LIPID MAPS Lipidomics Gateway was created in 2003 via an NIH “Glue Grant” to provide access to lipid nomenclature, databases, tools, protocols, standards, tutorials, meetings, publications, and other resources and serving the international lipid research community. In July 2016, the Wellcome Trust approved a proposal to further maintain and develop LIPID MAPS. The bid, led by Valerie O’Donnell (Cardiff) with Michael Wakelam (Babraham, Cambridge), Shankar Subramaniam and Ed Dennis (UCSD) provides £1.3M for 5 yrs.
This new phase will see that LIPID MAPS is maintained and importantly, further developed in line with the global demand and development of lipidomics. It has recently moved to the UK, preserving its internationally recognized classification system and curated lipid structure database, the largest in the world.
LIPID MAPS will support the integrative systems-level analyses of multiomics measurements in human physiology and pathophysiology. To accomplish these tasks, LIPID MAPS will be advised by two separate committees, an Advisory Board and an Administrative Group.
The Strategic Management Committee will consider and oversee all matters related to the routine management and maintenance of the LIPID MAPS. It will consider and present funding opportunities to the Advisory Board. It will report to the Advisory Board and Wellcome Trust, and will adhere to the Wellcome Trust guidelines for management and development of LIPID MAPS. The Administrative Group Chair to be based at Cardiff University, overseeing the advisement of members at Cardiff University, the Babraham Institute, and University of California San Diego.
The Operational Team comprises informatics, curation, business development and administrative functions for LIPID MAPS. The Operational Team maintain and develop LIPID MAPS and is led by the Operational Team Manager and Administrative Group. The Operational Team will when required seek to incorporate new members as the needs and goals of LIPID MAPS develop.
The Advisory Board oversees all matters relating to scientific direction of LIPID MAPS. The Advisory Board initially incorporated all existing members of the International Lipid Classification and Nomenclature Committee (ILCNC) representatives along with new members based on academic background and geographical location. The Advisory Board will when required invite new members, ensuring expertise in lipid chemistry/biochemistry, technical skill sets, geographic distribution, and gender balance.