Northwestern University

Oct
16
Tue 10:00 AM

SQE Invited Lecture: Epigenetic Drivers in Medulloblastoma - Martine F. Roussel, PhD

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Beverly Kirk   312.503.5217

Group: Simpson Querrey Center for Epigenetics Invited Lectures

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

The Simpson Querrey Center for Epigenetics presents:

Martine F. Roussel, PhD
Endowed Chair of Molecular Oncogenesis
Co-leader of the Cancer Biology Program
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Medulloblastoma (MB), an embryonal cerebellar tumor, comprises four major molecularly, histopathologically and clinically distinct subgroups: Sonic Hedgehog (SHH), Wingless (WNT), Group3 (G3) and Group4 (G4). Compared to other cancers, MBs have a relative paucity of mutations affecting known oncogenes and tumor suppressors (β-CATENIN, PATCHED, SUFU, GLI2, MYC and MYCN) that account for only 20-30% of overall cases. Next generation genome sequencing revealed additional somatically altered genes, many of which play roles in epigenetic regulation and chromatin modification. Remarkably, some tumors have no reported mutations, suggesting that some genes required for oncogenesis might be regulated by epigenetic mechanisms.

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