Molecular Virology Workshop Preliminary Program

All sessions will take place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Grand Ballroom CDEF.


7:00am - 10:00am

8:00am - 8:10am

Morning Session—Practical Issues in Molecular Testing 


8:10am - 10:50am
Session I: Pre-Analytic Challenges 

Melissa B. Miller, PhD; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC


8:10am - 8:50am

Sample Selection, Collection, Transport Issues and Challenges 
Jim Dunn, PhD, D(ABMM); Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

8:50am - 9:30am

Vignettes 1&2*

9:30am - 10:10am 

Nucleic Acid Extraction: Options, Selection, Challenges, Troubleshooting   
Michelle Tabb, PhD; DiaSorin Molecular LLC, Cypress, CA


10:10am - 10:50am

Vignettes 3&4*


10:50am - 11:05am

11:05am - 12:25pm
Session II: Quantitative Testing

Randall T. Hayden, MD; St, Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN


11:05am - 11:45am

Quantitative PCR Issues 
Keith R. Jerome, MD, PhD; University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA


11:45am - 12:25pm

Vignettes 5&6* 


*Vignettes 1-6 will be presented by:
Jeanne A. Jordan, PhD; The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Ana María Cárdenas, PhD, D(ABMM); The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Rangaraj Selvarangan, BVSc, PhD, D(ABMM); Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO


12:25pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 3:30pm 
Session III: Next Gen Sequencing in the Molecular Virology Lab


Matthew J. Binnicker, PhD, D(ABMM); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


1:30pm - 2:10pm

Sample Preparation 
Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA


2:10pm - 2:50pm

Data Analysis
Erin H. Graf, PhD, D(ABMM); The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


2:50pm - 3:30pm

Sequencing Applications 
Kirsten St. George, MAppSc, PhD; Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY


This one-day interactive workshop focuses on practical aspects of molecular diagnostics and on cutting edge technologies as applied to clinical molecular virology. This year’s sessions include discussions on sample selection, collection and transport, nucleic acid extraction and quantitative testing, together with a two-hour “mini-symposium” on options and challenges faced when implementing next-generation sequencing for diagnostic purposes.


Upon completion of this webinar, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand practical issues related to sample selection, collection and transport, and how these issues relate to diagnostic molecular testing; 

  •  Understand options for nucleic acid extraction and discuss challenges and troubleshooting related to nucleic acid extraction; and

  • Discuss challenges related to quantitative viral testing in the clinical diagnostic molecular laboratory.

Level: Intermediate                  


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