The discovery of the human genome sequence has evidenced the need for a strong collaborative effort between Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics. Up to now, these disciplines have followed separate evolution paths, however, if ‘genomic medicine’ is to become a reality a new integrated approach is required.
Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is the emerging discipline that aims to combine these fields and facilitate the discovery of novel prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The development of BMI has however found an obstacle in the traditional independence of both BI and MI, so a collaborative effort is needed to stimulate the crossing of boundaries, exchanging tools, practices and languages for mutual benefit.
Thematic Network tackles several aspects of Computational Medicine, from basic to applied research, to develop methods and tools to solve scientific problems in biomedicine in the context of personalised medicine. It also plays, at the same time, a key role in the education of researchers in the field as well as in the training of health professionals and researchers in basic techniques for the management of biomedical information. The Network is funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III – RETICS 2007.
The Network consists of 12 research groups belonging to universities and public research centres from six different autonomous communities.
The Symposium aims to serve as a forum to present the results obtained and discuss the current hot topics in Biomedical Informatics. The event is therefore expected to attract the most relevant actors and initiatives in the European BMI scenario.