Next Generation Sequencing in Clinical Practice

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Date:MAY.17.2017 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Price: $0.00

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This lecture will provide an overview of the sequencing process done in clinical laboratories with commonly used NGS instrumentation, and the bioinformatics resources used for analysis of massively parallel cyclic assays. There will be a discussion of common issues such as validation in somatic cancer panels, challenges to interpretation of test results posed by small sample sizes, as well as tumor heterogeneity, treatment resistance, and the question of selecting intratumor samples versus metastases. A Question and Answer session with the speaker will follow.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the history of next generation sequencing in brief, the different types of molecular diagnostic instruments used for sequencing, and the basics of the DNA sequencing process using the most common platforms in clinical practice, the Ion Torrent and Illumina.
  • Become familiar with guidelines and database resources for validation of molecular assays, as well as with the determinants that can affect which molecular technology is brought into a lab.
  • Identify instances where test interpretation requires the additional support of literature and peer-reviewed evidence on clinical utility, and the clinical judgement of your lab team.

Target Audience

Lab managers and technologists who are involved in molecular testing, and laboratory directors who wish to bring molecular testing into the lab.


Photograph of Andrea Ferreira-GonzalezAndrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD
Chair of the Division of Molecular Diagnostics in the Department of Pathology 
Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA

Continuing Education Credit

AACC designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 ACCENT® credit hours. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. (ACCENT®-approved programs are also accepted by ASCLS and ASCP for continuing education credit.)

Registration Information

  • Registration covers one phone line and one computer connection for the webinar.
  • If you are unable to register online, use the PDF registration form provided and fax or mail this form with your payment.
  • Several business days prior to the webinar, AACC will e-mail instructions to the registrant on how to participate, including a phone number to call to listen to the audio portion of the webinar and a URL where you can log in for the visual portion of the webinar.

Technical REquirements

  • A separate telephone line for the audio or a sound card and speakers
  • A 56Kbps Internet connection or better
  • Windows Users - Internet Explorer 6/7, Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7+, Netscape 8.1 or higher.
  • Mac Users - Firefox 2, Safari 3.0 (Mac OS 10.4,10.5), Safari 2.0 (Mac OS 10.4) Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3).
  • Linux Users - Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7 or higher.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than April 14, 2017. Written cancellations received by this date will qualify for a refund, less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Send cancellation notice to AACC Customer Service at custserv@aacc.org or 202-887-5093 (FAX)