Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA): A knowledge-base of inherited disorders in non-laboratory animals | Centre for Veterinary Education

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA): A knowledge-base of inherited disorders in non-laboratory animals

Frank Nicholas

Lunchtime Seminar Series

Duration: 52:44

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA; http://omia.org) is an online database that keeps track of the explosion of information on mutations causing inherited disorders in non-laboratory animals. It was created in, and is still run from, the Sydney Faculty/School of Veterinary Science. Starting in 1980 as a mainframe database (in pre-internet days), OMIA was launched on the internet as an open-access resource in 1995. OMIA continues to provide researchers from 150 countries with up-to-date summary information on all the known harmful mutations in non-laboratory animals, together with background information on all known inherited disorders, including those for which harmful mutations have not yet been discovered. This seminar will summarise the history of OMIA, its current global role and plans for its future.

Presenter/s

Following a BScAgr degree at the University of Sydney, Frank Nicholas gained a PhD in animal genetics from the University of Edinburgh. Returning to the University of Sydney, he spent the next 34 years teaching and conducting research in genetics in the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. Having retired formally in 2007, he still curates OMIA. Frank has written textbooks on veterinary genetics, co-authored a glossary of biotechnology for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and co-edited a book on breeding animals for disease resistance. With this wife Jan, he co-authored the book “Charles Darwin in Australia”, in which a complete transcription of the Australian section of Darwin’s Beagle diary is illustrated with contemporary paintings by former Beagle shipmates Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens.