Innovation to Application
The concept of PSIthority began in 2003 when Dr. William Black began assembling a web-based platform to represent our current understanding of a particular gene superfamily.
This platform quickly became the laboratory's knowledgebase and "living review" for our current understanding of the pathophysiological importance of these genes, their gene sequences across species, their transcriptional variations, their polymorphisms, as well as a repository to share our methods for isolation, purification and functional testing of the protein products.
Consequently, this platform became a place where anyone in the world interested in this tiny niche of science could browse to and immediately gain an understanding of these genes, determine this field's current bleeding edge of science, find a recommended reading list for any given gene superfamily member, and most importantly, converse, share and collaborate with our laboratory.
Over time the platform's web presence directly lead to a multitude of exciting and innovative scientific collaborations from around the world. Without it, researchers from all over the United States, China, Japan, Norway, Germany, and South Africa would likely have been ships passing in the night in the formal scientific literature.
It was this realization that lead to the advent of PSIthority. A place where individuals, regardless of their discipline, could have the opportunity to utilize a web-based platform to exhibit their expertise, represent their knowledgebase, find, connect, share and collaborate with colleagues, and use as an innovative tool to simplify and expedite their daily workload without any additional requirement of technical expertise.