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

Metrics for the evaluation of FAIRness

A team of FAIR principles authors and drivers have published a core set of semi-quantitative metrics for the evaluation of FAIRness. You can read the preprint about these FAIR Metrics on bioRxiv. “One of the big questions around the FAIR principles has been how to measure what we call their ‘FAIRness’. This paper takes an important first step in that… Continue reading

Save the date: BioSB 2018 conference

On 15-16 May 2018, the 4th edition of the Dutch Bioinformatics & Systems Biology conference will take place in Lunteren. BioSB 2018 discusses the latest developments in bioinformatics, systems and computational biology, and interrelated disciplines, and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences & health, agriculture, food & nutrition. Read more.

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

Dutch Cancer Society announces call: Supporting Facilities for Cancer research

The Supporting Facilities Grant should give an impulse to existing or new infrastructure initiatives that support oncological scientific research. The Cancer Society assumes that the infrastructure initiative will aim for sustainable embedding. That is why the plan should consist of the following three components: initiation, consolidation, and complete independence. The application procedure consists of a pre-proposal and a complete application.… 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

ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum equips companies to advance personalised rare disease treatment

Developments in genomics have already been translated into personalised medicine and more effective treatments for rare diseases. National governments and companies are also investing in data-driven innovation that facilitates these prospects. To help companies access and take advantage of the wealth of data, ELIXIR organised a two-day ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum on 14-15 November 2017 in Paris, France. The event… Continue reading
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