Major Investments in Netherlands X-Omics initiative
Integrating quantitative data from different pools of biological molecules (omics) is key to developing novel personalized health solutions. On April 12th 2018, the Netherlands X-Omics Initiative has been awarded a EUR 17 million infrastructure grant as part of the NWO call for Large Scale Research Infrastructures. In the Netherlands X-Omics initiative, globally renowned Dutch leaders in the field of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and data integration & analysis, join forces to realize an integrated X-omics research infrastructure across the Netherlands.
Currently, the field of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics are largely operating in separate worlds and studying the interplay between genes, metabolites and proteins remains challenging. Therefore, coordinator of the initiative and Health-RI steering group member, Alain van Gool (Radboud UMC) puts major emphasis on enabling the integration of omics data, through the implementation of (quality) protocols and FAIR data standards, data integration, and modelling. This will ultimately allow complex and dynamic analysis of different data types from healthy and diseased subjects.
As part of the national X-Omics initiative, BBMRI researchers Cornelia van Duijn (Erasmus MC) and Cisca Wijmenga (Groningen University) will study genetic variation in the Dutch population, contributing to a better understanding of individual differences between people.
The X-Omics initiative is a major building block in constructing Health-RI, the integrated infrastructure for health research in the Netherlands.