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FaceBase - Comprehensive data and resources for craniofacial researchers

FaceBase is a collaborative NIDCR-funded consortium generating data in support of advancing research into craniofacial development and malformation. Members of the consortium contribute large datasets of a variety of types and make them available to the wider research community via this website. Read the FAQs.

Featured Publications View all FaceBase publications here.

Anatomical Resources

Comprehensive developmental atlas of zebrafish craniofacial skeleton images.

Mouse Anatomy
Craniofacial anatomical features on C57BL/6 mouse embryo by age stage.

An ontology to describe craniofacial anatomy and development.

Genetic Repositories and Resources

Genome Browser
Our custom track on the UCSC Genome Browser.

Gene Expression Omnibus
Curated set of mouse gene expression data.

Human Genomics Analysis Interface
Open access to genomics data.

Gene Summary (coming soon)
Descriptions of genes for mouse and human.

3D Imaging Resources

3D Facial Norms Database
High-quality craniofacial anthropometric normative data.

Software to analyze facial abnormalities.

Using 3D Viewers in the Data Browser
Information on viewing 3D imaging data.

  • Click here or in the menu click Data then Data Browser. Then choose from attributes in the sidebar to show results by organism, experiment type, data type, and many others.
  • In the Search within attributes... box at the top of the sidebar, you can type in a keyword and see which attributes include that keyword.
  • Read Using the Data Browser for more information.

FaceBase Data fits into one of two broad categories: open and restricted access.

Open access is available on the FaceBase website to any interested user and does not require any formal registration. Open-access data is limited to summary-level human data (ex: averaged facial measures), and all non-human data.

Restricted access includes all individual-level human data (ex: demographic descriptors, phenotypic measures, 3D images) and requires the requestor to complete and submit the Data Access Request form as described in How do I request access to restricted human data?

  1. Complete the FaceBase Data Use Certification Agreement.
  2. Complete the Data Access Request (DAR) document, and an IRB approval from your institution.
  3. Submit the Data Use Certification Agreement, DAR, and the IRB approval to the NIH Data Access Committee at dac AT
    You shall receive an answer from the Data Access Committee within 4-6 weeks
  4. Once your request is processed, you are notified via email that your user account is approved for human dataset downloads. Note that this permission to download human data expires 180 days after the date of approval.

If you have any questions regarding this process or need help with downloads please contact the FaceBase Help Desk via email: help AT

Due to constraints as we're developing the new data model, we are not accepting outside contributions at this time.