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EUCAN-Connect project

Goal: EUCAN-Connect is a federated FAIR platform enabling large-scale analysis of high-value cohort data connecting Europe and Canada in personalized health.

This EU-funded project aims to promote collaborative and multidisciplinary research in high-value cohort and molecular data on a large scale in order to improve statistical power with the aims of making new discoveries about the factors that impact human life course and facilitating their translation into personalized diagnostics, treatment and prevention policies.

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Jana Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk
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On 9-10 September 2019, in Newcastle, UK, the 2nd EUCAN-Connect biannual GA meeting took place. This meeting was open to all EUCAN-Connect partners. For more information see the link - https://www.eucanconnect.eu/2nd-eucan-connect-general-assembly-meeting/
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Jana Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk
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A new article highlighting the approach on the data nodes infrastructure used in the EUCAN-Connect project has recently been published: https://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en118/special/empowering-distributed-analysis-across-federated-cohort-data-repositories-adhering-to-fair-principles
Novel data collection tools, methods and new techniques in biotechnology can facilitate improved health strategies that are customised to each individual.  One key challenge to achieve this is to take advantage of the massive volumes of personal anonymous data, relating each profile to health and disease, while accounting for high diversity in individuals, populations and environments. These data must be analysed in unison to achieve statistical power, but presently cohort data repositories are scattered, hard to search and integrate, and data protection and governance rules discourage central pooling.
In order to tackle data integration and harmonization challenges while preserving privacy, a new approach has been developed based on an open, scalable data platform for cohorts, researchers and networks. It incorporates the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) for optimal reuse of existing data, and builds on maturing federated technologies, where sensitive data is kept locally with only aggregate results being shared and integrated, in line with key ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues) and governance guidelines.
 
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16 July 2019
Opal 2.14 has been released and is now now available! Opal is OBiBa’s core database application for biobanks.
Thanks to the funding of the EUCAN Connect  program, this release greatly improves the speed of the import and export of datasets, as well as their assignment to R. Thanks to reduced memory needs, much larger datasets can be handled (tested with a dataset of 200M data points and a 8G opal server).
For more details on additional features implemented follow the link - https://www.obiba.org/pages/news/release/opal/2.14/
 
Jana Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk
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11 March 2019
On 7th and 8th March, the EUCAN-Connect project held a successful kick-off meeting in Groningen, the Netherlands. This five-year European H2020 project with one Canadian and twelve European partners will enable large-scale integrated cohort data analysis for personalized and preventive healthcare across EU and Canada.
 
Jana Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk
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EUCAN-Connect is a federated FAIR platform enabling large-scale analysis of high-value cohort data connecting Europe and Canada in personalized health.
This EU-funded project aims to promote collaborative and multidisciplinary research in high-value cohort and molecular data on a large scale in order to improve statistical power with the aims of making new discoveries about the factors that impact human life course and facilitating their translation into personalized diagnostics, treatment and prevention policies.