Genome-wide Pattern Found in Tumors from Brain Cancer Patients Predicts Life Expectancy
Proof of principle study highlights mathematical methods that are uniquely suited for personalized medicine
For the past 70 years, the best indicator of life expectancy for a patient with glioblastoma (GBM) — the most common and the most aggressive brain cancer — has simply been age at diagnosis. Now, an international team of scientists has experimentally validated a predictor that is not only more accurate but also more clinically relevant: a pattern of co-occurring changes in DNA abundance levels, or copy numbers, at hundreds of thousands of sites across the whole tumor genome.
Conferences may be a little different this year, but that hasn't stopped SCI students from showing what they're made of. This week four publications were selected as finalists in two seperate conferences. Adam Rauff and Steven LaBelle were selected as finalists for the (virtual) student PhD paper competition at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference in June (SB3C). At this same conference Jason Manning was selected as a finalist in the undergraduate student paper competition.
Brian Zenger Receives University of Utah Graduate Fellowship
Congradulations to Brian Zenger on receiving a 2020-21 University Graduate Fellowship. The award includes an $18,900 scholarship for the academic year as well as covering regular graduate tuition.
The UGRF affords Brian the opportunity to pursue his projects full-time during the 2020-21 academic year.
SCI Awarded COVID-19 Seed Grant
Congratulations to Tolga Tasdizen whos Emerging COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Research Application has been awarded funding by the University of Utah Health’s 3i Initiative.
The project entitled AI/CXR Early Warning System for Infectious Respiratory Disease Outbreaks, proposes to research an early warning system for novel respiratory infectious disease outbreaks based on automated emerging cluster analysis of routine chest x-rays (CXR) using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) and furthermore, to the use data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic to validate our proposed models.
SCI Institute and CEDMAV alumnus, Brian Summa has been working with colleagues at Tulane University to study the effects of COVID-19 on lung tissue. This research is made possible using ViSUS to analyze high resolution histological volumes too large to visualize with other software.
SCI Students Awarded One NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and One Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Lindsay Rupp who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.and Jake Bergquist who received an honorable mention.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
SCI mourns the passing of friend and mentor Bill Lorensen
The SCI Institute faculty, staff, and students were shocked and saddened to learn that our great friend and mentor Bill Lorensen passed away on December 12 from complications of colon cancer. Typically for Bill, he was optimistic and good humored to the end.
Bill was a visionary researcher who enthusiastically shared his technical gifts with everyone. He loved thinking and working on interesting problems in visualization and software and found true joy in collaborating with researchers at every level and in every area. Bill’s humor was infectious and he told a great story, especially over an after-work beer, another of Bill’s passions.
Chris Johnson and Chuck Hansen Inducted into The IEEE Visualization Academy
Chris Johnson and Chuck Hansen will be inducted into The IEEE Visualization Academy (or in short Vis Academy) during the opening session of the VIS 2019 conference in Vancouver, BC, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The Vis Academy was established in 2018 by the IEEE vgtc Executive Committee, with the inaugural “class” of inductees to include all the Visualization Career Awardees and all the Visualization Technical Achievement Awardees, from 2004 to 2019, for a total of 32 inductees. Induction into the Vis Academy is the highest and most prestigious honor in the field of visualization.
Announcing Intel Graphics and Visualization Institutes of XeLLENCE
In order to better ensure advanced graphics and visualization capabilities are broadly available to the professional rendering, scientific visualization and virtual design communities, I am thrilled to announce that Intel is supporting the establishment of Intel® Graphics and Visualization Institutes of XeLLENCE (Intel® GVI). Three world class founding institutions have been selected:
- Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI) at University of Utah, supported by Dr. Chris Johnson.
- Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at University of Texas, Austin with Kitware, Inc, supported by Dr. Paul Navratil and Dr. Berk Geveci.
- Visualization Institute of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS), supported by Dr. Ing. E. h. Thomas Ertl and Dr. rer. nat. Guido Reina.
HCI Announces Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI)
It is our distinct pleasure to announce that Howard Colman, MD, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Medicine (Oncology) has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI), a new collaboration between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.