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Life sciences and health informatics

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By now you will have already written a substantial amount of research reports and papers as part of various courses. This course, however, is quite different as you will enter the world of preparing grant proposals to apply for research funding of ICT-based innovations within the Life Sciences & Health domains.

The weekly lectures will provide insight into the current state of innovation through information and communication technologies within the Life Sciences and Health Informatics domains, and on how to write successful grant proposals within this domain. The lectures will be presented by both internal and external guest speakers, and course lecturer(s). The weekly workshops will be structured around the CORETEST recommendation for performing an extensive feasibility analysis of a research idea (see Literature section). A CORETEST consists of an investigation of conceptual, organizational, economic, technological and societal aspects of an innovative idea. Issues to be covered include:

  • brainstorming towards an innovative idea,
  • developing a conceptual model of the intended venture,
  • exploring the market and its key players,
  • identifying potential partners,
  • predicting product purchase and usage based on literature and survey results,
  • modeling information exchange and usability, and
  • calculating potential societal gains resulting from implementing the proposed project.

Also managerial tasks like time planning and costs budgeting are integrated throughout the project. You will first try out your pitch within the familiar workshop setting before you will pitch the innovative idea to a professional jury. Then, you will have only limited time to incorporate all feedback before you have to submit the final grant proposal to the teaching staff.

To give you a first impression, in earlier editions of this seminar we have had guest speakers from the Departments of ICS, Chemistry, and Cell Biology, but also from the University Science Shop, Accenture and Deloitte, as well as from the University of Amsterdam. Topics covered include feasibility analysis, the Dutch healthcare sector, biomolecular mass spectrometry and Proteomics, high-throughput screening, decision support in Veterinary science, marketing strategy in Life Sciences innovation, how to write grant proposals, semantic web technology in the life sciences domain, and trends & IT strategy in healthcare innovation.

Finally, regardless of your study profile, this seminar aims to help develop essential skills required in your professional career. For example, as a scientific or industrial researcher you will be required to regularly acquire project funding from governmental agencies (e.g. NWO, ZonMW). As a business/ICT consultant you may get involved in national or international tenders (e.g. Aanbestedingskalender). And last but not least, as an aspiring product software entrepreneur you can attempt to obtain R&D funding specifically for SMEs to develop innovations (e.g. STW, SBIR, Eurostars) or enter your innovative product into one of the many award competitions (e.g. Herman Wijffels innovatieprijs, Website of the year, etc).

  • Meulendijk,M., Drenth-van-Maanen,A., Jansen,P., Brinkkemper,S., Numans,M., & Spruit,M. (2013). Introducing the CORETEST feasibility analysis in medical informatics: a case study of a decision-supportive knowledge system in the Dutch primary care sector. In Miranda,I., Cruz-Cunha,M., & Goncalves,P. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on ICTs for Healthcare and Social Services: Developments and Applications (pp. 1066-1087). IGI Global. [pdf]
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Werkvorm:A seminar as a course form implies that, as a group, students closely cooperate and actively participate in all activities. Students -- in small project groups -- prepare meetings based on weekly assignments, present reviews of papers, peer review each other documents, pitch their innovative idea to both peer and professional juries, and write a complete grant proposal that concludes the seminar. Weekly, meetings will be scheduled to discuss papers on life science informatics and innovation. Meetings will include guest lectures by professionals in the fields of life sciences, ICT innovation and funding.
Toetsvorm:Presence at all meetings is a precondition for delivering a complete grant proposal at the end of the course, and passing this course. The final grant proposal (G) will be reviewed and graded by the lecturers, but will incorporate the feedback of the jury appropriately. The official pitch (P) of the concept proposal will be graded as well. Note that P consists of proposal and presentation quality as a whole. Furthermore, your level of participatorial engagement (E) during the entire course will be taken into account appropriately. Note that there will not be a written exam.

Final grade = (2*G + P + E) / 4.

Inspanningsverplichting voor aanvullende toets:

To qualify for the second chance exam, you need to have

  • submitted a complete grant proposal before the deadline.
  • attended 80% or more of the weekly meetings. This translates in around 15 attendances.
  • scored a 5.0 or higher for all grade components.
Note that you only get a second chance at passing the course through a revised grant proposal (G). The pitch (P) and engagement (E) components of your final grade cannot be upgraded anymore.
Beschrijving:IMPORTANT: Please note that this course has the following special registration requirements. In order to qualify for participation, you need to have completed one extra-departmental (entry-level) course in the broad domain of Life Sciences & Health Informatics which can provide the necessary foundation for your ICT-based innovation.

One of the following extra-departmental courses is currently suggested (note that registration closes in June of the preceding year)!:

# Course Department Code Periode
1 Moleculaire biologie Biologie B-B1MB05 1
2 Apotheker en geneesmiddel Farmacie FA-101 1
3 Biologie van dieren Biologie B-B1DIER05 2
4 Celbiologie Farmacie FA-103 2
5 Introductie gedragswetenschappen Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen 200300480 2

Other extra-departmental courses are certainly possible but need to be confirmed by the course coordinator beforehand. Suggestions to add to this shortlist are more than welcome.

Finally, at this stage it is still undecided whether the course will be taught in either Dutch or English.