Continuous Professional Development Update

Continuous Professional Development Update

Understanding Tumor Markers

11th July 2014
Rm203, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Tumor markers refer to substances that can be found at higher than normal levels in the blood, urine, stool, tumor tissue, or other tissues or bodily fluids of some patients with cancer. Most tumor markers are proteins but they can also be changes to DNA or, more recently, patterns of gene expression at the RNA or protein level. Along with other diagnostic tests and procedures, monitoring of tumor markers can be used to detect, diagnose, and manage different types of cancer. Tumor markers can also help to predict prognosis, to monitor treatment and to detect recurrence. In this talk, common tumor markers for three of the most common cancers (breast, lung and colorectal cancers) in Hong Kong will be used to illustrate the usefulness and limitation of tumor markers. Research efforts aimed to develop more sensitive, specific and effective genomic- and proteomic-based biomarkers will also be discussed.


Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the rationale behind the development of tumor markers
  2. Recognize the use of tumor markers in cancer care
  3. Illustrate the use of tumor makers in common cancers in Hong Kong
  4. Appreciate the ongoing efforts aimed to develop better tumor markers



Associate Professor Yao Kwok Ming
Dept of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Major Research Interests

  • Transcriptional regulation of cell cycle progression: Roles of the Forkhead box M1 (FOXM1) transcription factor in promoting proliferation and protecting against stress and aging; FOXM1 and maintenance of pluripotency and genome stability in human embryonic stem cells
  • Regulation of pancreatic b-cell and cartilage formation: Roles of the PDZ-containing protein PDZD2 in the regulation of pancreatic beta cell and chondrocyte function
  • Tumor suppressor effect of secreted PDZD2

Speaker: Associate Professor Yao Kwok Ming
Date: 11 Jul 2014 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Rm203, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Fees: HK$200 (Early Bird Registration : HK$150, on or before 26 Jun 2014)
Language: English
Registration: 3998 3222



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