In a major step towards advancing ground-breaking research in WA, a consortium of universities -- including Notre Dame -- has joined forces to launch the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC).
World-leading phenomics research at the ANPCis set to revolutionise the diagnosis, prevention and precision treatment of a multitude of medical conditions including cancers, obesity, autism, dementia and type 2 diabetes in individuals and, on a larger scale, across communities.
Its benefits are not limited to human health and can also be used to unlock new discoveries in areas such as animal health and agriculture.
A person’s phenome is a snapshot of their unique biology resulting from the complex interactions between environmental factors (such as their diet, lifestyle and exposure to pollutants) and their genes.
Using the ANPC’s sophisticated technology, researchers plan to map the phenomes of the entire population of WA, giving them a window into environmental and social factors influencing health trends and providing generations with a crystal ball into their future health risks.
The insights will inform the development of community health prevention programs and policies, building on the State’s strong global reputation for population health studies such as the Busselton Health Study and the WA Pregnancy (Raine) Study.
Based at Murdoch University, the ANPC is a core platform of the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) which brings together expertise from all five universities in the State, major hospitals, medical research institutes and partners including the Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, and the EPICentre at the University of New South Wales.
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