Highlights of the event:

  • Improve skills and knowledge in interpreting which variants in the genome may be involved in a patient’s cancer condition. 
  • Gain an understanding of the different emphases involved in the curation of blood and solid cancer variants.
  • Learn about curating cancer variants for their importance in diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.

The workshop will include a series of short lectures, practical hands-on variant curation exercises and clinical reporting tips.

National Somatic Variant Curation Workshop

Thu 14 Mar 2019 8:00amFri 15 Mar 2019 5:00pm


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale Street, South Brisbane

Presenters Include:

  • Dr Natalie Thorne (clinical bioinformatics) Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance
  • Dr Ain Roesley (cancer variant curation) Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Ella Thompson (molecular haematology) Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

This is a variant curation workshop aimed at medical scientists, bioinformaticians, pathologists, haematologists and oncologists working in the clinical and diagnostic delivery of genomics for cancer care.

Program Overview

Day 1: 7:30am - 6pm on  Thursday 14th March 2019
Introduction to cancer genomics, bioinformatics, in-silico scores and conservation, curation overview for solid and haematological cancers, variant filtering and quality control, assessing functional effects, population databases, applying ACMG guidelines, practical curation exercise (BYO laptop).

Day 2: 7:30am - 4.30pm on Friday 15th March 2019
Assessing clinical actionability, cancer genomics in the clinic, reporting, group based practical curation exercises: simple and complex cases (BYO laptop).

The full program will be distributed in due course.

As workshop places are strictly limited, priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Will attend both full days (mandatory)
  • Are involved in QGHA funded projects
  • Are Queensland Health employees

This workshop is sponsored by QGHA so preference will be given to participants from Queensland. However, to foster collaborative relationships nationally, a number of spaces will be held for interstate applicants.

Through the support of the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance and Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, there is no cost to attend.

Complete this online form to apply for a workshop place (must be available all day both days 14-15 March 2019)