TrainingSeminar

Cambridge Healthtech Institute Training Seminars offer real-life case studies, problems encountered and solutions applied, along with extensive coverage of the academic theory and background. Each training seminar offers a mix of formal lecture and interactive discussions and activities to maximize the learning experience. These training seminars are led by experienced instructors who will focus on content applicable to your current research and provide important guidance to those new to their fields.

Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21
Day 1: 8:30 am–6:00 pm | Day 2: 8:30 am–12:45 pm

TS10A: Introduction to Liquid Biopsy for Cancer

This 1.5-day lecture-based interactive seminar will provide an introduction to the biology and science of liquid biopsies for improving cancer detection and treatment. It will provide an in-depth look into the clinical application, utility and validation of liquid biopsy assays with a focus on how to choose the right assay for your goals. It will present a variety of liquid biopsy techniques and go into the pros and cons of each. Overall, this seminar will provide attendees with a comprehensive tool-kit to overcome their liquid biopsy challenges.

Instructor:

Stuart S. Martin, PhD, Professor, Physiology, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22
Day 1: 1:30 pm–5:45 pm | Day 2: 8:30 Am–5:30 pm

TS7B: Introduction to Image Analysis and Deep Learning for Digital Pathology

This training seminar will include both hands-on and lecture components designed to introduce basic digital pathology image analysis and deep learning concepts to histopathology and pathology professionals who have had limited previous exposure. In the first part of the seminar, we will cover digital pathology image analysis concepts, staining and imaging requirements, post-analysis data interpretation, typical applications and case studies. We will then take a shallow dive into deep learning in pathology and introduce you to some of the basic terminology, concepts and methods which are relevant to the pathologist’s workflow. Researchers currently using deep learning will discuss applications and clinical utility. The seminar will wrap up with a hands-on workshop (laptop required).

Instructor:

Kate Lillard Tunstall, PhD, CSO, Indica Labs, Inc.

TS8B: Your NGS Lab: Relevant Issues from Test Development to Commercialization

Nearly 10 years after the first publication of next-generation sequencing, this paradigm-shifting technology has progressively migrated into the clinical diagnostic space. A diversity of clinical diagnostic assays is now routinely performed on a variety of NGS platforms, spanning from single gene to multi-gene sequencing, to genome wide analyses for the detection of germline and somatic mutations. For clinical laboratories with NGS experience, and especially for those just starting to use the technology, designing and operationalizing robust NGS assays remains a challenge. This training seminar will review principles and diagnostic approaches for NGS assays as applied to molecular oncology and inherited disorders, platforms and instruments, as well as laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing specific to NGS.

Instructor:

Jamie Platt, PhD, Managing Director, BRIDGenomics, LLC


Each Training Seminar offers 1.5 Days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees on the full day of the class.

Each person registered specifically for the training seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed no additional books will be available.

Though CHI encourages track and symposia hopping between conference programs, we ask that Training Seminars not be disturbed once they have begun. In the interest of maintaining the highest quality learning environment for Training Seminar attendees, and because Seminars are conducted differently than conference programming, we ask that attendees commit to attending the entire program, and NOT engaging in track hopping, as to not disturb the hands-on style instruction being offered to the other participants.