Pre-congress Workshops

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM Molecular Pathology Outreach Course (with one 15 minutes break)
Pre-congress workshop 
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM JMD Workshop (with one 15 minute break)
Pre-congress workshop

Molecular Pathology Outreach Course

Description: Join us for a comprehensive course designed to provide a general overview of Molecular Diagnostics. In this course, faculty members will present lectures topics that include an overview of various molecular methodologies and technologies, pre-analytic variables impacting molecular diagnosis and clinical applications. Emphasis will be placed on molecular testing in the areas of clinical genetics, solid tumors, hematopathology, and infectious diseases. The application of novel technologies, such as next generation sequencing and informatics, will also be highlighted.

Learning objectives:  

  • Compare and contrast a number of commonly utilized “ready out of the box” platforms with regard to their non-template amplification methodology and their clinical utilization.
  • Enumerate several pre-analytical factors that impact PCR, non-PCR based amplification and array platforms.
  • Discuss the methodologic and clinical considerations of when to implement testing by NGS.
  • Compare and contrast methods of single nucleotide variant detection, copy number detection, and structural variant (fusions) detection by NGS and other related platforms (for CNVs).

Preliminary Agenda

7:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 8:05 AM Welcome and introduction Cecilia C. S. Yeung, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
8:05 AM – 8:30 AM Molecular Testing Advancements And Hot Topics On The Global Front Marilyn Li, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Recognizing Regional Differences in Molecular Trends: Importance of Global Medicine Lei Po (Chris) Wong, PhD
Hong Kong Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre, Hong Kong
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Pre-analytical factors in Molecular testing Cecilia C. S. Yeung, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
9:20 AM – 10:00 AM Overview of Molecular Technologies including NGS Rami Mahfouz, MD
American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM A Guide to the Analytics Behind Genomic Testing Elaine Gee, PhD
BigHead Analytics Group
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Real World Applications in Solid Tumor, Genetics, Infectious Disease, and Hematopathology disciplines

Each panelist will give a brief (10 minute) introduction to developments and applications in their field of practice.
Time will be allotted for a question and answer session with the audience.

Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University/MCV Clinical Support Center, USADavid Hillyard, MD
ARUP Laboratories, Inc, USA

Elaine B. Spector, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA

Megan S. Lim, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Benedict Yan, MBBS
National University Hospital of Singapore, Singapore

12:00 PM– 12:10 PM Closing Remarks, Questions, and Evaluations Cecilia C. S. Yeung, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
12:15 PM Adjourn

Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD) Workshop: Keys to Successful Publishing in Scientific Journals

Description: Medical and scientific journals play important roles in the evaluation and dissemination of studies. Manuscript preparation, submission, evaluation, revision, and publication often demand as much time and attention as the investigation itself. The purpose of this workshop is to better acquaint authors with the production of high-quality manuscripts and promote better understanding of the editorial process roles of authors, reviewers, and editors. Examples will focus on experiences from the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics but will be broadly applicable to other scientific publications.   Topics to be emphasized will include assessing the scope and mission of the journal, what editors look for, how to objectively convey the message of your work to the journal audience, how to constructively respond to reviewers’ comments, and the most common errors that result in manuscript rejection.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the attributes of a well-developed manuscript that concisely conveys one’s work.
  • Describe differences in Western and Mainland China manuscript preparation.
  • Explain the common errors to avoid in manuscript submissions.
  • Outline the editorial process
  • Identify constructive approaches to revise and improve manuscripts.

Preliminary Agenda


  • Association for Molecular Pathology
  • Molecular Diagnosis Branch, Chinese Society for Laboratory Medicine
  • Elsevier


  • Lei Zheng, PhD South Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  • Victoria Pratt, PhD Association for Molecular Pathology, USA
1:30 PM – 1:45 AM Opening ceremony
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Keys for Publishing in Scientific Journals: Guidance for Authors
Barbara Zehnbauer, PhD
JMD Editor-in-Chief
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Manuscript Preparation in English: Differences between the Westerns and the Mainland of China
Yi-Wei Tang, MD, PhD
JMD Associate Editor
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: Scope and Mission
Barbara Zehnbauer, PhD
JMD Editor-in-Chief
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Questions & Answers: Panel Discussion
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks

For prices and registration please go HERE.