COSMIC Mission

COSMIC delivers the next generation of systems medicine professionals who successfully combat complex human disorders. We will focus on B-cell lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis, diseases that originate from abnormal functioning of the adaptive immune system, in particular the germinal center. COSMIC develops and integrates experimental and computational approaches, and establish a unique cross-fertilization between oncology and auto-immunity. 
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  • COSMIC in numbers

    10 Beneficiaries
    7 Partner Organisations
    14 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)
        -13 PhD students
        -1 Industrial researcher
    5 Companies
    9 European countries
        -NL, FR, SE, UK, IT, ES, DE, CH, EL
    5 Visiting Scientists
    4 External Trainers
    5 Members of External Advisory Board
    1 Ethics Advisor
  • COSMIC Research Background

    Systems Medicine

    One of the key question in systems biology is how biological systems (e.g., cells, molecular networks, germinal center) operate upon interaction with their external environment. Answering this question will generate knowledge about the dy­namics of complex systems and quantitative and explanatory computer models based on ex­perimental data.

    Systems medicine implements systems biology approaches in medical research and practice. This involves iterative and reciprocal feedback between clinical investigations and practice with computational, statistical and mathematical multiscale analysis and modelling of pathogenetic mechanisms, disease progression and remission, treatment responses, and adverse events as well as disease prevention at the individual patient level.

    Systems medicine aims at a measurable improvement of patient health through systems-based approaches and practice.

    Source: CASyM
    See also: EASyM
    Further reading: Schmitz, U., and Wolkenhauer, O. eds. (2016). Systems Medicine (New York: Springer)

    Adaptive immunity
    Germinal Center
    B-cell lymphoma
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Computational modelling
  • COSMIC Systems Medicine

    Through collaboration with existing systems medicine initiatives (e.g. EASyM, ISBE) COSMIC researchers contribute to systems medicine infrastructure and best practices that reduce time and costs to address clinical needs.

    At the same time this will promote Europe’s position in the health domain.
  • COSMIC Training

    An important aim of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action European Training Network (ETN) is to train young researchers (Early Stage Researchers, ESRs) with multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial scientific and transferable skills required in systems medicine and translational medicine (WP2).

    COSMIC delivers 14 highly skilled systems medicine professionals who are able to address and solve complex clinical questions and to shape the next generation of systems medicine scientists.


COSMIC kickoff meeting. An impression

8-9 February, 2018
COSMIC officially started 1st of January 2018. To further define the research projects and the training for the fellows Beneficiaries and the Partner Organisations of the consortium gathered in Amsterdam for a two-day kickoff meeting. During the first day both the Beneficiaries and Partner Organisations participated. On the second day the research programme was further discussed with Beneficiaries only.
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Part of the COSMIC consortium.   From left to right: Olivier Gandrillon (Inria), Stefano Casola (IFOM), Michael Berthold (KNIME), Sebastian Binder (replacing Michael Meyer-Hermann; HZI), Daniel Primo (replacing  Joan Ballesteros; Vivia Biotech), Niek de Vries (AMC), Judith Farres (Anaxomics), Jeroen Engelberts (SURFsara), Martin Turner (Babraham Institute), Fabien Crauste (Inria), Maria Martinez (IBM), Kostas Stamatopoulos (CERTH), Antoine van Kampen (AMC), Laurian Jongejan (AMC) Jeroen Guikema (AMC), Rikard Holmdahl (Karolinska Institutet), Eva van Ingen (Elevate Health), Malin Hultqvist (Redoxis), Eva Brinkman (Science Matters). Not on picture but present: Tjitske Bezema (Immunowell), Celia van Gelder (DTL).
During the first day the status and the overall aim of the project were presented by Antoine van Kampen to also clariy the project to the Partner Organisations who do not all have a background in immunology and/or computational sciences. Importantly, we are currently recruiting the fellows and further effort is needed to define their (initial) research project, and to prepare the training during their first year (2018) and during the workshops of the First Annual Meeting (beginning of 2019). The first few deliverables have already been fulfilled (e.g., Website, Social Media, start with outreach, etc) while other deliverables (e.g., Data management plan, Dissemination plan, Ethics) are due for this year. Work to do!
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Antoine van Kampen (AMC) explaining the germinal center reaction.
Subsequently, the Work Package (WP) Leaders gave an introduction to the research questions in their WPs and the collaborations that they forsee between the WPs. Jeroen Guikema introduced the B-cell lymphoma WP (WP3). Rikard Holmdahl introduced the Rheumatoid Arthritis WP (WP4). Finally, Sebastian Binder introduced the Computational Disease Models WP (WP5). The WP leaders gave an general introduction about B-cell lymphoma (BCL), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and computational modelling to facilitate a better communication between the project participants. 
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Jeroen Guikema (WP3 leader; AMC) introducing different types of B-cell lymphoma.
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Rikard Holmdahl (WP4 leader; Karolinska Institutet) introducing the different phases in rheumatoid arthritis .
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Sebastian Binder (replacing Michael Meyer-Hermann; WP5 leader; HZI) introducing different computational modelling approaches.


After lunch each of the Principal Investigators presented in 10 minutes (a huge challenge!!) the first-year research project of their fellow. These presentations prepared the stage for the second day during which the Beneficiaries discussed these projects and further collaborations within/between the WPs in more detail in smaller groups. 


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Getting to know eachother during lunch.
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Kostas Stamatopoulos (WP3; CERTH) presenting BCR signalling in B-cell lymphoma.
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Niek de Vries (WP4; AMC) explaining (the clinical onset of) rheumatoid arthritis.
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Maria Martinez (WP5; IBM) explaining her computational approach to address BCL and RA.

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Jeroen Engelberts (Partner Organisation; SURFsara) presenting computational facilities at SURFsara.

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Eva Brinkman (Partner Organisation; Science Matters) introducing the contribution of Science Matters.


This concluded the first day after which we went for dinner to continue discussion. During the second day we proceeded discussions in smaller groups (per Work Package) and concluded with a round table discussion to wrap-up the kick-off. 


During the kickoff all participants received a coffee mug (the first COSMIC merchandise!!). 

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In addition, the first COSMIC video was launched. See our COSMIC YouTube channel


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    Project coordination

    Prof. dr. A.H.C. van Kampen (Antoine)
    Bioinformatics Laboratory
    E: a.h.vankampen at
    P: +31 20 5667096

    Project management:
    Dr. Laurian Jongejan
    Department of Experimental Immunology
    E: l.zuidmeer at
    P: +31 20 5666819

    The Netherlands
    Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers. One type of action is the European Training Network (ETN) aimed at joint research training by partners from academia, industry, and other organisation. ETNs facilitate the the researcher to experience different sectors and develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects.


    COSMIC is a European Training Network funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 765158.

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