This course type is laboratory

Molecular Pathology and Diagnosis of Cancer

22 - 27 November 2015Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    A joint initiative of the Wellcome Genome Campus and the Royal College of
    Pathologists and aimed primarily at trainee pathologists or
    haematologists, this residential course inaugurated in 2012 aims to
    introduce participants to the rapidly evolving field of the molecular
    diagnosis of cancer. Clinical scientists entering the field of molecular
    diagnosis are also encouraged to apply.

    The course consists of a series of practical, laboratory-based sessions
    covering current diagnostic methodologies, followed by talks and
    demonstrations of next generation sequencing platforms, including the
    latest developments in genomic technologies. In addition, the ethical,
    societal and practical implications of introducing genome-wide genetic
    analyses to the clinic will be considered.

    The course will host a number of leading national and international
    speakers who will give lectures on the molecular pathology of a number of
    cancers, including lung, colorectal, leukaemia, myeloma and others.

    PLEASE NOTE: Limited bursaries are available for
    clinical and academic applicants from anywhere in the world to attend
    this course and are awarded on merit. In addition, CPD accreditation will
    be sought from the Royal College of Pathologists.

    Feedback from the 2014 course:

    I really enjoyed the course. It made me think of many projects that
    I would like to discuss with my colleagues.

    I am really satisfied and happy with the learning I have drawn from
    this course. There are many practical aspects and personal learning very
    much applicable to the research project I am working in. The networking
    that we have had has been very interesting and the discussions very
    enriching. Thank you so much, it has been a fantastic week
    Please convey my thanks to the organisers and speakers/scientists
    who made the course informative and enjoyable
    The course organisation is excellent.

  • Programme

    The programme will include lecture and laboratory/computer-based
    practical sessions covering the following topics:

    • Standard and real-time PCR
    • DNA electrophoresis
    • Capillary (Sanger) sequencing
    • Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)
    • State-of-the-art next-generation sequencing technologies
    • Target enrichment approaches
    • Bioinformatic analysis for mutation detection

    It is anticipated that at the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of current and future molecular methodologies applied to cancer diagnosis and be able to participate in the impending revolution in the practice of clinical pathology and haematology. Additionally, the course hopes to inspire trainees to follow a career in genomic cancer medicine and research.

    CPD Accreditation
    CPD accreditation will be sought from the Royal College of

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Course instructors
    George Vassiliou Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Hinxton, UK
    Anthony Bench Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

    Bridget Manasse Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

    Peter Ellis Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton,
    Michael Quail Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton,
    Elli Papaemmanuil Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Hinxton, UK

    Guest speakers
    George Vassiliou Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Hinxton, UK
    Nitzan Rosenfeld Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute,
    Manuel Salto-Tellez Queen’s University Belfast, UK
    Mark Arends University of Edinburgh, UK
    Ian Cree Warwick Medical School, UK
    James Brenton Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute,
    Anna Middleton Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton,
    Marc Tischkowitz University of Cambridge, UK
    Ming Du University of Cambridge, UK

  • How to Apply

    Applicants should be trainee pathologists/haematologists or clinical
    scientists considering a career in molecular pathology/diagnosis.

    course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses
    Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a residential
    course and
    there is a fee of £730 towards board and lodging for
    applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    for this course can now be completed online. If you have
    any problems
    with the online application process, please contact us.

    Please note: Applications
    must be supported by a
    recommendation from a scientific or clinical
    sponsor (e.g. supervisor or
    head of department). A request for a
    statement will be sent
    to your nominated sponsor automatically during
    the application process.
    Applicants must ensure that their sponsor
    provides this supporting
    statement by the application deadline. Applications without a supporting
    statement cannot be considered.

    Deadline for Applications: Closed

  • Bursaries

    Advanced Courses are subsidised for non-commercial applicants from
    anywhere in the world. Limited bursaries are
    available (up to 50% of the
    course fee) and are awarded on merit. If you would like to apply for a
    bursary, please complete the bursary section of the online application

    Please note that both the applicant
    and sponsor are required to provide
    a justification for the
    bursary as part of the application.

    Bursary terms and conditions

    UK Courses (held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton,
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded by the selection committee according to merit. The bursary
    covers a maximum of 50% of the course fee, though in exceptional
    circumstances an application for the total course fee may be considered.
    Where there are many bursary applications, the selection committee may
    issue smaller amounts. We cannot assist with travel costs to attend UK

    Overseas Courses (held outside of the UK)
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded on merit to cover travel, accommodation and sustenance. The
    maximum award for travel (economy class) will be £750.

    Bursaries can be applied for as part of the course application form.
    will be notified of a bursary award along with their place on
    course, usually within one month of the application deadline. The
    decision of the selection committee is