Come to the II Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Symposium on December the 12th

The II Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Symposium, jointly organized by the Societat Catalana de Biologia (SCB) and Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB) will take place at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans on the 12th of December, 2014 with the participation of four great Keynote speakers and will select 8 abstracts for oral presentations.
The keynote speakers will be
John Overington (EBI-EMBL, Cambridge), David Posada (U de Vigo), Alfonso Valencia (CNIO, Madrid) and Ramon Maspons (AQuAS, Barcelona).

Please register before 10th of December 2014 

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European Medical Information Framework (EMIF) Colloquium - December 10th (18:00 - 20:00) at PRBB auditorium

The Colloquium will allow the EMIF partners, represented by 120 European scientists involved in the project, to explain the importance of real world data and the potential of EMIF in unlocking this information. The audience will consist of local stakeholders, pharmaceutical companies, the research
community and media.
The event will be held on December 10, between 18:00 - 20:00 at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) auditorium. It will be followed by a networking drink on the PRBB terrace. There will be simultaneous interpretation available. Please register before December the 5th.

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DisGeNET inclòs en el diagrama Linking Open Data (LOD)

Actualment DisGeNET conté més de 300.000 associacions entre gairebé 17.000 gens humans i 13.000 malalties.

La plataforma per a l’anàlisi de les malalties humanes i els seus gens DisGeNET, desenvolupada pel Grup de recerca en Informàtica Biomèdica Integrativa del GRIB (IMIM-UPF) dirigit per Laura I. Furlong i Ferran Sanz, apareix per primera vegada en el diagrama de vinculació Linking Open Data (LOD).

Aquest tipus de diagrama mostra conjunts de dades en format Linked Data, que utilitza la World Wide Web (Web) per connectar dades estructurades i relacionades. El Linked Data és la millor manera d’exposar, compartir i connectar dades, informació i coneixement a la Web Semàntica.

La presència de DisGeNET en aquest diagrama és important perquè posa de manifest que la base de dades DisGeNET es publica d'acord amb els principis del Linked Data, i fa que sigui més visible i detectable pels usuaris del diagrama.

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B·Debate simposi: Big Data in Biomedicine. Challenges and Opportunities

Prop de 200 bioinformàtics nacionals i internacionals han debatut al llarg de dos dies a CaixaForum Barcelona, els reptes i les oportunitats de les dades massives (big data) en biomedicina, convocats per B•Debate, la iniciativa de Biocat i l’Obra Social “la Caixa” per a promoure el debat científic.

Aquest esdeveniment, organitzat conjuntament per Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB), l’European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), el GRIB (IMIM-UPF) i B·DEBATE, ha tingut com objectiu proporcionar un fòrum interdisciplinari adreçat a informàtics, bioinformàtics, així com  científics i professionals de la biomedicina.

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The new voyage of the 'Argonautes'

Researchers of the Computational Genomics group of GRIB (IMIM-UPF) led by Eduardo Eyras, CRG, University of Buenos Aires and the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen have recently published a study in PNAS, reporting that Argonaute proteins play an important role in the regulation of genes in the cell nucleus. The published work describes how Argonaute proteins, besides their role in post-transcriptional regulation, can also affect gene expression during transcription, the cell process that makes mRNA from DNA.

Reference paper: Allo M, Agirre E, Bessonov S, Bertucci P, Gómez-Acuña L, Buggiano V, Bellora N, Singh B, Petrillo E, Blaustein M, Miñana B, Dujardin G, Pozzi B, Pelisch F, Bechara E, Agafonov D, Srebrow A, Lührmann R, Valcárcel J, Eyras E , Kornblihtt AR. Argonaute-1 binds transcriptional enhancers and controls constitutive and alternative splicing in human cells. PNAS, 2014

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A study reveals a hitherto unknown protein affinity

The study, published today at Nature Communication, has been coordinated by the Computational Biophysics Group of GRIB led by Gianni de Fabritiis. This discovery is interesting both fundamentally and practically. From a practical standpoint, having a more complete understanding of such processes could help lead to better therapeutic strategies. Knowing how a mutation changes a natural interaction could lead to ways correct them. While the drugging of IDPs is still largely uncharted territory, it's possible that with lessons learned from our work and others a framework and methods can be built to tackle the challenge."We show that a modification to a disordered protein known as the Kinase Inducible Domain (KID) not only modulates what shapes it takes, but importantly the time it takes for the changes to happen", said De Fabritiis.

Reference: Stanley N, Esteban-Martín S, De Fabritiis G. Kinetic modulation of a disordered protein domain by phosphorylation. Nature Communication, 28th October 2014.

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B·Debate Symposium: Big Data in Biomedicine. Challenges and Opportunities

The event, jointly organised by the GRIB (IMIM-UPF), B·DebateBioinformatics Barcelona (BIB),  European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), aims to provide a forum for professionals of computer science and bioinformatics communities and researchers of life sciences to discuss the needs of state-of-the-art life science data analysis and the challenges that they represent in terms of computational resources and data management systems.

An Open Symposium will take place on Wednesday 12 November at CaixaForum. Registration is open through this form
Program of the Open Symposium

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Come to the GRIB EXPO the 10th November 2014

Come to the GRIB EXPO, a scientific exhibition on biomedical informatics research at GRIB. It will take place at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) the 10th of November with the participation of Philip E. Bourne as guest lecturer. You will have the chance to interact with scientist working on computational tools to shape the future of healthcare and drug discovery.

Participation is free and open to all academic, industrial or health organizations within the PRBB and beyond. Registration is compulsory. Please click here for registration or send a mail to

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Nuria B. Centeno guanyadora del premi a la qualitat de la docència de la UPF

Nuria B. Centeno, investigadora del grup de FarmacoInformàtica del GRIB i coordinadora del Màster de Bioinformàtica per a les Ciències de la Salut (UPF/UB), ha estat guardonada en la darrera edició del Premis del Consell Social de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra en la categoria de qualitat de la docència, en la modalitat d'activitat dintre d'un màster universitari. El premi, que atorga cada curs el Consell Social de la UPF a les persones que excel·leixen en docència, va ser lliurat per la presidenta del Consell Social, Nuria Basi, a l'acte d’inauguració del curs acadèmic 2014-2015.

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OncodriveROLE predicts activating and loss of function cancer driver genes

The Biomedical Genomics group of GRIB announce a new member of the Oncodrive methods family: OncodriveROLE, an approach to classify cancer drivers into loss of function and activating roles. OncodriveROLE joins and complements the previously developed methods that identify cancer driver genes from the list of somatic mutations in cohort of tumors (OncodriveCLUST and OncodriveFM).

The manuscript describing OncodriveROLE is now published in Bioinformatics and freely available online. The method has been presented in a talk at the ECCB meeting in Strasbourg in September

Article Ref: Schroeder MP, Rubio-Perez C, Tamborero D, Gonzalez-Perez A, Lopez-Bigas N. OncodriveROLE classifies cancer driver genes in loss of function and activating mode of action. Bioinformatics, 2014; 30(17):i549-i555.

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