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Bayesian methods in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

17 Dic 12
- 19 Dic 12

Barcelona, Spain. 17-19 December, 2012



The data revolution is one of the most significant challenges experienced by most scientific disciplines in the 21st century. In particular, the complexity and amount of data produced by biomedical studies increases at a staggering pace every year. Hence, devising strategies to effectively design and obtain useful information from such studies represents a cornerstone for current and future scientific endeavours.

Bayesian statistics provides an intuitive framework firmly grounded on probability theory to design and analyze arbitrarily complex data. With the aid of modern computing, the approach provides a flexible formulation to address applied problems realistically, and to incorporate the research goals into the analysis.

The event will serve as a meeting point for statisticians and biomedical researchers. We will discuss the latest Bayesian developments in biostatistics and bioinformatics. The focus will be split between motivating the approach intuitively, discussing its advantages in a variety of biomedical problems, and the latest technical advancements in the field. Ultimately, the conference aims to provide a highly inter-disciplinary forum for discussing how to use data to answer scientific questions effectively.

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David Rossell: "Biostatistics is the radar in biomedicine: it detects what is relevant in an immense ocean of data"

Registration deadline: November 12, 2012

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.

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 Bayesian methods in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics 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 (valid from 01/10/08- 31/08/09) range between 51-68 euros for a single room, to 71-94 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.



  • David Rossell, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Donald Berry, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA)
  • Omiros Papaspiliopoulos, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)


  • David Dunson, Duke University (Durham, NC, USA)
  • Gonzalo García-Donato, Universidad Castilla La Mancha (Albacete, Spain)
  • Peter Green, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol (Bristol, UK)
  • Michele Guindani, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA)
  • Lisa Hampson, Medical & Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit, Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK)
  • Julian Higgins, MRC Biostatistics (Cambridge, UK)
  • Chris Holmes, Oxford Centre for Gene Function (Oxford, UK)
  • Valen Johnson, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA)
  • Roger Lewis, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, CA, USA)
  • Steve McEachern, Ohio State University (Colombus, OH, USA)
  • Sach Mukherjee, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Holland, Netherlands)
  • Beat Neuenschwander, Novartis (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Martyn Plummer, International Agency for Research on Cancer (Lyon, France)
  • Zhaohui Qin, Dept. of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA)
  • Havard Rue, Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway)
  • Laura Sangalli, Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy)
  • Marina Vannucci, Rice University (Houston, TX, USA)