LIPID Metabolites And Pathways Strategy (LIPID MAPS®) is a multi-institutional supported website and database that provides access to a large number of globally used lipidomics resources. LIPID MAPS® has internationally led the field of lipid curation, classification, and nomenclature since 2003. We strive to produce new open-access databases, informatics tools and lipidomics-focused training activities will be generated and made publicly available for researchers studying lipids in health and disease.
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.
LIPID MAPS® is currently funded by a multi-institutional grant from Wellcome, held jointly by Cardiff University, University of California San Diego, the Babraham Institute Cambridge, and Swansea University, as well as an Innovation Study funded by ELIXIR.
This current phase will see that LIPID MAPS® is maintained and importantly, further developed in line with the global demand and development of lipidomics. LIPID MAPS® has an internationally recognized classification system and the largest curated lipid structure database in the world.
LIPID MAPS® supports researchers to conduct integrative systems-level analyses of lipidomics in physiology and pathophysiology.
What do we do?
LIPID MAPS® generates tools and resources that address the emerging area of Systems Lipidomics, applied to biomedical research. This ranges from underpinning mechanistic studies on tissues, model systems and pathogenic and commensal microbes, through to human cohort epidemiology. New open-access databases, informatics tools and lipidomics-focused training activities are being generated and made publicly available for researchers studying lipids in health and disease.
LIPID MAPS® Objectives are: (i) expand core activities of curation, classification/nomenclature and training, (ii) deliver a step change in provision of systems biology resources for the lipidomics research community.