Cell Free DNA; Oncology; Patient Care; Prenatal; Clinical Testing

3B - Cell-Free DNA Analysis in Clinical Practice
CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5

Tuesday, October 10
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

This session will discuss current clinical applications of cell free DNA testing including non-invasive prenatal screening, solid tumor cancer screening and the use of liquid biopsy for the management of oncology patients.

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Benjamin Kipp

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic


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Minetta C. Liu

Associate Professor of Oncology
Mayo Clinic

Minetta C. Liu, MD, is a consultant in the Department of Oncology at Mayo Clinic Minnesota. She serves as Research Chair for the Division of Medical Oncology; co-chair of the Breast Cancer Pathology Disease Oriented Group; and leader of the Circulating Tumor Cell and Cell Free DNA Working Group. She is also the Medical Director for Specialty Contract Operations and an Associate Medical Director in the Department of Development.

Dr. Liu earned her M.D. at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

As a physician and translational researcher, Dr. Liu specializes in breast medical oncology and clinical and laboratory-based cancer research. She is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through access to novel therapeutic agents and molecular diagnostic tools. Her laboratory efforts focus on expanding the clinical applications of circulating nucleic acid and circulating tumor cell assays for solid tumor malignancies. Her funding sources include the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has co-authored numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she holds editorial board member and reviewer responsibilities for prominent scientific publications.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Liu has received teaching awards and is listed as an honored member in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

Dr. Liu’s memberships in professional organizations include the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund Collaboration (co-chair, Clinical Working Group); the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (member, Translational Research Program Executive Committee); the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (co-chair, Correlative Science Working Group); and the Academic and Community Cancer Research United (member, Board of Directors).


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Nicole Hoppman

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic DLMP

Nicole Hoppman, PhD, received her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007. She then completed fellowships in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hoppman is currently an Assistant Professor and acts as Co-Director of the Genomics Laboratory and the Clinical Genome Sequencing Laboratory, both in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Her primary interests involve utilizing Next-Generation sequencing technologies to develop novel clinical assays.


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John Kisiel

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

John Kisiel, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and a Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Kisiel received his MD from the University of Illinois; he completed his internal medicine & chief medicine residencies, and GI neoplasia & gastroenterology fellowships, as well as a masters degree in Clinical & Translational Research, at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.
As a researcher in the GI Cancer Molecular Diagnostics laboratory, his work is focused on the discovery and clinical development of non-invasive biomarkers for the detection of colorectal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancers.
Dr. Kisiel is a member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Epigenomic Scientific Committee and Epigenomic Advisory Group and has an active clinical practice in inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal endoscopy.


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3B - Cell-Free DNA Analysis in Clinical Practice
CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5

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CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5