The first half of 2023 has seen HEAP publications on a wide range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), tools to help researchers ensure their data is FAIR, some surprising insights into epigenetic changes caused by the HPV virus in cervical cancer patients, and an original approach to understanding how to communicate the exposome concept, and the HEAP informatics platform, to different audience groups.

In February, the Epigenomics Analysis Work Package team from the University of Innsbruck published a research paper entitled “HPV-induced host epigenetic reprogramming is lost upon progression to high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia” in the International Journal of Cancer. This publications described a DNA methylation signature developed by the team, which they used to investigate changes in the epigenome caused by the HPV virus. 

In May and June, two publications led by the Data Interoperability and Sharing Work Package from the Medical University of Graz appeared in the open access journal New Biotechnology, as part of a special issue entitled Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences. The first publication, entitled “AI for Life, Trends in artificial intelligence for biotechnology”, is an overview of open research issues and challenges relating to biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence, while the second publication, “BIBBOX, a FAIR toolbox and App Store for Life Science Research”, was the result of a collaboration between three HEAP consortia partners. The BIBBOX is a platform that supports researchers publishing their datasets and the associated software in a FAIR manner. 

Finally, “Creating Personas for Exposome Research” was published by Open Research Europe in February 2023 by the Education and Dissemination Work Package team from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The publication addressed the challenges of defining the exposome concept in a structured way to a variety of stakeholders. Personas have been used in computer science to improve our understanding of human-computer interaction, and the team successfully applied this approach to supporting education activities in the field of exposome research.

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