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From genomes to structures: looking at big data with an atomic perspective

28 Nov 16
- 30 Nov 16
Barcelona BioMed Conference


Structural Biology aims to describe how biological systems work at atomic resolution. The gap between biochemical and genome data on the one hand, and complex structures on the other, is still huge. However, current research seeks to develop technological improvements to characterize large complexes and to facilitate their resolution at atomic scale. Challenges in the field also include studying the dynamic processes required for the correct function of signalling networks. The final goal is to apply our molecular understanding to decipher the keys that determine the complexity of biological processes and potential sites of vulnerability.

In this Barcelona BioMed Conference we plan to combine presentations on Genome-wide and Systems Biology approaches with advances in Structural Biology applied to complex systems. Recent developments in these fields will be discussed by speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds who share an interest in understanding and visualizing protein function in health and disease.


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Extended registration deadline: 22 November, 2016

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited, with a number of seats saved for IRB Barcelona alumni. Previous registration is required.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts, a number of which will be selected for short talk and poster presentations. Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 250 words) and references.


The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on From genomes to structures: looking at big data with an atomic perspective will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba.

Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180


How to reach the IEC:

From Barcelona El Prat airport:

Via Taxi
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.

Via Train
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).

Via Bus
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Girona airport:

The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Sants train station:

Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

If you are arriving locally:

  • metro Metro
    Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
    Liceu (line 3)
  • ffcc FGC
    Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
  • renfe Renfe
    Plaça Catalunya
  • bus Buses
    41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
    14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)


Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 316 84 00
Fax: +34 93 316 84 01

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: (The IEC is located near the blue point 08/5 star). Rates will vary depending on choice of hotel and season. Please check with the hotel of your choice directly for the best offer.

Another possibility is the Residencia dels Investigadors (Investigators Residence Hall), which has an agreement with the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the Catalan Government. It is located just behind the IEC, and is available for short-term stays. Rates range between 70 euros for a single room, to 99 euros for a double room.

Residencia dels Investigadors
C/ Hospital, 64
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 443 86 10
Fax: +34 93 442 82 02

Participants registered for events in the Barcelona BioMed series should contact the hotels and residences directly to arrange bookings and payment.



  • Maria J. Macias, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Hartmut Oschkinat, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (Berlin, Germany)


  • Cheryl Arrowsmith, Structural Genomics Consortium (Toronto, Canada)
  • Marc Baldus, Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Imre Berger, University Walk (Bristol, UK)
  • Elisabetta Boeri, Institut de Biologie Structurale (Grenoble, France)
  • Erwin Boettinger,  CEO of Berlin Institute of Health (Berlin, Germany)
  • Elias Campo, Hospital Clínic (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Leo Cheng, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Aled Edwards, Structural Genomics Consortium (Oxford, UK)
  • Israel. S. Fernández, Columbian University (New York, USA)
  • Stephan Grzesiek, University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Debora Marks, The Raymond and Beverley Sackler Laboratory for Computational Biology at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Jose A. Márquez, EMBL (Grenoble, France)
  • Christoph Müller, EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Helen Saibil, Birkbeck College University of London (London, UK)
  • Chris Sander, DFCI & HMS, Boston (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Camille Stephan-Otto, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Thomas Szyperski, University of Buffalo (Buffalo, New York, USA)
  • Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (Madrid, Spain)
  • Oscar Yanes, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)
  • Shigeyuki Yokoyama, RIKEN Systems and Structural Biology Center, (Yokohama, Japan)
  • Ada E. Yonath, The Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly, Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel)