Vitamin K Expert Professor Cees Vermeer to Speak at Next Gen Diagnostics Conference

Viapath, a London-based scientific organization setting the standard for the future of pathology, is pleased to announce its line-up of thought leaders and expert speakers for its upcoming fourth symposium of the Innovation Academy focusing on ‘Next Generation Diagnostics,’ which will take place on December 5, 2014

Attracting some of the most dynamic, influential, and forward-thinking protagonists who are driving and shaping the pathology agenda, these specially invited speakers will share insight into their work, and personal experience,s and how leading developments in the next generation of diagnostic tools in pathology are improving lives for patients.

Among the speakers will be the renowned vitamin K2 researcher, Professor Cees Vermeer from Maastricht University and Dr. Tim Spector, Director of the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

“We are delighted to welcome our speakers to this, our fourth Innovation Academy. This event is set to be a great success and with attendance rising every year it’s clear that the Innovation Academy offers an unprecedented opportunity for the profession to come together and share ideas around three founding principles of Innovation, Quality and Staff Development,” said Dr. Dominic Harrington, Scientific Director at Viapath for Guy’s and St. Thomas’.

Opening remarks will be made by writer, broadcaster, and scientist, Vivienne Parry OBE from ‘The 100,000 Genomes Project.’ The recently confirmed conference speaker line-up includes:

  • Session: Vascular vitamin K insufficiency: an independent risk factor for vascular calcification and mortality

Speaker: Prof Cees Vermeer Maastricht University

  • Session: Neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders due to defects in membrane trafficking and autophagy

Speaker: Dr Heinz Jungbluth, Evelina London

  • Session: Development of NGS based neuro panels

Speaker: Dr Joo Wook Ahn, Viapath (Guy’s Hospital)

  • Session: Application of nanopore sequencing in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Speaker: Dr Kevin Ryan, Viapath (Guy’s Hospital)

  • Session: Changes in serum steroid concentrations in relation to fat distribution and insulin resistance in women with PCOS

Speaker: Lea Ghataore, Viapath (King’s College Hospital)

  • Session: Development of a high-resolution mass spectrometric immunoassay (MSIA) for human hepcidin

Speaker: Simon Handley Viapath (King’s College Hospital)

  • Session: Targeted metabolomic approach to the diagnosis of inborn errors of metabolism using tandem mass spectrometry

Speaker: Prof Neil Dalton, Professor of Paediatric Biochemistry at King’s College London

  • Session: Circulating plasma micro-RNA – a next generation diagnostic?

Speaker: Dr Tony Marinaki, Consultant Clinical Scientist, with an interest in Pharmacogenetics and Personalised Medicine, Viapath (St. Thomas’ Hospital).

  • Session: Twins Omics and personalised medicine

Speaker: Prof Tim Spector Consultant Rheumatologist Based at Dept. of Twin Research at Kings College London

This free-to-attend event will take place from 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on December 5, 2014 at Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD. According to organizers, it is the perfect opportunity for those interested in Next Generation Diagnostics to meet, converse and network with key experts in this field.

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