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Introducing our Newest STAGE Trainees!!!
The CIHR STAGE Program is very proud to welcome our newest trainees who officially joined the program in Fall/Winter 2017. This latest cohort consists of 3 PhD students and 5 post-doctoral fellows, each with a unique academic background and a strong potential for success in the fields of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.
- Matthew Warkentin and Sangook Kim are Phd students at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in the epidemiology and biostatistics programs, respectively. Matthew is supervised by Dr. Rayjean Hung and is based at the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute. Sangook is based at the Hospital for Sick Children and his primary mentor is Dr. Lisa Strug.
- Lin Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto and is supervised by Dr. Lei Sun. Yanyan Zhao is also supervised by Dr. Sun, and is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Statistical Sciences.
- Marie Pigeyre joins the STAGE program with a PhD and medical degree from France, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University with Dr. Guillaume Pare.
- Elizabeth Corfield completed her PhD in Australia and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children, with Dr. Lisa Strug as her primary mentor.
- Myriam Brossard and Razvan Romanescu are post-doctoral fellows under the supervision of Dr. Shelley Bull and are based at the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute.
We are excited for the new trainees to participate in STAGE events and activities such as the International Speaker Seminar Series, the Statistical Methods for Genetics and Genomics Research journal club, and STAGE workshops. To read more about these new trainees, click here.
- STAGE had a strong presence at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES 2017) in Cambridge, UK from September 9 to 11. Post-doctoral STAGE trainee Sareh Keshavarzi, supervised by STAGE mentor Dr. Andrew Paterson at Sick Kids, presented her poster “A Meta Genome-wide Association Study Identifies a Novel Locus for Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes”. STAGE mentor Dr. Lisa Strug gave a talk on “Improved genotype imputation in disease-relevant regions with inclusion of patient sequence data: lessons from cystic fibrosis”. PhD student at Dalla Lana School of Public Health and STAGE trainee Osvaldo Espin-Garcia, supervised by STAGE co-director Dr. Shelley Bull, also gave a talk entitled “X-chromosome Association on Microbiome data”. Congratulations to Osvaldo for winning the Roger Williams Award which is presented to an outstanding oral presentation given by a student enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD program (see photo here). STAGE is very proud of Osvaldo’s achievement!!! Congratulations also to Sareh and Dr. Strug, and everyone who represented STAGE at IGES 2017!!!
- STAGE was the sponsor for the Best Poster awards at IGES 2017 and the following were the well-deserved winners:
- First place: Mathias Gorski, Department of Genetic Epidemiology, University Regensburg, Germany. Poster title: On the gain of mega-imputation and mega-analysis compared to meta-imputation and meta-analysis exemplified on genetics of age-related macular degeneration.
- Second place: Aida Eslami, University of British Columbia, Canada. Poster title: Genome wide meta-analysis of parent-of-origin effects of asthma in four cohorts.
- Third place: Garrett Weaver, University of Southern California, USA. Poster title: A Regularized Hierarchical Regression Framework for Incorporating External Information in High-Dimensional Prediction Models.
STAGE represented at IGES 2017
STAGE trainee Osvaldo Espin-Garcia giving his talk.
Poster presented by STAGE trainee Sareh Keshavarzi
- Congratulations to STAGE trainee Osvaldo Espin-Garcia and STAGE mentor Dr. Lisa Strug who were both invited to give talks at the 2017 International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES) Annual Meeting in September in Cambridge, UK. Osvaldo is a PhD student in the Biostatistics Department at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and he was admitted into the STAGE program in September 2016. His supervisor is STAGE co-director Dr. Shelley Bull who is based at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Dr. Lisa Strug is an associate professor in the Biostatistics Department at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is also a senior scientist in the Genetics and Genome Biology (GGB) Program at Sick Kids and the associate director of The Centre for Applied Genomics also at Sick Kids. We are very proud of both Osvaldo and Dr. Strug for their achievements! For more details on IGES 2017, click here.
- Congratulations to STAGE trainee Saira Mirza! She is the recipient of the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) Postdoctoral Fellowship which will support her project entitled: Genetic association study of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers of neurodegeneration across dementias – A data-driving approach. Her application was ranked #1 in her funding stream. Saira is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and was admitted into the STAGE program in September 2016. Her primary STAGE mentor is Dr. Joanne Knight. The STAGE program is very proud of Saira’s accomplishment !!!
- Congratulations to STAGE mentor Dr. Laurent Briollais as his work on genetic association with aggressive prostate cancer has been recognized by the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. The study has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. STAGE trainee and PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Jingxiong (Amelia) Xu who is supervised by Dr. Briollais, was a major contributor to the study and publication. For more details, click here.
The 25th annual meeting of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES) was held here in Toronto at the Sheraton Hotel on October 24 to 26, 2016. The meeting was a great success which included an Educational Workshop on Big Data Phenotyping: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions (sponsors included Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation); a 25th anniversary celebration banquet; and various professional development events and social activities.
STAGE is proud to have been involved with helping to plan the IGES 2016 meeting. Several STAGE trainees received IGES travel/meeting awards (specifically sponsored by the McLaughlin Centre, University of Toronto) and they were: Victoria Marshe, Karl Everett, Sareh Keshavarzi, Jingxiong Xu, David Soave, and Nora Zwingerman. Additionally, David Soave and Nora Zwingerman were selected to give oral presentations at the meeting. STAGE is very proud of these trainees and their accomplishments! It was also the first time at an IGES meeting that Best Poster awards were handed out and there were 3 winners to receive the first, second and third prize. The Best Poster awards were sponsored by the STAGE program. Lastly, the STAGE program was very proud to see co-directors Dr. France Gagnon and Dr. Shelley Bull honoured at the meeting (see photo below). Dr. Gagnon was recognized for her service as President of the IGES society in 2015, and Dr. Bull was recognized for her service as a member of the Publications Committee (2013-2016).
- CIHR STAGE is very excited to welcome its eighth cohort of new STAGE trainees in the upcoming 2016 academic year!!! This cohort consists of 4 PhD students, 3 post-doctoral fellows, and 1 visiting scientist, each with a diverse academic background and a strong potential to exceed in the fields of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. We look forward to seeing these new trainees participate in STAGE events and activities such as the International Speaker Seminar Series, the Statistical Methods for Genetics and Genomics Research journal club, and STAGE workshops. To read more about these new trainees, click on the following link as they’ve been added to the list of current STAGE trainees: New STAGE trainees
- Congratulations to current STAGE mentor, Dr. Anne Bassett, on her recent achievements:
- recipient of the McLaughlin Centre Accelerator Grant (2016-2017) for research in “Whole genome sequencing to uncover the genetic architecture of familial schizophrenia”.
- recipient of a 5-year (2016-2021) CIHR grant for the project “Predicting occurrence and lifetime expression of a major recurrent copy number variation”.
- became a fellow in the Canadian Psychiatric Association (2016)
- June 2016 Convocation: Several STAGE trainees attended their convocation, having completed their graduate degrees, along with the STAGE training program.
- Jessica Dennis (primary mentor Dr. France Gagnon) graduated with a PhD in epidemiology and is now pursuing her research in genetic epidemiology with Dr. Nancy Cox at Vanderbilt University.
- Sarah Gagliano (primary mentor Dr. Jo Knight) graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science and is now pursuing her research in genetic epidemiology with Dr. Gonçalo Abecasis and Dr. Mike Boehnke at Michigan University.
- Weili Li (primary mentor Dr. Lisa Strug) graduated with a PhD in Biostatistics and is now the manager of The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) statistical genetics facility.
Left photo: From left to right – Jessica Dennis (STAGE trainee), Dr. France Gagnon (STAGE mentor), Sarah Gagliano (STAGE trainee), Dr. James Kennedy (STAGE mentor and Sarah’s STAGE co-mentor).
Right photo: Weili Li (STAGE trainee)
- Congratulations to STAGE Mentor, Dr. Lisa Strug! Dr. Strug has been appointed the new Associate Director at The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG). Dr. Strug will be joining the Director Dr. Stephen Scherer in the leadership of TCAG, working with Dr. Scherer and TCAG’s scientific management committee to ensure securing long-term funding and sustainability for operations; provide additional leadership in the statistical and informatics components of the core facility; and contribute to the advancement of TCAG’s technology development and innovation agenda.
- The CIHR STAGE program proudly shares the news of STAGE alumnus, Dr. Hance Clarke, who has been awarded the Canadian Pain Society 2016 Early Career Award! Read more here.
- Congratulations to current STAGE trainee Linda Kachuri who has recently received several prestigious awards to further her graduate research experience. These awards include:
CIHR Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (December 2015): Competitive award to support a 4-month research internship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Brennan, Head of the Genetics Section and Genetic Epidemiology Group.
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar-in-Training Award (February 2016): Received one of 30 competitive awards from the AACR Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council to support young investigators in training who are presenters of meritorious scientific papers at the AACR Annual Meeting on April 16-20, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.
Travel Award from CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (March 2016): Received one of 5 awards given to New Investigators and Trainees who are presenting their own research at the International Agency for Research on Cancer 50th Anniversary Conference “Global Cancer: Occurrence, Causes, and Avenues to Prevention” June 7-10, 2016 in Lyon France.
Once STAGE trainees, now STAGE alumni
In 2015, several STAGE trainees completed their PhD degrees or post-doctoral fellowships and in doing so, also completed their training in the STAGE program.
Alejandra Eugenia Medina Rivera was a post-doctoral fellow at Sick Kids Research Institute, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology with Dr. Michael Wilson. She joined STAGE in 2014 and in 2015, she accepted an exciting opportunity as a research associate at the International Laboraroty for Human Genomics, National University of Mexico.
Linda Hiraki is a physician who did a post-doctoral fellowship at Sick Kids Research Institute, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology with Dr. Andrew Paterson. She joined STAGE in 2013 and is currently a clinician scientist in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Sick Kids.
Jessica Dennis completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in January 2016. Her primary supervisor was Dr. France Gagnon, Division of Epidemiology and current co-director of STAGE program. She joined STAGE in 2012, and is now a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Nancy Cox, in genetic medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. One project she is working on is called: PredixScan approach to discovery and gene interrogation in BioVU.
Demand (and salaries) in biostatistics, genomics and clinical research are on the rise!
- CIHR STAGE extends a warm welcome to its seventh cohort of trainees, a diverse group of exceptional pre- and post-doctoral scientists who will team with CIHR STAGE faculty and continuing trainees to address common disease etiology and management through genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics research.
- Dr. Alejandra Medina, Postdoctoral Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), will work on a project entitled Leveraging functional genomics data to enhance GWAS analyses and causal variant identification under the supervision of:
- Biomedical primary co-mentor Dr. Michael Wilson (Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UofT; Scientist, SickKids),
- Genetic epidemiology co-mentor Dr. France Gagnon (Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health [DLSPH]; Co-Director, CIHR STAGE), and
- Statistical genetics co-mentor Dr. Jo Knight (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT; Joanne Murphy Professor in Behavioural Science, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [CAMH]).
- Dr. Delnaz Roshandel, Postdoctoral Fellow at SickKids, will work on a project entitled Genetics of skin fluorescence an indicator of long term diabetes complications under the supervision of:
- Genetic epidemiology primary co-mentor Dr. Andrew Paterson (Professor, Division of Biostatistics, DLSPH; Senior Scientist, SickKids),
- Statistical genetics co-mentor Dr. Shelley Bull (Professor, Division of Epidemiology, DLSPH; Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute [LTRI]; Co-Director, CIHR STAGE), and
- Biomedical co-mentor Dr. Michael Wilson (Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UofT; Scientist, SickKids).
- Sarah Gagliano, a third year PhD student in the Institute of Medical Science at UofT will work on a research project entitled Identification of risk variants in genome-wide association studies using functional characteristics under the supervision of:
- Statistical genetics primary co-mentor Dr. Jo Knight (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT; Joanne Murphy Professor in Behavioural Science, CAMH),
- Biomedical co-mentor Dr. Cathy Barr (Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT; Senior Scientist, SickKids), and
- Genetic epidemiology co-mentor Dr. Andrew Paterson (Professor, Division of Biostatistics, DLSPH; Senior Scientist, SickKids).
- Linda Kachuri, a second year PhD student in the Division of Epidemiology at the DLSPH, will work on a research project entitled Comprehensive investigation of telomere length and its genetic determinants in cancer risk and clinical outcomes under the supervision of:
- Genetic epidemiology primary co-mentor Dr. Rayjean Hung (Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, DLSPH; Investigator, LTRI),
- Biomedical co-mentor Dr. Geoffrey Liu (Division of Epidemiology, DLSPH; Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Medical Biophysics, UofT; Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute), and
- Statistical genetics co-mentor Dr. Lei Sun (Professor, Division of Biostatistics, DLSPH; Department of Statistical Sciences, UofT).
- Jingxiong (Amelia) Xu, a second year PhD student in the Division of Biostatistics at the DLSPH, will work on a research project entitled Analysis of genome·wide G by E interaction studies through bayesian graphical modeling under the supervision of:
- Statistical genetics primary co-mentor Dr. Laurent Briollais (Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics, DLSPH; Senior Investigator, LTRI),
- Genetic epidemiology co-mentor Dr. Rayjean Hung (Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, DLSPH; Investigator, LTRI),
- Biomedical co-mentor Dr. Stephen Lye (Senior Investigator, Associate Director, LTRI; Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UofT), and
- Statistical genetic co-mentor Dr. Wei Xu (Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, DLSPH; Principal Biostatistician, Princess Margaret Hospital).
- CIHR STAGE also bids a fond farewell to its two excellent departing Trainees.
- Andriy Derkach, CIHR STAGE and Department of Statistics PhD graduate alumni defended his thesis entitled “Statistical methodologies for genetic association studies with rare variants” last June. He trained under the supervision of CIHR STAGE mentors Drs. Lei Sun and Jerry Lawless, and in collaboration with biomedical co-mentor Dr. Johanna Rommens and molecular epidemiology co-mentor Andrew Paterson. Dr. Derkach is now continuing his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Derkach is pursuing his research training with Drs. Joshua Sampson, Nilanjan Chatterjee, and Ruth Pfeiffer to develop statistical methodology on mediation analysis with over parameterized models, to estimate genetic effects of rare variants from published studies, and to develop methodology on meta-analysis with heterogeneous outcomes, respectively.
- Dr. Lizhen Xu, a CIHR STAGE postdoctoral fellow alumni, has taken a position as a statistical geneticist at The Center for Applied Genomics, a UofT-affiliated genome centre at the SickKids Research Institute, where there will be numerous opportunities for her to apply knowledge and skills learned at CIHR STAGE.
- We congratulate Andriy and Lizhen on their new appointments, and we wish them the best of luck!
- Two PhD CIHR STAGE Trainees—Linda Kachuri and Sarah Gagliano —receive highly competitive awards.
- Linda Kachuri is the recipient of a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for her CIHR STAGE research project. The honour includes a three-year CIHR stipend award and a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
- Sarah Gagliano is the recipient of a 2014-2015 UofT Faculty of Medicine Peterborough K.M. Hunter Graduate studentship.
- Congratulations Linda and Sarah!
- CIHR STAGE Annual Reunion
- CIHR STAGE will host its annual networking event on December 18, 2014, to welcome new trainees, say hello to faculty, alumni, community partners and returning trainees, and celebrate everyone’s dedication to the Program and the new 2014-2015 academic year. Details here
- CIHR STAGE well represented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Diego, California with the following presentations:
- What are genome-wide association studies detecting? Our experience predicting cystic fibrosis-related diabetes onset
- (Soave D, Miller M, Keenan K, Li W, Gong J, Ip W, Durie P, Sun L, Rommens J, Strug L),
- Generalized likelihood ratios ensure statistically and clinically significant findings: application to genetic association with cystic fibrosis lung disease (Li W, Strug L), and
- Comparison of machine-learning methodologies to prioritize genetic variants based on functional data (Gagliano SA, Ravji R, Barnes MR, Weale ME, Knight J, Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium).
- STAGE mentor and SickKids scientist Steve Scherer seen as a top contender to win Nobel Prize in the category of physiology or medicine for his research suggesting autism begins in the womb
- Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science named geneticist Stephen Scherer, STAGE Mentor and Senior Scientist and Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids, one of its 2014 “Nobel-class” citation laureates, individuals that the organization sees as highly likely to win a Nobel Prize. Since 2002, Thomson Reuters has correctly predicted 35 Nobel Prize winners in this way.With its multidisciplinary and team approaches, Scherer’s group at SickKids has made major contributions including better understanding of and prediction of autism, which offer hope for development of early treatment.
- STAGE alumna Melissa Miller secures high-level position at Pfizer
- Recent STAGE graduate Melissa Miller recently accepted a position as Manager of Applied Human Genetics at Pfizer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies. Melissa looks forward to her new post managing projects that will enable her to work with academics and others to mine human genetics resources/data to influence therapeutic development. Melissa received her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Denver and she spent the last two and a half years working to identify modifier genes that contribute to cystic fibrosis disease in newborns at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), under the supervision of statistical primary co-mentor Dr. Lisa Strug (senior scientist at SickKids and Professor in the Division of Biostatistics at the DLSPH), biomedical co-mentor Johanna Rommens, (senior scientist at SickKids and Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine), and epidemiology co-mentor Dr. France Gagnon (Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the DLSPH). We congratulate Melissa on the appointment and wish her much success in the new position this fall.
- STAGE alumna Yan Yan Wu secures Faculty position at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Recent STAGE graduate Yan Yan Wu is now assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Yan Yan was admitted to STAGE in August 2012 and worked on developing statistical methods for BMI growth curves estimation and analysis on longitudinal GWAS data in relation to metabolic traits in children, under the supervision of statistical primary co-mentor Dr. Laurent Briollais, epidemiology co-mentor Julia Knight (both senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Professors in the Divisions of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, respectively, at the DLSPH), and biomedical co-mentor Dr. Stephen Lye, (Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine).In her notification letter to CIHR STAGE, Yan Yan wrote, “I couldn’t have done it without the support from all my mentors and CIHR STAGE.” Congratulations, Yan Yan, and best wishes on your new job at the University of Hawaii!
- Publication chosen for 2013 Research Highlights at the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program at the NIH National Cancer Institute
A research paper by CIHR STAGE alumnus Darren Brenner, mentors Shelley B. Bull, Rayjean Hung, and others was one of ten publications selected by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) this year for its potential scientific and/or public health impact.Each year, EGRP selects ten papers from all of its grantees to feature in its Research Highlights. The paper published in the journal Human Genetics entitled “Hierarchical modeling identifies novel lung cancer susceptibility variants in inflammation pathways among 10,140 cases and 11,012 controls” by Brenner et al. was one of the ten selected papers in 2013. A link to the article in PubMed, is available here.EGRP funds research in human populations to understand determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes. EGRP, the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants in the US and worldwide, annually supports more than 400 grants and cooperative agreements. Congratulations to the authors of this multidisciplinary team for their valuable contributions to genomics and epidemiology!
- Dr. France Gagnon nominated President-Elect of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and receives U of T Early Career Excellence award.On January 1, 2014, Dr. France Gagnon, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Co-Director of CIHR STAGE, assumed office as President-Elect of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES). IGES is a vibrant global community of interdisciplinary scientists committed to the development and application of innovative study designs and statistical approaches with the ultimate goal of improving population health through research that aims to better understand the contribution of genetic components in complex biological phenomena.Dr. Gagnon to be formally recognized with a Faculty of Medicine Early Career Excellence award for outstanding contributions to graduate education. This honour will be conferred on Dr. Gagnon at the Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration in May 13, 2014.
- Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenthal will give one of three 20-minute talks, followed by a panel and discussion on Friday, November 8, 2013. His talk is called “Why Statisticians Don’t Believe in ESP” and he will try to briefly explain how statistics can be used to evaluate (and sometimes reject) various claims. The other two speakers are, apparently, (1) a molecular biologist, and (2) a business/motivational speaker/organiser — so how the panel discussion will proceed is anyone’s guess! More info is here.
- STAGE Trainee Jessica Dennis wins Roger W. Williams Award for Best Platform Presentation by a graduate student at 2013 International Genetic Epidemiology Society Meeting. Congratulations, Jessica!
- We are pleased to congratulate STAGE Trainee Andriy Derkach on getting his abstract “A novel statistical framework for using ‘out of study’ control groups in association studies with next-generation data” selected for an oral presentation at the 63rd American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, October 22-26, 2013. Way to go!
- STAGE trainee Jessica Dennis has been nominated for the Roger Williams Memorial Award of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES). Jessica has been invited for a platform presentation of her work entitled “Investigating genetic and epigenetic variation in the chromosome 2q region linked to tissue factor pathway inhibitor plasma levels.” Jessica is one of three candidates competing for this graduate student award at the 22nd Annual Conference of IGES, September 15-17, 2013, in Chicago. Good luck, Jessica!
- STAGE Trainee Melissa Miller giving platform (oral presentation) on “Genetic modification of prenatal exocrine pancreatic disease” at the 2013 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 17-19, 2013.
- STAGE Trainee Liz Li has had her research accepted for an oral presentation at the 63rd American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, October 22-26, 2013. The research is entitled, “Prioritizing sequence variants using statistical evidence: Not all measures are alike.”
- STAGE Trainee David Soave receives Graduate Studentship from The Hospital for Sick Children. These awards provide research funding for graduate students who are pursuing either a master’s or doctoral degree in any basic or medical science, including nursing and health professions. Congratulations David!
- Thomas Hudson named Order of Canada. CIHR STAGE would like to congratulate Advisory Board Member, Dr. Thomas Hudson, on his appointment to the prestigious Order of Canada. On June 28, 2013, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, appointed Dr. Hudson to one of Canada’s highest civilian honours for his contributions to global breakthroughs in genome science and for his leadership in the field of cancer research. Read more.”
- STAR and Citytv profile LEGACY Girls Study, a unique Mount Sinai-led initiative spearheaded by Drs. Irene Andrulis and Julia Knight, Senior Lunenfeld Investigators and STAGE Mentors. The study is the first of its kind in Canada (and in the world) to look at whether the habits and development of young girls are related to breast health in older women. If you are interested in further information about this study, check out the story posted under the Lunefeld’s News & Media section.
- Each year, the Canadian Cancer Society honours exceptional Canadian scientists who have made a significant contribution to progress in cancer research. This year, STAGE Mentor Steven Narod is the recipient of the O. Harold Warwick Prize, one of four national Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research. This prize is given to scientists whose research has had a major impact on cancer control in Canada. Full story here.
- Independent work by STAGE Trainee Jessica Dennis published in the prestigious journal of the British Medical Association draws media coverage. See Maclean’s article here and Canadian Press article here.
- STAGE Trainee Vanessa Gonçalves publishes paper entitled “Identification of Polynesian mtDNA haplogroups in remains of Botocudo Amerindians from Brazil” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nature reports the publication of the paper and features it in its News section.
- Dr. Linda Hiraki is recognized with a CIHR Fellowship and a Career Enhancement Award for her research project “Identification of Genetic Variants Associated With Renal Function in Type 1 Diabetes.” These distinctions include a three-year salary award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a non-salary award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program. Linda will be joining CIHR STAGE in June 2013 from Harvard University to pursue postdoctoral training under the primary supervision of CIHR STAGE mentor Dr. Andrew Paterson at The Hospital for Sick Children.
- 2013 Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop Series launched. Details here.
- STAGE Mentor Jayne Danska publishes paper on Sex Differences in the Gut Microbiome Drive Hormone-Dependent Regulation of Autoimmunity in Science. Congratulations, Dr. Danska!
- STAGE Mentors Laurent Briollais and Stephen Lye publish study that shows that breastfeeding can help reduce a child’s risk for obesity. Watch their interviews about this groundbreaking discovery published in the International Journal of Epidemiology which aired on Citytv News, CTV News, Global News and CBC News (French).
- Call for Applications. Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development. The deadline is March 11, 2013. Details here.
- Advanced Topics in Genome-Wide Association (GWA) Studies Course – June 3-7, 2013, Toronto, ON. Registration is open and is limited to 20 participants.
- 2013 Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop Series. Details here.
- Montreal Spring School of Population Genomics and Genetic Epidemiology is having its 6th annual workshop from May 27 to 31, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Details here.
- The Fourth Annual Berlin Genetic Association Course (with Application to the Analysis of Sequence and Genotype Data) will be held at the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine in Berlin from June 3-7, 2013. Application Deadline March 25, 2013. Details here.
- STAGE Mentors Laurent Briollais and Stephen Lye publish study that shows that breastfeeding can help reduce a child’s risk for obesity. Watch their interviews about this groundbreaking discovery published in the International Journal of Epidemiology which aired on Citytv News, CTV News, Global News and CBC News (French).
- Dr. Shelley Bull receives Leadership Award for Best Paper in Genetic Epidemiology at 2012 International Genetic Epidemiology Society Meeting.
- Prof. Lei Sun selected as a member of the Editorial Board for Genetic Epidemiology, the official journal of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society.
- Laura Faye wins Roger W. Williams Award for Best Platform Presentation by a graduate student at 2012 International Genetic Epidemiology Society Meeting.
- Special Issue on Genetic Epidemiology: Study Designs and Methods Post-GWAS in Human Genetics. Guest Editors: Andreas Ziegler, Yan V Sun, France Gagnon. Read more.
- STAGE Mentors, Steven Narod and James Kennedy, elected as fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada. Read more.
- We are happy to announce the upcoming workshops of the Montreal Spring School of Population Genomics and Genetic Epidemiology, which will be held from May 28 – June 1, 2012, at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, in Montréal, QC, Canada. The objective of the School is to provide training in rapidly developing disciplines that are becoming increasingly important in health sciences, such as genetic epidemiology, human evolutionary genetics, population genomics and bioinformatics. The training will be based on real-data examples from the research of the instructors’ laboratories. For more information, please visit their website.
- We are pleased to announce the launch of a 5-day course on Advanced Topics in Genome-Wide Association (GWA) Studies, being held from May 28 through June 1, 2012, in Toronto, ON. The course is organized by Dr. Lyle Palmer and his Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics Team at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. For more details, please visit their website or download their flyer.IMPORTANT: Registration opens Monday, February 7, 2012, and it is limited to 30 participants.
- Nature Genetics publishes Mathieu Lemire’s letter to the editor on “Defining rare variants by their frequencies in controls may increase type I error,” May 2011 issue (Volume 43, pages 391 – 392).
- Andriy Derkach, the first STAGE trainee from the Department of Statistics, is the recipient of the 1st Prize of the Student Poster Presentation Award at the Inaugural Biostatistics Research Day, held on April 29, 2011, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
- Congratulations to Andriy, the Department of Statistics and STAGE!