AHIDA: Anstee Hub for Inherited Diseases in Animals
Reporting and surveillance of inherited diseases in animals in Australia
AHIDA is a project to gather and disseminate information about known and suspected inherited diseases in vertebrate animal species in Australia. It has been made possible by the Ronald Bruce Anstee bequest to the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.
AHIDA is expected to go live towards the end of 2022
Veterinarians, animal owners and breeders will be able to submit information about inherited diseases with a suspected Mendelian mode of inheritance (diseases that are likely to be caused by mutations in a single gene and that appear to be following a predictable mode of inheritance) and will be linked to information about previously described diseases in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) database, will be directed to information about possible DNA diagnostics (if they exist), and (on their request) can be connected to experts for genetic counselling or research. A submission form will be available soon.
Collaborating veterinarians and researchers will be able to nominate an interest in conducting research or provide genetic counselling for suspected inherited diseases of a particular type or in a particular species or breed, with the aim to facilitate connection with submitters. – Link to collaborating researcher submission form (currently under development) Genotyping providers will be able to provide information about the diseases for which they offer diagnostic services, and can provide information about frequencies of disease variants.
Genotyping providers will be able to provide information about the diseases for which they offer diagnostic services, and can provide information about frequencies of disease variants.
- Establish and maintain an Australia-wide surveillance and reporting resource for confirmed or suspected monogenic inherited diseases in animals
- Disseminate information on inherited diseases occurring in Australian animal populations, including information about frequency of likely causal variants, to veterinarians, breed societies and the public, to allow for informed decision making
- Facilitate collaboration between animal owners, breeders, veterinarians and researchers to investigate, characterise and manage inherited diseases in Australian animal populations