April 8, 2016
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March 18, 2016
Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop Series continues to bridge the gap between computer science and biology
The Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop Series (CBW) was established by Francis Ouellette in 1999 to address the growing need for a workforce knowledgeable in the field of bioinformatics. The series has been an incredible success. Last year there were nine CBW workshops held in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, which trained 199 scientists, bringing the total to over 2,000 scientists trained since the series’ start.
We sat down with Michelle Brazas, Manager, Research and Knowledge Exchange at OICR and Manager of Bioinformatics.ca to discuss why bioinformatics training is so important today and where the workshops are headed in 2015.
March 16, 2016
Researchers at OICR, University Health Network and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have made an important discovery in the treatment of salivary gland cancer. Their findings, published last month in Nature Genetics, describe the discovery of a specific gene called PRKD1 that is mutated in the vast majority of patients with this disease. This new cancer gene will allow doctors to accurately diagnose this type of cancer and distinguish it from other, similar cancers that should be treated differently. The gene is also potentially the target for the development of new therapeutics.