The master in bioinformatics for health sciences of the UPF launches a new website

Come to the new website of the master in bioinformatics and have a look to the new sections of professors, student experiences, collaborating institutions, news and much more ...We also added some useful links and information about facilities for students. We hope you enjoy it!

The master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences of the UPF aims to provide professionals and researchers with expertise and skills geared towards developing new computational strategies and IT systems that are useful in biomedical research. The master is coordinated by the GRIB.

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Analysing chemical structures can help to predict a drug’s toxicity


Project eTOX at the Financial Times article: "Science: High-tech drug research gives us a fuller picture"

The article highlights that 13 pharmaceutical companies have joined forces with academic institutions under the umbrella of the joint industry and EU-funded Innovative Medicines Initiative IMI on the “eTox” project. By sharing data on compounds they have tested in previous years, they are developing computer models to predict a drug’s toxicity, or how damaging it would be on a human, based on its chemical structure.

There is a strong spirit of co-operation through public-private partnerships,” says Patrick Wier, GlaxoSmithKline’s vice-president for clinical safety. “Everyone appreciates the complexity of drug safety and recognises that we need to work together.”

eTOX project is coordinated by the GRIB.

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The GRIB granted in the first edition of the TECNIOSPRING call

The GRIB has been granted with two fellowships: one incoming fellowship for Narcís Fernández-Fuentes, reader in Bioinformatics at Aberystwyth University (UK) who will join the Structural Bioinformatics group of GRIB led by Baldo Oliva and one outgoing + return fellowship for David Tamborero, researcher of the Biomedical Genomics group of GRIB led by Núria López-Bigas. Both projects promote the technology transfer in the field of biology.

TECNIOSPRING is an international mobility fellowship programme that gives experienced researchers focused on technology transfer the possibility to develop their research career in a TECNIO centre. The program is cofunded by the catalan agency ACC10 and the european Marie Curie COFUND actions of the 7th FP.

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The Biomedical Genomics group of GRIB granted from La Marató de TV3

We are very honored to announce that the Biomedical Genomics group leaded by Núria López-Bigas have received funds for a 3-year project from the money raised in the last Marató de TV3.

The aim of the project funded is to create a platform of personalized cancer medicine, in summary a framework that will analyze all the flood of omics data provided by large-scale tumor studies to extract useful knowledge and identify actionable items that will guide clinical decision-making in each novel individual patient. Through this note we want to thank the generosity of those who -in some manner- contributed to this cause and to express our commitment and enthusiasm to succeed in this project.

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Més de tres-cents científics reunits a Barcelona en la I Jornada de Bioinformàtica i Biologia Computacional

Tots aquests científics, de diferents nacionalitats i institucions, treballen a Catalunya i formen part del gran nombre de grups de recerca dedicats a aquest àmbit. En els darrers anys, Catalunya ha esdevingut líder en bioinformàtica, i s’ha configurat una potent massa crítica d’investigadors en aquesta disciplina.

Aquesta va ser la primera gran trobada de bioinformàtics de Catalunya, i es va aprofitar per a presentar Bioinformatics Barcelona (BiB), una nova plataforma de la qual Ferran Sanz, Director del GRIB i catedràtic d'Informàtica Biomèdica de la UPF, n'és el director científic. BiB ha estat creada per a impulsar la formació, la recerca i la transferència tecnològica en bioinformàtica, i per a posicionar l'àrea de Barcelona com a pol de referència mundial en aquest àmbit.

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New video of the Biomedical Genomics Group

The Biomedical Genomics Group of GRIB (IMIM-UPF) develops new computational methods to identify genes and relevant mutations with the aim of designing intelligent treatments which are more effective and safer for patients. Click here to watch the video.

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Come to the first Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Session on November 22, 2013

Due to the high number of registrations received, the event has been moved to a new location at Fundació RBA - Av. Diagonal, 189 (Barcelona). Registration will be open until November 20th.


The aim of this meeting is to bring together all the Bioinformatics community established in Catalonia. For this reason, the session has been structured in short talks presented by colleagues coming from different research groups, institutions and locations. A poster session will be held next to auditorium.

We encourage you all to participate and we hope to see you in November the 22nd!

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High-throughput molecular dynamics workshop

The Computational Biophysics group of GRIB led by Gianni de Fabritiis is organizing together with Acellera a workshop on high-throughput molecular dynamics in the PRBB.

On Thursday at 6.30pm in  the central square of PRBB there will be the poster and beer session.

For more information of the event click here

 If you would like to come to see the posters, just send a mail to htmd.workshop at

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Thesis defence of Nils Jan Daniel Drechsel: “Development of a multiscale protocol for the study of energetic of protein dynamics”

On October 31st, Nils Jan Daniel Drechsel, member of the Computational Biochemistry group of GRIB (IMIM-UPF) will defend his thesis at 10.00 at the PRBB Seminar´s room 473.10. You are all invited to this event.

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Come to the first Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Session on November 22, 2013

Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB) promotes this session to bring together all the Bioinformatics and Computational Biologists community established in Catalonia. We encourage you all to present an abstract for an oral communication or poster.

Registration is required (free of charge). Register Now

Abstract deadline: Tuesday, October 29
Oral Communications list publication: Monday, November 4
Posters list publication: Monday, Friday, November 8
Registration deadline: Friday, November 15

All the information about the session is available here 

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