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Dr Maude Frances (

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Major Open Data Collection Project MCO Study Database and National Waterbirds and Wetlands Database


Project Description

The MCO Study Database

The Molecular and Cellular (MCO) study is a prospective collection of tissues and clinicopathological data from over 1500 individuals undergoing curative resection for colorectal cancer from 1994 to 2010. The MCO cohort is a substantial collection, with clear data management policies and procedures in place. Clinical and pathological data has been collected on all cases, including clinical follow-up data up to 5 years after resection of the primary cancer, collected annually. This data is stored in a relational database, along with key genetic data on all cases, including microsatellite instability and CpG island methylator phenotype CIMP status, mutation analysis for BRAF and KRAS, and immunohistochemical assessment of tumours. Collection commenced in 1993, and closed to recruitment in 2010. As such the MCO database and associated tissue resources represent a valuable tool for ongoing research into colorectal cancer. We would like to make this resource available to researchers both nationally and internationally, and the recently established Computation Infrastructure Translational Research (CITR) platform will allow us to provide ongoing access to the data.

National Waterbirds and Wetlands Database

The annual aerial survey of waterbirds in eastern Australia (EAWS) is one of the most important long-term wildlife surveys conducted in Australia (1983-present), spanning 31 years in 2013 and covering about one third of the continent. All waterbird species (~50) are counted on up to 2000 wetlands each October. In addition, breeding activity and wetland areas are recorded, providing useful indices of population and habitat condition at different scales, and a long-term dataset (wetland area) which enables calibration of wetland inundation estimates from other sources. Survey data are collected annually and after collation, entry, quality control and assurance checking, they are uploaded into the spatial relational database in MS Access maintained by the UNSW.