Specialist course on digital PCR
10-12 September 2019

The fourth edition of the digital PCR specialist course at Ghent University will teach you the basics of digital PCR, including assay design, digital PCR optimization and data analysis. We will start with a basic intruduction of digital PCR and explain possible applications using case studies in the field of cancer research and virology. In addition to this, the course will provide a framework for good experimental practice.

The course will be taught by experts in the field of digital PCR from Ghent University, The University of Antwerp and the Catholic University of Leuven. Hands on training on dPCR devices will be provided by Bio-Rad (QX200) and Stilla Technologies (Naica system)

The course is open for academic and non academic researchers, see registration for pricing

Course program

Date and location

The course will take place on 10, 11 and 12 september 2018 at the faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Ghent University.

Day 1: Introduction & Hands on training

08:30-10:00 Introduction to digital PCR
Ward De Spiegelaere
10:00-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-12:20 Hands on exercises on a digital PCR platform
12:20-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 Hands on exercise on a digital PCR platform
Stilla Technologies
14:20-14:40 Coffee break
14:40-17:00 Applications of dPCR
Ward De Spiegelaere

Day 2 assay design & applications

08:30-10:00 Assay design including hands on training
Jo Vandesompele
10:00-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-12:20 dPCR optimization, power analysis and quality control
Antoon Lievens & Olivier Thas
12:020-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 Partition categorization methods
Olivier Thas & Antoon Lievens
14:20-14:40 Coffee break
14:40-17:00 Applications: CNV detection, genotyping and mutation detection
Jo Vandesompele & Patrick Pauwels

Day 3: data analysis & reporting

08:30-10:00 Exercises on partition categorization methods
Wim Trypsteen
10:00-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-12:20 GLMM methods for dPCR data analysis
Olivier Thas
12:20-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 dPCR applications
Nicole Hersmus
RNA quantification by dPCR and normalization tools
Ward De Spiegelaere
14:20-14:40 Coffee break
14:40-17:00 Minimal reporting guidelines for dPCR experiments
Ward De Spiegelaere


UGent doctoral school participants: free
Non-UGent Academic researchers (PhD students, Postdocs and PIs): 45€ (fully booked)
Non-academic researchers: 250€ (fully booked)

How to get there

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Salisburylaan 133
building DI5, entrance 78, first floor
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