Data Science Center in Health (DASH) Our vision is for UMCG to be an international leader in data driven healthcare innovation Facility
Our vision is for UMCG to be an international leader in data driven healthcare innovation
DASH is the University Medical Center Groningen’s Data Science Center in Health. We are a knowledge hub, community, and facilitator in the field of health data science. DASH aims to advance data science in health by supporting innovative research projects and bringing experts in data science, artificial intelligence and ehealth together.

DASH helps researchers like you to overcome major challenges related to data science and research IT facilities. DASH can offer groundbreaking solutions for problems that may emerge during innovative research.

DASH can help you deal with ethical, legal, and social aspects (ELSA) that you may face when performing innovative data-intensive research and can help you link datasets, develop and implement advanced methods of data analysis, come up with next-level IT solutions, and find partners.

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Partnerships and collaborations in which DASH participates

DASH often collaborates with other relevant parties and participates in partnerships. A number of them are listed below.


  • The AI Think Tank, established in 2020, aims to put forward solicited and unsolicited ideas and give advice to the Data Science Center in Health (DASH) about the policy for and application of AI in research and clinical settings. For more information about the AI Think Tank and its members, please visit the AI Think Tank website.

  • AiMED is a student-led organization aimed at raising awareness of data science, machine learning and AI in medicine. For this purpose, a platform has been set up to provide medical students, researchers, and professionals with access to education and with opportunities related to data science and AI in the UMCG and beyond.

    Implementation of the UMCG’s Healthy Ageing focal point increasingly depends on the development of personalized medicine and the integration of large sets of complex health data. In order to rise to this challenge, AiMED aims to provide current and future medical professionals with the relevant tools to use AI and data science in daily clinical practice and in innovative research that directly benefits patients.

    Would you like to discuss potential collaborative opportunities? Please send an email to or visit the AiMED website.

Our services

  • Once a year, you can apply for a DASH project and get dedicated support from the DASH team with getting your research project started. DASH projects are open to UMCG researchers working in clinical and preclinical UMCG departments who perform promising research that involves challenges regarding big or complex data, research IT, or data science. The two winning projects will receive support from DASH employees in the form of man-hours and/or a financial contribution for special support or resources.

    Previous DASH-projects: 

  • We support educational activities, such as the minor Data Wise at the University of Groningen and courses on AI. We work together with various organizations, such as AiMED, to support initiatives regarding AI and to exchange information. In addition, DASH is organizing the first edition of the 'Data Science and AI in Health' Summer School. To share knowledge about data science, we give online mini-lectures via our YouTube account, in which experts provide more information about specific topics, cases, and developments in this field.

  • Our Machine Learning Lab (MLL) provides scientists at the UMCG with support in machine learning matters as well as community building within the UMCG. We organize biweekly meetings during which PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members discuss technical matters regarding machine learning. The MLL participates in various research projects both within and outside the UMCG and has its own dedicated PhD projects. The MLL also organizes counselling meetings with clinicians to facilitate their machine learning projects.

  • We connect the data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning communities by, for instance, organizing Machine Learning Lab and AI Think Thank meetings and monthly DASH Sparkle Events and Webinars. The webinars feature speakers who share their knowledge of and experience in data science in healthcare. The webinars are recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

  • We register the needs, challenges, bottlenecks, and other input that are related to data science indicated by researchers, to offer the right solutions and improve the quality of research projects in the field of data science, AI, and machine learning. DASH is also actively involved in shaping the UMCG's vision with regard to AI. A vision and a roadmap regarding AI have been created based on the outcomes of various brainstorming sessions.

  • We offer advice about funding and about how to obtain grants for data science, AI, and machine learning projects.

  • We participate in various outreach activities, including articles published in professional journals such as TopDutch and ALTIUS. Furthermore, we share news about relevant events, publications, and developments via our LinkedIn page and monthly DASH updates. Would you like to be informed of the latest data science news? Send an email to to sign up for the DASH newsletter.

  • We help you start pilot projects together with public and/or private partners, and in close collaboration with the Center for Development and Innovation (CDI).

  • The workload of DASH constantly increases and with support from the UMCG the team has now been expanded with three experts to take the program to the next level: Esther Metting in e-Health, Job Doornberg in the Clinical Implementation Artificial Intelligence, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart in Clinical Cohort Data and Peter van Ooijen in machine learning. 

Dash team


Visiting adress

Data Science Center in Health (DASH)
Bloemsingel 1
9713 BZ Groningen​​