|Telomeres are akin to shoe lace caps (aglets)|
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has published a new GenoMEL paper examining the role of chromosomal telomere length in melanoma. The research involved creating a score representing genetically determined telomere length, based on all the established telomere associated genes and found that this score correlated with melanoma risk.
In an associated press release author Dr Mark Iles summarised the research, “Telomeres have been described as being like the plastic tips on shoelaces that protect the shoelace from fraying, just as telomeres protect chromosomes from degrading or fusing to one another. For the first time, we have established that the genes controlling the length of these telomeres play a part in the risk of developing melanoma."
Posted on 18 September 2014 | 11:01 am by The Editor
|International Journal of Cancer|
The International Journal of Cancer has published a new GenoMEL paper entitled, "Fine mapping of genetic susceptibility loci for melanoma reveals a mixture of single variant and multiple variant regions". It reports the results of examining genetic data from over 5,000 individuals with melanoma and over 7,000 individuals without melanoma.
Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:58 am by The Editor
|Prof. Julia Newton Bishop speaking at a recent public event|
New Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Posted on 18 June 2014 | 11:12 am by The Editor
|Researchers at the 2014 meeting|
|The Swedish flag|
Posted on 13 May 2014 | 10:54 am by The Editor
GenoMEL's coordinator, Prof. Julia Newton Bishop, is involved in an exciting new project investigating our relationship with the sun via embroidery. To find out more about this novel development please visit the project website here.
Posted on 30 April 2014 | 6:27 pm by The Editor
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Posted on 25 February 2014 | 5:17 pm by The Editor
|International Racehorse Transport|
As part of their annual Christmas message to clients, IRT sends a newsletter highlighting a worthy cause. This Christmas IRT highlighted skin cancer and their UK office choose to support GenoMEL. IRT is the leading international horse transport company with its global headquarters in Australia and so skin awareness is a particularly relevant issue. We are very grateful for their donation of £1,500.
Posted on 6 January 2014 | 11:40 am by The Editor
|Rachel Barber with her Great North Run medal|
Rachel Barber recently completed the Great North Run and asked for sponsorship in memory of her dear friend Jenny, who she lost to melanoma. Rachel has raised over £500 to support GenoMEL's research. Donations are still being accepted at JustGiving.com Congratulations to Rachel and thank you to all her sponsors.
Posted on 26 November 2013 | 11:26 am by The Editor
|Geoff Walker completing 'Ironman France'|
Dr. Jim Olson's TEDxSeattle talk
We've been contacted by Dr. Jim Olson to publicise his Project Violet initiative. This is an exciting and novel project to raise funds for cancer research. To find out more visit the project violet website and watch his inspirational TEDx talk (the Washington Research Foundation has offered to donate $10 for each viewing of his talk).
Posted on 21 August 2013 | 1:46 pm by The Editor
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|Flag of the Land of Valencia|
Dr. Eduardo Nagore from the Valencia Institute of Oncology has kindly offered to host the 2014 meeting in Valencia, Spain. Dates to be announced!
Posted on 9 July 2013 | 6:05 pm by The Editor
|Flag of the United States|
Annual GenoMEL meeting, 26-28 June, 2013
Posted on 7 May 2013 | 4:22 pm by The Editor
|World spanning research*|
A new GenoMEL paper is available from the Nature Genetics website entitled, 'A variant in FTO shows association with melanoma risk not due to BMI'. Some variations in the FTO gene have been linked to obesity, but this is the first study to link FTO variations with melanoma. This was a global study of more than 13,000 melanoma patients and a huge collaborative effort.
A University of Leeds press release is available.
*Image courtesy of posterize at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Posted on 5 March 2013 | 3:24 pm by The Editor
|The CDK4 protein|
New CDK4 paper
A new Journal of Medical Genetics paper from GenoMEL is available online. It reports an international study of all known families with rare germline mutations in the CDK4 gene, led by Professor Anders Molven from the University of Bergen in Norway. This open access paper is an impressive achievement, involving numerous collaborators. It is available from the journal's website.
Posted on 12 February 2013 | 12:06 pm by The Editor
An initiative of one of GenoMEL's SME members, NKD, has been awarded a Runner Up place in the 2012 Medilink Healthcare Business Awards. This initiative, called Osmosis, uses cloud computing to help doctors keep track of their online research and learning. This can be crucial to annual appraisals and revalidation. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 7 January 2013 | 5:16 pm by The Editor
News from Latvia
Congratulations to GenoMEL member Kristine Azerjana! Kristine successfully defended her thesis on the 12 November, in Riga, Latvia. She is pictured with her promoter, Dr. Dace Pjanova and her invited opposer, Prof. Wilma Bergman.
Posted on 4 December 2012 | 2:57 pm by The Editor
|A different sort of cookie*|
*Image courtesy of Paul/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Posted on 24 September 2012 | 1:36 pm by The Editor
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The 2013 GenoMEL meeting
New GenoMEL paper
A fourth paper has been published based on GenoMEL's health psychology studies. It highlights the need for more effective communication of genetic test results. To find out more please visit the European Journal of Cancer website. Congratulations to all involved.
Posted on 21 August 2012 | 11:59 am by The Editor
|JFK Plaza in Philadelphia|
Location of the 2013 GenoMEL meeting
Our next annual meeting will be in the city of Philadelphia. This will be GenoMEL's first annual meeting in the USA since 2004. The meeting will be in June or July - the precise dates will be announced soon.
New GenoMEL paper
GenoMEL's latest paper is now available online. It reports further findings from GenoMEL's health psychology questionnaires. To find the article please visit the website of the journal Archives of Dermatology.
Posted on 25 July 2012 | 11:02 am by The Editor
2012 GenoMEL meeting
Over 50 people from 10 different countries attended the recent meeting at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. There were over 40 talks including two from eminent invited guest speakers. The meeting demonstrated the continuing commitment of GenoMEL members.
Posted on 28 June 2012 | 1:48 pm by The Editor
|The Dutch flag|
The annual meeting is taking place in Leiden, the Netherlands 18-20 June. If you have any attendance queries please email email@example.com
Posted on 11 June 2012 | 3:05 pm by The Editor
Advances in the genetics of melanoma lecture
The leader of GenoMEL's INSERM group, Dr. Florence Demenais, recently gave a lecture entitled, New advances in the genetics of melanoma: how can it contribute to personalized medicine? The lecture can be viewed online at the videolectures.net website.
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