Kaity Allen, a CPHG/BMBG graduate student, was invited to speak to the Deafness group at the Mammalian Research Council at Harwell, in Harwell, England. Allen presented the project “Honing in on genetic determinants of chronic otitis media with effusion.” The Mammalian Research Council is an international center for mouse genetics that utilize mouse genetics and functional genomics to study human disease. From there, Allen attended the 7th Extraordinary International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media in Stockholm, Sweden. This biennial Symposium was held June 12-16 and addressed topics concerning research and patient care of otitis media and deafness. Allen presented two talks entitled “Fine mapping risk variants of chronic otitis media: targeted resequencing approach with follow up genotyping” and “Replication of SNPs from the Raine cohort GWAS of OM in a family population of chronic otitis media with effusion and/or recurrent otitis media (COME/ROM).” Finally, Allen attended the Keystone Symposia on Human Genomics and Personalized Medicine held also in Stockholm, Sweden June 17-21 which addressed topics concerning clinical genomics, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, microbial genomics, and more. Allen presented a poster entitled “Bacteria in the nose of young adults during wellness and rhinovirus colds- detection by culture and microarray methods in 100 nasal lavage specimens.”
Since Allen’s return to the U.S., papers from two of the presentations have been published. A Genome-Wide Association Study of Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion and Recurrent Otitis Media Identifies a Novel Susceptibility Locus on Chromosome 2 appears in the August 23rd electronic edition of Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO. This GWAS study was also featured on MDLinx, an online resource that helps healthcare professionals stay current with the latest articles relevant to their work. The paper from Allen’s poster presentation Bacteria in the nose of young adults during wellness and rhinovirus colds: detection by culture and microarray methods in 100 nasal lavage specimens was published electronically June 25, 2013 in International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology.