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Short Courses*


Sunday, February 9 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm

SC1: CTCs from Bench to Bed: Streamlining from Research to Clinical Practice - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Marek Malecki, M.D., Ph.D., President, Phoenix Biomolecular Engineering Foundation; Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Avraham Rasooly, Ph.D., Special Assistant for Cancer Technologies and Translational Research, Division of Cancer Biology, NCI NIH

John P. Langmore, Ph.D., CSO, Rubicon Genomics, Inc.

Co-Organized with

SC2: Latest Advances in Molecular Pathology - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Iris Schrijver, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics; Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

James Zehnder, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Hematology), Stanford University Medical Center

Athena Cherry, Ph.D., Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory, Professor, Pathology and Pediatrics, Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center

Co-Organized with

SC3: Starting an NGS Lab Part I: Technical Considerations - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Madhuri Hegde, Ph.D., FACMG, Associate Professor, Human Genetics; Executive Director, Emory Genetics Laboratory, Emory University School of Medicine (2013-2014 AMP Genetics Subdivision Chair)

Monica J. Basehore, Ph.D., FACMG, Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Greenwood Genetic Center (AMP Member)

Birgit H. Funke, Ph.D., FACMG, Assistant Professor, Pathology, MGH/Harvard Medical School; Director, Clinical Research and Development, Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (AMP Member)  

SC4: Sequencing 101 - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructor: Ryan Kim, Ph.D., Director, UC Davis Genome Center, DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Cores, University of California, Davis

SC5: Best Practices in Personalized and Translational Medicine - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructor: Keith Batchelder, M.D., Founder and CEO, Genomic Healthcare Strategies

SC6: PCR Part I: qPCR and High Resolution Melting in Molecular Diagnostics - (Detailed Agenda)  

Instructors: Fred Russell Kramer, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University

Carl Wittwer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, University of Utah

SC7: Maximizing Reimbursement and How Coding Changes have Impacted a Complex Diagnostic Landscape

Instructors: Bonnie Ancone, Vice President, Molecular Diagnostics, XIFIN, Inc.

Kyle Fetter, Associate Vice President, Molecular Diagnostics, XIFIN, Inc.

Rina Wolf, Vice President, Commercialization Strategies, XIFIN, Inc.


Sunday, February 9 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Co-Organized with

SC9: Starting an NGS Lab Part II: Practical and Business Aspects - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Victoria M. Pratt, Ph.D., FACMG, Director, Pharmacogenomics Laboratory, Medical & Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine 2013 (AMP Professional Relations Committee)

Jill Hagenkord, M.D., CMO & Senior Vice President, InVitae 2013 (AMP Economic Affairs Committee and 2014 AMP Training and Education Committee)

Roger Klein, M.D., J.D., Attending Pathologist, Molecular Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2013-2014 Chair, AMP Professional Relations Committee)

SC10: NGS Assembly and Alignment - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructor: Gabe Rudy, Vice President, Product Development, Golden Helix

SC11: PCR Part II: Digital PCR Applications and Advances - (Detailed Agenda) 

Frank Diehl, Ph.D., Vice President, Lab Operations, Research & Development, Sysmex Inostics

Rebecca Sanders, Researcher, Nucleic Acid Metrology, Molecular Biology, Science and Technology Division, LGC

SC12: Regulatory Compliance in Drug-Diagnostics Co-Development and Considerations for NGS Assays - (Detailed Agenda)

Instructors: Maham Ansari, MS, RAC, Regulatory Affairs Consultant, US Strategic Regulatory Services, OptumInsight

Melina Cimler, Ph.D., Vice President, Quality & Regulatory,
Illumina, Inc.
Pamela L. Swatkowski, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Abbott Molecular, Inc.

SC13: Building an Investigational Program to Establish the Clinical Value of a Test - (Detailed Agenda)

Instructors: Catherine Schnabel, Ph.D., Vice President, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, bioTheranostics, Inc.

Brock Schroeder, Ph.D., Director, Medical & Scientific Affairs, bioTheranostics, Inc.


Monday, February 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 am

SC17: Commercialization Boot Camp: Manual for Success in the Molecular Diagnostics Marketplace - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Harry Glorikian, Managing Director, Strategy, Precision for Medicine

Elaine Cheung, Business & Corporate Development, Illumina

Co-Organized with

SC18: Next-Generation Sequencing in Molecular Pathology: Challenges and Applications - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Wayne Grody, M.D., Ph.D., FCAP, FACMG, Professor, Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine

Karl Voelkerding, M.D., Associate Professor, Pathology, University of Utah; Medical Director, Advanced Technology and Bioinformatics, ARUP Laboratories

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D., Director, Molecular Medicine, Transformation Program Office, College of American Pathologists

SC19: Systems Biology: A Molecular Nutrition Perspective - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Jim Kaput, Ph.D., Head, Clinical Translation Unit, Nestle Institute of Health Sciences

Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Professor Corrado Priami, Ph.D., Computer Science, The Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (COSBI)

SC20: Neuro-Innovation: Exploring the Next Frontier of the Human Brain - (Detailed Agenda) 


Martin Kohn, MS, MD, FACEP, FACPE, Chief Medical Scientist, Care Delivery Systems, IBM Research (Moderator)

Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Michael Fernandez, Founder, Quant 6

Jeffrey S. Grethe, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Neuroscience Information Framework; Center for Research in Biological Systems School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego 

Ruth O'Hara, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Associate Director, Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Education and Clinical Center, and (MIRECC) Director, National Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology Department, Stanford University School of Medicine

SC21: Isolation and Characterization of Cancer Stem Cells 

Instructors: Leslie Crews, Ph.D., Assistant Project Scientist, Catriona Jamieson Laboratory, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine and Moores UCSD Cancer Center 
Kristen M. Smith, Ph.D., Scientist II, Bionomics, Inc.

SC23: Genetically Engineered Mouse Models versus Patient-Derived Xenograft Models: Comparing Strengths and Limitations - (Detailed Agenda) 

Instructors: Serguei Kozlov, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Center for Advanced Preclinical Research, SAIC-Frederick, Inc.

Byron C. Hann, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Manager of Pre-Clinical Therapeutics Core, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Short Courses Maximize Your Productivity 

Continued training and education are essential for staying competitive. Molecular Med Tri-Con Short Courses are designed to be instructive and interactive. These courses are a great introduction for those who are new to a particular discipline or as a refresher for those who want to brush up on their knowledge or expand their horizons. Attendance is limited to ensure an interactive environment. Group discussions are a key component in which course participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the expert instructors and other participants. Course materials are included. 

Short Courses are held prior to the main conference events so you won’t miss a moment of TRI-CON 2014. 

* Separate registration required for a la carte pricing


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