Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona.
Personalized medicine requires taking advantage of all the ‘omics information, with a particular focus on the evidences of genotype-phenotype associations resulting from biomedical research. Taking into account the huge amount of information on the matter that is stored in electronic resources or buried in the scientific literature, there is a need of computational strategies and tools that facilitate the seeking, filtering and prioritization of this information, its annotation and curation, its integrative analysis, and its visualization in formats that are useful and user-friendly for the clinical researchers and practitioners.
The DisGeNET resource on gene-disease associations will be presented (http://www.disgenet.org), as well as its application to the study of the COPD comorbidities.
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Ferran Sanz is Professor of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Scientific staff of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM). Director of the IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB). Author of more than 120 articles in ISI-indexed journals. Mentor of 18 PhD thesis. Coordinator of eight EU-funded initiatives and a STOA report for the European Parliament. Currently academic coordinator of the IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) eTOX project on the in silico prediction of drug toxicity. Partner in several EU-funded projects, including the ongoing OpenPHACTS and EMIF IMI projects. Academic Coordinator of the Spanish Technology Platform on Innovative Medicines (PTEMI). Coordinator of theBiomedical Informatics Node of the Spanish Institute of Bioinformatics (INB). Scientific Director of Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB). President of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) from January 2003 to December 2005. Vice-rector for Scientific Policy of the UPF from January 2004 to March 2009, currently delegate of the rector for strategic projects in the biomedical field. Member of the Scientific Committee of Innovative Medicines Initiative until 2013.