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University Medical Center Groningen

Introducing the GCC

Genomics Coordination Centre, UMCG/UG

The Genomics Coordination Centre has a team of ~25 project leaders, programmers, postdocs and PhD students on a mission to research, develop and support next-generation life sciences with database and analysis infrastructures. It provides bioinformatic services to research groups in the UMCG, University of Groningen (RUG), and elsewhere. See also our Wiki page and Systems Genetics website

VIDI awarded to Dr Morris Swertz, May 2016

To develop “Scalable ‘big data’ methods towards personalized genome diagnostics”.
New NGS techniques can now measure all the DNA variations in an individual in one experiment. Unfortunately, this is not yet leading to more diagnoses because genetic labs are drowning in the amount of data produced. Previously, tests were performed only on single genes. This VIDI project will develop personalized whole genome diagnostics (patient-oriented techniques to find damaging mutations more quickly and better). more

Enlighten Your Research Global Award: Virtual Machine Images for Life Science Research

Denver (USA), 18 November 2013 – One of four prestigious "Enlighten Your Research Global" has been awarded to an idea developed by an ELIXIR working group for the sharing of virtual machines over research and education networks. The concept will make it much easier for scientists in many different countries to find meaning in massive volumes of biomedical data in a secure manner, such as 1000 Genomes, Genome of the Netherlands, and GWAS/epidemiological data in the BBMRI biobank network. Life science and health research will be accelerated by this European global research network that will incorporate dynamic light paths up to 10 gigabits/second.

The working group is a collaboration of institutions involved in the ICT infrastructure for biomedical research: the University Medical Centre Groningen (Genomics Coordination Centre, UMCG), the Centre for Information Technology – University of Groningen (CIT-RUG), and SURFsara Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Cambridge University and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), UK; and CSC - IT Centre for Science, Finland. More

The GCC Roadmap

  • SV and indel calling
  • Biobank catalogues
  • Genetic information system (GIDS 2.0)
  • Biobank harmonization tools
  • Multi-omics data integration
  • Imputation benchmarking
  • Improvements high availability storage
  • Variant/patient databasing

There are two bioinformatics teams

The ‘Computing’ team for:

• ‘In-house’ next generation sequence analysis (in collaboration with the GAF, Genome Analysis Facility)
• Genome of the Netherlands (GoNL)
• Variant databasing, e.g. Genome NL Variant catalogue

The ‘Portal’ team for:

• Biobank catalogues
• Multi-omics data integration (Human, Plants, Mice, Rats, Worms)

• Patient research data capture

We can help you plan your project and store and analyze your bioinformatics data. We have a catalogue of re-usable research infrastructure blocks for this purpose. We are also building a high speed, robust, computer and storage infrastructure that everyone can use, and for which our aim is to have no single points of hardware failure.

For further information, contact the GCC Helpdesk, email
Genomics Coordination Centre (GCC), Dept of Genetics
UMCG, Groningen, the Netherlands

tel. +31 (0)50 361 7100, email

Wiki page, Systems Genetics

Last modified:24 June 2019 10.27 a.m.