Mittwoch, 27. Juni 2012

Samstag, 23. Juni 2012

15th International Symposium on Paediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO), Toronto, Canada

#DIPG: The biannual ISPNO meeting is the largest research conference dedicated to childhood brain tumours in the world, and we are pleased to be able to present a poster detailing our work on the DIPG Genomics Repository. If you are attending, please drop by poster number PG-32 on Monday 25th June between 18:15-21:00. Katy Taylor and Chris Jones will be on hand to discuss progress on the Repository and walk researchers through the analytical tools available. Hope to see you in Toronto! Chris Jones

Donnerstag, 21. Juni 2012

First DIPG genomics data freeze and public release

We are pleased to announce the first public release of data from the International DIPG Genomics Repository. Although collection remains ongoing, we putting an intermediate freeze on the data in order to solicit feedback from the academic community. At the current time we have DNA copy number data for 94 cases of DIPG and 162 cases of non-brain stem paediatric high grade glioma available for analysis and download. We would welcome any comments and suggestions on how to improve the Repository and look forward to working with researchers around the world to make the most of this valuable data.

Chris Jones, Michael Baudis and Andre von Büren.

DIPG Poster for ISPNO Toronto 2012

Freitag, 1. Juni 2012

New PhD student joins Zurich group

Ni Ai, a new PhD student with a Master of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Hongkong has joined the Zurich group. Besides working on technical aspects and systems biology of genomic data in cancer, Ni's disease specific projects will be centered in the area of childhood brain tumors, specifically DIPG and related entities. She will partially be supported through the grant from the "The Cure Starts Now" foundation.

Michael Baudis

Sonntag, 29. Januar 2012

Somatic histone 3 mutations in DIPG

Suzy Baker’s group at St Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, USA, has just published in Nature Genetics the first findings from the whole genome resequencing of DIPG specimens as part of the St Jude / Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. They made the startling discovery that fully 78% of DIPG samples harboured mutations at a key residue in two histone H3 variant genes – H3F3A and HIST1H3B.
Along with a concurrent publication in Nature by the groups of Nada Jabado (Montreal) and Stefan Pfister (Heidelberg) of H3F3A mutations in paediatric non-brainstem high grade glioma, we have the most definitive evidence of the biological distinctiveness of these lesions in the paediatric setting. Most intriguing is the different mutational spectrum in these genes between anatomical sites in children – K27 mutations are more common in DIPG than in supratentorial tumours, whilst G34 mutations were entirely absent from brainstem and thalamic lesions. Further investigating such biological differences remains a key goal of the DIPG Repository.

Chris Jones

Montag, 23. Januar 2012

SIOP-Europe DIPG Network Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th February 2012)

Clinicians and scientists interested in DIPG across Europe met recently in Barcelona to discuss collaborative efforts to develop clinical trials and biological studies in this terrible disease. Chris Jones and Katy Taylor, a PhD student in his lab focusing on DIPG, attended the meeting and presented on the progress of the DIPG Genomics Repository. There is much enthusiasm for developing this resource given the rarity of the tumour, and we are carrying out a census of DIPG samples, data and ongoing research throughout the continent in order to identify opportunities to work together to speed up progress on a multinational basis.

Chris Jones