The Centre is home to a number of facilities that enable research in the field of genetic epidemiology. The biobanking facility, the WA DNA Bank, and the open source research support software, The Ark, are two such resources.
WA DNA Bank
The Western Australian DNA Bank is a state-of-the-art national processing and long-term secure storage facility for biospecimens (including DNA, RNA, serum and plasma) that have been collected from participants of medical research projects. The WA DNA Bank itself does not recruit these participants, but processes and stores biospecimens for medical researchers who have collected a sample from consenting donors. The WA DNA Bank, initially funded by the Federal Government through the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), is based at two separate sites in Perth, Western Australia, which maximises the safety and secu [...] Read More
The objective of The Ark project is to provide a suite of secure, integrated web-based tools that incorporate the majority of the functionality required to support data for a complex study or clinical trial. The Ark is an open-source data management tool available to support Australian and international biomedical researchers. The University of Western Australia, together with the Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease (GOHaD), are proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) project to continue to develop The Ark application software for broad deployment to biomedical research [...] Read More