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KCCG Newsletter

KCCG News Issue 4

(17 July, 2016) Contents: KCCG production news; accreditation update; KCCG production news; seminars; KCCG publications; KCCG presence and presentations; PrecisionFDA Challenge award; Open Science Prize finalists; online tour launch; NSW Genomics Collaborative Grants; benefits of WGS for intellectual disability; towards an Undiagnosed Diseases Program in NSW; Genioz survey launched; staff news; Medical Genomic Reference Bank update; upcoming events; connect with us online.

KCCG News Issue 3

(24 December, 2015) Contents: Partnership with Genomics England; update on the Sydney Genomics Collaborative; KCCG production news; staff profile (Mark Cowley); courses and workshops; KCCG presentations; connect with us online.

KCCG News Issue 2

(20 October, 2015) Contents: Sydney Genomics Collaborative update; KCCG production news; clinical accreditation; Lisa Ewans, clinical geneticist and student (profile); KCCG conference presentations; education events; connect with us online.

KCCG News Issue 1

(3 August, 2015) Contents: clinical accreditation; Sydney Genomics Collaborative kick-off; KCCG production news; publications; Dr Leslie Burnett, genetic pathologist (profile); KCCG showcase; new staff; connect with us online.

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Press releases

Handling big data in genomics: Garvan partners with NCI

(25 February, 2016) The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has become a collaboration partner of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), bringing together the southern hemisphere’s largest genome sequencing centre and its most powerful supercomputing environment for data-intensive research. Together, the two institutions will develop systems for the secure, centralised storage and analysis of genomic information in Australia.

Garvan Partners with Genomics England

(25 September, 2015) Garvan has signed a memorandum of understanding with Genomics England, the organisation established by the UK’s Department of Health to deliver the world-first 100,000 Genomes Project. The two organisations will share resources and expertise to advance genomic medicine in Australia and the UK.

Genomics initiative to help children with genetic disorders

(10 September, 2015) Garvan is embarking on a groundbreaking project to sequence and analyse the genomes of up to 60 children in NSW with severe intellectual or developmental disability, along with their families.

Test drive a $1000 genome

(30 July, 2014) The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, DNAnexus and AllSeq have teamed up to offer the genomics community open access to the first publicly available test data sets generated using Illumina’s HiSeq X Ten, an extremely powerful sequencing platform. *Note: this data is still available.

Garvan Institute welcomes NSW funding of Sydney Genomics Collaborative

(17 June, 2014) The Garvan Institute of Medical Research welcomes today’s announcement of $24 million in State Government funding for a genomics research collaborative, saying it would deliver long-term health benefits and put NSW at the cutting edge of medical research. The NSW Government also released a budget announcement that highlights the Collaborative.

The future of genomic medicine has arrived in Australia

(15 January, 2014) The transformation of medicine by human genome sequencing has moved closer following the announcement today that Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of the first in the world to acquire machines that can sequence a whole human genome at a base cost below $US1,000.

Partner and funder press releases

NSW takes the lead in genomic medicine: 2014/15 NSW Genomics Collaborative Grants announced

(5 March, 2015) Four teams of NSW based researchers will share $2.72 million to explore better treatments for cancer, mitochondrial disease, inherited heart disease in babies and schizophrenia. Associated files: press release and list of grant recipients.

Personalis and the Garvan Institute Announce Commercial Partnership for Whole Human Genome Sequencing, Analysis and Interpretation

(20 October, 2014) Collaboration to bring together high-quality, large-scale whole genome sequencing with best-in-class analysis and interpretation services for research and clinical applications.

RDSI story: Australia's healthy human genome reference collection

(1 September, 2014) RDSI and Intersect Australia are helping the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to provide Australian genomics researchers with cost-effective whole human genome sequencing.

QFAB, Garvan team for genomic sequence analysis

(3 August, 2014) Brisbane’s QFAB Bioinformatics and Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have formed a partnership covering whole human genome sequence data analysis.


Media around the first Australian Understand Your Genome event

In April, 2014, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research hosted the first Australian Illumina Inc. Understand Your Genome program. This innovative, hands-on program offered 50 selected participants the opportunity to learn about the information within our genetic code by exploring their own genome.

Genomes the path to future wellbeing (1 April, 2014)

Genomics key to future of Healthcare (9 April, 2014)

Geronimo moments for first-mapped Australian genomes (9 April, 2014)

Executives perfect pioneers for genomic medicine (9 April, 2014)


KCCG staff in the news

Mark Cowley and Marina Pajic top-ranked applicants for Cancer Institute NSW Fellowships

(8 April, 2014) Dr Marina Pajic and Dr Mark Cowley from Garvan were awarded Cancer Institute NSW Fellowships this year, each ranked as top applicant in their category, a Career Development Fellowship and Early Career Fellowship respectively.