Title: Regulatory bioinformatics for food and drug safety
Authors: HEALY MarionTONG WeidaOSTROFF StephenEICHLER Hans-GeorgPATAK DENNSTEDT AlexandreNEUSPIEL MargaretDELUYKER HubertSLIKKER William
Citation: REGULATORY TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY vol. 80 p. 342-347
Publisher: ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC101053
ISSN: 0273-2300
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230016301349
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC101053
DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2016.05.021
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: “Regulatory Bioinformatics” strives to develop and implement a standardized and transparent bioinformatic framework to support the implementation of existing and emerging technologies in regulatory decision-making. It has great potential to improve public health through the development and use of clinically important medical products and tools to manage the safety of the food supply. However, the application of regulatory bioinformatics also poses new challenges and requires new knowledge and skill sets. In the latest Global Coalition on Regulatory Science Research (GCRSR) governed conference, Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS2015), regulatory bioinformatics principles were presented with respect to global trends, initiatives and case studies. The discussion revealed that datasets, analytical tools, skills and expertise are rapidly developing, in many cases via large international collaborative consortia. It also revealed that significant research is still required to realize the potential applications of regulatory bioinformatics. While there is significant excitement in the possibilities offered by precision medicine to enhance treatments of serious and/or complex diseases, there is a clear need for further development of mechanisms to securely store, curate and share data, integrate databases, and standardized quality control and data analysis procedures. A greater understanding of the biological significance of the data is also required to fully exploit vast datasets that are becoming available. The application of bioinformatics in the microbiological risk analysis paradigm is delivering clear benefits both for the investigation of food borne pathogens and for decision making on clinically important treatments. It is recognized that regulatory bioinformatics will have many beneficial applications by ensuring high quality data, validated tools and standardized processes, which will help inform the regulatory science community of the requirements necessary to ensure the safe introduction and effective use of these applications.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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