On Target: Using Molecular Tests as Diagnostic Tools for Infectious Agents

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On Target: Using Molecular Tests as Diagnostic Tools for Infectious Agents

On Target: Using Molecular Tests as Diagnostic Tools for Infectious Agents 
Sponsored by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and the Association of Public Health Laboratories
Program Date:  April 23, 2009
Program Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)                       
Location: Teleconference
Registration Deadline: April 21, 2009
DNA target amplification and sequencing to detect and identify bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi has emerged as an important diagnostic tool. During the past decade, clinical laboratories have increasingly relied upon sequence-based methods to characterize microorganisms isolated from culture and occasionally, to detect pathogens directly from patient samples. This powerful approach has also significantly broadened our understanding of the microbial diversity associated with human health and disease. The session will use a laboratory case-based approach to discuss the identification of bacteria and fungi by DNA target amplification and sequencing in the clinical laboratory. 
At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
·        Define the optimal DNA targets and size of targets for amplification and sequencing of bacteria and fungi.
·        Describe the specific indications for multi-locus DNA target sequencing to better classify microorganisms by single-target sequencing.
·        Explain the CLSI guidelines to establish interpretive criteria for identification of bacteria and fungi by DNA target sequencing.
Cathy A. Petti, MD
Infectious Diseases
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine                                                                                  Palo Alto, CA 
Who Should Attend:
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for pathologists, residents, students, and laboratory scientists working in clinical, public health, veterinary, and academic settings.
Continuing Education Credit: The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. Participants will be awarded 1.0 contact hour for each program they successfully complete. P.A.C.E. ® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. Florida continuing education credit will be offered based on 1.0 hour of instruction.
Site Registration:
·        Registration fee per site (for one phone line): $195 teleconference plus access to archived program for six months..
·        Select a Site Facilitator. This needs to be someone who can receive all communication via e-mail.
·        Site Facilitator must register.
·        If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please e-mail registrar@aphl.orgor call 240.485.2727 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET). After your facility’s registration is confirmed, the Site Facilitator will receive all necessary instructions and paperwork via e-mail.
·        You may pay online using a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please request a registration form from the APHL Registrar at 240-485-2727. Send a check made out to “APHL” to PO Box 79117, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0117.  Be sure to attach a registration form and include the number of the course on the check.  If no registration form is received your check will be deposited but you may not be registered for the course or get a confirmation notice. We do not accept purchase orders. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations
Special Needs and Information:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations should notify the NLTN at least two weeks prior to the course. For more information call 800-536-NLTN or 240.485.2727.