1st International qPCR Symposium & Application Workshop (qPCR2004)

Venue: Freising

Location: Freising, Germany

Event Date/Time: Mar 03, 2004 End Date/Time: Mar 06, 2004
Registration Date: Mar 02, 2004
Early Registration Date: Nov 15, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Jan 31, 2004
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Invitation to the 1st International qPCR Symposium & Application Workshop

Dear researchers and colleagues,

On behalf of the Organisation Committee and the Scientific Board it is great pleasure to invite you to the 1st International qPCR Symposium & Application Workshop to be held March 3-6, 2004, at the Center of Life Science in Freising Weihenstephan, Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen (Germany http://www.wzw.tum.de/wzw/english/index.html).

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the most sensitive technique to detect low abundance mRNA and minute amounts of DNA typically present in tissue samples. Real-time reverse transcription PCR (qPCR or kinetic RT-PCR) is rapidly becoming the method of choice for quantitative gene expression analysis and molecular diagnostics owing to its high sensitivity, excellent reproducibility, and wide dynamic quantification range. However, this ultra high sensitivity makes qPCR sensitive to experimental error, variations in experimental protocols and presence of contaminants in complex biological samples. Successful applications of qPCR require understanding of the practical problems associated with sample handling, including careful experimental design, assay optimisation, appropriate validation and proper data treatment.

This 1st International qPCR Symposium will focus on all aspects of qPCR technology and its applications in research and diagnostics. Leading academic researchers and industrial contributors in the field will be participate in the symposium, which will be an arena for fruitful discussions between researchers of different backgrounds. The Symposium and associated Application Workshop offers an overview of the present knowledge and future developments in qPCR technology and its wide applications.

The Application Workshop offers hands-on training by leading experts from TATAA Biocenter (http://www.tataa.com) in qPCR. Major probe technologies will be demonstrated, leading and emerging instrument platforms will be presented, and advanced primer and probe design programs will be available. Hands-on training will be provided on quantitative gene expression, including design and optimization of both RT and qPCR protocols.

Michael W. Pfaffl (Chairman Symposium) Mikael Kubista(Chairman Application Workshop)