4th Applied Genetics Workshop

Heart Health and Breast Cancer

 

Cape Town: 18-19 September 2009       Durban: 23 September 2009

 

DAY 1 OPTION A: 18 September 2009, Faculty of Health Sciences, Teaching Block, 4th Floor, Lecture Room K4053B, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg

8h30

Registration

9h00

Introduction: Pathology and Genetics

Prof J Schneider – Head: Department of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch and NHLS, Tygerberg

9h30

Point-of-care applications in wellness programs and chronic disease risk management

Prof R Erasmus – Head: Division of Chemical Pathology, University of Stellenbosch and NHLS, Tygerberg

10h00

Ethics and genetics

Prof K Moodley – Bioethics Unit, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg.

11h00

Break

11h15

Personalised medicine and new generation direct-to-consumer genetics: A GPs perspective

Dr H Avenant – Blueprint Health (Pty) Ltd., Bellville

12h00

Pocket pathology: Development of a lab-on-a-chip genetics system with applications to cardiology

Jonathan O’Halloran – QuantuMDx Technologies, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg

12h30

Development of a web-based genetic testing service delivery system

Dr Maritha Kotze – Dept of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg & Gknowmix

13h00

Lunch

13h30

Risk assessment of breast cancer in clinical practice

Dr Ettienne Myburgh – Private Practicing Surgeon, Panorama Hospital, Panorama

14h30

The impact of molecular genetics on clinical cardiology

Prof B Mayosi – Dept of Cardiology, University of Cape Town and Grootte Schuur Hospital

15h00

Closure

 

 

DAY 2 OPTION B: 19 September 2009,  Faculty of Health Sciences, Teaching Block, 4th Floor, Lecture Room K4053B, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg

8h30

Registration

9h00

A combined approach of service delivery and research in breast cancer genetics

Dr Maritha Kotze – Dept of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg & Gknowmix

9h45

The impact of transcriptional profiling on clinical oncology: A case study presentation of breast cancer patients

Dr Rika Pienaar – GVI Oncology, Panorama Hospital, Panorama

10h15

Reimbursement of breast cancer genetic tests by medical aids

Prof Manie de Klerk – Qualsa Managed Care, Cape Town

11h00

Break

11h15

The 70-gene MammaPrint breast cancer service

Ronald van Klaveren – Agendia, The Netherlands

11h45

Application of MammaPrint in South African breast cancer patients

Prof J Apffelstaedt– Dept of Surgery, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg

12h15

A global view of breast cancer genetic testing

Elaine Warburton – QuantuMDx, London, UK.

12h45

Breast cancer genetic counselling

Frieda Loubser – Registered genetic counsellor, University of Cape Town and NHLS

13h30

Lunch


 

 

OPTION C: 23 September 2009, St Augustine’s Hospital, 107 Chelmsford Road, Durban

8h30

Registration

9h00

Introduction: Research Innovation

Dr Tony Bunn – Innovation Centre, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg

9h30

Advances in individualisation of therapeutic intent in breast cancer treatment

Dr L Heslop – Durban Oncology, Durban

10h15

Ethics and genetics: Development of a web-based genetic service delivery system

Dr MJ Kotze – Department of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch and Gknowmix

11h00

Break

11h15

A global view of breast cancer genetic testing

Elaine Warburton – QuantuMDx, London, UK

11h45

Inclusion of ER, PR, HER2/neu and BRCA gene expression profiling as part of the 70-gene MammaPrint breast cancer service

Ronald van Klaveren – Agendia, The Netherlands

12h30

Pocket pathology: Development of a lab-on-a-chip genetics system with applications to cardiology and cancer diagnostics

Jonathan O’Halloran – QuantuMDx Technologies, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg

13h00

Lunch break

13h30

Breast cancer genetic testing service: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation detection

Natalie Williams – Registered Medical Scientist, Molecular Diagnostic Services, Durban

14h00

Application of a pathology supported nutrigenetics model in clinical practice

Dr H Badenhorst – Medical Advisor, Molecular Diagnostic Services, Durban

14h30

Application of nutritional genetics in dietetic practice

Sarita Banitz – Registered dietician, Pretoria

15h00

Closure

Dr D York – Molecular Diagnostic Services, Durban

 

This Applied Genetics Workshop aimed to improve genetic knowledge transfer between scientists, healthcare practitioners and the public. Public awareness campaigns focusing on Heart Health and Breast Cancer during the months of September and October, respectively, always spark interest in genetic risk factors. Knowledgeable clinicians play a key role in matching disease diagnosis and therapeutic design with the pathology and genetic profile of patients.

 

As the number of genetic tests used in disease diagnosis and intervention programs increase, the gap between genome research and clinical practice has widened. Pathology is ideally suited to provide a bridge between molecular genetics and clinical medicine. This concept termed pathology supported genetic testingTM was introduced by the Department of Pathology at Stellenbosch University in April 2008, based on an integrated service and research approach. It provides the science behind the service offered via the Gknowmix.com genetic knowledge integration system, developed over the past two years with financial support from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.

 

Our Genetic Care Centre (www.genecare.biz) provides the infrastructure for seamless integration of the following professional activities involved in genetic testing service delivery:

  • Clinicians: Patient consultation, clinical assessment and intervention
  • Genetic counsellors: Genetic risk assessment and family counselling
  • Laboratories: Pathology, molecular genetic testing and evaluation
  • Medical scientists: Data integration, interpretation and reporting

 

New insights gained from the GeneTalk Workshop will guide the way during roll-out of this new genetics model in clinical practice.

 

A synopsis of the workshop theme was provided in the workshop handout, with particular focus on the role of genetics in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and lifestyle-related cancers, particularly breast cancer that may be inherited or acquired due to genetic abnormalities. 

 

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