View in your browser
 
 
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
NO. 04/2020 | MAY Issue

Dear Readers,

"Turning Research into Health" is our slogan; medical translation is the mission of the BIH. BIH's Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) has just made another important contribution to this by supporting the spin-off of Algnostics GmbH, by helping scientists to to make a long-term research project a translational success. However, it is always a long way. That is why the DHA offers help at exactly this interface between research and application and is supporting innovators from Charité and the Max Delbrück Center to develop their concepts into digital products and to translate these into clinical practice. The support provided by the Digital Health Accelerator program and the team of BIH Innovations, the joint technology transfer unit of the BIH and Charité, ranges from financial aid to coaching and mentoring by experts and access to networks of talent, development partners, industry players and investors, to the provision of a coworking space for innovation and translation activities and in-depth guidance for spin-offs. You can apply for the BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program 2020 here until 5 May. Good luck!

Of course, we also wish all Corona research projects, to which many BIH researchers are currently devoting themselves, every success. You can find reports on this on our newly established Corona Update-Website and here in the newsletter. 

Best wishes,
The BIH Newsletter Team
 

Corona/COVID-19: Activities of the BIH

Corona Cells
Many Research Institutions have updated their research programs: Likewise, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) has established a research program on Corona/COVID-19. On our Corona Update-Website you will find information about BIH activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Rettungsstelle Charité

#WeCare4You – Clinician Scientists Initiate Fundraising Campaign

Started from the groups of representatives of the Clinician Scientist Program Dr. Elise Siegert from the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology initiated a large-scale fundraising project: To express ones gratitude to medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic there is now a donation-based food delivery service. Since late march money is being collected via the online donations platform betterplace.org to ensure meal deliveries for medical staff working in direct patient care at Charité. With this money the entire medical staff working in the emergency departments at Charité Campus Virchow Klinikum received food deliveries every day. More information here. Crowdfunding is based on your contribution, donations are very welcome!

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
In the meantime, the scientists are researching with material from COVID-19 patients even under strict safety conditions

What Cells Does The Novel Corana Virus Attack?

Scientists led by Professor Roland Eils from the BIH Digital Health Center have examined which cells in the lungs can be infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. They found that its receptor is abundantly expressed in certain progenitor cells. These usually develop into the cells in the respiratory tract, which carry mucus and bacteria out of the lungs with their cilia. The scientists published their results in the EMBO Journal

To the press release
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Covid-19

Virtual Brainstorming in Sex and Gender Differences in COVID-19

A group of researchers from BIH and Charité organized a virtual brainstorming with local and international scientists about sex and gender differences in COVID-19. During 48 hours the participants discussed gender specific differences in prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and highlighted the importance of gender specific data collection.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Sylvia_Thun

Forecast of the Course of the Pandemic

Since 24 April 2020, the interdisciplinary group "Control Forecasting of Intensive Medical COVID-19 Capacities (SPoCK)" led by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) started its work. From the middle of May, the group is expected to make public daily forecasts of the further course of intensive care-related COVID-19 patients at the local, national and European level over the next two years. These predictions can then be used by decision-makers in the public health sector to control the pandemic. Sylvia Thun, Director of the Core Unit for Interoperability at BIH, leads the work package for interoperability in this group.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Christian Drosten

Christian Drosten Receives Award for Outstanding Communication

Christian Drosten, BIH Professor and Director of Charité’s Institute of Virology, has been awarded the ‘Special Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scientific Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Presented by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the ‘Stifterverband’ (Donor’s Association), the award carries a prize of 50,000 euros.

To the press release
 

News from the BIH

Günter_M._Ziegler

Prof. Günter M. Ziegler Appointed to the BIH Supervisory Board

The Senate of the State of Berlin, on the submission of the Governing Mayor and Senator for Science and Research, Michael Müller, appointed the President of the Free University of Berlin, Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler, as a new member of the BIH Supervisory Board. Prof. Ziegler takes on the joint mandate of the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt-University of Berlin from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of the Humboldt-University in Berlin, who has been a member of the Supervisory Board since May 2016.

The BIH Supervisory Board advises the Management Board, supervises the legality, expediency and efficiency of its management and is responsible for decisions of major importance. Please find further information and the members of the BIH Supervisory Board here.
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Logo BIH

The Scientific Advisory Board of the BIH Repositions Itself

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consists of up to 14 external experts with experience in the field of medical science and advises the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board on the planning, implementation, development and evaluation of the Joint Research Area. Given the translational sharpening of BIH's mission, the Supervisory Board decided to reorganize the SAB at its meeting on 15 November 2019 and approved the proposal for the new appointment of the SAB on 20 April 2020. The newly appointed Scientific Advisory Board consists of existing and new members and comprises 13 experts.

The new Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board is Prof. Lina Badimon from the ICCC (Catalan Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences) in Barcelona; Vice Chair is Dr. André Tercic from the Mayo Clinic (USA).

Please find the list of the experts here
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Logos_SPARK-BIH_and_BIH_Innovations

Validation Fund/SPARK-BIH Supports Orphan Disease Project

SPARK BIH likes to share with you the scientific journey of two scientists that have been part of the Validation Fund/SPARK-BIH and are developing a therapy for a rare mitochondrial disease. Alessandro Prigione and Markus Schülke successfully conducted a first compassionate use treatment on a young patient.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
logo_labfolder

New Functions of the Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)

In the past months, two innovations for the electronic lab notebook labfolder were developed together with the labfolder Company Labforward and BIH.  A completely new material database was developed, which, among other things, allows elements from the material database to be referenced in entries in the laboratory book. A first version of the new material database will be available here soon. In addition, specific user training courses will be developed. In order to meet the users' demand for more storage space for larger data, a completely new storage concept was developed. An object data storage will initially provide 100 times more storage space than the current concept. The electronic lab notebook can be used free of charge in the BIH research area.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
ELN

The Electronic Lab Notebook Labfolder – Online Training

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, work on many biomedical projects is currently being carried out from home. In this situation, the importance of digital tools for communication and collaborative data analysis is growing rapidly. A central element in the documentation and analysis of research data is the electronic lab notebook, which is available to all researchers at the BIH, Charité, and MDC, free of charge for the users. Especially now, it is important to support as many researchers as possible in using the electronic lab notebook. Therefore, we offer online training courses in cooperation with the labfolder company Labforward, which are specifically aimed at all members of the BIH research space. Further information and the possibility to register can be found here

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Logo_BIH_Quest

Continuation of Open Data Incentification in 2020

In 2019, Charité was the first medical faculty to reward the free availability of original data for scientific publications (Open Data) from additional BIH funds under the LOM (Leitungsorientierte Mittelvergabe) 2019. In 2020, BIH funds will again be made available for Open Data in publications by Charité, MDC and BIH authors. In 2019, the amount was around 200,000 euros, and in 2020 a good 290,000 euros will be distributed to the institutions. If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Kip.

Read more (only in German)
 

Events

BIH Event

We regret to inform you that most of our events have been canceled until 20 July 2020. The BIH Lecture Series, on the other hand, will continue to take place online, with the next date expected to be 15 May 2020.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
If you would like to receive a regular overview of upcoming BIH Events, please register at events@bihealth.de. Many thanks.

 

Call for Applications

Call for Applications
Logos_SPARK-BIH_and_BIH_Innovations

Call Opens on 4 May: Validation Fund/SPARK-BIH Call 2020

Scientists and clinicians of all career levels from BIH, Charité and MDC are invited to apply with their translational projects in the areas of pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic development from all medical fields for the Validation Fund/SPARK-BIH.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Logo_BIH

Project Funding in the BIH Clinical Single Cell Sequencing (CSCS) Pipeline

The BIH Clinical Single Cell Sequencing (CSCS) pipeline opens its first call for project proposals. Scientists and clinicians from the BIH, Charité and MDC are invited to submit their applications for use case projects in the context of the CSCS pipeline. Project proposals are expected to require funds in the range of 25,00075,000 euros for the processing and sequencing of 1030 samples. The deadline is 5 June 2020.

Read more
Berlin Institute of Health Newsletter
Logo_BIH_Innovations

BIH Digital Health Accelerator Call 2020 Extended

The BIH has extended the application deadline for the BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program until 5 May 2020. Apply here if you would like to receive dedicated support to turn your innovative ideas into a digital health solution for patients. Up to 1 million euro in funding, leave from work, a special coworking space and expert mentoring await. Bring your idea from the laboratory to the bedside! We will be happy to assist!

Read more
 

New Faces at the BIH

Tom Elis Hardwicke

New BIH QUEST Junior Visiting Fellow

Tom E. Hardwicke is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (Group of Eric-Jan Wagenmakers). Prior to this, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Meta-Research Innovation Center Berlin (METRIC-Berlin) headed by Prof. John Ioannidis. He remains connected to the BIH QUEST Center and METRIC Berlin as BIH QUEST Junior Visiting Fellow. His work involves empirical assessments of bias and reproduciblity, developing tools and guidelines to improve research transparency and mitigate error, and evaluating policies and initiatives intended to improve the quality and efficiency of the scientific endeavour, such as pre-registration, registered reports, and open data.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

If you would like to receive this newsletter regulary, please feel free to register here. Your interest is very much appreciated!