By developing an improved health data management system, the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN)-Africa research team is enabling local and global distributed access to crucial data required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, future disease outbreaks and general disease conditions.
Led by Professor Mirjam van Reisen of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), VODAN-Africa is a project focused on addressing various issues that are common to health data management across the African continent. “Major challenges we are currently tackling include the deficiency in production of quality clinical data, lack of ownership of health data – especially when it is sent to foreign-based systems, as well as technical obstacles related to digitalization of data and regulatory differences across regions”, says Dr. Jeremia Pyuza, LUMC Global PhD student of the LUMC Departments of Parasitology and Pathology.
Edouard Fu, PhD student at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the LUMC, uses big data to study the effectiveness and safety of kidney, diabetes and heart failure treatments. With a Rubicon grant from NWO, Edouard will conduct further research at Harvard Medical School over the next two years.
From the 24th till the 28th of January, the LUMC organized the Data Ethics winter school on behalf of the Eurolife consortium, an international network consisting of 9 European universities. The network focuses predominantly on biomedical sciences, but also related subjects in the field of Life Sciences & Health. We are very proud of the amazing success of the winter school and the exciting responses we’ve had from students. In this article we would like to share the experience of one of the participating students, Jonneke Bouwhuis.
On June 23rd, we organized the first LUMC Global Community Meeting on establishing successful Sino-Dutch collaborations in (bio)medical research and education.