Author Archive:Christina Schüttler

ByChristina Schüttler

MIRACUM congratulates Melanie Börries to the new Professorship in Bioinformatics

New Institute – New Head

We are pleased to announce that the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg has approved the appointment of Dr. Dr. Melanie Börries as W3 Professor of Medical Bioinformatics on May 31st, 2019. As of June 1st, Professor Dr. Dr. Börries is also the Head of the newly founded Institute of Medical Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine within the Department of Biometry, Epidemiology and Medical Bioinformatics, University Medical Center Freiburg. Melanie Börries studied Medicine in Lübeck and received her MD in 2004. She participated in the MDPhD fellowship program at the Biozentrum in Basel (Switzerland) and received her PhD in Cell Biology in 2005. At the same time, she continued her clinical studies in Cardiology in Bern (Switzerland) followed by a PostDoc in Freiburg, with a focus on Pharmacology and Toxicology. 2009 onward, Melanie Börries established her group at the FRIAS and at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Cellular Research in Freiburg. Her focus shifted to Systems Biology, clinically relevant collaborations, and applied methods in Bioinformatics benefiting patients. Since 2013 she was junior group leader for Systems Biology and Systems Medicine at the DKFZ partner site Freiburg within the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK). 

In her role as Head of Medical Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine, she is affiliated with the MIRACUM project. Here, Melanie Börries is currently leading Use Case 3 “Molekulares Tumorboard – From Knowledge to Action – Support for Molecular Tumor Boards”. Her group is instrumental in developing sequencing pipelines (MIRACUM pipeline) for individual patients and for data integration, representation and visualization in order to improve decision support for Molecular Tumor Boards. 


ByChristina Schüttler

RECUR: A Nationwide Registry for Recurrent Urolithiasis builds on MIRACUM infrastructure

Another step in health care research: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to fund Nationwide Registry for Recurrent Urolithiasis

Urinary stone disease is a widespread disease with a high recurrence rate. Covering  a period of 5 years, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will fund the establishment of a Nationwide Registry for Recurrent Urolithiasis in the Upper Urinary Tract (RECUR). The project led by urologist Prof. Martin Schoenthaler (Freiburg) is one of six projects that will receive financial support as part of the BMBF initiative to set up exemplary registers for health services research.

The digital stone register was developed under the patronage of the German Society of Urology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Urologie e.V., DGU). It is supported by DGU working groups on Urological Research (Arbeitskreis Urologische Forschung, AuF) and Urolithiasis (Arbeitskreis Harnsteine).

The registry will make use of the digital infrastructure of the BMBF’s Medical Informatics Initiative (MI-I). It will accomplish existing data from the hospital information systems together with patient derived data provided via a new patient app. This project will be implemented as an additional use case for the MI-I MIRACUM consortium. Urologists and medical informatics specialists from MIRACUM centres Dresden, Erlangen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Giessen, Greifswald, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim and Marburg have joined forces to improve the structural and procedural framework for patients with recurrent urolithiasis. This includes advanced diagnostic algorithms and treatment paths.

The kick-off meeting for RECUR will be held in Frankfurt University Hospital on Tuesday, July 2nd 2019.

Please find the DGU press release here.

ByChristina Schüttler

MIRACUM investigators publish on „Leveraging Data Treasures”

“The Future of Medicine” (Editors E. Böttinger, J. zu Putlitz) has just been published and the book launch panel discussion will be in Berlin on 3rd of June 2019 starting at 6pm.

MIRACUM researchers Ulli Prokosch, Thomas Ganslandt and Martin Sedlmayr have contributed a chapter on „Leveraging Data Treasures –  Perspectives for Biomedical Informatics” in which they critically reflect on

  • Big Data challenges,
  • opportunities, but also recent failures of AI applications,
  • real world data analysis,
  • the international OHDSI project and its uptake in Germany as well as
  • the German medical informatics initiative.

If you happen to be around, why not join? Mail to for details.

ByChristina Schüttler

MIRACUM Symposium review within the GMDS YouTube Channel

Two months ago the 2nd MIRACUM Symposium took place at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz on March 28th and 29th, 2019. The GMDS e.V. accompanied the event on film and compiled some impressions in an informative documentation. In addition to excerpts from the lectures, the speakers provide additional insights into the challenges of digitization in medicine in interviews.  The video is now available under this link on the GMDS e.V. YouTube Channel. 

ByChristina Schüttler

MIRACUM Summer School 2019: continuing education and late summer in the alps

A wonderful symbiosis of learning and experiencing awaits the participants of the second MIRACUM Summer School, which will take place from 22 to 26 September 2019 in Kleinwalsertal. Under the theme “The difficult path from data sources to effective data use”, topics such as data integration, data integration centres, data analysis tools and consent management will prepare doctoral students and young professionals for their future tasks in patient care and research. In addition, the participants will be intensively introduced to scientific work and writing. While the main focus during the day is on continuing education, there will be plenty of time for joint activities such as hiking in the mountains and campfires, as well as socialising and team building.

Further information and the registration form, see our MIRACUM Summer School 2019 site.

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