BBMRI-NL 2.0 - Newsletter September 2018
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Patient and Public Advisory Council – BBMRI-NL: bridging research and society @ EBW2018

Last week, Marleen Kaatee presented the work of the Patient and Public Advisory Council – BBMRI-NL at the Europe Biobank Week 2018. Marleen is member of the Council and patient expert. The Council also provided input for a debate on return of individual research results at this conference. Since 2016, the Patient and Public Advisory Council of BBMRI-NL offers a national platform for the interests, concerns and needs of participants and patients in biobank research. Aim of the Council is to bridge society and research by allowing both way communication, and channeling advice, perspectives, opportunities and support. Read more

Marleen Kaatee, patient expert and Patient and Public Advisory Council member (left) at the Europe Biobank Week 2018

ELSI Servicedesk officially launched!

In July, the ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications) Servicedesk was officially launched. This online Servicedesk offers guidance and answers to the ethical, legal and societal questions around Personalized Medicine research faced by researchers, policymakers and patients. The website provides frequently asked questions with answers, and the opportunity to contact the helpdesk, where one of the ELSI experts answers questions. Read more

ELSI Servicedesk website

Development of an extensive OMICs Atlas

Since the start of BBMRI, extensive datasets have been generated at genome, epigenome, transcriptome and metabolome level for 10 thousand of individuals from tens of Dutch biobanks. By screening this wealth of omics data in large-scale analyses, BBMRI researchers have identified a plethora of links between these layers of cellular organization, thus uncovering insight into how molecular pathways are involved in health and disease. The unique atlas generated by this endeavour has been made accessible to the general public as an online resource
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Screenshot of the network view of a gene query.

Prof. Cisca Wijmenga inaugurated as the Lodewijk Sandkuijl Endowed Chair

At the Lodewijk Sandkuijl Symposium, Prof. dr. Cisca Wijmenga, Scientific Director of BBMRI-NL 2.0, was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. This Dutch order of chivalry is awarded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands for those with merits of a very exceptional nature for society. Cisca Wijmenga is also inaugurated to the Lodewijk Sandkuijl Endowed Chair at University Medical Center Groningen. She is now appointed Lodewijk Sandkuijl Distinguished University Professor of Human Genetics.
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Prof. Cisca Wijmenga, Scientific Director BBMRI-NL
Open Specimen

From October onwards BBMRI-NL will make the Biobank Information Management System (BIMS), OpenSpecimen, available for researchers in the field of Life Sciences who want to
use a BIMS within their studies instead of using Excel or Access. OpenSpecimen is an opensource web-based ICT-system that facilitates the track and trace, “check-in”, “check-out” and monitoring of collected biomaterials.

Read more about the project here

FAIR data management

Our new publication, covers MOLGENIS Research (a software that enables FAIR data management), an open-source web-application to collect, manage, analyze, visualize and share large and complex biomedical data sets, without the need for advanced bioinformatics skills.
Read more here

BBMRI-NL Omics nominated for the Dutch Data Prize

The dataset 'BBMRI-omics: molecular big data for discovering disease mechanisms and biomarkers' has been nominated by the jury of the Dutch Data Prize. On November 28, the jury will announce the winners of the Dutch Data Prize 2018. Read more

Poster Prize: Sustainable samples and Data Infrastructures

Rogier van der Stijl of BBMRI-NL won a prize for his poster at Europe Biobank week on: 'Sustainable biobanking in the Netherlands: best practices, value and a sustainable infrastructure'
Read the entire report here

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* Partnerships MeetUp Lygature 1 November 2018, Utrecht, NL
* 4th Health-RI Conference 17 January 2019, Utrecht, NL

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