About this site

The International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) makes available comprehensive sets of reference epigenomes relevant to health and disease. The IHEC Data Portal can be used to view, search and download the data already released by the different IHEC-associated projects. Please click here to return to the main IHEC website.

The Portal has been developed and is maintained by the McGill Epigenomics Data Coordination Centre (EDCC) and the McGill Epigenomics Mapping Centre (EMC). These two centres were established in 2012 at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (Montreal, Canada) to support large-scale human epigenome mapping for a broad spectrum of cell types and diseases. Previous epigenetic studies have provided profiles of specific chromatin marks in relation to basic biological processes, and future studies of molecular mechanisms must build upon these proofs-of-concept by integrating sequence-based variation with multiple levels of epigenetic and transcriptional regulation across the genome of human tissues and animal disease models. This project leverages the high-throughput sequencing infrastructure and expertise in genomics and transcriptomics at the McGill Innovation Centre to carry out this research. Controlled access to the data by collaborators and the greater scientific community is gained via a portal, which takes advantage of Compute Canada high-performance computing cluster resources to manage the large volume of data associated from the generation of reference epigenome maps.

This project is funded under the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment, and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and by Genome Quebec, with additional support from Genome Canada. The computing and networking infrastructure, and part of the software development, are provided by Compute Canada and CANARIE as part of the GenAP project.

How to Cite

If you use the IHEC Data Portal to identify, download, visualize or analyze data in your research project, please cite:

Bujold et al. "The International Human Epigenome Consortium Data Portal." Cell Systems 3.5 (2016): 496-499. (Link)