Tuesday, October 30, 2007

European recognition

I have just been informed that a project coordinated by the GRIB (the Research Unit on Biomedical Informatics of the PRBB) has been selected Project of the Month (October 2007) by the European Commission. My congratulations to all the people involved!

The GRIB is a mixed unit, formed by groups belonging to two of the centres located at the PRBB: the IMIM and the CEXS-UPF.

The project, INFOBIOMED, is a European network of excellence (NoE) which has lasted 42 months (ending in June 2007) and which had its final review in Brussels last 28th of September. The excellent results of the review have prompted the award.

The aim of INFOBIOMED was to consolidate European Biomedical Informatics (BMI) as an emerging integrative discipline born from the close collaboration between Bioinformatics (BI) and Medical Informatics (MI). Their synergy should foster individualized healthcare and facilitate the discovery of novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods.

Some of the network achievements, with the support of their € 4.850.000 budget, include the International Symposium on BMI in Europe that they organised at the PRBB last June, and an European BMI Gateway (a repository with information and the latest news on BMI in Europe) that they have created.

Although the EC funding for the NoE is officially ended, the INFOBIOMED Consortium has already committed to continue developing activities addressed to the BMI community in order to set a durable structure to enable collaborative research and to support the consolidation of BMI as a crucial scientific discipline for future healthcare. If you are a researcher in the BI, MI or BMI fields, please do join the initiative to contribute to the consolidation and development of a BMI research capacity in Europe!

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