HELIS Academy: improving the ‘industry readiness’ of Life Sciences & Health students

In April 2018, HELIS Academy was launched. Funded by Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland (EU), the project’s main aim is to bridge the gap between the competences required for jobs in the Life Sciences & Health sector and the existing training programmes. The project is executed by ten Dutch and Flemish partners from academia and industry, including DTL (to be more specific, the… Continue reading

ENPICOM part of IMMUNOMONITOR consortium

A European consortium including DTL partner ENPICOM has been awarded a EUR 2 million grant to clinically validate an immunosequencing analysis solution for monitoring treatment responses to cancer vaccines. Read more in the press release. A total grant sum of EUR 2 million has been awarded to the multidisciplinary EUROSTARS consortium. The EUROSTARS project is titled ‘Treatment Response Monitoring for Cancer Immunotherapies Using… Continue reading

ELIXIR-NL course: Bioinformatics for Translational Medicine using Galaxy: see it, do it, teach it!

Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical research. On 17-19 October 2018, ELIXIR-NL and the BioSB research school will organise a Galaxy course ‘Bioinformatics for Translational Medicine using Galaxy: see it, do it, teach it!’ The course is meant for biomedical & translational medicine researchers who are keen on bioinformatics and for educators in the ‘bio domain’ who would like… Continue reading

CORBEL open call: apply now

The CORBEL partners have launched a 2nd Open Call for research projects. Academic and industrial scientists can apply for funding to get access to excellent facilities, pioneering technologies, and innovative services in Europe. The call has a rolling deadline, collecting applications at the first day of every second month.  Are you working on a complex research project in need of multiple, different… Continue reading

NPEC: will a tiny country lead the next green revolution?

In April 2018, NWO awarded funding to ten proposals in the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure. Among the lucky few is the Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) of Utrecht University and Wageningen University & Research. Initiators George Kowalchuk and Mark Aarts describe the what, why, and how of NPEC. George Kowalchuk is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at Utrecht… Continue reading

Castor EDC raises €5.3M Series A to accelerate medical research

DTL partner Castor EDC has announced that it has raised $6.25 million (€5.3M) in a Series A round led by the firm INKEF Capital. Derk Arts, Castor’s founder and CEO, states: “At Castor, we have built a cutting-edge, user-friendly Electronic Data Capture platform that we are putting in the hands of every medical researcher worldwide. With the help of our system, we… Continue reading

Looking back on five years of GOBLET

The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET) has released a report on the activities in the first five years of its existence. Dr Celia van Gelder, manager of the DTL Learning programme, is a member of the GOBLET Executive Board. She explains: “GOBLET provides a global, sustainable support and network infrastructure for bioinformatics trainers and trainees, including a training… Continue reading

Million European Genomes Alliance: the Netherlands should join

In April 2018, thirteen European countries signed a declaration of cooperation ‘towards access to at least one million sequenced genomes in the European Union by 2022’. On behalf of a wide range of stakeholders assembled in Health-RI, Gert-Jan van Ommen (BBMRI-NL) and Ruben Kok (DTL) have sent a letter to the Dutch Minister for Healthcare encouraging the Netherlands to co-sign… Continue reading

BioSB 2018: dense and inspiring

The 4th edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference took place on 15-16 May 2018 in Lunteren. With its programme packed with inspiring keynote lectures and parallel sessions, the conference attracted more than 400 researchers and students from Dutch universities, UMCs, and companies. View the photo impression. Visit the conference website. Read more about the organisers. This year’s… Continue reading

TU Delft Event report: data stewardship in practice

In May 2018, TU Delft organised an an event entitled ‘Towards cultural change in data management – data stewardship in practice’. Martin Donnelly from the University of Edinburgh was one of the participants and he wrote a blogpost about it. Go to blog. You may also wish to read our interview about the Delft data stewards team.