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IRB launches Maths4Life to train biostatisticians

12 May 14

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This initiate is aimed at young undergraduate students and graduates in statistics, mathematics, informatics, and bioinformatics interested in the biosciences.

Maths4Life involves tutored summer training placements in labs working in cancer, network biology, molecular modelling and biostatistics.

IRB Barcelona has opened Maths4Life Summer Stays Programme, designed for young students and graduates—especially those trained in statistics, maths, informatics and bioinformatics—interested in applying their knowledge to biomedical research. Over the three summer months, and for a minimum of 250 hours and beginning in July, the selected participants will collaborate in the development of computational and statistical methods applicable to research in biology and biomedicine.

With this new training programme, IRB Barcelona seeks to promote specialization of biomedical data analysts, an emerging profession that is in great demand among leading international groups. “Translating thousands of data into something that is understandable and manageable requires theory, methodology and technology,” explains Camille Stephan-Otto Attolini, head of IRB Barcelona’s Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit.

“Nowadays there is a need for interdisciplinary groups with experts ranging from clinical settings to informatics, passing through biology and biostatistics. What’s more, among these professionals there is a need for someone who can build bridges, someone capable of combining other disciplines with the aim to better exploit the data,” continues Stephan-Otto, who holds a PhD in Mathematics.

The participants selected can choose a placement in the following labs:

The deadline for applications is 30 May. Four fellowships are offered. For more information: Maths 4 Life – Summer Stays at IRB Barcelona

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About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).