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EUCAN Newsletter

September 22, 2022

EUCAN Dissemination and Communication Group Newsletter

Welcome to the fifth edition of the EUCAN Dissemination and Communication Group's newsletter. The group consists of representatives from the six projects that were funded under the Horizon 2020 call SC1-BHC-05-2018 (CINECA, EUCANCan, EUCAN-Connect, euCanSHare, iReceptor Plus, ReCoDID).

In this edition, you will find interviews with members of the EUCAN consortia, a list of recent articles published on the projects' websites as well as recent publications, and news on relevant upcoming events. 

We hope you enjoy the read!

Best wishes,
The EUCAN Dissemination and Communication Group

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Table of Contents

Project news

EUCANCan: Introducing the Genomic Benchmarking Tool

One goal of EUCANCan is to enable the sharing of genomic data within and across institutions in Europe and Canada. In order to effectively and accurately compare data on mutations of the genome, different institutions must harmonize their variant calling strategies and how they structure the results of their variant calling pipelines. Aiding this process is the rationale of the Variant Call Format (VCF) benchmarking tool. Read more »

EUCAN-Connect paper just out: "Life course of retrospective harmonization"

Optimizing research on the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) involves implementing initiatives maximizing the use of the available cohort study data; achieving sufficient statistical power to support subgroup analysis; and using participant data presenting adequate follow-up and exposure heterogeneity. This paper provides an overview of the life course of research projects requiring harmonization of existing data and highlights key elements to be considered from the inception to the end of the project. Read the full paper »

euCanSHare Workshop on the platform in Barcelona

On the 3rd and 4th of August, euCanSHare consortium reunited in Barcelona for a 2-day workshop with hands-on-sessions to continue the evaluation and optimisation of its platform. Learn more more on the platform »

euCanSHare project video

A new teaser on euCanSHare project and its main outputs is now on the project website. Watch the video »

The full video on the functioning of the platform and the main key aspects of the project will come soon.

iReceptor Plus Webinar: Contribution to COVID-19 research highlighted at Human Vaccine Project meeting

An hour-long discussion by prominent researchers involved in the iReceptor Plus project was observed and heard by researchers around the world on February 10, 2022. Organized by the Human Vaccines Project, the Global COVID Lab Meeting focused on how iReceptor Plus contributes to COVID-19 research at hundreds of labs around the globe. Watch the recording »

EUCANCan Annual Meeting 2022

On May 24-25, the EUCANCan consortium got together for a hybrid meeting. For two days, parts of the team met in Toronto, Canada, and the rest connected online to take stock of the project’s progress to date and discuss the last project year. Read more »

EUCANCan: Interview with Alexander Bernier, Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University

The EUCANCan communications team caught up with Alexander Bernier, who besides supporting the development of policy recommendations for international sharing of genomics data in the context of EUCANCan’s Work Package 6 is also working towards his PhD in the same field at the University of Toronto. Read more » 

Recent scientific publications

  • Kondylakis, H., Ciarrocchi, E., Cerda-Alberich, L. et al. Position of the AI for Health Imaging (AI4HI) network on metadata models for imaging biobanks. Eur Radiol Exp 6, 29. 2022. Read more »
  • Mariño, J., Kasbohm, E., Struckmann, S., Kapsner, L.A., et al. Packages for Data Quality Assessments and Data Monitoring: A Software Scoping Review with Recommendations for Future Developments. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(9):4238. Read more »
  • Omer, A., Peres, A., Rodriguez, O.L. et al. T cell receptor beta germline variability is revealed by inference from repertoire data. Genome Med 14, 2 (2022). Read more »
  • Rivas-Delgado, A., Nadeu, F., Andrade-Campos, M, López C, et al. Cell-Free DNA for Genomic Analysis in Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma. Diagnostics. 2022. Read more »
  • Zhuang, X., Xu, J., Luo X., Cen, C., et al. Cardiac segmentation on late gadolinium enhancement MRI: A benchmark study from multi-sequence cardiac MR segmentation challenge, Medical Image Analysis, Volume 81, 2022. Read more »

Upcoming events

ReCoDID Annual Meeting

Meeting | October 16-19, 2022 
ReCoDID stakeholder meeting, October 16-19, UK (at EMBL) and online. An opportunity to connect large cohort consortia with organizations developing data standards. As well as reflect on legal challenges and cohort data, the perspective of LMIC in the South as data contributors, and harmonization assisted by artificial intelligence. Register here »

iR+ Seminar Series

Seminar Series | September 22, 2022 
The iReceptor Plus Seminar Series highlights the theory and applications of immune repertoires. The overall goal of the iReceptor Plus Consortium is to facilitate sharing and analysis of Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire Data. These immune repertoires are rapidly increasing in size and importance to all aspects of immunotherapy, and the Consortium is dedicated to improving analysis and curation tools that will allow the entire immunology community to maximize the benefit of these data for biomedical research and patient care. In the seminar series we will invite one senior and one early career scientist each month to present their most exciting and impactful research in this area. Register here »

GA4GH 10th Plenary Meeting

Plenary Meeting | September 22-23, 2022 
The GA4GH's 10th Plenary will bring together organizations and stakeholders from the genomics and health community for two days of keynotes, talks, and workshops that will focus on genomic and clinical data sharing issues that pervade a diverse cross-section of industries, disciplines, and communities. Register here »

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Funding Acknowledgment


CINECA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825775.
CINECA has received funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research under CIHR grant number #404896


EUCAN Connect

EUCAN Connect has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824989. 



EUCANCan has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825835. EUCANCan also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) under grant number CDF-160202


euCanSHare has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825903
All Canadian project partners in the euCanShare consortium have been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé


iReceptor plus 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825821 and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 



The ReCoDID project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No.825746and is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG) under Grant Agreement N° 01886-000.

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