The Australian Functional Genomics Network will expedite the “match-making” of clinicians, diagnostic labs and researchers through the use of the Australian Functional Genomics Registry, a database of model system teams in Australian.
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- Newly discovered disease gene/variant will be submitted by a clinical team to the Review Panel.
- The Review Panel will identify the model system research team(s) in the registry that has the best expertise and knowledge in the disease gene/variant of interest, and invite the team(s) to connect with each other to develop a collaboration.
- When the Network is advised of a successful connection, the combined team will be invited to apply for support of a catalyst grant.
This model is based on the successful Canadian RDMM network, who have shared their workflows and informatics infrastructure with the Australian Functional Genomics Team. RDMM-Canada are also in discussions with other international teams in the EU (Solve-RD) and Japan (IRUD) in the hope to develop the processes that will support searches of nation gene-scientist registries in order to make international connections, thus greatly expanding the potential of clinical gene discoveries.