EUCANCan’s communication team launches joint newsletter with EUCAN cluster projects

EUCAN Dissemination and Communication Group

The members of EUCANCan’s work package 7, Dissemination and Exploitation, work closely with their colleagues in the five other projects that were funded under the same Horizon2020 call, SC1-BHC-05-2018. Today, September 23, the EUCAN Communication & Dissemination Group sent out its first newsletter. The comprehensive update included, among other things, a series of interviews with the projects’ respective coordinators and highlighted recent publications.  

EUCANCan’s goal is to enable researchers across Europe and Canada to share cancer genomic and clinical data between their respective institutes. We do, however, not only work to help other researchers harness the power of collaboration. We also aim to do the same through active collaboration with the other five projects in the EUCAN cluster. All projects in the cluster were funded under the Horizon2020 call SC1-BHC-05-2018 – International flagship collaboration with Canada for human data storage, integration and sharing to enable personalised medicine approach.

The projects that make up the EUCAN cluster are CINECA, EUCANCan, EUCAN-Connect, euCanSHare, iReceptor Plus, and ReCoDID (a brief introduction to all projects can be found further down in this article).

Active knowledge sharing across EUCAN cluster projects

The EUCAN Communication and Dissemination Group, consisting of representants from each cluster project’s communication team, meets virtually every month. The meetings are there for the members to exchange knowledge and best practices, and to discuss joint efforts such as the group’s newsletter.

The first edition of the communication group’s newsletter was sent out today (23 September) and can be viewed online here. The comprehensive newsletter includes four in-depth interviews with key members of the consortia, highlighted recent publications by the respective cluster projects, and a list of upcoming events related to their field of research.

EUCANCan contributed two articles to the newsletter. Firstly, the interview with the Project Coordinator Prof David Torrents from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. Secondly, an article that summarised the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health’s September GDPR Brief which was written by the two EUCANCan colleagues Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor from Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and Michael Beauvais from McGill University’s Faculty of Law.

The EUCAN newsletter will be sent out every six months for the remaining runtime of the EUCAN projects. The next newsletter is scheduled to be sent out early 2021.

Horizon2020: All EUCAN projects were funded under one call

All six EUCAN project share the vision of facilitating data reuse and knowledge discovery by enhancing data exchange and long-term collaboration in the health field to standardise data deposition, curation, and exchange procedures.

CINECA: CINECA’s vision is a federated cloud enabled infrastructure making population scale genomic and biomolecular data accessible across international borders, accelerating research, and improving the health of individuals across continents.

EUCANCan: The project aims to create a federated infrastructure whose mission is to enable Personalized Medicine in Oncology by promoting the generation and sharing of harmonized genomic and phenotypic data.

EUCAN-Connect: EUCAN-Connect will enable large-scale integrated cohort data analysis for personalized and preventive healthcare across EU and Canada. This will be based on an open, scalable data platform for cohorts, researchers, and networks, incorporating FAIR principles.

euCanSHare: The goal of the euCanSHare project is to develop the first centralised, secure, and sustainable platform for cross-border data sharing and multi-cohort personalised medicine research in cardiology.

iReceptor Plus: iReceptor Plus will facilitate sharing of AIRR-seq data among multiple institutions, including biopharmaceutical companies and researchers working with human confidential data, across multiple diseases, treatments, and populations.

ReCoDID: ReCoDID develops innovative approaches to the synthesis and analysis of CE&HDL data, and modifies governance models for cloud-based repositories elaborated by and for scientists in high-income countries.