Melanocytic Short Course Programme


Short Course: Molecular Techniques in Melanocytic Lesions: A Case Based Approach

May 17, 2017 10:15 am – 1:10 pm

Course Co-Director: Uma Sundram, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Beaumont Health Systems, Royal Oak, MI, USA

Course Co-Director: Aleodor A. Andea, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Course Description:

The purpose of this topic is to emphasize the emerging role of molecular techniques in further defining clinical approaches to difficult melanocytic lesions. As technology continues to accelerate in modern medicine, the need exists to understand and stay ahead of new approaches in this difficult area of dermatopathology. Twelve cases will be presented and the role of two relatively new technologies, Myriad MyPath and SNP array, in assessing melanocytic lesions will be discussed. Take home messages and the importance of clinicopathologic correlation will be stressed.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the underpinning science (in broad strokes) behind the new technology that is presented
  • Identify instances where these tools may be useful as diagnostic adjuncts, and where they would be of little utility
  • Measure the relevance of these tools in everyday practice


10:15 am         Short Introduction, Uma Sundram, MD, PhD

10:20 am         An Introduction to SNP Arrays, Aleodor A. Andea, MD, MBA, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

10:50 am         An Introduction to Myriad MyPath, Uma Sundram, MD, PhD

11:20 am         Cases 1-6, Aleodor A. Andea, MD, MBA

12:10 pm         Break (10 min)

12:20 pm         Cases 7-12, Uma Sundram, MD, PhD