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11th Australasian Mutation Detection Meeting

Sunday, 11 September 2016 to Wednesday, 14 September 2016 from 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Australia


Come and join with us to experience the magic of Alice, this ruggedly beautiful town, base of the red centre, shaped by its mythical landscapes, vibrant Aboriginal culture and tough pioneering past…..

Follow the DNA footprints from ancient times, to the calling cards left by unsavoury characters and signatures left by unfriendly cells, explore the intricate bond between mother and child and then be submerged in the avalanche of DNA code, analyse a collection of tools to navigate and map out the key elements to understand what makes us who we are.....

This meeting allows ample time for open discussion on key topics in the field of human molecular diagnostics.  We encourage you to bring your questions and ideas to share with a like-minded audience.

The focus of this meeting is methods, genome sequencing - detecting variants one-by-one or genome-wide, cancer gene analysis & diagnostic applications. Topics will start from sample preparation, where we have special presentations focusing on using ancient DNA and highly compromised samples to tell about past events, to capturing DNA from rare cells within a genome to tell about new growths, to analysing genes, exomes and genomes to determine what is normal variation and what can lead to clinical disease.

This is a workshop style meeting with key discussion periods to allow a more detailed, warts-and-all analyses of genome technology, as well as discussion about standardization of the workflow process for service delivery though the outcomes of an international QAP program.

If you want to know how much genome technology has matured in clinical service delivery over the last decade, you cannot miss this meeting!

We Look forward to seeing you there! 


Mark Davis (WA)

Desiree du Sart (VIC)

Peter George (NZ)

Scott Grist (SA)

Scientific Program Committee



The exciting program is available here ( updated 18 August). 


Invited Speakers


Whole Exome Sequencing (title TBA)

Hans Scheffer 

Radbourg Univ. Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Whole Genome Sequencing (title TBA)

Marcel Dinger 

Head - Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, Lab Head - Genome Informatics
Principal Research Fellow


Whole genome NIPT: A window into the earliest stages of human development

Mark Pertile 

VCGS, Melbourne, VIC


Liquid Biopsy

Stephen Wong 

Peter Macallum Cancer Intitute, VIC

DNA in Forensics: its application to human identification and more

Dadna Hartman 

Molecular Biology, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, VIC 


Ancient DNA - A peek into the past

Sankar Subramanian

Research Centre for Human Evolution, Griffith University. QLD



EQA for NGS technologies

Desiree du Sart for

European Molecular Genetics Quality Network (EMQN), UK





  • Variant Curation
  • Pop up workshop - topics of interest to be discussed


Previous Meeting

Never been before? Get an idea of what its like by looking at the previous meeting website and programme here.



Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs

82 Barrett Drive

Alice Springs

Northern Territory, Australia


As usual, we have a wonderful programme arranged. Your registration fee will include two dinners.  

Dates and times have been chosen around flight dates and times for most capital cities. 


Sunday 11th September  2016

  • Registration & Lunch 12.30 - 14.00
  • Meeting Begins 14.00
  • Welcome Dinner - DoubleTree by Hilton

Monday 12th Sept.

  • Meeting Continues; start 8.30 
  • Evening at leisure

Tuesday 13th Sept.

  • Meeting Continues; start 8.30
  • Conference Dinner - surprise - stunning unique outback venue- 5.00 pm

Wednesday 14th Sept.

  • Meeting Continues Start 8.30
  • Meeting ends 10.30 am - in time for most flights out of Alice Springs airport (there are no flights in afternoons hence the short day and why we didnt end the day before)


Registration & Accommodation

Registration now open.  You may view detailed information and register here.

Super Earlybird - Save $180 off the regular registration.  Closes 14th May 2016. (sorry closed)

Earlybird - Save $100 off the regluar registration.  Closes 31st July 2016. (sorry closed)

Please book your accommodation directly with the conference hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (subject to availability) as we are no longer able to book rooms through the conference.  If the hotel has sold out you may try Lassiters hotel next door.



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