Speakers


Dr. Diana Bianchi
NIH, USA

Prof. Lyn Chitty
London, England

Prof. Rossa WK Chiu
Hong Kong, China

Prof. Peter Benn
Connecticut, USA

Dr. Alec McEwan
Nottingham, England

Prof. Dr. Berthold Huppertz
Graz, Austria

Dr. Juulia Jylhävä
Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Michael Oellerich
Göttingen, Germany

Prof. E Schütz
Göttingen, Germany

Dr. Heidi Schwarzenbach
Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Ruth Shemer
Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Jill Storry
Lund, Sweden

Dr. Olga Østrup
Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederik Banch Clausen, PhD
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Program


The program will cover different aspects of cell-free DNA and provide interesting insight into the wide applications of cell-free DNA testing. We intend to cover exciting new developments from various fields such as prenatal diagnosis, clinical immunology, and cancer. Looking into Precision Medicine and beyond genomic analysis.

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DAY 1

8.00 – REGISTRATION

8.25 – OPENING by Frederik Banch Clausen

8.30 – NONINVASIVE FETAL BLOOD GROUPING
Introduction to Blood Group Antigen Typing
Dr. Jill Storry (Lund, Sweden)
Overview of Noninvasive Fetal RhD Genotyping
Dr. Frederik Banch Clausen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Reviewing the Cost-Effectiveness of High Throughput Non-Invasive Fetal RhD Testing : a Prelude to National Implementation in the UK
Dr. Alec McEwan (Nottingham, England)
Chairs: Prof. Dr. Tobias J Legler (Germany) and Grethe Risum Krog (Denmark)

10.00 – Coffee Break

10.20 – BIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
Sources of Trophoblast DNA in Maternal Blood: Biobanked Maternal Serum Samples as Basis for Analysis
Professor Dr. Berthold Huppertz (Graz, Austria)
Graft-Derived Cell-Free DNA as a Diagnostic Tool in Transplantation
Professor Michael Oellerich (Göttingen, Germany)
Cell-Free DNA Concentrations in Health and Disease: Results from the MARK-AGE Study
Dr. Juulia Jylhävä (Stockholm, Sweden)
Chairs: Dr. Morten H Dziegiel and Dr. Klaus Rieneck (Denmark)

12.00 – Lunch Break

13.00 – POSTER SESSION

14.00 – CANCER SESSION
CfDNA in Diagnostics: Finding and Tracking Treatment Targets
Dr. Olga Østrup (Copenhagen, Denmark)
CfDNA to Guide Cancer Treatment
Professor E Schütz (Göttingen, Germany)
The Clinical Relevance of Circulating, Cell-Free and Exosomal microRNAs as Biomarkers for Gynecological Tumors
Dr. Heidi Schwarzenbach (Hamburg, Germany)
Chairs: Dr. Klaus Rieneck and Dr. Morten H Dziegiel (Denmark)

15.40 – Coffee Break

16.10 – ORAL PRESENTATIONS
A. Circulating Cell Free DNA Detection as Novel Biomarker to Monitor Desmoid Tumors Evolution Nicolas Macagno (France)
B. A Direct From Plasma Approach for Non-Invasive Fetal RhesusD Genotyping Michael Parks (England)
C. Prediction of Fetal HPA-1A or Other Blood Group Antigens from Maternal Plasma Using Next Generation Sequencing Agnieszka Orzińska (Poland)
Chairs: Dr. Jill Storry and Dr. Åsa Hellberg (Sweden)

16.45-17.00 – END OF DAY 1

19.00 – CONFERENCE DINNER

DAY 2

9.00 – Noninvasive prenatal testing
and diagnosis
What Can We Learn From NIPT False Positive Results and Test Failures?
Dr. Diana W Bianchi (USA)
NIPT: Rare Trisomies, Microdeletions and Additional Imbalances
Professor Peter Benn (Farmington, USA)
Chairs: Professor Ann Tabor and Dr. Peter Johansen (Denmark)

10.30 – Coffee Break

10.50 – NIPT session continued
Counselling in the Era of cfDNA
Professor Lyn Chitty (London, England)
Chairs: Dr. Diana Bianchi (USA) and Dr. Peter Johansen (Denmark)

11.45 – Main sponsor talk
Introducing a novel paired end sequencing approach to NIPT
Dr. Lieve Page-Christiaens, Illumina
Chair: Dr. Klaus Rieneck (Denmark)

12.00 – Lunch Break

13.00 – PANEL DISCUSSION
Input from Service Providers
Representatives from each sponsor
Dr. Maximilian Schmid, MD, Roche
Dr. Lieve Page-Christiaens, Illumina
Qiagen
Covaris
Dr. Samantha Leonard, Natera
Chairs: Professor Ann Tabor and Dr. Frederik Banch Clausen (Denmark)

14.00 – Future Applications of Cell-Free DNA
On cfDNA Methylation Patterns
Dr. Ruth Shemer (Jerusalem, Israel)
The Next Era in NIPT: Universal Single Gene Diagnosis, de Novo Mutation Detection and Newer Biological Understanding
Professor Rossa WK Chiu (Hong Kong, China)
Chairs: Dr. Jill Storry (Sweden) and Dr. Klaus Rieneck (Denmark)

15.30 – Coffee Break

15.55 – ORAL PRESENTATIONS
D. Non-Iinvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Using a Targeted Microarray-Based Cell-Free (cfDNA) Test Maximilian Schmid (Austria)
E. Clinical Implementation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis (NIPD) for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by Relative Haplotype Dosage Analysis (RHDO) Benjamin Bowns (England)
F. Extracellular DNA and Bariatric Surgery Peter Celec (Slovakia)
Chairs: Dr. Jill Storry (Sweden) and Dr. Frederik Banch Clausen (Denmark)

16.30 – CONFERENCE ENDS

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