Lab Updates

19 May 2020

We are back in the lab and the HSU team is getting ready to start receiving your research samples again.

As of now we can receipt your saliva collection kits for extraction or extracted DNA samples for genomics.

From 1st June 2020 we will be able to extend our receipt and processing to whole blood samples, stool and urine.

Any questions please contact us on:

27 March 2020

HSU has completed a project to extract DNA and generate genomic data from 152 saliva samples collected by Dr Dominic Tran, University of Sydney. Dr Tran is studying the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on movement. HSU received the saliva samples that were collected using the Oragene Saliva collection kits. DNA was extracted from the 2ml saliva samples, DNA concentration measured and finally samples were normalised to ~100ng/ul. All 152 DNA samples were run on Illumina Global Screening Array generating data for ~650,000 snps across the genome for each individual. The average call rate for the samples was 99%.

04 February 2020

In February 2020, our laboratory genotyped 332 DNA samples using the Illumina PsychArray-24 BeadChips as part of a project researching the Biomarkers of Anxiety Disorders and Prediction of Treatment Response. The samples included in this project resulted in an average call rate of >0.98.

25 November 2019

Over the last month, 190 samples were run on the Illumina MethylationEPIC array. Samples were incorporated from a variety of projects including Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and the Queensland Twin and Adolescent Brain study. Our lab is happy to report the majority of samples (including all MND samples) passed our standard QC.

11 October 2019

Recently the HSU laboratory genotyped a number of samples from the Early Psychosis, Endometriosis, Endometrial Cell Lines, and Outcomes of Mental Health projects using the Illumina Global Screening Array-24 BeadChips, with the majority of samples producing pass rates of over 98%.

20 August 2019

Starting August 2nd, 475 DNA samples have been genotyped on Illumina® OmniExpress-24 BeadChips as part of the endometriosis disease stratification and risk prediction project. DNA samples originated from the Reproductive Sciences Laboratory at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy, and The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. This project introduced a new Illumina beadchip into our lab and we are happy to report pass rates of >98% for all samples.

30 June 2019

We have completed the whole genome methylation screening of our Autism CRC cohort. We processed 475 samples using the Illumina Epic arrays in record time. We started 13 May 2019 and were all done by 28 June 2019 – 6 weeks running time allowing for time away on our HSU retreat.

17 June 2019

Last week the HSU team attended an overnight retreat on North Stradbroke Island. We each presented a short talk about our area of expertise, and we completed workshops on human ethics, project planning and data management. We also enjoyed watching the humpback whales on their annual migration past the island.

05 June 2019

Over the last 3 years, between 23/3/2016 and 31/5/2019 we have processed a total of 4286 blood, 759 stool, 660 hair, 1010 urine and 345 saliva samples across 12 projects. Our busiest month was April 2018 when we receipted and processed 211 blood, 56 stool, 90 hair and 29 saliva samples.

31 May 2019

The 2015 – 2019 SALSA project funded by the MND Australia Ice Bucket Challenge Grant came to an end today. During the project we deposited blood samples from 651 MND cases, 230 controls, a total of 1967 sample collections and storage of > 22,000 sample aliquots. The work of the SALSA project will be continued by the NHMRC Partnership Grant.

30 April 2019

During the first quarter of 2019 we receipted and processed 214 blood, 81 stool, 44 urine and 44 saliva samples across seven research projects.

18 April 2019

We have just completed a GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) for Endometriosis, using samples from 3 Endometriosis projects. In total we processed 553 samples with an Average Call Rate of 0.99 (range 0.975-0.999).

31 January 2019

We have just completed a GWAS for Autism. We processed a total of 2490 samples.

31 December 2018

A total of 231 new SALSA participants were recruited into this project in 2018. 93 from Victoria, 61 from Queensland, 39 from Western Australia, 20 from South Australia and 18 from New South Wales.

28 September 2018

Our MND Cognition project was launched. This project is conducted by Prof. Gail Robinson and Amelia Ceslis through the RBWH MND Research Clinic under the direction of Dr. Robert Henderson.