Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Team of Iowa researchers named finalist in genetics research challenge

A University of Iowa team of more than 30 researchers from five different colleges has been named and awarded $5,000 in a competition involving the sequencing of DNA.

The CLARITY Challenge, which was organized by Boston Children’s Hospital, challenged international research teams to provide the best interpretation and communication of DNA sequencing results for three children with rare, undiagnosed genetic diseases.  The first-of-its-kind contest produced approaches that contest organizers hope will become best practices in genome analysis, interpretation and reporting.

The Iowa team included Tom Casavant, UI professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB); Terry Braun and Todd Scheetz, UI associate professors of biomedical engineering and researchers at CBCB.  Each individual holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Results of the CLARITY Challenge were announced Nov. 7th at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in San Francisco.  More information at: http://genes.childrenshospital.org/