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

Biologists also need to be a bit of a data analyst

Biologists today have to be able to work with big data. Data analysis skills should be taught from the start of the degree programme, or – even better – in secondary school. This is the message of Vera van Noort, new Professor of Computational Biology at Leiden University. She will give her inaugural lecture on 22 January 2018. Read more.

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

Working on research software? Please take the Research Software Engineer Survey

The Netherlands Research Software Engineer community (NL-RSE) would like to invite everyone working on research software in the Netherlands to complete the RSE survey and spread the word. Take the survey. The questionnaire gives you the opportunity to express your views about your current job and give us information about your career path. We hope the information will help funders,… Continue reading

Cyclomics wins Venture Challenge Fall 2017

At the Dutch Life Sciences Conference 2017, Chrétien Herben, director of the LifeSciences@Work Accelerator, announced Cyclomics as winning team of the 18th edition of the Venture Challenge. The start-up Cyclomics has developed a technology to measure cancer recurrence in liquid biopsies, by detection of cancer mutations in blood at single-molecule sensitivity. This way the start-up aims to improve survival for many different… Continue reading

Castor completes prototype of dynamic consent management platform MyConsent

As part of a BBMR voucher and in collaboration with researchers from the University of Oxford, Leiden University Medical Center and DTL, Castor has completed the first prototype of the dynamic consent management platform MyConsent Using secure authentication and cryptographic techniques, MyConsent facilitates the creation of an anonymous link between a research participant and datasets stored elsewhere, which lays the… Continue reading

Looking back on the Single Cell Analysis BioSB HotTopics Meeting

On 21 September 2017, the BioSB HotTopics meeting on Single Cell Analysis took place at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). The meeting was organised by the Leiden Computational Biology Center and sponsored by the BioSB Research School, LUMC, and 10x Genomics. The meeting was attended by approximately 80 attendees and included four presentations covering different aspects of single cell data analysis: single… Continue reading

Integrating data to learn more recently published an interview with Katy Wolstencroft. She is an assistant professor in bioinformatics and computer science at Leiden University and an active contributor in DTL and ELIXIR-NL. “Tremendous amounts of data are generated in scientific research each day. Most of this data has more potential than we are using now. We just need to integrate and manage it better,”… Continue reading

SURFsara Visualisation Competition

Do you use the Dutch National e-Infrastructure for your research and do you have an awesome, interesting or fun visualisation of your work to show? Then enter your visualisations in the SURFsara Visualisation Competition and win a prize of 500 euros. Read more.