JRC-COMBINE – A Fruitful Collaboration between EIT Health Partners Outside of the Network
Computational Biomedicine is a key technology for better healthcare, agriculture and biotechnology. In particular, computational models linking bench and bedside are essential for the development of safe, efficient, and personalized therapies of complex diseases. To realise the full potential of computational biomedicine, these models must address the complexity of medicine, integrating mechanistic aspects with big data analysis.
At the interdisciplinary Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine (JRC-COMBINE), a joint venture of RWTH Aachen University, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, and Bayer AG researchers combine advanced modeling technologies and systems biology approaches with expertise from industry and academia to provide benefits for clinics, industry and society at large.
To mark the successful conclusion of its five-year start-up phase, the Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine (JRC-COMBINE) organised a workshop entitled “Phase Transitions in Living Systems” from October 24 to 25, 2018. The aim of the workshop – which saw many internationally renowned speakers participate in the event – was to optimise the interdisciplinary exchange in the field of mathematical concepts and computer science in biomedicine. All interdisciplinary aspects of “phase transitions in living systems” were discussed. At the same time, the starting signal was given for the next phase of JRC-COMBINE, during which the partners will continue their strategic cooperation with significantly larger scope and size to cover the entire trail from molecule to patient even more effectively in future.
“Smart Medical Information Technology for Healthcare” (SMITH) – the largest of the JRC’s current projects – kicked off in January 2018 with a consortium comprising 14 partners. It will form a corner stone of the “Medical Informatics” Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a total of around 35 million Euros in funding being distributed since January 2018, of which approx. 10 million Euros will be spent by RWTH Aachen University Hospital and the RWTH Aachen University amounts to ten million euros. An extended and more advanced future iteration of the SMITH project aims to create new IT solutions for more effective linking of data from health care and medical research. The medical informatics initiative is intended to enable doctors to view all available research results and empirical values from X-ray images to genome analysis at the touch of a button, which they need for further therapy decisions.