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BBMRI-NL 2.0 - Newsletter December 2016
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Accelerating research infrastructures

Since 2010 we have been building on a national infrastructure for translational biobanking research. With the 2014 round of funding from NWO we are able to continue our efforts and broaden the goals.
 
We are proud to share with you the developments of BBMRI-NL 2.0 in this newsletter. With a focus not only on the successes we have had so far. Even more importantly, we will have a look at the future. With Health-RI as a single interconnected national platform for Personalized Medicine & Health research, we will strengthen our collaborations with other biobanking and health data organizations whereby BBMRI-NL represents the Dutch biomedical data, sample and image collection. Researchers will have access to more data, samples and images of healthy citizens and patients, in a more efficient manner. Accelerating personalized medicine and health research. With the patient as important goal in mind.
 
We hope you enjoy this read and wish you all wonderful holidays!

Cisca Wijmenga, Gerrit Meijer & Ronald Stolk (a.i.)

A big step forward for population imaging  

The XNAT database is implemented by TraIT and part of  BBMRI-NL 2.0. This database can be used for image biobanking and image analysis. Professor Aad van der Lugt explains the advantages of the system: “Within one week after applying for access you can be up and running with your research!” 
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Connecting the dots with combined data 

Bas Heijmans chairs BIOS, a large-scale research infrastructure that combines data of over 4000 individuals from six large Dutch Cohort studies. “I can’t stress it enough: every PhD student, every postdoc who works on omics studies should look into this infrastructure.” Read more

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 infrastructure for Dutch personalized medicine and health research. The conference, co-hosted by BBMRI-NL 2.0, featured inspiring examples of personalized medicine in action and lively discussions about the ethical, technical and political hurdles on the road.

Professor Frank Miedema (UMCU and NFU) concluded: "A better research infrastructure will result in better health outcomes".  

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NEWS UPDATE

Creating awareness to make health data available
Health researchers often find it difficult to get access to patient’s and citizens’ health care data. And when they do, the patients or citizens are not always aware that their data is used. Would a public campaign help to create more awareness? In October, the
Patient and Public Advisory Council for biobanking research and infrastructure discussed the issue. Read more
Health-RI Video
Worldwide, personalized medicine and health is recognized as the next big dot on the horizon for health care. Health-RI is the single National Infrastructure for Personalized Medicine & Health Research in the Netherlands. Watch the video to learn all about this initiative here.
Vacancy: BBMRI-ERIC ELSI Helpdesk Coordinator
At the Central Executive Management Office of BBMRI‐ERIC in Graz, Austria. Read more..

FACTS & FIGURES

BBMRI-NL 2.0 is the innovative integration of three complementary national infrastructure initiatives: BBMRI-NL 1.0 (biobanking), EPI2 (European Population Imaging Institute), and TraIT (IT for translational research) for precision medicine. With €9,8 million funding, BBMRI-NL2.0 builds a national infrastructure with over 200 biobanks, with 13 million samples from close to a million Dutch individuals, making data accesible for hundreds of institutes and researchers. Read more 

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