20 Oct 2016

The revolutionary award will allow Dr Behjati to focus on finding treatments for childhood cancers without typical research restrictions

The Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award gives Dr Behjati the ability to pursue whatever leads he uncovers, and to focus on discovery and making a difference for patients. Dr Behjati plans to continue his work on understanding the cancer genome – the genetic changes that give rise to childhood cancer. He hopes to explore single cell sequencing technologies to understand where cancer cells come from and what the alternative fate of cancer cells might be. By understanding this path, Dr Behjati believes it might be possible to redirect a cancer cell to become something less harmful.

14 Oct 2016

An ambitious global initiative to create a Human Cell Atlas - a description of every cell in the human body as a reference map to accelerate progress in biomedical science - was discussed at an International meeting in London on 13-14 October. Ultimately, the Human Cell Atlas would revolutionise how doctors and researchers understand, diagnose and treat disease.

The Human Cell Atlas initiative seeks to bring in a new era of cellular understanding, founded on the discovery of new cell types, and investigating how these cells change across time, during development and disease, to gain a better understanding of biology.