This course type is laboratory

Molecular Pathology and Diagnosis of Cancer

26 November - 01 December 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Deadline for Applications Closed
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    A joint initiative of the Wellcome Genome Campus and the RCPath Interspecialty Committee on Molecular
    Pathology
    , this course is aimed primarily at trainee pathologists or
    haematologists. The programme introduces 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, along with hands-on training
    in bioinformatic tools and techniques for analysis of sequence data.

    In addition, the programme includes talks and demonstrations of next
    generation sequencing platforms (including the latest developments in
    genomic technologies) as well as discussions on the ethical, societal and
    practical implications of introducing genome-wide genetic analyses to the
    clinic.

    The course will also 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, 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. The course is also approved
    annually for CPD accreditation by the Royal College of
    Pathologists.

    Feedback from the 2016 course

    • Without question, the best course I have ever attended. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.
    • I enjoyed the course immensely and found it very useful.
    • This is a well-designed course which provides a comprehensive introduction to molecular pathology, with direct relevance to practicing histopathologists. It was enormously useful in introducing concepts that are poorly taught in the standard curriculum at present. Additionally, many of the talks were quite inspirational, and it was fascinating to hear about research that will be affecting the nature of our profession in the near future. Thank you to the organisers and the speakers for an excellent week.
    • I want to thank the organizer for the opportunity to learn and appreciate the array of world experts in different fields of genomics. This is an eye opener and a positive guide to my research work. THANK YOU
    • Wonderful course, well organized in the smallest details, dedicated teachers, very useful and unique learning opportunity for the clinical and research community. My deepest and most sincere congratulations to all who made the course happening!
    • Thank you very much – it was fantastic.
  • Programme

    The programme will include lecture and practical
    laboratory/computer-based 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

    Learning outcomes
    It is anticipated that by the end of the course, participants will have
    sufficient knowledge of current and future molecular methodologies
    applied to cancer diagnosis to be able to participate in the impending
    revolution in the practice of clinical pathology and haematology.
    Participants will also gain an understanding of the format of next
    generation sequencing data, and the use of analysis tools and
    publicly-available databases to interpret these data for diagnosis and
    prognosis of patients. The course also hopes to inspire trainees to
    follow a career in genomic cancer medicine and research.

  • Instructors / Speakers

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

    Bridget Manasse, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge,
    UK
    Michael
    Quail
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Elli
    Papaemmanuil
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

    Guest speakers
    Mark
    Arends
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    James
    Brenton
    Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute,
    UK
    Rachel Butler Cardiff and Vale University
    Health Board, UK
    Rebecca Fitzgerald
    University of Cambridge, UK       
           
    Hege
    Russnes
    Oslo
    University Hospital, Norway
    Jonathan Roberts Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Manuel
    Salto-Tellez
    Queen’s University Belfast, UK
    Mike Scott Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
    Marc
    Tischkowitz
    University of Cambridge, UK

  • How to Apply

    Prerequisites
    Applicants should be trainee pathologists or haematologists. Clinical
    scientists entering the field of molecular
    diagnosis are also encouraged
    to apply.

    Cost
    The
    course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses
    and Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a residential
    course and
    there is a fee of £760 towards board and lodging for
    non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    Additional limited bursaries are available (up to 50%
    of the course fee)
    and are awarded on merit. Please see the “Bursaries”
    tab for details.

    Applications
    Applications for this course can be completed online. Places are limited
    and will be awarded on merit. 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 supporting
    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.

    Deadlines
    Deadline for Applications: Closed

    Travel visas
    Please contact the
    event organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa
    application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed attendees.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website and information for general visitors and business
    visitors.

  • Cost / Bursaries

    Cost
    The
    course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses
    and
    Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a residential
    course and
    there is a fee of £760 towards board and lodging for
    non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    Bursaries
    Advanced Courses are subsidised for non-commercial applicants from
    anywhere in the world. Additional, 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
    form.

    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,
    Cambridge)
    A
    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
    courses.

    Overseas Courses (held outside of the UK)
    A
    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.
    Applicants
    will be notified of a bursary award along with their place on
    the
    course, usually within one month of the application deadline. The
    decision of the selection committee is
    final.