1.4 million paper downloads per year). The ASIP Ambassadors recognize candidates for membership, encourage attendance at our meetings, and promote The American Journal of Pathology as an excellent place to publish basic and translational research related to mechanisms of disease.

You too can become an ASIP Ambassador!

Ideally, every member of the ASIP serves as an Ambassador and our goal is to establish a culture where promotion of the Society and our exceptional opportunities for members becomes the norm. In this manner, every member can become an ASIP Ambassador. Our goal is to have Ambassadors in every state in the nation, in every country abroad where we have members, at all major research institutions (academic, government, industry, biotech, and others), as well as in undergraduate teaching institutions.