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An online database for brain disease research

Brandon W Higgs1*, Michael Elashoff1, Sam Richman1 and Beata Barci2

Author Affiliations

1 Elashoff Consulting LLC, Germantown, MD 20876, USA

2 Stanley Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, MD, 20814-2142, USA

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BMC Genomics 2006, 7:70  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-7-70

Published: 4 April 2006

Abstract

Background

The Stanley Medical Research Institute online genomics database (SMRIDB) is a comprehensive web-based system for understanding the genetic effects of human brain disease (i.e. bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression). This database contains fully annotated clinical metadata and gene expression patterns generated within 12 controlled studies across 6 different microarray platforms.

Description

A thorough collection of gene expression summaries are provided, inclusive of patient demographics, disease subclasses, regulated biological pathways, and functional classifications.

Conclusion

The combination of database content, structure, and query speed offers researchers an efficient tool for data mining of brain disease complete with information such as: cross-platform comparisons, biomarkers elucidation for target discovery, and lifestyle/demographic associations to brain diseases.