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Recent events, awards, and media releases from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
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Jul 03, 2019

Dr. Steven J.M. Jones appointed Canada Research Chair for Computational Genomics

Co-director and head of bioinformatics at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre and professor of medical genetics at UBC, Dr. Jones researches cancer genomics to understand its mutational landscape.

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Jun 26, 2019

Steller sea lion genome sequenced

The reference genome may assist in better understanding the species, genetic effects of population decline and in evolutionary studies, but also knowledge of human genetics, including disease processes in cancer.

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May 01, 2019

New study uses artificial intelligence, whole genome sequencing to make accurate cancer diagnoses

Combining patients’ gene expression data and a machine learning technique, scientists show that computers can accurately diagnose cancer, even in cases that fail human assessment.

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Feb 07, 2019

Uncovering antibiotics and cancer drugs in bullfrog DNA

Using cutting-edge DNA computational techniques, Dr. Inanc Birol from BC Cancer's Genome Sciences Centre has helped uncover a new tool that can help in the battle against antibiotic resistance and for cancer drug discovery.

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Feb 05, 2019

The GSC is now ISO 27001 certified

One of the highest standards for information security management systems in the world, ISO guidelines helps the GSC ensure confidential information is safe

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Jan 07, 2019

Dr. Ryan Morin receives 2019 American Society of Hematology Scholar Award

One of ASH’s most prestigious award programs, Scholar Awards support fellows and junior faculty dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood disorders. Dr. Morin's lab is the only recipient from Canada this year.

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Dec 11, 2018

GSC scientists sequence the grizzly bear genome

Within in its 37 pairs of chromosomes, scientists have mapped the precise location of genes, coding and non-coding, throughout the grizzly bear genome.

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Aug 21, 2018

Genomics education resources now available on POG website

Cancer genomics are rapidly changing how we approach and treat cancer. A variety of genomic tests are now routinely integrated into oncology practice, yet genetic and genomic literacy among health care professionals are extremely limited. To help address this growing gap, BC Cancer’s Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) team is excited to launch an online genomics education platform with the aim of addressing this need within BC’s medical oncology community and beyond.

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Apr 30, 2018

2 Petabase Goal Reached

Dr. Richard Moore, Sequencing Group Leader, reported that the GSC has passed the 2 Petabase sequencing mark.

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Dec 14, 2017

Beluga Genome Sequencing

The recent publication by the GSC of the beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) genome was featured on Global TV.

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Dec 13, 2017

Generation of Native Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Sequencing Libraries for Nucleosome Density Analysis

New video publication available from Dr. Martin Hirst's research team.

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Nov 03, 2017

GSC Video from ASHG-TV

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Aug 16, 2017

4th Canadian Conference on Epigenetics: Mechanisms of Disease - Whistler, British Columbia from November 26-29, 2017

Registration is open. Travel award application deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017 Abstract submission deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Aug 16, 2017

Registration now Open - Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017

October 11, 2017 - BC Cancer Research Centre - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Keynote Speakers: David Rubinsztein (Cambridge University) and Kay Macleod (University of Chicago) Accepting Abstracts for Oral presentations until September 8, 2017

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Jun 29, 2017

BC Cancer Agency Report to the Community 2016 now available online

This is the first annual Report to the Community that will communicate to all British Columbians the great work carried out by the BC Cancer Agency. This publication highlights the important and innovative work that has been accomplished in the past year..

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Jun 29, 2017

Dr. Sharon Gorski receives 2017 Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation – American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Dr. Sharon Gorski has recently been awarded a two-year Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation – AACR grant for a project focused on the proteogenomic analysis of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs).

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May 02, 2017

The Centre for Clinical Genomics (CCG) successfully accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

For the 4th time, the Centre for Clinical Genomics has achieved CAP accreditation.

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Feb 21, 2017

"Cracking Cancer" on The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, CBC

"Cracking Cancer" will debut on February 23rd at 8 PM. With exclusive and rare access, Cracking Cancer follows a group of patients, all with incurable cancer, through the highly experimental clinical trial at the BC Cancer Agency, a trial that holds the promise of personalized cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Feb 21, 2017

Northern biobank will fill health knowledge gaps in rural, First Nations communities

Nadine Caron, associate professor at the University of B.C.’s department of surgery and an academic physician at the University of Northern B.C. was interviewed by Randy Shore, in a recent article in The Province newspaper highlighting the Northern Biobank, Prince George, BC.

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Feb 21, 2017

BC scientists play major role in international effort to map the human epigenome

BC scientists and their colleagues from across the globe have made a major leap forward in understanding how the human body’s trillions of cells develop from a single genetic template, and how those genes interact with the environment. A collection of 41 coordinated papers has been published by scientists involved in the International Human Epigenome Research Consortium (IHEC) which shed light on epigenomic processes.

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