9th Applied Genetics Workshop

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24 October 2014 TIME: 8h30-16h00

VENUE: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Teaching Block, Lecture Room 11, Francie van Zijl Drive, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, CAPE TOWN

SESSION 1: Prioritizing the clinical translation of genomic research

Moderator: Prof Tony Bunn

8h30: Registration [order of speakers subject to change]

9h00: Welcome and Introduction – Prof Tony Bunn, Programme Director: MRC-PATH Global Health Innovation Accelerator

9h10: Application of personalized genomic medicine using an integrated service and research approach – Prof Maritha Kotze,  Dept of Pathology, Stellenbosch University

Commercialisation support from the Medical Research Council – Rabogajane Busang,  Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP) Initiative, South African Medical Research Council

10h00: Overview and first results of the breast cancer genomics SHIP project – Dr Armand Peeters, SHIP Project manager, Stellenbosch University

10h30Realising the ideal of personalised therapy in post-menopausal breast cancer patients – Dr Karin Baatjes, Department of Surgery, Stellenbosch University


SESSION 2: Implementation of a new oncogenomic reimbursement model

Moderator: Dr Alison September

11h15: Eight years’ experience of breast cancer gene profiling (MammaPrint) in South Africa – Prof Justus Apffelstaedt, Head of Tygerberg Breast Cancer Clinic, Stellenbosch University

11h45: Discrepancies between IHC, FISH and RNA-based (TargetPrint) assessment of HER2 status: What does it mean for the patient? – Kathleen Grant, Department of Health and Wellness, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Breast cancer subtyping incorporating microarray analysis (Blueprint): An external database audit – Dr Ettienne Myburgh, Panorama Hospital and Stellenbosch University

12h45: Impact of gene profiling on treatment decisions:  A case study –  Dr Rika Pienaar, GVI Oncology, Panorama

13h00: LUNCH

SESSION 3: Ethics and genomics: Balancing the risks and benefits

Moderator: Prof Maritha Kotze

13h15: Metabolic insight into non-communicable diseases: Defining the components of a healthy diet – Prof Nola Dippenaar, Formerly Dept of Physiology, University of Pretoria

14h00Development of referral guidelines for genomic tests using a database resource for translational medicine – Dr Hilmar Luckhoff,  Dept of Pathology, Stellenbosch University

14h30: Identification of disease-causing gene variants using whole genome/exome sequencing – Dr Nicki Tiffin, South African Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape

14h45: Ethics and informed consent for human genomic research – Dr Nicki Tiffin, South African Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape

15h30: Genomic Research Advancing Clinical Practice (GRACE) initiative – Dr Frans Cronje, Stellenbosch University

15h45: Closing remarks – Prof Manie de Klerk, Metropolitan Health Group and University of Stellenbosch Business School

CPD accreditation: 2 Ethics and 5 Clinical points approved.