Author Archives: Delaina Hawkins

About Delaina Hawkins

Delaina Hawkins, Director of Marketing & Operations at Golden Helix, joined the team in June of 2017. She is passionate about elevating a company to effectively grow user engagement, build brand loyalty and ultimately drive sales and revenue. When she isn't in the office, she enjoys being outdoors with friends and family.

Understanding the molecular genetics of hearing loss

         June 28, 2016
Hela Azaiez

Hearing loss is the most common sensory defect in humans. It affects roughly 1 in 500 newborns, and by the age of 80 approximately 50% of people have some type of hearing loss. Hearing loss has become an enormous burden in healthcare. Perhaps more importantly, studies have shown that hearing loss also affects one’s quality of life, lowering social interactions… Read more »

June’s Customer Publications

         June 23, 2016
published

As spring ends and summer begins here in Montana, we wanted to share another round of customer publications. It’s so important to us that our software plays a role in our client’s success, and we love to display the fruit of their hard efforts each month. Here are a few of the publication highlights: Bradley Aouizerat of UCSF and colleagues published… Read more »

Bioinformatics Program Key in Precision Medicine

         June 21, 2016
Jeffrey Rosenfeld

The Bioinformatics Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, plays an integral part in the center’s precision medicine program helping to bring personalized medicine to patients in a timely manner. The Program needs to determine what mutations from a tumor are relevant to a particular therapeutic option, bringing the right… Read more »

Diagnosing Rare Disease at King Abdulaziz Medical City

         June 9, 2016
King Abdulaziz Medical City

King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh commenced its operations in May 1983. Since then, it has continued expanding, while providing services for a rapidly growing patient population in all of its catchments areas. Today, King Fahad National Guard Hospital has evolved to be part of the King Abdulaziz Medical City with many other prominent medical centers. Since its inauguration… Read more »

Understanding the genetic mechanisms of inherited eye disease at the NIH – NEI

         May 31, 2016
Dr. Fielding Hejtmancik

Dr. James Fielding Hejtmancik and his team at the National Eye Institute’s Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function branch, use linkage and association studies to better understand the genetic mechanisms of inherited eye disease. The team investigates both Mendelian and complex diseases as well as functional work with a focus on cataracts, retinal degenerations, myopia and corneal dystrophies. “If it affects… Read more »

Using Pharmacogenomics to teach Intro to Chemistry

         May 27, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Moore

As the need to educate prospective healthcare professionals in the interpretation of genetic data increases, Dr. Jeffrey Moore at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign is using genetics in his chemistry courses. In doing so, Moore is creating a strong connection between the content in his courses and the underlying principles of health and medicine. Last year, Dr. Moore presented a webcast… Read more »

Guest Presentation – Identifying Cardiomyopathy Genes

         May 25, 2016
Dr. Robert Hamilton

Using Whole Exome Sequencing in distant relationships to identify cardiomyopathy genes Wednesday, June 8th 12:00 pm EDT Cardiomyopathy (DCM; MIM 115200) are myocardial diseases that are frequently hereditary, yet remain gene-elusive for 60% of affected families. Traditional gene discovery techniques dependent on multigenerational samples are difficult to apply. This is because 1. Disease is often impenetrant in the youngest generation,… Read more »

Recent Customer Publications

         May 24, 2016
published

Today we have another round of customer publications from our incredible clients to share with you! These latest pubs cover a variety of topics, from rat-tail syndrome in cattle to the first GWAS analysis of attempted suicide by individuals with schizophrenia. Here are a few of the highlights: Christa Kuehn of the Liebnez Institute for Farm Animal Biology and colleagues published Epistatic interactions between… Read more »

ESHG 2016 – Heading to Barcelona

         May 17, 2016
ESHG 2016

In just a few days, Golden Helix will arrive in Barcelona, Spain to attend the 2016 European Society of Human Genetics Conference (ESHG). It has been some time since our team has been represented at ESHG and we are thrilled to see some of our European customers and meet some new faces in the community. This year the Golden Helix team will… Read more »

Scott Diehl researches genetic causes of periodontal diseases using SVS

         May 3, 2016
Dr. Scott Diehl

Scott Diehl, a professor and geneticist at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, performs family studies, association studies and gene mapping to discover the genetic causes of periodontal diseases. Originally, Diehl had a large team of bioinformaticians in the lab to help with his analyses, but the high cost of such personnel created the need for another solution. With Golden Helix’s… Read more »

Custom Family Workflows featured in May Webcast

         April 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 11th 12:00 pm EDT VarSeq contains default workflows for Trio analysis which include filter chains for identifying de Novo and Compound Heterozygous variants, but what if you have data for a full Quad or even just a few siblings? How could your VarSeq workflow be adjusted to handle this custom family structure?In this presentation we will demonstrate how… Read more »

Guest Presentation by Dr. Folefac Aminkeng

         April 7, 2016
Dr. Folefac Aminkeng

Dr. Folefac Aminkeng, first place winner in this year’s Abstract Challenge, will present his work to the community via a live webcast on Wednesday, April 20th at noon EDT.  Dr. Aminkeng is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Aminkeng’s research focus is the pharmacogenomics of adverse… Read more »

Recent Customer Publications

         April 5, 2016
Recent Customer Publications

Recent Customer Publications Recently we announced that our customers named the Golden Helix software in 1,000 published articles! It was quite an honor for us and we are excited to start working toward 2,000. To start us off, here are a few of our recent customer publications. Fielding Hejtmancik and his colleagues at the NEI published, Polymorphism rs7278468 is associated with… Read more »

20 Most Promising Biotech Technology Solution Providers

         March 31, 2016
Biotech Technology Solution Providers

Golden Helix Featured in 20 Most Promising Biotech Technology Solution Providers for 2016! This month, CIO Review released a Biotech Technology Special in which Golden Helix was named among the 20 most promising biotech technology solution providers for 2016. Read the interview with our CEO, Andreas Scherer here: Empowering Precision Medicine through Next-Gen Technology Our customers are monumental in this… Read more »

Getting Started with VSWarehouse – The User Experience

         March 24, 2016
VSWarehouse Updates

Wednesday, April 6th 12:00 pm EDT As the number of samples and associated data volume in a testing lab increases, it becomes imperative for labs to leverage state of the art warehousing technology that not only organizes data, but also aides and enables researchers and clinicians to perform further analysis, and ongoing research. Built on the algorithms and high-performance storage… Read more »

Concepts and Relevance of GWAS

         March 17, 2016
Genome-Wide Association Studies

Concepts and Relevance of Genome-Wide Association Studies Genome-Wide Association Studies continue to be a very effective method for determining the underlying cause of disease, Golden Helix is happy to share our long-standing knowledge with the community. We are very happy to announce that “Concepts and Relevance of Genome-Wide Association Studies”, a paper surrounding GWAS was recently published in Science Progress… Read more »

Customer Spotlight – Dr. Kazima Bulayeva

         March 8, 2016

We, at Golden Helix, would like to take the time to highlight one of our long time customers on her recent success. Since the beginning of 2015, Dr. Kazima Bulayeva of the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (VIGG), has published in 10 scientific publications including two times Nature Genetics. We are very excited to share the research she is performing using the… Read more »

Recent Customer Publications

         March 1, 2016
Recent Customer Publications

We want to say congratulations to all of our customers who have recently published! It’s always great to see all the new research and advancements our clients are doing, and how the Golden Helix software is assisting in that. With that, here are the most recent customer publications for the month! L. Nguyen and Russel Lyons of the University of… Read more »

Case Study: Clinical Testing at the University of Iowa

         February 23, 2016
Dr. Benjamin Darbro

Benjamin Darbro, MD, PhD at the University of Iowa, uses VarSeq® software for Clinical Testing Founded by Hans Zellweger in the 1960’s, The Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Lab at the University of Iowa has a long history of clinical testing, seeing 45 years of advancements. Today, the lab is mainly focused on oncology, pre and post-natal genetics testing… Read more »