BRAINEACv2: a resource for the interpretation of genetic variation in multiple regions of the adult human brain (360G-Wellcome-202903_Z_16_Z)
We aim to create BRAINEACv2, a resource for the investigation of the impact of genetic variation on gene expression in adult human brain. This resource will include three types of data: expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), allele-specific expression and gene co-expression networks. Given the regional, cellular and molecular complexity of human brain, we believe there is a strong case for the creation of a tissue-specific resource. At present no comprehensive resource of this kind exists. However, our own public resource, BRAINEACv1, provides strong evidence for the popularity of such a resource with ~900 users from >80 countries accessing the website monthly. If funded BRAINEACv2 will represent a step-change improvement. It will include all 3 types of data described above (eQTL, ASE and co-expression networks), incorporate RNA-seq based gene expression quantification results and will include data from other major consortia (e.g. the North American Brain Expression Consortium). Given the success we have already demonstrated in creating a brain-specific resource for variant interpretation in human brain, we are well placed to deliver a new, comprehensive resource capable of meeting the growing interest in the understanding of the genetic regulation of gene expression in adult human brain.
£205,514 16 Jun 2016