HuBMAP Inaugural Data Release Puts Detailed Anatomical Data about Seven Human Organs at the Service of Scientists, Public
September 1, 2020
HuBMAP (the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program) has released its inaugural data for use by the scientific community and the general public. Included in this release are detailed, 3D anatomical data and genetic sequences of healthy tissues from seven organ types, at the level of individual cells as well as many bulk tissue datasets. HuBMAP’s ultimate goal is to provide the framework required for scientists to create a 3D atlas of the human body.
HuBMAP’s tools and maps are openly available for research to accelerate understanding of the relationships between cell and tissue organization and function, as well as human health. Visitors can find the data at portal.hubmapconsortium.org.
HuBMAP is a consortium of 18 diverse collaborative research teams across the United States and Europe. HuBMAP values secure, open sharing and collaboration with other consortia and the wider research community. The consortium is managed by a trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group of staff from the NIH Common Fund; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
How HuBMAP Will Help People
A human adult is made up of trillions of cells, and how those cells interact, connect, and arrange into tissues has a direct effect on our health. HuBMAP will create the next generation of molecular data acquisition technologies and computational tools, enabling the generation of foundational 3D tissue maps and construction of an atlas of the function and relationships among cells in the human body. These maps and atlas can lead us to a better understanding of how the relationships among our cells affects our health.
Real-world applications in which potential HuBMAP data users have expressed interest include:
First Data Release
The data in the first HuBMAP release include:
With the inaugural data release, HuBMAP will engage other atlas-creating consortia to instrumentally advance biomedical data sharing. Functions include:
Future data releases will likely include data from, among other assays, Cell DIVE, Micro/Nano CT, MIBI, DART-FISH, Light Sheet, and Immuno-SABER.
The Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP) is funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund. Award numbers: OT2OD026671, OT2OD026673, OT2OD026675, OT2OD026677, OT2OD026682, U54AI142766, U54DK120058, U54HG010426, U54HL145608, U54HL145611, UG3HL145593, UG3HL145600, UG3HL145609, UG3HL145623, UH3CA246594, UH3CA246632, UH3CA246633, UH3 CA246635. Future releases of data will follow, beginning in late 2020 or early 2021. For more information about these releases, data access, or the data themselves, see hubmapconsortium.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.