Report BBMRI-omics: introduction and hands-on application

The house is there, you just have to learn how to use it.

In Utrecht, the 2-days BBMRI-Omics event was held with more than 100 participants. The aim was to introduce and to learn how to use the wide spectrum of -omics services after years of productive research already completed in the Genome of the Netherlands, Biobank-based Integrative Omics Study (BIOS) and Metabolomics Consortia.

The presentations during the first day (March 30, 2017) introduced the available data generated by BBMRI and emphasized the possibilities of the -omics research in terms of unravelling disease mechanisms and risk stratification. Researchers could get acquainted with the data BBMRI-omics has on offer for the research community, such as new layers of collaboration by using dynamic infrastructures, from a single compound to disease pathways. The BBMRI-omics warehouse of data shared and used by the community was highlighted. You can work together, share data, and borrow data. And what is coming out of all the analyses will be captured in atlases.

A researcher who wants to use the data can submit a data request, consisting of an identification of the researcher and a research proposal describing the research aims and the requested data. A committee will review the data request and, if applicable, can refer to similar initiatives. After approval, via a password the researcher can retrieve the data on a machine in the BBMRI-omics house and perform the approved analyses. On the website you can find an overview of numbers of samples per omics data type using (a beta version of) the Biobank-plots application. The house is there, you just have to learn how to use it.

The second day offered the opportunity to researchers with knowledge of the data analysis software R to follow a hands-on course to learn how to access and analyze the multiple omics data within BBMRI-omics. This day 2 of the course was held twice because of the huge interest. In total, 70 researchers participated – which is an indication that the BBMRI-omics services might lead to improved patient outcomes, better clinical workflows, reduced healthcare costs and economic value creation.

Access to BBMRI-Omics data

19 April 2017


Presentations (PDFs) given on day 1, March 30, 2017, can be found below:






6.Dorret Boomsma: -Omics and behaviour (Presentation not available)



A flavour of the two BBMRI-omics days:


Eline Slagboom, LUMC, introduces

Cornelia van Duijn, Erasmus MC, talking about the use of metabolomics in disease risk prediction

Researchers with knowledge of the data analysis software R followed the BBMRI-omics hands-on application course on March 31 (picture) and April 7, 2017.

During the BBMRI-omics hands-on application course, March 31, 2017.