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Practice teaching course on liquid biopsy

Practice teaching course on liquid biopsy
  • Oncology
  • Metastatic colorectal cancer
Practice teaching course by Excemed
Wednesday, May 25 - Friday, May 27 2016
Madrid, Spain


metastatic colorectal cancer
multimodal treatment



Registration status

To register for this event, contact

Meridiano Congress International
Congress Manager: Luisa Di Salvo
T +39 06 88 595 241 - F +39 06 88 595 234

Registration fee


• Scientific sessions
• Coffee breaks and luncheons
• Dinner on 26 May 2016
• Educational materials
• Certificate of attendance

Target audiences

Clinical oncologists and translational researchers seeking knowledge in clinical and biological aspects of liquid biopsy



Personalized cancer medicine aims to tailor treatments for each individual patient at diagnosis and during treatment. To fully enable personalized cancer medicine, the availability of easily accessible and minimally invasive tools to determine and follow the molecular makeup of a patient’s tumor longitudinally is becoming increasingly necessary. Indeed, molecular characterization of tumors to guide treatment decisions is currently performed on tumor tissue samples acquired at the time of diagnosis. However, tumors are highly heterogeneous and evolve over time, making clinical decisions based on tumor tissue biopsies suboptimal. Conversely, a liquid biopsy, where the genetic makeup of the tumor can be evaluated through a blood test, might provide a representative portrait of cancer and can be easily repeated over time. 


This practice teaching course is aimed to provide a substantive overview of the main approaches in the liquid biopsy field and will offer the possibility to be trained in hands-on laboratories on the latest liquid biopsy techniques.

Learning objectives

After attending this course participants will be able to:
• Provide a background on the biology of cancer progression and dissemination
• Review non-invasive methods to track the molecular profile of cancer
• Elaborate clinical and research applications for liquid biopsy

Scientific programme

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

09.15 EXCEMED opening and introduction, Jesús García-Foncillas (Spain)

Teaching session I: Biomarkers in oncology

9.30 L1: Precision Oncology: new basis for a new paradigm, Bernard Doger (Spain)
10.30 L2: Biomarkers in colon cancer, Cristina Caramés (Spain)
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 L3: Biomarkers in lung cancer, Manuel Dómine (Spain)
12.00 L4: Biomarkers in breast cancer
Tatiana Hernández (Spain)
13.00 Lunch

Teaching session II: Circulating tumor cells, CTCs

14.00 L5: CTCs enumeration: methodologies available, Laura del Puerto (Spain)
14.30 L6: Molecular characterization of CTCs, Jesús García-Foncillas (Spain)
15.00 L7: Clinical value of CTCs, Victor Moreno (Spain)
15.30 Coffee break

Practice session I: CTCs

15.45 Lab I
16.15 Journal Club I
17.00 End of the first day

Thursday, 26 May

Teaching session III: Circulating DNA

09.00 L8: Concept of cfDNA and ctDNA, Cristina Chamizo (Spain)
09.30 L9: Detection of single markers in cfDNA: methodologies, Sandra Zazo (Spain)
10.30 L10: Whole-genome sequencing in cfDNA: methodologies, Federico Rojo (Spain)
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 L11: Clinical value of single mutations in ctDNA, Cristina Caramés (Spain)
12.00 L12: Clinical value of whole-genome in cfDNA, Victor Moreno (Spain)
12.30 Lunch

Practice session II: Circulating DNA

14.00 Journal club II (Circulating DNA)
15.00 Lab II (Circulating DNA)
15.30 Coffee break
15.45 RAS testing as a possible clinical application for liquid biopsy
16.15 Open clinical trials at OncoHealth Institute   (liquid biopsy for treatment selection)
17.15 End of the second day

Friday, 27 May

Teaching session IV: New potential for liquid biopsy

9.00 L13: Exosomes
Federico Rojo (Spain)
09.30 L14: Tumor-educated platelets, Federico Rojo (Spain)
10.00 L15: ncRNA in liquid biopsy, Javier Martínez Useros (Spain)
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Epigenomic in liquid biopsy
11.30 Proteomic profiling in liquid biopsy
12.00 Round table: Tumor heterogeneity assessment through liquid biopsy, Juan Madoz (Spain)
13.00 End of the course
Closing lunch

CME provider

EXCEMED - Excellence in Medical Education
Senior Programme Manager: Alessia Addessi
T +39 06 420413 591 - F +39 06 420413 677
Medical Advisor: Cristina Raimondi


Jesus Garcia-Foncillas

Department of Oncology
Translational Oncology Division
University Hospital
Madrid, Spain


OncoHealth Institute, University Hospital "Fundacion Jimenez Diaz"
Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Cristina Caramés
Cristina Chamizo
Bernard Doger
Manuel Dómine
Jesús García-Foncillas
Tatiana Hernández
Juan Madoz
Javier Martínez Useros  
Victor Moreno
Laura del Puerto
Federico Rojo
Sandra Zazo

Slide kit
Cristina Caramés
Slide kit
Cristina Caramés
Slide kit
Bernard Doger
Slide kit
Manuel Dómine
Slide kit
Jesus Garcia-Foncillas
Slide kit
Jesus Garcia-Foncillas
Slide kit
Tatiana Hernández
Slide kit
Federico Rojo