Taken from ‘Delivering and phenotyping mouse models for the respiratory community: a report on the Biochemical Society Workshop’ Charlotte Dean*†, Colin Bingle‡ and Matthew Hind§*Leukocyte Biology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, U.K., †Mammalian Genetics Unit, Medical Research Council, Harwell, U.K., ‡Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Infection and Immunity, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., and §Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, U.K.
In December 2012, a Biochemical Society workshop entitled ‘Delivering and phenotyping mouse models for the respiratory community’ took place in London. The aims of the workshop were to inform the audience about the purposes of the MRC (Medical Research Council) RDDRC (Respiratory Development and Disease Research Consortium) and discuss the needs of the respiratory research community.
The workshop presented the facilities and outputs available through the MRC mouse network and the IMPC (International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium) that will be invaluable over the next 10 years. Information on the current phenotyping platforms relevant to respiratory research were presented from both MRC Harwell and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, as well as expert practical knowledge on state of-the-art mouse genetic and bioinformatic tools available for researchers.
The current needs of the respiratory research community were discussed along with outlining plans for a funding application from the RDDRC to boost mouse lung phenotyping thereby enhancing respiratory research.
The Workshop report will be included in a Special Online Issue in Clinical Science entitled ‘Novel Models of Lung Disease’, which will contain research papers and reviews on this topic. To keep up-to-date with the papers appearing in this Special Issue, sign up to receive the Journal table of contents by email at http://www.clinsci.org/cs/current.htm or follow the Journal on one of our social media sites Twitter or Facebook.