Familial Cancer

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 175–180 | Cite as

The InSiGHT database: utilizing 100 years of insights into Lynch Syndrome

  • J. P. PlazzerEmail author
  • R. H. Sijmons
  • M. O. Woods
  • P. Peltomäki
  • B. Thompson
  • J. T. Den Dunnen
  • F. Macrae
Original Article


This article provides a historical overview of the online database ( maintained by the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours. The focus is on the mismatch repair genes which are mutated in Lynch Syndrome. APC, MUTYH and other genes are also an important part of the database, but are not covered here. Over time, as the understanding of the genetics of Lynch Syndrome increased, databases were created to centralise and share the variants which were being detected in ever greater numbers. These databases were eventually merged into the InSiGHT database, a comprehensive repository of gene variant and disease phenotype information, serving as a starting point for important endeavours including variant interpretation, research, diagnostics and enhanced global collection. Pivotal to its success has been the collaborative spirit in which it has been developed, its association with the Human Variome Project, the appointment of a full time curator and its governance stemming from the well established organizational structure of InSiGHT.


Lynch Syndrome InSiGHT database Microattribution Variant interpretation Variant classification 



The interpretation committee is operationally funded through the Cancer Council of Victoria (Australia), and the curation generously funded by the George Hicks Foundation in Melbourne Australia (to September 2012) and then The Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Plazzer
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. H. Sijmons
    • 2
  • M. O. Woods
    • 3
  • P. Peltomäki
    • 4
  • B. Thompson
    • 5
    • 6
  • J. T. Den Dunnen
    • 7
  • F. Macrae
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Colorectal Medicine and GeneticsThe Royal Melbourne HospitalParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsUniversity of Groningen, University Medical Center GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of MedicineMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada
  4. 4.Department of Medical Genetics, Haartman InstituteUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.Queensland Institute of Medical ResearchHerston, BrisbaneAustralia
  6. 6.School of MedicineUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  7. 7.Center of Human and Clinical GeneticsLeiden University Medical CenterLeidenThe Netherlands

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