Results about: bioinformatics

A minimalist theory to predict protein movements

Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm develop a new method that predicts the way in which proteins move to exert their biological functions.

They have demonstrated that protein movement is governed by the general shape of these molecules, thereby providing new data on how proteins work—a key step for drug development.

Stephan-Otto: “In the near future, there’s going to be one biostatistician in every biomedical laboratory”

Camille Stephan-Otto Attolini, who holds a PhD in Biomathematics, heads the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core Facility at IRB Barcelona.

The “Meet Our Scientists” video “Deciphering the bytes of life” explains her work and shows us the personal side of this scientist.

Europe injects 3 million euros into three-dimensional genomics

IRB Barcelona is to coordinate a Horizon2020 bioinformatics project that seeks to lay the groundwork for the emerging field of 3D genomics.

3D genomics provides information about the structures adopted by folded DNA inside a cell and about how they change over time and in response to alterations in cell environment. Modesto Orozco, the coordinator of the project says, “The 3D perspective will allow us to better relate changes in the genome with the corresponding diseases, because although 1D information is relevant, it falls short.”

Over three years, the project aims to provide a set of methods and integrated databases that can be used to store and process the data deriving from studies devoted to 3D genomics.

The European consortium comprises six international leading centres in method development and visualisation in 3D genomics.

 

Spain joins the European consortium Elixir for managing and analysing biological data

The National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) acts as the Spanish scientific node and coordinates the partner institutions. These comprises CNIO, CRG, UPF, BSC and IRB Barcelona

Mutations in the dark side of the genome cause leukemia

A study, published today in the journal Nature, marks a milestone in the understanding of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

CLL is the most frequent leukemia with more than 12,000 new cases diagnosed in Europe every year

IRB Barcelona group leader Modesto Orozco participated in the study as he is involved with the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC)

IRB Barcelona participates in the Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB) Association

BIB includes 25 organisations, among these universities, research centres, hospitals, large scientific facilities, companies, and others, in addition to 23 organisations that are currently in the process of joining.

The first governing board is formed by the chair Dr. Ana Ripoll (UAB), secretary Dr. Arcadi Navarro (UPF), and treasurer Dr. Alfons Nonell (Mind the Byte).

This association seeks to engage all the member organisations in initiatives and dynamic collaborations in advanced research, knowledge transfer, and training, in order to position Barcelona and Catalonia as an international reference in bioinformatics.

BIB will tackle the challenge of big data in the field of health science and agro-food sectors, such as for personalised medicine and precision agriculture.

The first of BIS’s initiatives has been the design of pioneering studies in Spain: the technical training of information technology technicians with an orientation for bioinformatics, which will be launched in 2015-16, and the first interuniversity degree in bioinformatics in the Catalan university system, expected to start in 2016-17.