Prestigious SIOP Award in the Translational category was awarded to Thale Kristin Olsen.
Thale's abstract was ranked as the best translational abstract at the conference, and she received the prestigious SIOP Award in the Translational category.
The annual SIOP Congress is the yearly scientific meeting held by the International Society of Pediatric Oncology, and the largest global event for those working with pediatric cancer. This year's congress was originally going to be held in Ottawa, Canada, but was instead held virtually.
Thale Kristin Olsen is a postdoc at the Childhood Cancer Research Unit, working closely with Ninib Baryawno, Per Kogner and John Inge Johnsen. At the 2020 SIOP conference, she presented her work on single-cell RNA sequencing of neuroblastoma. This project is led by Ninib Baryawno and is a close collaboration with Peter Kharchenko, associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
In this project, the authors describe a novel neuroblastoma cancer cell type which closely mimics the normal Schwann cell precursors of the normal developing nervous system. These cells may contribute to tumor development and treatment resistance, and is now one of the Baryawno lab's main focus areas.