OpenHelix announces an updated free tutorial and training materials for Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM).

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man® (OMIM), authored and edited at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins, has collaborated with OpenHelix to provide an updated, revised and now free tutorial suite on the OMIM resource.

OMIM is a catalog of human genes and genetic conditions that helps researchers and clinicians understand the relationship between genes and genetic disease. OMIM is a foundational resource in genomics, and OMIM links and data are found at sites all around the bioinformatics sphere.  Knowledge of the full scope of OMIM’s data and resources provides access to the most comprehensive understanding of human phenotypes and disease. OMIM contains full text summaries of information from the scientific literature, and provides extensive links to the literature resources and other genomic resource tools as well.

The new tutorial reflects the many changes and enhancements to OMIM, including the new face it received during the move from NCBI to omim.org. New search functions enable more precise and relevant searches for different user communities, including clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, and basic researchers. In addition, OMIM now has more links to other relevant genetics and biomedical research resources around the world.

The online narrated tutorial runs in just about any browser and can be navigated in a number of ways. In just under 30 minutes, the tutorial highlights and explains the features and functionality needed to start using OMIM effectively. The tutorial can be used as an introduction to the catalog of human genes and genetic disorders, as a quick way to view new features and functionality, or simply as a reference tool to understand specific features.

In addition to the tutorial, users can also access training and teaching materials, including the animated PowerPoint slides that serve as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. This can save a tremendous amount of time and effort for teachers and professors when creating classroom content.

Users can view the tutorials and download the free materials at http://www.openhelix.com/omim.

About OMIM

OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily. The free-text, referenced overviews in OMIM contain information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype. OMIM entries contain copious links to other genetics resources.

This database was initiated in the early 1960s by Dr. Victor A. McKusick as a catalog of mendelian traits and disorders, titled Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM). Twelve book editions of MIM were published between 1966 and 1998. The online version, OMIM, was created in 1985 by a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine and the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins. It was made generally available on the internet starting in 1987. In 1995, OMIM was developed for the World Wide Web by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  In 2010, Johns Hopkins Medicine created a new website OMIM.org.  OMIM is funded by a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

About OpenHelix

OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web.  Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to over 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.