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Molecular Pathology and Diagnosis of Cancer (decision pending)

22 - 27 November 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application and bursary deadline 27 August 2020

Hands-on training in current molecular methods for cancer diagnosis

  • Summary

    A joint initiative of the Wellcome Genome Campus and the Royal College of Pathologists 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 genomics and molecular diagnosis of cancer. Clinical scientists in the field of molecular diagnosis are also encouraged to apply.

    The course consists of a series of practical, laboratory- and computer-based sessions covering:

    • current diagnostic methodologies
    • hands-on training in bioinformatic tools for analysis of DNA sequencing data.


    In addition, the course will host a number of leading national and international speakers who will give seminars on the molecular pathology of a several common cancers, including:

    • breast
    • colorectal
    • leukaemia
    • familial cancers


    The programme will also include 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: Limited bursaries are available to help 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 (35 credits in 2018).

  • Programme

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

    • Standard and real-time PCR
    • Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies
    • DNA electrophoresis
    • Capillary (Sanger) sequencing
    • Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)
    • Target enrichment approaches
    • Bioinformatic analysis for mutation detection
    • Ethical, societal and practical implications of introducing genome-wide genetic analyses to the clinic


    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course, participants can expect to have gained:

    • Sufficient knowledge of contemporary molecular methodologies applied to cancer diagnosis to become familiar with the dramatic changes in the practice of molecular pathology and haematology.
    • An understanding of the genomics of common cancers and how these can help guide diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer patients.
    • 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 and speakers

    Course instructors

    George Vassiliou

    George Vassiliou
    Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

    Anthony Bench

    Anthony Bench
    Western General Hospital, UK

    Bridget Manasse

    Bridget Manasse
    Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

    Michael Quail

    Michael Quail
    Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

    Elli Papaemmanuil

    Elli Papaemmanuil
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

    Guest speakers

    The course will feature seminars by distinguished guest speakers. Speakers for the 2020 course will be announced shortly.

  • Cost and bursaries
    Cost Accommodation / meals
    *Course fee £800 This is a residential course and the fee includes all accommodation and meals.

    *The course fee is subsidised by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences and applies to non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    Limited bursaries are available (up to 50% reduction on 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.

    Where there are many bursary applications, the selection committee may issue smaller amounts.

    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.

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

    Extra accommodation
    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the course dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Additional funding opportunities
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  • How to apply

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

    The course is also approved annually for CPD accreditation by the Royal College of Pathologists (35 credits in 2018)

    How to Apply
    Please click the Apply button above to begin the online application process. 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, line manager 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.

    Travel visas
    Successful applicants will be provided with a support letter for their visa application, if required.

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  • Testimonials

    Feedback from the 2019 course:

    “Excellent, well organised course. Thank you for a great week!”

    “I would like to thank the organisers for the enormous effort put into organising a course of this complexity, with a wonderful mixture of lectures and seminars from experts and hands on practical work.”

    “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come. It was an amazing course and I have learnt enormous amounts and been completely inspired and mind expanded.”

    “Thank you! Extremely well organised week. I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues who are interested in malignant haematology.”

    “Really enjoyed the whole course. Fantastic. Thank you for choosing me!”

    “I thank the organizers for giving me the opportunity for this learning experience. I also would like to thank you for your warm hospitality.”