CONNECT is a research support unit in Central Region Denmark promoting the use of personalized medicine. We offer expertise and advice to clinicians and researchers on the use of health data and genomic data in personalized medicine research.

Purpose and background

CONNECT was established in 2020 as part of the Danish national strategy on personalized medicine. This strategy aims to promote the use of personalized medicine in clinical practice; ultimately to improve disease treatment and prevention to the benefit of the individual patient.

A central element of the national strategy is the establishment of regional units facilitating access to health data. These units represent the first step towards a nationwide infrastructure on personalized medicine.

Target groups

CONNECT provides support to the following groups of professionals:

• Employees in Central Denmark Region
• Employees at Aarhus University
• Health professionals with collective agreement/provider number in Central Denmark Region

In addition, CONNECT is able to facilitate collaborations with external partners, e.g., other Danish regions and universities as well as private companies and organizations.

Organization

CONNECT is a cross-organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration between Central Denmark Region, Aarhus University Hospital, and Aarhus University.

CONNECT is organized as a network structure bringing together specialists from Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Molecular Medicine, and Department of Clinical Genetics, Aarhus University Hospital.

Christian Fynbo Christiansen, consultant at Department of Clinical Epidemiology, is the daily manager of CONNECT.