Foggia Antonio Colabreco at the Conference of Italian Researchers in the World

Antonio Colabreco of Foggia was also present at the 16th Congress of Italian Scholars in the World, held on April 9 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Mexico City. Communications engineer, specializing in bioinformatics and research in oncology, Colaprico is a Ph.D. at the University of Miami, where he has signed important scientific monographs and articles, as well as developing innovative programs for research in oncology.

Her talk (Bioinformatics Tools for Integrating and Understanding Molecular Changes Associated with the Immune Response, Stem Cells and Cancer Processes: A Study on the PanCancer) opened the section dedicated to the relationship between “medicine and technology”, moderated by Giovanna Rossi del Arim, Association of Italian Researchers in Mexico. This is not the first time that a researcher from Foggia has participated in the important conference (he also participated in the 14th conference, held in December 2019, in Miami, where he presented a report on the topic of ‘Bioinformatics tools for integrating and understanding genomics and genomics of cancer-related changes)’ .

The event was organized by the Association of Italian Researchers in Mexico, in collaboration with the Texas Italian Scientific Society and sponsored by the Italian and Mexican Chambers of Deputies, the Higher Institute of Health, and the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainability. Economic Development (Enea), the Stanford-USAID Alliance for Global Development México Energía Limpia 2050, the IWR Academy and the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (Conacyt).

This is an annual event of great value: the conference aims, in fact, to strengthen the link between the components of Italian innovation in various fields such as education, research and industry, with the aim of strengthening the points strength and knowledge of Italy in research and qualitative innovation, also through cooperation with countries, companies and researchers abroad . About 30 researchers participated, from 10 countries on three different continents, including representatives of the Italian Miami Scientific Society (Msic), the Texas Italian Scientific Society (Tsic) and Arim.

The event, as stated in the organizers’ note, “has always been attended by associations of Italian researchers abroad that promote the internationalization of Italian research and scientific diplomacy as essential tools for the development of cooperation between Italy and the rest of the world”. Address pivotal and cutting-edge topics in the natural sciences, medicine, technology, human rights, urban environments, the arts, social sciences, music, and philosophy.

Born in 1982, Kolabreco is the author of more than 40 scientific articles. More than 7,500, however, quotations from his works. He is actively involved in developing a number of software tools with his associates such as TCGAbiolinks, TCGAbiolinksGUI, SpidermiR, CancerSubtypes and MoonlightR. His research activities focus on developing innovative integrated bioinformatics methods and applications with the aim of modeling complex systems in biology and improving molecular diagnostics. He is the first author and co-author of numerous scientific publications in high-impact journals, including DNA Research, Cancer Detection, Cancer Research, Gastroenterology, Normal Communication, and Cell and Immunology.

Recently, the Pan-Cancer Atlas Initiative presented a set of 27 studies covering 11,000 patients and 33 types of cancer. In particular, computational analyzes have led to the identification of 299 cancer genes and more than 3,400 mutations, but the consequences of each change and the biological implications underlying it remain necessary. To meet the challenges of data recovery and integration, the use of software, such as TCGAbiolinks, is essential. Tumor-specific tumor events and downstream impact can be elucidated using MoonlightR software by integrating data sets. Both solutions have been used in multiple studies to identify tumorigenic processes, characterize the immunological landscape or to identify differences in the original cell based on tumor stem and degree of differentiation.

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