Nicole Villaverde, MS, Research Program Coordinator, Laboratory of Dr. Judy Cho, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
World renowned for their scientific discovery, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai contains many research projects with varying objectives and would greatly benefit from a secure platform to share data across studies. Through a combination of multiple independent databases with a similar focus, the LabKey Server-based Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Integrated Database provides a clear overview of available research resources. IBD-centered studies at Mount Sinai have collected a plethora of data and samples from over 6,000 IBD-affected and non-affected study participants. Study contributions include large genotype datasets, questionnaire responses, clinical data, and a variety of samples, such as DNA, sera and tissue. In addition to providing a valuable resource for the Mount Sinai research community to make major contribution in understanding IBD, the integrated database also guides new research projects through the supply of a framework, including data templates and dictionaries.