Managing sensitive phenotypic data and biomaterial in large-scale collaborative psychiatric genetic research projects: practical considerations

Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Dec;17(12):1180-5. doi: 10.1038/mp.2012.11. Epub 2012 Mar 6.


Large-scale collaborative research will be a hallmark of future psychiatric genetic research. Ideally, both academic and non-academic institutions should be able to participate in such collaborations to allow for the establishment of very large samples in a straightforward manner. Any such endeavor requires an easy-to-implement information technology (IT) framework. Here we present the requirements for a centralized framework and describe how they can be met through a modular IT toolbox.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Psychiatry / methods*
  • Biological Psychiatry / trends*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Genetic Research*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Medical Informatics / trends*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Software