MAY 16, 2019 4:00 PM CEST

Towards Standardized Workflows - A focus on microbiome insights

Sponsored by: Eppendorf
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
  • University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and President of CosmosID, Inc
      Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and President of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. She has authored or co-authored 19 books and more than 800 scientific publications. Dr. Colwell developed an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City.

      Dr. Colwell served as 11th Director of the National Science Foundation and Co-chair of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council.

      Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Canada, Royal Irish Academy, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.

      Dr. Colwell has been awarded 63 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education and is the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star - Japan, 2006 National Medal of Science, 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, and the 2018 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize of Singapore.
    • Global Head Business Intelligence and Development, Eppendorf AG
        Dr. Christiane Honisch is the Head of Global Business Intelligence at Eppendorf and has over 15 years of experience developing assays and cutting-edge technology for Life Science applications with a focus on Genomics and Microbiology. Prior to her position at Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Honisch was Director of Microbiology Markets at Illumina, Inc., San Diego, USA and Director of Infectious Disease Research at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, San Francisco, USA. Her career started as a key individual in the development and commercialization of mass spectrometry for nucleic acid analysis at Sequenom, Inc., San Diego, USA. Dr. Christiane Honisch holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and a Masters in Chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

      DATE:  May 16, 2019
      TIME:   7:00am PDT, 10:00am EDT, 4:00pm CEST
      The emergence of NGS is revolutionizing the microbiological sciences and transforming medicine. Deep sequencing has revealed that virtually all environments, including the human body, are teeming with diverse microbial communities. While microbes have predominantly been studied in the context of pathogenicity, it is now evident that the human microbiota contributes biological functions essential to health. Conversely, disrupting the microbiota host homeostasis in healthy individuals can lead to dysbiosis and is associated with many diseases and pathologies.
      As a consequence, research into the human microbiome has started to transform the healthcare landscape providing novel approaches for diagnostics and therapeutics. Other areas benefitting from metagenomics include biological safety of food and water. And in agriculture, changes in soil and in animal microbiomes can now be evaluated in the context of crop yield, livestock health, and reduced dependency on herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics.
      However, translating microbiome research into routine applications depends on robust methods for data generation and interpretation. Yet, metagenomic sequencing is uniquely vulnerable to the introduction of bias and contamination creating a need for standardized workflows and controls.
      In this presentation, the transformative application of microbiome analysis in diagnostics, drug development, public health, agriculture, and water safety will be discussed. Potential error modes and strategies to control the sequencing and analysis workflow will be surveyed. 
      Learning Objectives:
      • How to standardize NGS library preparation
      • Premises for reliable microbiome data
      • How to implement laboratory automation in your lab
      LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.

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