Oncode Institute launched: outsmarting cancer and impacting lives

On 6 February 2018, H.M. Queen Máxima officially launched the Oncode Institute. The institute aims to foster a culture of sharing knowledge among teams that are embedded at partner institutions, thus strengthening cancer research communities in the Netherlands and around the world. No new building will be constructed, because Oncode operates as a virtual institute, creating a digital platform for collaboration… Continue reading

Enabling Technologies Hotels Programme: looking back and into the future

ZonMw has recently announced which projects will be funded in the fourth call of the Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme. Dr Martijntje Bakker (ZonMw) and Professor Alain van Gool (Radboudumc) comment on the results of the call. View the list of 60 awarded projects. Find a Technology Hotel. Van Gool explains: “Technology Hotels are expert groups that offer their high-end technologies… Continue reading

Alain van Gool speaker at International Conference on Precision Medicine

Professor Alain van Gool of Radboudumc will be a speaker at the International Conference on Perspectives in Precision Medicine, 28 February – 1 March 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Van Gool is Professor Personalised Healthcare and heads the Translational Metabolic Laboratory at the Radboud University Medical Center. He is interested in the application of biomarkers in translational medicine and personalised healthcare. Read… Continue reading

Onderzoek Nederland: ‘Health-RI certainly yields a profit’

‘Onderzoek Nederland’, a biweekly newsletter on scientific research and technological innovation, has published an interview with Gerrit Meijer, co-chair of the Health-RI steering committee. In the interview, Meijer explains why Health-RI is needed to improve the data infrastructure for health research and what is needed from our government and other stakeholders. “Many biomedical research results do not make it to… Continue reading

Major European research grant for rare disease data project

A large consortium led by Radboud university medical center Nijmegen, the University of Tübingen, and the University of Leicester has received € 15 million funding to improve the diagnosis of rare diseases. Their project is called ‘Solve-RD‘ and is operating under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. It has recently become clear that the ‘eye of a doctor’ alone often does… Continue reading

Ten simple rules for biologists learning to program

PLOS Computational Biology recently published ‘Ten simple rules for biologists learning to program’ because, as big data and multi-omics analyses are becoming mainstream, computational proficiency and literacy are essential skills in a biologist’s tool kit. Read the full paper.

KNAW: replication studies should become an ordinary part of science

On 15 January 2018, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) released an advisory report ‘Replication studies – Improving reproducibility in the empirical sciences’. Its main message is that the systematic replication of other researchers’ work should be an ordinary part of science. One of the recommendations is that journals and funding agencies should require storage of study… Continue reading

60 Projects get access to DTL Technology Hotels

In the Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme, life science researchers can apply for funding to get access to the high-end equipment and expertise of 130+ Technology Hotels that are listed on the DTL website. ZonMw has just announced which projects will be funded in the fourth call of the ETH programme. View the list of 60 awarded projects. Find a… Continue reading

Potato pangenome research drives collaboration between international public and private sectors

A team from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) collaborates with NRGene and other industrial partners in multi-genome mapping of commercial food potatoes. The potato pangenome will synergise the assembly information to contribute a comprehensive genomics view of the potato genome. The group, led by Dr Richard Finkers and Professor Richard Visser from WUR, is seeking other researchers from academia and industry to join… Continue reading