Coronavirus information for participants
The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.
We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.
Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.
More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.
Liquid biopsies have the advantage of being largely non-invasive and providing a vast amount of information for the detection and monitoring of diseases such as cancer. This course will provide hands-on experience in the several techniques to detect and analyse circulating tumor cells (CTCs), cell free tumor DNA (ctDNA), cell free tumor RNA (ctRNA) and proteins. Participants will have the opportunity to learn all aspects ranging from proper sampling through error free sequencing to data analysis. Lectures will also cover extracellular vesicles and clinical aspects using liquid biopsies, especially in the field of cancer diagnostics.
This course targets young scientists entering the field of liquid biopsy analysis and wanting to learn about the benefits and limitations of different approaches.
Hands-on experience on ultra-sensitive mutation detection using sequencing
Applications of digital PCR to the liquid biopsy workflow
Protein analysis in liquid biopsies
- miRNA analysis in liquid biopsies
Data analysis and interpretations
Participants will learn about the complete workflow in liquid biopsies, from sample preparation to data analysis and gain an overview of the current methods. Best practices, pitfalls as well as dos and don'ts will be discussed. After the course, participants should be able to assess the best methods for their application as well as design their experiments.
What past participants say about the course:
"The Liquid Biopsy course gave me plenty of new insights for different applications of the technique in cancer. I learned new techniques, discussed my project with top peers and met a lot of highly motivated young professionals. I incorporated the learned applications in my research and this really improved my current project." - Aleksei Tikhonov, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, RAS, Russian Federation