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Evaluating biobanks’ success based on their value for research

250 attendees in Berlin for the fifth National Biobank Symposium

15 December 2016. In future, biobanks’ success should be measured not only by the number of samples they store – but on how many of those resources are leveraged for research projects. This suggestion was made by Dominic Allen, Chief Operating Officer at the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL), during his keynote address at the beginning of the fifth German National Biobank Symposium. The event drew approximately 250 attendees to Berlin, Germany, on 7 and 8 December 2016.

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A Bit of Berlin in Bethesda

Biobanking highlights in a nutshell at ISBER Regional Meeting 2016

14 November 2016. Highlights and conclusions from the ISBER Annual Meeting held in Berlin/Germany in April 2016 were summarized in a session chaired by Roman Siddiqui (TMF/Germany) and Cari Lichtman (American Cancer Society/USA) at the ISBER Regional Meeting in Bethesda/USA on November 7, 2016. This was another opportunity to present Germany’s vibrant and well-organized biobanking community.

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Zoonoses: ancient pathogens offer lessons for the future

National Symposium on Zoonoses Research 2016 on October 13–14 in Berlin to showcase topics ranging from archaeogenetics to the Zika virus

6 Oktober 2016. Analysis of the genomes of very old pathogens can shed new light on the infectious diseases of today and of the future – and that includes zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases which are transmitted between humans and animals. They constitute the majority of known infectious diseases in humans. At the National Symposium on Zoonoses Research on October 13–14, 2016 in Berlin, Prof Johannes Krause (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) will give a talk on how the study of ancient pathogens could enable the prediction and prevention of future infectious diseases.

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Dockerbank: biomedical IT solutions containerised

TMF workshop shows high demand for practical tools for managing software architectures

16 September 2016. Biomedical informatics specialists support research and deliver innovative IT tools and services. But evaluating, installing and configuring these tools and services remains a complicated business. Docker containers make it possible to load and run applications with just a single command. Users from a wide range of user groups (routine hospital IT, research institutes and centres, research networks) came together at a training workshop organised by TMF to explore the theory behind the Docker architecture and to practice setting up their own Docker containers.

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“Scientific infrastructure is becoming more and more important in the life sciences”

Interview with Dr Katja Hartig (DFG) on the launch of projects utilising TMF services

September 2016. Last year, the DFG invited applications for grants for research projects making use of TMF services. Work on the projects selected is now starting. Dr Katja Hartig, Programme Director Medicine at DFG, discusses the objectives of the grants provided and what the DFG is doing to help organisations better handle their research data and to expand and operate the research infrastructure that this requires.

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The complexity of health necessitates interdisciplinary research collaboration

HEC 2016 in Munich – TMF participation includes presentations, workshops and information booth

5 September 2016. Health – Exploring Complexity is the title given to a joint conference organised by German and European medical informatics and epidemiology associations (GMDS, DG Epi, IEA and EFMI). The event was held from August 28 to September 2, 2016 and was attended by around 1,300 delegates. TMF participation included presentations, workshops and an information booth.

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Data management and integration with tranSMART

TMF presents platform for analysing phenotype and genotype data

9 August 2016. Networked medical research projects often collect and combine data from different sources, using different processes and at different sites. Improving the long-term availability of this data and enabling reproducible analysis is an important task for medical informatics. The tranSMART platform, currently deployed in Erlangen, Göttingen, Heidelberg and Kiel, is designed to facilitate just this type of analysis. It was presented at a TMF workshop in Berlin on August 5, 2016. The platform offers the advantage of supporting both clinical and genome data.

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News

Evaluating biobanks’ success based on their value for research

250 attendees in Berlin for the fifth National Biobank Symposium


 
Interviews

“Scientific infrastructure is becoming more and more important in the life sciences”

Interview with Dr Katja Hartig (DFG) on the launch of projects utilising TMF services


 
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