Wednesday, January 8, 2020

SMRT Grant Winner: Hunting for Answers in Spinocerebellar Ataxia

Cleo van Diemen, University Medical Center Groningen A hearty congratulations to Cleo van Diemen at the University Medical Center Groningen for winning the 2019 Neuroscience SMRT Grant! Van Diemen’s impressive proposal involves using PacBio long-read sequencing to find new genetic mechanisms associated with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). While some 70% of SCA patients can get clear diagnostic and prognostic information because they have one of the ~37 genes known to be associated with this condition, 30% of patients have no such clarity. In this project, van Diemen and her colleagues will use their SMRT Grant award to generate highly accurate long…

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