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  • 2018-10-12

    INFRAFRONTIER2020 Trans-national Access Call - now open

    Call topic: Specialised phenotyping / metabolic and behavioral pipelines

    Main objective of this INFRAFRONTIER2020 Trans-national Access call is to facilitate access for the wider biomedical research community to the unique infrastructure and scientific expertise of the participating INFRAFRONTIER mouse clinics, where mouse mutant lines can be tested through specialised metabolic- and behavioural phenotyping pipelines. Disturbed energy balance regulation results in obesity and in numerous related metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes mellitus. We offer specialised phenotyping pipelines comprising state-of-the-art test assays monitoring disease related parameters. In-depth behavioural phenotyping supports the elucidation of the molecular and genetic basis of behavioural impairments that are relevant for human neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    More information and the call application form is available here.
    Proposal submission to proposals(at)infrafrontier.eu by 15 November 2018.

    INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving of model mammalian genomes. The INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure provides access to first-class tools and data for biomedical research, and thereby contributes to improving the understanding of gene function in human health and disease using the mouse model. The core services of INFRAFRONTIER comprise the systemic phenotyping of mouse mutants in the participating mouse clinics, and the archiving and distribution of mouse mutant lines by the European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA).

    During the course of the INFRAFRONTIER2020 project a total of 2 Trans-national Access calls supporting 15 specialised phenotyping projects will be published. One further call with a focus on functional immune-phenotyping screen by mass cytometry, and on induced secondary phenotyping screen under acute or more chronic inflammatory conditions will be released in spring 2019.

  • 2018-10-12

    Job vacancy: Director General of ERINHA AISBL

    ERINHA is recruiting its full time Director General, place of work will be Paris.
    Deadline for applications is October 19, 2018 (17:00 CET).

    For more information see the vacancy note.

  • 2018-10-05

    Publication: PiGx: Reproducible genomics analysis pipelines with GNU Guix

    A paper on reproducible genomics analysis pipelines (PiGx) for the analysis of RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Bisulfite-seq, and single-cell RNA-seq was recently published by the group of Altuna Akalin from the Berlin Institute of Medical Systems Biology at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Their work was partly supported by CORBEL. Congratulations to the authors!

  • 2018-09-07

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - fourth submission round has started

    On 1 September 2018, the current submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects started. Industrial and academic scientists are invited to submit their proposals to access technologies and services offered by the European biomedical research infrastructures.

    Please be aware that all interested researchers are required to talk about potential applications with the contact person(s) at the prospective service providers before submitting their project proposal.

    The current submission round will close on 31 October, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages and find separate information on applications from industry.

  • 2018-09-07

    Registration open for workshop on “Best practices in Public-private collaborations”

    The CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk team in conjunction with the EATRIS Slovenia National Node and the University of Ljubljana is organizing a best practice workshop on the theme of public-private collaboration on 12-13 December 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Registration is open - please find more information in the Event announcements.

  • 2018-09-07

    Legal templates available on the CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk portal

    One of the objectives of the CORBEL Innovation work package is to provide guidelines or templates for legal agreements applying to research collaborations and material or data transfer situations. Although such agreements require tailor-made approaches, content wise there are common segments to be captured which are provided in templates and guidelines (“tools”). Recently the CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk website has been updated with two documents which provide help:

    If you have questions or require further help please contact the Innovation Helpdesk.

  • 2018-08-24

    Publication: "Mind the Gap: From Tool to Knowledge Base"

    From ELSI to Knowledge Base - the latest paper published by CORBEL WP7 leader Michaela Th. Mayrhofer (BBMRI-ERIC) and Irene Schlünder from TMF e.V. provides an overview of the activities and results toward a comprehensive ELSI support for the biomedical research infrastructures. The work was co-funded by the Horizon 2020 projects ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC and CORBEL. The full text of the paper is available here.

  • 2018-08-17

    Overview: Open calls for research projects

    The following calls for biological/medical research projects are announced/open:

    • Joint call by Instruct-ERIC and EuroBioNMR: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for life science
      --> Applications can be submitted for access to magnetic resonance platforms in Europe
      --> The next deadline for proposal submission is 15 October 2018
      --> More information can be found here


    • INFRAFRONTIER2020: Call on the topic of "Specialised phenotyping / metabolic and behavioral pipelines"
      --> The main objective of the call is to facilitate access for the wider biomedical research
            community to the unique infrastructure and scientific expertise of the participating
            INFRAFRONTIER mouse clinics, where mouse mutant lines can be tested through specialised
            metabolic- and behavioural phenotyping pipelines
      --> Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 November 2018
      --> More information can be found here


    • BiodivERsA: Call on the topic of "BIODIVERSITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON ANIMAL, HUMAN AND PLANT HEALTH"
      --> The call aims at supporting transnational research projects jointly addressing issues at the
            nexus of biodiversity and animal, human and/ or plant health
      --> Deadline for submission of pre-proposals (mandatory): 16 November 2018, 16:00 CET
      --> More information can be found here

    • European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN): 3rd call for transnational access
      --> Deadline: 28th of January 2019 at 17:00 (German time)
      --> More information can be found here
  • 2018-07-13

    Registration open for 5th MIUF Meeting

    Registration for the 5th CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) meeting (15 October 2018, Paris) is now open. Please find more information in the Event announcements.

  • 2018-07-13

    CORBEL extended until May 2020

    In the course of a recent grant agreement amendment, the European Commission approved the cost neutral extension of CORBEL until the end of May 2020. The consortium is very grateful for the chance to extend and expand its efforts to support European biological and medical research by harmonising user access to biomedical research infrastructures, unifying data management, creating common ethical and legal services, and offering joint innovation support!

  • 2018-07-11

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - third submission round has started

    During the second submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects, several applications were received and are now being evaluated.

    Due to the rolling deadline of the Open Call, researchers are now encouraged to submit their proposals during the third submission round.

    Please be aware that all interested researchers are required to talk about potential applications with the contact person(s) at the prospective service providers before submitting their project proposal.

    The third submission round will close on 31 August, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-05-14

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - second submission round has started

    The first submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects closed on April 30, 2018. The evaluation process has started and applicants will be notified about the outcome of the evaluation soon.

    As the Open Call has a rolling deadline collecting applications at the 1st of every 2nd month, researchers are now encouraged to submit their proposals during the second submission round.

    Please be aware that all interested researchers are required to talk about potential applications with the contact person(s) at the prospective service providers before submitting their project proposal.

    The second submission round will close on 30 June, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-04-05

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call launched

    On 26 March CORBEL launched its 2nd Open Call for research projects.

    This call offers all academic and industrial scientists in Europe the unique chance to accelerate their research by using state-of-the-art technologies and services from more than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures.

    The first submission round will close on 30 April, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-02-19

    New Candidate genes for diabetes found in mouse phenotyping study

    Scientists at the Helmholtz Center Munich (HMGU) have identified a network of genes that could play a vital role in the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. The study for which INFRAFRONTIER provided the research infrastructure marks a substantial progress in the fight against diabetes: In order to identify candidate genes for the wide spread metabolic disease, the research team of the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) examined `knockout mice´ – each lacking a specific gene – for metabolic dysfunction.

    Cooperating with a worldwide group of colleagues in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), the scientists discovered a total of 974 genes whose loss had strong effects on glucose and lipid metabolism. The functions of 51 of these genes in the mouse were hitherto completely unknown. The genes were similar in their structure: Many of them had common genetic elements. Compared with genome data collected in humans, 23 genes appeared to play a role in human diabetes. Read more here

  • 2018-02-07

    Hot off press: Publication on sharing data from clinical trials

    As a follow-up to the consensus paper published end of 2017, ECRIN-ERIC released their publication on Classification of processes involved in sharing individual participant data from clinical trials.
    It is accessible from here.

  • 2017-12-18

    New publication: Sharing and reuse of individual participant data from clinical trials: principles and recommendations

    CORBEL WP3, lead by ECRIN-ERIC, published a consensus paper on data sharing of data from clinical trials.

    The publication can be accessed here.

  • 2017-12-13

    Report: IP issues in Open Science, pre-competitive Research and Open Innovation

    The report "IP issues in Open Science, pre-competitive Research and Open Innovation", produced by the CORBEL innovation specialists (CORBEL WP8), is now online available.

  • 2017-11-22

    Catalogue of Services online!

    The CORBEL Catalogue of Services offers an overview on what kind of services (access to samples and technologies, data, tools, expertise etc.) can be accessed from the participating research infrastructures. Researchers from academia, clinics and industry working on a complex project often do not have access at their home institution to the cutting-edge technologies they would need to boost their research – especially these researchers can benefit from utilising a research infrastructure.

    The catalogue includes state-of-the art services from the fields of advanced imaging technologies, biobanking, clinical trial, databases, functional genomics, marine model organisms, microorganisms, pathogenic microorganisms, plant phenotyping, screening and medicinal chemistry, structural biology, systems biology and translational research. Searching the catalogue, researchers do not only obtain an overview on available services, they also receive information on access modes, costs and much more.
    Planning a complex research project it is also possible to use services from different research infrastructures subsequently. Examples of such service pipelines are given on the website.

Event Announcements

  • 3rd Annual General Meeting

    16. – 17. October 2018

    CORBEL's next AGM takes place October 16-17, 2018 in Paris, organised by ECRIN.

  • Machine Learning for Image Analysis

    29. – 31. October 2018

    CORBEL, EMBL, German BioImaging and NEUBIAS are organizing a joint blended learning course on Machine Learning for Image Analysis. The course will be a great mix of intensive learning, extensive hands-on and community networking, consisting of

    • Up-front online sessions
    • On-site workshop
    • Follow-up online sessions (optional)

    For more information click here.

  • ENABLE Conference - The Promise of Future Medicine: From Research to Therapy

    06. – 09. November 2018

    The 2nd European PhD and Postdoc symposium, featuring the topic "The Promise of Future Medicine: From Research to Therapy", will take place from 6-9 November 2018 in Copenhagen. ENABLE aims to involve young scientists in opening the academic world from within by promoting crosstalk between biomedical disciplines, collaboration with industry, and engagement with society.

    CORBEL will be present at the career event on 7 November, providing information about harmonised access to the European biomedical research infrastructures and the benefits for research projects.

    The programme and registration link is available vie the ENABLE Network website.

  • Training Course: Data Management in Clinical Research

    15. November 2018

    CORBEL Work Package 3 is organising a training course on Data Management in Clinical Research, taking place on 15 November 2018 in Paris. The course is designed for clinical research professionals who are not data management expert and aims to raise awareness on the new challenges raised by the digital revolution in clinical research. Presentations and discussions will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to data management, sharing, reuse, and analysis.

    Registration (free, but mandatory) is possible here. The program can be found here.

  • INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Stakeholder Meeting 2018

    03. – 04. December 2018

    The jointly organised INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC stakeholder meeting will take place in Munich, with the thematic focus on advancing Rare Disease research and gene therapy applications with animal models.
    More information is available on the website.

  • Workshop: Best practices in Public-private collaborations

    12. – 13. December 2018

    The CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk team in conjunction with the EATRIS Slovenia National Node and the University of Ljubljana is organizing a best practice workshop on the theme of public-private collaboration on 12-13 December 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This 2-day event will focus on all relevant aspects of setting up such collaborations, from initial contacts through planning and negotiation to completion of legal agreements and project implementation. In addition to plenary lectures covering various aspects there will be a use case for participants to work on in teams.

    The workshop is aimed primarily at academic researchers from the biological and medical research infrastructures and their affiliated institutes who are or expect to be involved in the organization and implementation of such collaborative research programmes. Participation is free of charge. For more information, please contact innovation(at)corbel-project.eu.

    Please register for the workshop here. The draft agenda can be found here.

  • 4th Health-RI Conference 2019

    17. January 2019

    The 4th Health-RI conference will be held in Utrecht (Netherlands), on Thursday, 17 January 17 2019. The program will focus on the future of Health and Medicine and the required support role of science and research infrastructure as innovations around ‘big’ complex data facilitate a vitally functioning and healthy society.
    More information is available on the website.

  • Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2019

    23. – 25. May 2019

    The next Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference takes place May 24-25, 2019 in Alcalá de Henares (Spain).
    More information coming soon...

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.

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