BLACKSBURG, Va., May 18, 2006 – The Administrative Resource for Biodefense Proteomics Research Centers has launched a new web site to support the research efforts of its seven multi-partner Proteomics Research Centers as well as other scientists interested in using proteomics for infectious disease research.

The goal of the Proteomics Research Centers is to improve interventions against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases as well as defense against the potential threats of bioterrorism. The new web portal includes the first installment of data from the Proteomics Research Centers wide-ranging initiatives in proteomics, bioinformatics and infectious disease research.

The Administrative Resource is a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-funded collaboration between Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS), the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, the Proteomics Information Resource (PIR), and the Georgetown University Medical Center. The Administrative Resource serves to promote awareness of the centers throughout the scientific community and make resources and data available through the web-based portal.

The new web site allows users to search a central information source, the Biodefense Proteomics Project Catalog, to view publicly available proteomics data and use the many tools generated by each of the Proteomics Research Centers. The Catalog includes experimental data and protocols, details on reagents, descriptions of protein targets, tools for data management and analysis, and information about technologies developed by the NIAID-funded centers.

The Catolog, which is continually updated, is a searchable database that includes a wealth of background information on organisms that cause infectious disease. The first edition of the Catalog contains information and links to available Vibrio cholerae clones, multiple protein structures for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, and information on how infection with Bacillus anthracis can affect the expression of different genes in mouse.

The available resources and data should help to accelerate the development of new drugs, diagnostics and therapeutics that meet the considerable challenges posed by the intentional and non-intentional spread of infectious diseases.

The Catalog is available at

The web portal of the Administrative Resource for Biodefense Proteomics Research Centers is available at

About the Biodefense Proteomics Research Centers

The Biodefense Proteomics Research Centers are among several recent initiatives developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide comprehensive genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic resources to the scientific community. By integrating multiple approaches to science, the collaboration provides resources for basic and applied research to rapidly address the nation’s biodefense needs. The program uses existing proteomics technologies, strengthens existing technologies, creates novel proteomics approaches, and performs early stage validation of targets. Priority areas include NIAID Category A-C priority pathogens and other microorganisms responsible for emerging and/or re-emerging diseases. 


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Published by Barry Whyte, May 17, 2006