A joint initiative of the Wellcome Trust and the Royal College of Pathologists and aimed primarily at trainee pathologists or haematologists. This popular laboratory and computer-based course 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 is subsidised and bursaries are available to attend.
The programme will include lecture and practical laboratory/computer-based sessions covering the following topics:
-Standard and real-time PCR
-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 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.