2020 Scientific Program



Tuesday, August 4, 2020


The CGC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting will be presented in the eastern daylight times (EDT) shown below.


Opening of the 11th Annual Cancer Genomics Consortium


10:00 - 10:05 AM

Yassmine Akkari, Legacy Health

10:05 - 10:15 AM

Presidential Address
Adrian Dubuc, Harvard Medical School

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Introduction: Fady Mikhail, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Keynote Presentation

The many genomic roads to acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Charles Mullighan, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

11:00 - 11:30 AM     

Diamond Vendor Showcase: Illumina
(No CME or CEUs available)

DNA methylation profiling to predict risk recurrence in meningioma
Gelareh Zadeh, University Health Network, University of Toronto 


Hematologic Malignancies

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

FISHues on tissues: Paraffin pitfalls, puzzles and predicaments
Rhett Ketterling, Mayo Clinic

12:00 - 12:15 PM 

PAX5 partial tandem duplication in pediatric B-ALL: Incidence and clinical, morphologic and genetic correlations
Gordana Raca, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

12:15 - 12:30 PM

NUP98 rearrangements in hematologic malignancies: A 4-year review from the genomics laboratory
Xinjie Xu, Mayo Clinic

12:30 - 12:45 PM

RNA-based fusion studies critically improves clinical management of acute leukemias 
Leonardo Boiocchi, Massachusetts General Hospital

12:45 - 1:00 PM

Platinum Vendor Showcase: Bionano
(No CME or CEUs available)


1:00 - 3:00 PM


Break: Poster Session and Exhibit Hall Open


Approaches to CNS Tumors

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Integrating molecular data into the diagnosis of CNS tumors: Strategies and perspectives
David Meredith, Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School

3:30 - 3:45 PM

Near-haploidization molecularly defines giant cell glioblastoma
Daynna Wolff, Medical University of South Carolina

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Characterization of BCOR ITD in pediatric solid tumors using targeted NGS panel and whole transcriptome sequencing
Jinhua Wu, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

4:00 - 4:30 PM   
Diamond Vendor Showcase: Agilent
(No CME or CEUs available)

Novel Approaches for Genome Analysis
4:30 - 4:45 PM    

Genomic gymnastics: using RNAseq and mate pair sequencing to collaboratively decipher structural variation
Beth Pitel
Mayo Clinic
First Place Technologist Award

4:45 - 5:00 PM

Utility of whole genome optical mapping (WGOM) in cytogenetic analysis of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies (HM)
Nikhil Sahajpal, Augusta
Second Place Technologist Award

5:00 - 5:15 PM

One test to rule them all? The utility of nanopore sequencing for variant detection in hematological malignancies
William Glen, Medical University of South Carolina

5:15 - 5:30 PM

Platinum Vendor Showcase: PathGroup
(No CME or CEUs available)


5:30 - 6:15 PM 


Introduction: Stuart Schwartz, LabCorp

Keynote Presentation

Using long-read technologies to explore the structure and function of the human genome
Evan Eichler, University of Washington

6:15 PM                    

CGC After Hours

Do No Harm : Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer 2020
Jone Sampson, Oregon Health & Sciences University


Wednesday, August 5, 2020


10:00 - 10:15 AM

Platinum Vendor Showcase: Pillar
(No CME or CEUs available)

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Oncology Chromosomal Microarray Testing

11:00 - 11:30 AM    
Diamond Vendor Showcase: Archer
(No CME or CEUs available)                   

11:30 AM 12:15 PM

Introduction: Yassmine Akkari, Legacy Health

Keynote Presentation

Cancer Genomics Drives Pediatric Cancer Precision Medicine
Elaine Mardis, 
Nationwide Children's Hospital


Predication and Characterization of Metastasis

12:15 - 12:30 PM

Genomic characterization of brain metastases identifies drivers of metastatic lung adenocarcinoma 
David Shih, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
First Place Trainee Award

12:30 - 12:45 PM

Spatiotemporal patterns of metastatic spread and survival from MSK-IMPACT, a large-scale prospective clinical sequencing
Bastien Nguyen, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

12:45 - 1:00 PM

Molecular heterogeneity in glioblastoma multiforme influences variant clonality and neoantigen prediction accuracy
Megan Richters, Washington University School of Medicine


1:00 - 3:00 PM


Break: Poster Session and Exhibit Hall Open


3:00 - 3:15 PM

Platinum Vendor Showcase: Cepheid
(No CME or CEUs available)


3:15 - 3:30 PM

Identification of predicted neoantigen vaccine candidates in follicular lymphoma patients
Cody Ramirez, Washington University School of
Second Place Trainee Award

3:30 - 3:45 PM

Clinical considerations for migration between genome assemblies: Lessons learned in moving to GRCh38
Sabah Kadri, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Unique cancer cytogenetics knowledgebase integrated with a machine learning system to improve clinical reporting
Soheil Shams, BioDiscovery, Inc

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Integrating cytogenomic and sequence variants in the GA4GH variation representation specification
Alex Wagner, Washington University School of Medicine


4:15 - 4:45 PM

Simultaneous Chat Rooms for Round Table Discussions

Topics chosen by participants during meeting registration


4:45 - 5:00 PM

Platinum Vendor Showcase: Oxford Gene Technology
(No CME or CEUs available)

Genomic evaluation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia: first steps in transitioning from an aCGH+SNP platform to a targeted NGS CNV detection approach 
Fléchère Fortin, CIUSSS de lEstrie CHUS


5:00 - 5:45 PM

Introduction: Adrian Dubuc, Harvard Medical School

Keynote Presentation

Mechanisms driving the rapid evolution of cancer genomes
David Pellman, Brigham and Womens Hospital Harvard Medical School


5:45 PM

CGC After Hours

Trainers and Mentors Session


*Speakers and timing subject to change