BioGrid Australia facilitates collaborative medical and bioinformatics research across hospitals and medical research institutes by linking data from diverse disease and data types

Robert B. Merriel, Peter Gibbs, Terence J. O'Brien, Marienne Hibbert

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BioGrid Australia is a federated data linkage and integration infrastructure that uses the Internet to enable patient specific information to be utilized for research in a privacy protected manner, from multiple databases of various data types (e.g. clinical, treatment, genomic, image, histopathology and outcome), from a range of diseases (oncological, neurological, endocrine and respiratory) and across more than 20 health services, universities and medical research institutes. BioGrid has demonstrated an ability to facilitate powerful research into the causation of human disease and the prediction of disease and treatment outcomes. BioGrid has successfully implemented technology and processes that allow researchers to efficiently extract data from multiple sources, without compromising data security and privacy. This article reviews BioGrid's first seven years and how it has overcome 9 of its top 10 challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-525
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Mutation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bio21
  • BioGrid
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data linkage
  • MMIM
  • Molecular Medicine Informatics Model

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