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

Conference Report Health-RI 2017: from plans to action

On 8 December 2017, the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht hosted the third Health-RI conference. Health-RI co-chair Ronald Stolk (UMCG, RUG): “There were more than 350 registrations, so the number of participants has increased substantially compared to last year. This reflects the timeliness of the initiative. In contrast to the previous two conferences, where we mainly sketched our plans, we were now… Continue reading

Health-RI Business Plan released

Gerrit Meijer of the Netherlands Cancer Institute has presented the Health-RI business plan at the Health-RI conference on 8 December. The business plan is an ambitious yet realistic plan to assemble all stakeholders and create a sustainable infrastructure that will facilitate world-class personalised medicine & health research in the Netherlands. It will build on existing infrastructures and attract new partners.… Continue reading

The first Data4lifesciences symposium: a report

On 11 September 2017, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht hosted the very first Data4lifesciences symposium. D4LS Programme Manager Dr Jan-Willem Boiten: “This symposium was an important milestone for the programme; we presented an overview of our first results.” The NFU programme Data4lifesciences (D4LS) aims to realise an integrated research data infrastructure for biomedical research at the Dutch UMCs. DTL is actively involved… Continue reading

Towards an international research data infrastructure for biodiversity and ecology studies

For centuries, scientists all over the world have established enormous collections of animals, plants, microbes, fossils, minerals, and rocks. The data associated with these specimens can help researchers understand life on earth, counter biodiversity loss, and contribute to a sustainable future. However, to arrive at new scientific insights and solutions for environmental problems, researchers should integrate data from various sources.… Continue reading

Personal Health Train in LSH Knowledge and Innovation Agenda

In August 2017, the Dutch Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH), launched its Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2018-2021. This strategic document describes LSH’s health and care ambitions for the next four years. The agenda mentions that ‘many Dutch LSH highlights are famous worldwide, including the upcoming Dutch ICT-breakthrough innovation of the Personal Health Train that incorporates the FAIR principles adopted by the… Continue reading

EUR 2.25 million for essential building block of Health-RI

The Dutch Cancer Society will fund the Translational Research IT (TraIT) project with EUR 2.25 million to build an integrated Dutch biomedical research infrastructure. By gathering, processing, and storing data on a large scale, opportunities arise to accelerate and improve cancer diagnostics and treatments. An efficient and integrated research infrastructure is essential for storing and processing of these large amounts of data.… Continue reading

ELIXIR-NL will coordinate data approaches of Dutch life sciences facilities

On 13 December 2016, NWO officially presented its ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’. The Roadmap contains 33 research facilities and clusters that are eligible for NWO funding in the next four years. One of these 33 is ELIXIR-NL. “We have been asked to coordinate the data approach of the life science facilities,” says Jaap Heringa, Head of ELIXIR’s Dutch node.… Continue reading

Health-RI conference: setting our course

On 1 December 2016, more than 250 professionals joined in Amersfoort to determine the compass course for the Health-RI initiative. This national initiative aims to establish an interconnected data infrastructure for Dutch personalised medicine and health research. The conference featured inspiring examples of personalised medicine in action and lively discussions about the ethical, technical and political hurdles on the road.… Continue reading

Hans van Duijn’s view on the NWO Roadmap

On 13 December 2016, NWO officially presented its ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’. The Roadmap contains 33 research facilities and clusters that will be given a top priority in Dutch science in the next four years. A total of 160 million euros is available to be distributed among the facilities. Professor Hans van Duijn is the Chair of the Permanent Committee that selected… Continue reading
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