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Dr. Barbara Rivera characterized the previously mysterious entity, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour (DNET), in collaboration with Dr. Nada Jabado's laboratory. Her tireless pursuit of fundamental tumorigenic mechanisms resulted this year in a first-author publication in the top pathology journal, Acta Neuropathologica. In 2015 she was first author on a research letter in the journal NEJM and fourth on a paper reporting the discovery of RECQL as a new breast cancer susceptibility gene in Nature Genetics. She contributed to an original article on mosaic DICER1 mutations (JMG).