On behalf of the Department of Human Genetics of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Central-Eastern European Congress on Free Nucleic Acids in Debrecen.
Recent advances in cell-free nucleic acid research have opened up new prospects for their introduction into the clinical practice. Application of free DNA in the prenatal detection of genetic diseases has already become a routine procedure in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Now there is a growing interest in using cell-free nucleic acids (cfNA) obtained from liquid biopsy in the field of oncology, and also in the diagnosis/treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The role of microvesicle encapsulation of the cfNAs has also arisen as an exciting new area of research, where the biological role these particles play in the preservation of homeostasis and in the development of diseases is still unknown. Furthermore, there is also the possibility of horizontal gene transfer (genometastasis), which has also piqued the curiosity of scientists.
The first Central-Eastern European Congress on Free Nucleic Acids was held in Budapest in 2010, and has since been held biennially: in Olomouc (2012), Martin (2014), and in Split (2016).
The previous conferences’ topics have mainly been on the research and application of cfNAs in the prenatal diagnosis, however, this year we wish to extend it to their application in oncological and cardiovascular diseases. We have invited several world famous scientists in these fields as speakers to share their knowledge with Central European researchers and clinicians.
We look forward to giving you the unforgettable memory of an enlightening congress, and to giving you the warm welcome of the people and city of Debrecen.
Prof. Bálint Nagy
Chairman of the Organizing Committee