The College of American Pathologists (CAP) will offer two interactive sessions on Monday, February 27, 2017 for Tucson Symposium attendees. These seminars will be held at the Tucson Hilton El Conquistador.
There is no charge for these sessions.
Session 1: Preanalytics & Biospecimen Quality Imperative
9:00am - 11:00am
Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, FCAP. Chair of the Precision Medicine Project Team, College of American Pathologists, Chief Medical Officer, National Biomarkers Development Alliance, Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.
Human biospecimens are the starting materials for all anatomic pathology analyses, but the quality bar for specimens has been set by morphological standards, not molecular standards. With the exception of practice metrics mandated by the American Society of Clinical Oncology-College of American Pathologists (CAP) guidelines for breast cancer samples, pre-analytical variables in anatomic pathology are neither controlled nor recorded. As a result, the "fitness" of most routine specimens for molecular analysis is frequently compromised in variable ways. As molecular testing becomes more critical to medical decision-making, the pervasive problem of pre-analytical variation threatens to compromise the practice of precision medicine. In this session, participants will learn about the top 5 pre-analytical variables that have the greatest detrimental impact on molecular quality of tissue, cellular, and blood biospecimens, respectively; and the performance metrics that need to be met to control these key variables in the pathology laboratory.
Session 2: Emerging Concepts in Liquid Biopsy
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Andrew E. Schade, MD, PhD, FCAP. Distinguished Medical Fellow and a member of the CAP Personalized Health Care Committee, Senior Director of Clinical Diagnostics at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.
During this session, Dr. Schade will discuss some emerging concepts in Liquid Biopsy including advantages and disadvantages, clinical application, guidelines, and areas of future development, highlight some available resources that help facilitate discussions with clinicians and colleagues, and share some real life examples.
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