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October 14, 2021 | Genomics

Top 5 reasons to join us at the ASHG 2021 virtual conference

What’s happening at the ASHG 2021 virtual conference?

The ASHG 2021 virtual conference is almost here and we have an exciting, action-packed agenda in store for you. Here are the top 5 sessions you should add to your calendar:

1. Late-breaking educational session

October 19 at 12:30 p.m. EDT: Altered microRNA expression in COVID-19 patients accurately identifies SARS-CoV-2 infection

  • Speaker: Ryan Farr, Ph.D. Host Response Team, Health and Biosecurity (H&B) at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), CSIRO, Australia

    What it’s about: By examining the host response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, we can achieve valuable insights into viral pathogenesis and COVID-19 progression. This study demonstrates that SARS-CoV-2 infection results in a significant host miRNA response that aligns with our current knowledge of COVID-19 induced inflammation. By using a multivariate machine learning approach, researchers have developed a robust miRNA biomarker signature of COVID-19. This signature could complement existing diagnostic tests by providing a new approach to detecting cases that might otherwise be missed.
2. Live, interactive co-lab sessions

October 21 at 9:00 a.m. EDT: Atila’s iSAFE 5-color Digital PCR Assay for Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) on the QIAGEN QIAcuity Digital PCR Platform

  • Speaker: Zhijie Yang and Youxiang Wang, Atila BioSystems, Inc, USA

    What it’s about: A digital PCR-based NIPT assay offers the simplest workflow (no library preparation needed), the fastest turnaround time (about 3 hours) and the most affordable cost. We report the first 5-color NIPT assay on the QIAcuity platform in a single reaction to simultaneously quantify chromosomes 21, 18, 13, 1, the fetal fraction, and determine the gender of the fetus.

October 21 at 12:30 p.m. EDT: Accelerating precision oncology programs with genomically annotated and clinically characterized biospecimens

  • Speaker: Shawn Levy, Ph.D., Genomics, Discovery Life Sciences, USA

    What it’s about: Bridging a deep understanding of molecular profiles with clinical information is critical to developing innovative precision medicine tools in oncology. Discovery's recently launched SpecimenSeq product line makes this challenge easier for targeted oncology and liquid biopsy developers by delivering access to ethically collected biospecimen sets that are annotated with genomic and clinical characteristics.
3. Lightning talks

October 21 at 12:30 p.m. EDT: A platform for discovering immunogenic neopeptide junctions from RNA fusions for developing vaccines for the treatment and prevention of cancer

  • Speaker: Preethi Gunaratne, Ph.D., Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Houston, USA

    What it’s about: Unique sequences at the junctions of fusion proteins translated from chimeric RNAs form neoantigen peptide regions that expand the potential targets for therapeutic vaccines. This talk presents a platform that provides end-to-end service for discovering validated actionable fusions that can provide biomarkers for a selection of targeted therapies in a precision medicine format and reagents for developing tumor vaccines.
4. Happy hour trivia with a chance to win great prizes

October 21 at 7:00 p.m. EDT: Trivia Night: Are you a genetics genius?

What it’s about: Join us after a long virtual day of talks for a fun trivia night to test your knowledge of genetics facts. Best of all, dinner’s on us!

  • Free GrubHub voucher for all trivia attendees*
  • Prizes**
  • First place: Free pizza party (or taco party, or sushi party, or anything you want!) for your lab via GrubHub***
  • Second place: Glow-in-the-dark shirt
  • Third place: Stainless steel water bottle
5. On-demand co-labs

Maximizing low-input, low-quality samples for RNA-seq – from single-cell to high-throughput targeted sequencing – go further with the RNA-seq Analysis Portal

  • Speaker: Sujash Chatterjee, Ph.D., QIAGEN

    What it’s about: Learn about a new technique that allows ultra-plexing of thousands of samples per sequencing lane for accurate gene expression profiling from low-input and low-quality RNA samples. Once you’ve got your RNA-seq data, seamlessly move on to data analysis with the fully integrated, web-based RNA-seq Analysis Portal. Explore how you can go from sequence to gene expression insights in a day.

Level up with EZ2 Connect

  • Speakers: Jessica Sehr, Ph.D., QIAGEN and Jan-Niklas Schulz, Ph.D., QIAGEN

    What it’s about: Find out what the latest nucleic acid extraction instrument can do for you. How fast can your team get trained on it? Can it process all your sample types? Is it true that it will let you do your lab work even from outside the lab? Is it really possible for your lab to acquire this instrument?

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you at this exciting virtual conference and exploring the world of human genetics together!

* Voucher provided only to attendees of the conference. By accepting the voucher, you confirm that you are in compliance with your employer or institutional policy.
** Individuals or entities involved in the provision of health care services and/ or items to patients, which purchase, lease, recommend, use, arrange for the purchase or lease of, or prescribe medical technologies, or who are classified as healthcare professionals or healthcare organizations under any applicable laws or industry codes of ethics, may not participate.
Participants warrant that they do not fall into any of the categories described in the preceding paragraph and are not prohibited by employment, contract, law, regulation, or any applicable professional code of conduct from accepting a gift from QIAGEN.
*** GrubHub voucher is valued at $15 per person, final voucher will depend on the number of people in the lab, not to exceed 20 people.

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