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Alan's story: a life-changing diagnosis through genome sequencing (UPDATED)

Alan's story: a life-changing diagnosis through genome sequencing (UPDATED)

Sep 24, 2016 12:06 PM
Garvan is delighted to share the inspirational story of seven-year-old Alan, whose life-threatening immune disorder has been held at bay through the power of genomic information.

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Cancer Institute NSW grant brings advanced genomics technology to Australia

Cancer Institute NSW grant brings advanced genomics technology to Australia

Sep 19, 2016 04:35 PM
Researchers across NSW will be able to explore genomic changes in cancer cells more comprehensively than ever before, following Garvan’s acquisition of the ‘Chromium Genome Solution’ (10x Genomics, Inc). The technology has been purchased with the aid of a Research Equipment Grant from Cancer Institute NSW.

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Fashion Supports Science at FashionLab 2016

Fashion Supports Science at FashionLab 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Sep 16, 2016 09:30 AM
Fashion and beauty heavyweights are joining forces to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

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In Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Garvan meets Lions Clubs International to discuss the way ahead for giving kids with cancer a better chance

In Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Garvan meets Lions Clubs International to discuss the way ahead for giving kids with cancer a better chance

Sep 09, 2016 02:53 PM
A two-day visit by leading Lions Clubs members has provided an opportunity for Garvan to thank Lions Clubs for their visionary support of the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project – a $4 million initiative to improve outcomes for children with high-risk cancer through whole genome sequencing – and to discuss ways of extending the project globally.

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Garvan student a double prizewinner at UNSW 3MT competition

Garvan student a double prizewinner at UNSW 3MT competition

Sep 09, 2016 02:17 PM
Garvan PhD student Nancy Mourad has won the ASPIRE award and gained second place in UNSW Australia’s 3 Minute Thesis interfaculty final.

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‘Forgotten molecule’ takes centre stage in cancer gene silencing

‘Forgotten molecule’ takes centre stage in cancer gene silencing

Sep 08, 2016 09:29 AM
Research from Garvan’s Genomics and Epigenetics Division has shed new light on how genes are silenced in cancer. The findings reveal how DNA becomes chemically decorated (methylated) at key sites across the genome in cancer cells, leading to gene silencing – and show that the protein MBD2 plays a direct role in determining the location of these sites.

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Double award for Garvan Bone Biology researcher

Double award for Garvan Bone Biology researcher

Aug 31, 2016 05:27 PM
Garvan researcher Dr Michelle McDonald was acknowledged last week with two awards at the annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. The awards recognise her current research into the biology of bone cells as well as her overall contribution to the field over the past five years.

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NSW leadership in the global advance of clinical genomics

NSW leadership in the global advance of clinical genomics

Aug 29, 2016 05:00 PM
Genomics has come of age. The massive reduction in DNA sequencing costs, approximately one million-fold since the completion of the first draft of the human genome 15 years ago, has brought this once elite field into the practical realm, not only to enable research into human health but also, increasingly, for productive applications in healthcare. In this article, which originally appeared in OHMR Innovator, the newsletter of the NSW Office for Health and Medical Research, Garvan’s Executive Director, Professor John Mattick, describes how initiatives in New South Wales place the state at the forefront of advances in clinical genomics in Australia and beyond.

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Unravelling the complexity of human immune disease gene by gene: clues from genetic immunodeficiencies

Unravelling the complexity of human immune disease gene by gene: clues from genetic immunodeficiencies

Aug 26, 2016 03:03 PM
In a series of recent studies, researchers from Garvan’s Immunology Division have shed light on the underlying biology disease in individuals suffering primary immunodeficiencies. Their findings have implications for patients with rare and severe conditions as well as for those of us suffering with more common infectious diseases.

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Garvan-Weizmann partnership: Professor Ido Amit visits Garvan

Garvan-Weizmann partnership: Professor Ido Amit visits Garvan

Aug 25, 2016 12:41 PM
On Friday (19 August), Garvan welcomed Professor Ido Amit, from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, on his first visit to the Institute to cement the recently announced strategic partnership between Garvan and the Weizmann Institute. Prof Amit met with senior staff at Garvan to discuss collaboration in staff and student exchange, the use of immunogenomics to understand the complexity of immunological responses in cancer and other diseases, and the potential for clinical genome sequencing informed by clinical databases held by the Weizmann Institute.

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Navigating the human genome with Sequins

Navigating the human genome with Sequins

MEDIA RELEASE: Aug 09, 2016 01:05 AM
Australian genomics researchers have announced the development of Sequins – synthetic ‘mirror’ DNA sequences that reflect the human genome. This intuitive new technology, which can be used to better map and analyse complexity within the genome, is freely available to the academic research community.

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Beyond ‘single-gene thinking’: Garvan researchers uncover complex genetic secrets of cancer risk

Beyond ‘single-gene thinking’: Garvan researchers uncover complex genetic secrets of cancer risk

MEDIA RELEASE: Aug 05, 2016 08:35 AM
In a landmark multi-country study, Australian researchers have transformed our understanding of the genes that affect our risk of cancer. The researchers uncovered numerous new genetic risk factors for the bone and soft-tissue cancer, sarcoma – and, in a world first for any cancer, they showed that carrying several of these genetic mutations markedly increases an individual’s cancer risk. The findings have immediate implications for how sarcomas and other cancers are treated.

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New era in genetic disease diagnosis with Australia’s first  whole-genome testing service to be launched today

New era in genetic disease diagnosis with Australia’s first whole-genome testing service to be launched today

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 27, 2016 06:00 AM
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics will launch Australia’s first clinical whole-genome sequencing service at an event today in Sydney. This new service could triple the diagnosis rates for Australians living with rare and genetic conditions.

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DreamLab wins Community Contribution Award at the ACOMM Awards 2016

DreamLab wins Community Contribution Award at the ACOMM Awards 2016

Jul 22, 2016 10:00 AM
The DreamLab app, which enables people to contribute the processing power of their idle smartphone to cancer research projects at Garvan, has won the Community Contribution Award at the ACOMM Awards night.

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Register now: Genome Gazing at Garvan

Register now: Genome Gazing at Garvan

Jul 21, 2016 04:53 PM
Ever wanted to know more about your genome? Come and explore the future, personal impact and artistry of genomic information at Genome Gazing, a free event (registration essential) on August 11 at Garvan. Genome Gazing is a Sydney Science Festival event

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New technique to delve further into cancer cell biology

New technique to delve further into cancer cell biology

Jul 20, 2016 09:34 AM
A team of researchers from Garvan and UNSW Australia has developed a new technique that helps to unravel some of the complexities of how proteins interact with each other in breast cancer and other diseases.

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NSW government funding a booster for the Cancer Moonshot

NSW government funding a booster for the Cancer Moonshot

Jul 19, 2016 10:03 PM
Garvan and the Children’s Medical Research Institute have received generous funding of $6 million from the NSW State Government. The funding, which was announced today by NSW Premier Mike Baird, will support collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (USA), in support of the Obama administration’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative.

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Grandpa's obesity can affect the health of his grandchildren

Grandpa's obesity can affect the health of his grandchildren

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 19, 2016 12:05 AM
Scientists at Sydney’s Victor Chang Institute and Garvan Institute of Medical Research have discovered that male mice who are obese when they conceive are putting their children and grandchildren at significant risk of developing metabolic disease – long before they are even born.

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Diabetes Australia recognition for Garvan researcher

Diabetes Australia recognition for Garvan researcher

Jul 15, 2016 03:34 PM
Garvan congratulates Dr Dorit Samocha-Bonet (Diabetes and Metabolism Division), who has been awarded the 2016 ADS Diabetes Australia Research Grant in support of her research into body acidity and insulin resistance.

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Australian study to explore public awareness of personal genomic testing

Australian study to explore public awareness of personal genomic testing

Jul 15, 2016 08:30 AM
Garvan is working with leading Australian universities and research institutes in a new Australian Research Council-funded study called Genomics: National Insights of Australians (GeNIOz). Genioz aims to understand what Australians (and the rest of the world) expect of new genetic technologies that provide people with access to their own genetic information.

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