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Translating Diagnostics to Clinical Care: The BBI Platform

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Translating Diagnostics to Clinical Care: The BBI Platform

October 11, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
UW Medicine SLU C-Bldg Orin Smith Auditorium
850 Republican Street
WA 98109
Aric Lane


Most diagnostic testing innovation is not patentable. This can make it hard for clinicians and researchers to translate diagnostic ideas from the bench to the bedside without expert help. This interactive session will describe the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine’s Clinical Applications of Research in Emerging Technology (CARET) Unit, which is specifically designed to provide this help. The BBI CARET unit helps clinicians and researchers partner with laboratories at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center to develop clinical diagnostics tests. Session participants will be able to identify major barriers to translate ideas into clinical diagnostic tests and explain how partnering with a clinical laboratory director can help overcome those barriers.

Schedule of activities

  • 11:30 am – 11:45 am:   Registration and check in (lunch provided)
  • 11:45 am –   1:00 pm:   Seminar

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify two major barriers to translate ideas into clinical diagnostic tests
  • Develop two strategies for overcoming barriers to translating diagnostics to clinical care
  • Determine two optimal sources for assistance with different clinical diagnostics development situations

Please note room change: this event will now take place at UW Medicine South Lake Union in the Orin Smith Auditorium. We apologize for any inconvenience.

About the speaker

Dr. Brian ShirtsBrian Shirts, MD, PhD has been developing and implementing molecular diagnostics tests in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington since 2012.  He trained as a Clinical and Molecular Genetic Pathologist at the University of Utah.  He received his medical training and a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Shirts currently does research on new strategies for implementing testing for hereditary disease risk in families and in populations and well as helping others to implement new diagnostic tests as the leader of the new Brotman Baty Institute Clinical Applications of Research in Emerging Technology (CARET) Unit.


Cite ITHSThe Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

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