The Centre is home to a number of resources 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 (WADB) is a national processing and long-term secure storage facility for biospecimens (including DNA, RNA, serum and plasma) that have been collected from donors who have participated voluntarily in one or more medical research projects. The WADB itself does not recruit these donors, but processes and stores biospecimens for medical researchers who have collected a sample from consenting donors. The WADB is a world-class resource helping Australian medical researchers to more easily conduct large-scale health studies and so speed up their search for life-changing discoveries. The project, initially funde [...] Read More
Data is the primary asset of biomedical researchers, and the engine for both discovery and translational medical research. As the volume and sensitivity of research data increases, for example due to new technologies such as ‘next-generation’ sequencing of human specimens linked to clinical datasets, so too does the requirement for access to application software for integrating and interrogating the different types of research data. Researchers often need to execute complicated queries and conduct analyses across multiple data types, such as phenotypic, genotypic, pedigree and biospecimen data. The Ark project was established within th [...] Read More