Inauguration of the interuniversity Doctoral Program in Bioinformatics

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Inauguration of the interuniversity Doctoral Program in Bioinformatics

The inauguration of the interuniversity doctoral program took place in the auditorium of the Faculties of Sciences and Biosciences of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) on June 20, 2018.

The new interuniversity doctoral program in Bioinformatics has been promoted by the Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB), and involves six universities: UAB, UPC, UdG, UdL, UOC and UVic-UCC.

The opening speech was given by the Vice-Rector for Research and Transference of UAB, Armand Sánchez, the President of the BIB association, Ana Ripoll, and the coordinator of the program, Xavier Daura, and had the presence of institutional representatives of the participating universities: Victoria Nogués, Academic Secretary of the Doctoral School, UAB; Francesc Sepulcre, Director of the Doctoral School, UPC; Robert Martí, Delegate of the Rector for International Masters, UdG; Gemma Bellí, Academic Secretary of the Doctoral School, UdL; Agatha Lapedriza, Director of the Master in Bioinformatics, UOC-UB; Josep Prieto, Director of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecomunications, UOC and Antoni Tort, Director of the Doctoral School, UVic-UCC.

The event included the conference "Personalized Medicine as a Bioinformatic Challenge", given by Alfonso Valencia, ICREA Research Professor, Director of Life Sciences at BSC-CNS and Head of the Spanish node of the European Infrastructure for Life-Science Information, ELIXIR. Alfonso Valencia reviewed the challenges faced by bioinformatics in the developing field of precision medicine and the current state of the research in this field, and presented the strategic positioning of the BSC-CNS in this area.

The Doctorate in Bioinformatics aims to train the outstanding researchers of tomorrow in a highly strategic field. The research lines included in the program are Omics and Molecular Bioinformatics, Biomolecular Modelling and Simulation, Systems and Synthetic Biology, Data Science in Bioinformatics, and Biostatistics and Mathematical Modelling in Bioinformatics.

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