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TMF Advisory Board holds inaugural meeting

Focus on using healthcare data for research purposes

21 February 2019. The TMF Advisory Board has been reappointed with modified membership. Its inaugural meeting took place in Berlin on 21 February 2019. In particular, the board will focus on the usage of patient data for medical research and the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), which is currently under development.

The Advisory Board comprises leading experts and representatives from various institutions, associations and organisations, as well as individual professionals whose work closely relates to TMF’s interdisciplinary activities. Each member contributes their unique expertise, advising the TMF Board of Directors on developments in the German health and research landscape, and offering suggestions for structural innovation and collaborative projects.

At the inaugural meeting, the board members discussed the opportunities opened up by electronic patient records for research and healthcare. They examined the requirements for a research-compatible data structure, and reviewed the next steps for coordinating intersectoral applications. In addition, the members debated ways to realise the potential of big data at the intersections of human medicine, veterinary medicine, the environment, and food. And where large volumes of data are involved, questions of data quality and analysis are becoming especially important.

The Advisory Board also turned its attention to the establishment of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Germany aims to provide up to 90 million euros of funding annually between now and 2028 to establish and operate the NFDI; the German federal government is to provide 90 per cent of the funds, with the federal states supplying the remaining 10 per cent. Within the scope of the NFDI, data records that are currently often decentralised, project-based and temporary, are to become systematically available to the entire German scientific community.

The TMF Advisory Board is appointed for a period of two years. The current term will end in 2020.

  1. Overview of TMF Advisory Board members

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Attendees of the TMF Advisory Board inaugural meeting on 22 February 2019. From left to right: Professor Jörg Hasford (Association of Medical Ethics-Committees in Germany, Chief Executive), Professor Rainer Röhrig (AKTIN Emergency Admissions Register, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg), Professor Wolfgang Hoffmann (German National Cohort, Greifswald University Hospital), Professor Otto Rienhoff (member of German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures from 2014 to 2017 – Life Sciences), Dr Dietrich Kaiser (DIMDI, Director), Sebastian C. Semler (Executive Director of TMF), Dr Franz–Joseph Bartmann (former head of the telematics committee at the German Medical Association), Professor Thomas Ganslandt (MIRACUM consortium of the Medical Informatics Initiative, University Medical Centre Mannheim), Professor Gerd Antes (prev. Director, Cochrane Collaboration, Germany), Professor Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D. (German Data Forum RatSWD, Chair), Professor Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, Scientific Director), Professor André Scherag (SMITH consortium of the Medical Informatics Initiative, CSCC Jena, Jena University Hospital), Dennis Makoschey (AWFK, General Manager), Dr Michael Kiehntopf (CSCC Jena, Jena University Hospital, Deputy Chairman), Professor Michael Krawczak (PopGen 2.0 Network, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel Campus, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMF)


   
The participants of the constituent meeting of the TMF Advisory Board on February 22, 2019. From Left to Right: Prof. Dr. Jörg Hasford (Working Group of Medical Ethics Committees, Chairman), Prof. Dr. Rainer Röhrig (AKTIN Association, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann (National Cohort, University Medicine Greifswald), Prof. Dr. Otto Rienhoff (former Member of the Council for Information Infrastructures 2014 to 2017 - Life Sciences), Dietrich Kaiser (DIMDI, Director), Sebastian C. Semler Franz-Joseph Bartmann (former Chairman of the Department of Telematics of the German Medical Association), Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Ganslandt (Consortium MIRACUM of the Medical Informatics Initiative, University Medical Center Mannheim), Prof. Dr. med. Gerd Antes (former Director of the Cochrane Collaboration Germany), Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D. (Council for Social and Economic Data, Chairman), Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (ZB MED, Director), Prof. dr. André Scherag (SMITH Association of the Medical Informatics Initiative and CSCC Jena, University Hospital Jena), Dennis Makoschey (Managing Director AWFK), PD Dr. med. Dr. Michael Kiehntopf (CSCC Jena, University Hospital Jena Deputy Chairman), Prof. dr. Michael Krawczak (PopGen 2.0 Network, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Chairman of the Board of TMF e.V.)  

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