Ovarian cancer vaccine trial begins recruiting

UConn Health has started recruiting ovarian cancer patients for a phase I clinical trial of OncoImmunome, a novel genomics-driven personalized immunotherapy. Women diagnosed with stage III or IV ovarian cancer who undergo traditional surgery and chemotherapy will then receive monthly injections with personalized vaccines consisting of tumor-specific neo-epitopes identified from next-generation sequencing of patients’ tumor DNA and RNA using a bioinformatics pipeline that extends our prior work published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

For more details see http://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/recruitment-begins-worlds-first-ovarian-cancer-vaccine-trial/.

Tyler receives Goldwater scholarship

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Tyler received the Barry Goldwater scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 240 Goldwater Scholars were selected from students nominated by 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

For more details see this UConn Today article.

Workshops on Computational Advances for Next Generation Sequencing and Molecular Epidemiology

The 6th Workshop on Computational Advances for Next Generation Sequencing (CANGS 2016) and the 5th Workshop on Computational Advances in Molecular Epidemiology (CAME 2016) will be held in conjunction with the 6th IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences on October 13-15, 2016 at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

Workshop presentations are by invitation only. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of being invited, please contact the workshop chairs Yury Khudyakov (yek0@cdc.gov), Ion Mandoiu (ion@engr.uconn.edu), Pavel Skums (pskums@cs.gsu.edu), and Alex Zelikovsky (alexz@cs.gsu.edu). One page abstracts of invited talks will be included in the ICCABS proceedings published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library and full length articles will be invited to a special issues of BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Genomics following the workshops. For full details see the ICCABS website at www.iccabs.org.