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Webinars in 2010

Clinical Utility of High Resolution SNP Arrays in Pediatric Oncology
December 9, 2010

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant fromKaryos

Presenter: Jaclyn Biegel, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphi, Philadelphia, PA
Host: Caroline Astbury, PhD, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Description: Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based oligonucleotide arrays have been used as a research tool to detect genomic copy number changes and allelic imbalance in a variety of hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. In this webinar, we will demonstrate the utility of this type of platform for evaluation of leukemia and solid tumor specimens in the clinical cancer cytogenetics laboratory. A summary of the validation approach and experience over the last two years using the Illumina HumanHap610 BeadChip array in the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will be discussed. Time will also be reserved for audience questions following the webinar presentation.

Molecular Coding and Billing 101
September 30, 2010

Presenter: Jeffrey Kant, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Host: Tina Edmonston, MD, Rosetta Genomics, Inc, Philadelphia, PA

Learning Objectives:
The primary coding systems used for medical procedures including laboratory tests
The steps and timetable associated with obtaining a new CPT billing code
Differences between the Clinical Laboratory and Physician Fee Schedules
Various 'edits' which limit the use of billing codes
Assay elements that should (and should not) be coded for payment
Basic coding approaches for molecular infectious disease (ID) and non-ID assays
Current problems with coding for molecular assays and resources that may be of assistance in resolving questions

Lessons Learned from the Epicenter of the New York H1N1 Pandemic
August 30, 2010

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from


Presenter: Christine Ginocchio, PhD, MT (ASCP), North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, NY
Host: Janice Matthews-Greer, PhD, Louisiana State University HSC, Shreveport, LA

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the lecture the participants will be able to:
Explain the major impact of a pandemic on laboratory resources
Describe the necessary steps required to facilitate the management of a pandemic event
Assess the success (or failure) of your Health Facility's pandemic preparedness plan

Molecular Diagnostics and Hospital-Aquired Infections: Tools for the surveillance / diagnosis of MRSA, VRE, and C. difficile
July 21, 2010

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from


Presenter: Duane W. Newton, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Host: Janice Matthews-Greer, PhD, Louisiana State University HSC, Shreveport, LA

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the webinar, the participant should be able to:
Discuss clinical, diagnostic, and infection control issues related to MRSA surveillance, VRE surveillance, and C. difficile disease
Describe the role of molecular diagnostics in the detection of these pathogens
Understand the impact of surveillance and detection strategies on rates of colonization and infection in a healthcare setting

Interpretation of Copy Number Changes Detected by Array-Based Technology
May 20, 2010

Presenter: Karen Tsuchiya, MD, Seattle Children's, Seattle, WA
Host: Linda Jeng, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

This webinar presents variables to consider when interpreting copy number changes, including size, gene content, benign copy number variant information, parental carrier testing, and results of other "confirmatory" testing. The target audience for this webinar includes medical directors, molecular and cytogenetic laboratory directors and trainees, technologists, laboratory supervisors/managers, and researchers interested in this topic.

Molecular Testing in AML with Normal Cytogenetics
Thursday April 29, 2010

Presenter: Stephen D. Nimer, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Host: Y. Lynn Wang, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College New York-Presbyterian Hospital

This presentation discusses the molecular abnormalities found in patients with normal karyotype AML and how they affect prognosis and treatment decisions. The suggested audience for this webinar can include: molecular lab directors, technologists, Pathology and Hematology trainees, leukemia researchers, laboratory supervisor/managers and others interested in this topic.

Colon Cancer and MSI Testing
February 23, 2010

Presenter: Antonia R. Sepulveda MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Host: Jennifer Laudadio, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

This webinar describes microsatellite instability, reviews testing strategies, and presents clinical implications.