Isabel Fortier, Principal Investigator, Maelstrom Research, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center

Murielle BochudChair of the SPHN Cohort and Registry Task Force, Unisanté, University of Lausanne

About this Webinar

The SPHN network on Maelstrom is growing: Metadata of ten Swiss cohort studies will soon be included in the international Maelstrom catalogue, facilitating data discoverability for researchers around the globe. With this collaboration, SPHN aims to promote the visibility of the high-quality and cost-intensive Swiss data collections, contribute to the findability of the data and stimulate data sharing in national and international research collaborations. 

The quality and breadth of data and samples collected by population-based cohorts are providing invaluable opportunities to advance knowledge. However, the need for obtaining very large sample sizes and the necessity to make optimal use of available data is leading to an increasing interest in developing catalogues documenting available data and resources facilitating co-analysis of data across studies. Because of the complexity and heterogeneity of the information collected by individual studies, major challenges are to be faced to support such agenda. Collaborative research programs need to use rigorous approaches to catalogue and harmonize data and often need to build complex infrastructures to support co-analysis of data across organizations or countries. The resources proposed by Maelstrom Research and used to implement the SPHN study catalogue will be discussed as one avenue to support such collaborative approach. Ultimately, these resources aim to help optimizing the use of existing research data; enhancing capacity for collaborative and cross-disciplinary research (outputs generated faster and at lower cost); and expanding research perspectives (leverage national and international collaborations). 

Date: 24 November 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:00

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