The Sundberg Lab at The Jackson Laboratory is developing database tools for recording mouse pathology diagnoses/phenotypes. The team's goal is to develop record keeping for necropsy results that uses a standardized ontology of terms and is also easy to use.
MoDIS Software Download
MoDIS links to the Pathbase.net website to provide detailed information and annotated images of similar lesions in laboratory mice, making it a unique and useful training aid.
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Current Version 3.6 (8/13/08)
- The Mouse Disease Information System (MoDIS) is a relational database program written for Microsoft Access® and is used for storing and analyzing necropsy cases.
- System requirement:
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or 7 and Microsoft Access 2003, 2007, or 2010. The software is not tested on Windows 8 or Microsoft Access 2013.
- The installation steps are described in the MoDIS Program Documentation. This software may be run stand-alone or in a multi-user environment with a client-server setup. Normal configuration requires the server and workstations to be using Windows. It is possible to use a Mac as a client workstation by employing application delivery software such as Citrix XenApp™, remote access via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Client for Mac, or Microsoft Virtual PC.
- The user guide and program documentation is included with the download as Microsoft Word® 2003 documents.
- MoDIS was developed by John P. Sundberg, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. A.C.V.P., and Beth A. Sundberg, M.S., at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine USA.
- Planned Future Developments:
- This database is being integrated into Pathbase with the European Mouse Pathology Consortium to expand to higher level ontologies. Data on all lesions identified in 32 inbred strains at 12 and 20 months of age are summarized in Pathbase, Mouse Tumor Biology, and Mouse Phenome databases with images and disease frequency, which provides several accessible resources to find online case materials for lesions with similar diagnoses in both inbred strains (spontaneous diseases) as well as many different genetically engineered mice. This is a constantly developing series of databases that provide resources for confirmation of diagnoses, information on other strains, stocks, and mutant mice with similar types of diseases, and opportunities for investigators and pathologists to report (provide images and data) their work online and solicit expert opinions from collaborating pathologists worldwide.
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