Workshop “Next generation diagnostics”

22-24 March, Skopje, FYR Macedonia

The ICGEB aims at strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged. For more information on the terms of participation and funding opportunities for this event please access the meeting website or contact the local organisers directly.

The advent of next generation sequencing (NGS), proteomics and other high-throughput technologies have provided opportunities for the development of innovative strategies for disease diagnosis, prognostication and prediction, hence paving the way for true precision medicine. This meeting will provide an overview of the current and future use of these techniques in the diagnostic setup of malignant, inherited and communicable diseases.

Momir Polenakovic
Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska (RCGEB, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, FYR Macedonia)

Richard Rosenquist (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden),
Kostas Stamatopoulos (Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Dimitar Efremov (ICGEB Trieste, Italy)

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In collaboration with:

Deadline for receipt of applications by local organisers:
30 November 2017 (1st call)
23 February 2018 (2nd call)
For information please contact the local organisers


NGS techniques and bioinformatic analysis. NGS-based diagnostics in solid tumors, hematological malignancies, inherited and infectious diseases. Proteomic-based approaches for biomarker discovery. Predictive biomarkers and personalized treatment strategies.

Confirmed speakers

Dimitar Efremov (Trieste)
Lars Engstrand (Stockholm)
Torsten Haferlach (Munich)
Simon Joosse (Hamburg)
Ulf Landegren (Uppsala)
Johan Lindberg (Stockholm)
Marcel Nelen (Nijmegen)
Päivi Östling (Stockholm)

Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska (Skopje)Fotis Psomopoulos (Thessaloniki)
Richard Rosenquist (Stockholm)
Davide Rossi (Bellinzona)
Kostas Stamatopoulos (Thessaloniki)
Henrik Stranneheim (Stockholm)

Clare Turnbull (Cambridge),
Anna Wedell (Stockholm)
Valtteri Wirta (Stockholm)
Kristian Vlahovicek (Zagreb)
Katerina Davalieva (Skopje)
Andreas Agathaggelidis (Thessaloniki)


Laboratory scientists and clinicians interested in learning about latest developments in the field. Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts related to the topics covered by the Workshop. Abstracts of not more than 250 words, typed in MS Word should be sent by an e-mail ([email protected]) not later than February 23, 2018. Selected abstracts will be presented in a poster session and will be published in a special issue of the Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics.

Participation is subject to selection. The Organizers will select participants on the basis of their CV and potential benefit for their career. Geographical and gender balance, as well as priority order in the registration, will also be considered.

Selected participants will be notified and will need to finalize their registration with payment of a registration fee of 100 Euro, which includes access to sessions, meeting materials, opening reception and dinner. A limited number of rooms at discounted rates is available for interested participants at a 3 star hotel (Ibis Skopje City Center; single room 57 Euro/night, double room 64 Euro/night) and at a 5 star hotel Skopje Marriott Hotel; single room 101 Euro/night, double room 111 Euro/night) in the center of Skopje.


A limited number of grants will be available for nationals of ICGEB Member States to waive the registration fee and cover accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the workshop. Priority will be given to participants with an accepted abstract for presentation at the meeting.