Podcast: Online Mendelian Inheritance In Man (OMIM)

Submitted by Alonzo LaMont on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:44pm

Our guest is Dr. Ada Hamosh, Clinical Director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Scientific Director of OMIM and the Frank b. Sutland Chair of Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Hamosh provides the history and background of OMIM and along with some very "straight-talk" about potential funding conditions looming on the horizon.

1:05   ---  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Mendelian Inheritance in Man, MIM, which later bacame the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man or OMIM. How would you describe the overall mission and function of OMIM?

5:59   ---  Could you give us a brief history of MIM and OMIM, including OMIM's connection with the Welch Library?

7:39   ---  A recent article in SCIENCE reported that NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute, or NHGRI, wants to scale back support for OMIM and other biological databases. What do you feel is at stake if your funding is reduced?

14:37 ---  Given that NIH and other funders are making the sharing of research data a requirement, do you see NHGRI's move as making it potentially harder to share data?

17:40 ---  TAIR, a database for the model organism Arabipopsis Thaliana, was once funded by the National Science Foundation. After the funding was phased-out, TAIR moved to a subscription-based model. Do you think this is a viable option for OMIM? What other funding models are you considering for the immediate future?


The Welch Library Communications Team