Étudiant-chercheur étoile April 2017

Simon Papillon-Cavanagh

PhD student in Medicine
McGill University

Award-winning publication: Impaired H3K36 methylation defines a subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas

Published in: Nature Genetics


Head and neck cancers are a heterogeneous tumour group that constitutes the seventh most common form of cancer. Worldwide, some 600 000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Using public data, Simon Papillon-Cavanagh and his team discovered that head and neck cancers may be classified into five categories according to patients' specific clinical features. The researchers also identified particular gene mutations in 13% of patients - a finding that will lead to better therapeutic targeting to end head and neck cancers.