Collaboration - Sarphati Amsterdam

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Working together towards a healthy generation

Sarphati Amsterdam works with its core partners in multi-disciplinary teams on solutions relating to prevention and care. We do this by connecting research, policy and implementation. The core Sarphati Amsterdam partners are:

  • the Amsterdam knowledge institutions: VU Amsterdam, UvA, Amsterdam UMC (locations AMC and VUmc) and HvA;
  • the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD), Child Health Services (JGZ), Healthy Life (GL) and Amsterdam Regional Laboratory;
  • Amsterdam Health Foundation (SAG): Child Health Services section (JGZ).

Sarphati Amsterdam is always open to new partnerships that can contribute to a healthier Amsterdam population. Each partnership must be in line with Sarphati Amsterdam’s societal role and will be verified by the Executive Board.

What we offer

Access to the Sarphati Amsterdam network
Sarphati Amsterdam wants to contribute to initiating research projects that provide concrete tools for practice and policy recommendations. Sarphati Amsterdam’s unique research infrastructure not only facilitates research, it also offers a platform that easily unites researchers from different disciplines, so that they can exchange knowledge and establish collaborations by linking and aligning research ideas. Researchers can also present their results at meetings.

Insight into policy and practice issues
Research results are shared with the municipality for the purpose of policy recommendations. Our partners in the field are closely involved with a variety of studies that are directly relevant to practice. New research questions arising from this provide us, in turn, with the opportunity to generate more ideas for innovative scientific research.

Insight into residents’ needs
Sarphati Amsterdam unites Amsterdam residents, healthcare professionals, policymakers and researchers, which ensures that we conduct our research in close consultation with practice. As a result, our research better meets the needs of Amsterdam residents, which means that our research can have a genuine impact.

Access to Sarphati Cohort data
Under certain conditions, researchers can make use of Sarphati Cohort data. This provides researchers with insight into a unique population: Amsterdam residents are socio-economically and culturally diverse, and the children come from all walks of life. Unlike traditional static cohorts, the distinctive and dynamic nature of the Sarphati Cohort offers the opportunity to:

  • Add and update new variables and measurement instruments in order to incorporate new insights.
  • Start a sub-cohort at any time, because all ages are always present (0-18 years) and there is a continuous influx of new participants.
  • Perform randomised interventions in a sub-cohort in which:
    • the population can be selected on the basis of desired characteristics
    • there is an excellent control group
    • it is possible to collect biological samples
    • it is possible to control for non-response and understand selective participation
    • there is guaranteed long-term and frequent follow-up of a large number of children

View the process for requesting Sarphati Cohort data or starting a sub-cohort.

Collaboration document 

Research proposal form for existing Sarphati Cohort data

Research proposal form for collecting new Sarphati Cohort data

Research project visibility
Research projects are included on the GGD Amsterdam website, LinkedIn and Open Research Amsterdam. This ensures that other researchers and interested parties can find the research projects. We record the name of the project lead and/or contact person for the research project, along with a brief summary and a link to the researcher’s page, where relevant.