Workshop – Clinical application of advanced molecular methods

Thursday 4 June 2015
LGC, Teddington, UK

Workshop focusing on the clinical application of advanced molecular methods for microbial profiling

Molecular approaches such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and PCR are increasingly being used to detect, quantify and characterise microbial organisms in human disease.

Advanced molecular methods enable research into pathogen identification, characterisation and population diversity while also offering newer strategies for rapid identification of emerging infectious diseases and tracking of outbreaks.

NGS methods have allowed the identification of pathogenic causes of disease without prior knowledge of the likely aetiological agent as well as advancing the investigation of the role of the microbiome in human health.

Digital PCR methods offer the potential for highly accurate measurements and cost effective screening of multiple targets when using high throughput approaches. Additionally, the development of qPCR for the routine quantification of certain viral loads has led to unprecedented reproducibility between laboratories.