Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building
475 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Biomarkers: From Specimen to Clinical Impact

Comprehensive screening of large patient populations, using collaborative and integrative approaches, has the potential to improve health and health care delivery. Early detection, better health outcomes, strategies to decrease costs and insights from basic and translational research are shaping the growing field of precision medicine.

A contemporary wave of cell engineering techniques and cheaper high-throughput technologies are accelerating the discovery of new biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Comprehensive programs that combine technology and information to screen large populations are critical to design, implement, adopt and scale actionable clinical practices that impact patient health.

The application of rigor is essential throughout biospecimen collection, pre-analytical processing, downstream selection of suitable algorithms for data analysis, reporting and management of the health care information to accomplish personalized medicine. Oversight of quality assurance, compliance and standardization provide the necessary data for informed decision making in the delivery of personalized health care.

In this symposium, interdisciplinary leaders from multiple institutions dive into the opportunities, capabilities, future trends and challenges of innovation in biomarker discovery. Attendees will appreciate the future of therapeutic and diagnostics development, digital medicine and machine learning as large scale health delivery advances in the modern age.

Keynote Speaker:

  • John D. Halamka, MD, MS.
    • International Health Care Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Health System.

Featured Speakers and Panelists:

  • Anna Barker, PhD.
  • Donald A. Berry, PhD.
  • Yves Lussier, MD, FACMI.
  • Akinlolu Ojo, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA.
  • Eric M. Reiman, MD.
  • Michael Fallon, MD, FACP, FAASLD, AGAF.

This event is free and open to the public*. We highly recommend health care professionals attend (early registration is encouraged). We also welcome students, educators and the general public to attend this valuable conference. Seating is limited. Please register in advance to guarantee your place.


Please note that you must park in the PBC garage — located at the southeast corner of 5th St. and Fillmore (entrances are on the south side of Fillmore and the east side of 5th Street) — for us to have the ability to provide a ticket that will let you exit for free. Please keep the ticket you receive at the entrance; you will receive your pass to exit when signing in at the symposium.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations:

Call for Abstracts (Due 11/8/18):

The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix invites the submission of abstracts for poster presentations that report processes or results related to biomarkers, specimen management, -omics, personalized medicine, big data analysis and informatics. If selected, your presence will be requested on December 6, 2018 at the “Biomarkers from Specimen to Clinical Impact” Research Symposium in Phoenix.

For questions, please email Casey Sapio.

*Thanks to our generous sponsors, the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre, and the Flinn Foundation, there is no cost to attend the Symposium.

*All attendees will be provided a complimentary lunch during the conference.