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Alba receiving the prize from Professor Isaac Kohane

Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán, winner of the first prize at the Datathon on Autism SSC data

Congratulations to Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán for the first prize won at the Datathon on Autism SSC data celebrated during the last month of February at the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), Harvard Medical School​ (USA).​ Alba is a predoctoral researcher at the Integrative Bioinformatics group of GRIB (IMIM-UPF) and she is doing a six months stage at DBMI of  Harvard Medical School, working on analyzing Autism data sets, integrating genetic and clinical data to model disease expression using the R statistical tool connected to a i2b2/tranSMART database.

The Datathon on Autism SSC data was addressed to all labs at DBMI or working on PI-SURE. Participants were required to create in a month the coolest use case on Autism Simons Simplex Data combining clinical and Exome variant data using the BD2K PIC-SURE API and jupyter notebooks.  

Alba created an R package in order to help researchers to analyse both clinical and molecular data included in the Simons Simple Collection, a permanent repository of genetic samples from 2,600 simplex families, each of which has one child affected with an autism spectrum disorder, and unaffected parents and siblings, winning the first price!

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Celebrada la X Conferencia Anual de Plataformas Tecnológicas de Investigación Biomédica

La Conferencia se celebró en Madrid los días 7 y 8 de marzo y contó con la asistencia de casi 300 personas entre investigadores, autoridades y representantes de las administraciones y de compañías farmacéuticas, entre otros. Durante estos días, se abordaron cuestiones sobre investigación clínica, proyectos concretos de reutilización de datos para investigación biomédica, investigación en enfermedades raras, nuevas redes de investigación para la cooperación público-privada, innovación en centros públicos y colaboración con la industria biofarmacéutica. Todas las presentaciones y videos de esta Conferencia están disponibles en

Ferran Sanz, director del GRIB y copresidente, junto con Javier Urzay, subdirector general de Farmaindustria, de la Plataforma Tecnológica Española de Medicamentos Innovadores (PTEMI), presentó la sesión sobre "Análisis masivos de datos y reutilización de datos para la investigación biomédica".

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The european project TransQSTTranslational Quantitative Systems Toxicology aims to develop novel computational approaches using the best available data from the public and private domains to address the problems of drug safety. Funded by IMI2 for the period 2017-2021.

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  • Gomez-Rubio P, Rosato V, Marquez M, Bosetti C, Molina-Montes E, Rava M, Piñero J, Michalski CW, Farré A, Molero X, Löhr M, Ilzarbe L, Perea J, Greenhalf W, O'Rorke M, Tardón A, Gress T, Barberà VM, Crnogorac-Jurcevic T, Muñoz-Bellvís L, Domínguez-Muñoz E, Gutiérrez-Sacristán A, Balsells J, Costello E, Guillén-Ponce C, Huang J, Iglesias M, Kleeff J, Kong B, Mora J, Murray L, O'Driscoll D, Peláez P, Poves I, Lawlor RT, Carrato A, Hidalgo M, Scarpa A, Sharp L, Furlong LI, Real FX, La Vecchia C, Malats N, PanGenEU Study Investigators. A systems approach identifies time-dependent associations of multimorbidities with pancreatic cancer risk. Ann Oncol, 2017. PMID: 28383714 .
  • Middleton R, Gao D, Thomas A, Singh B, Au A, Wong JJ, Bomane A, Cosson B, Eyras E, Rasko JE, Ritchie W. IRFinder: assessing the impact of intron retention on mammalian gene expression. Genome Biol, 2017; 18(1):51. PMID: 28298237 . DOI: 10.1186/s13059-017-1184-4.
  • Mularoni L, Ramos-Rodríguez M, Pasquali L. The Pancreatic Islet Regulome Browser. Front Genet 2017; 8: 13. PMID: 28261261 .
  • Oddi S, Stepniewski TM, Totaro A, Selent J, Scipioni L, Dufrusine B, Fezza F, Dainese E, Maccarrone M. Palmitoylation of cysteine 415 of CB1 receptor affects ligand-stimulated internalization and selective interaction with membrane cholesterol and caveolin 1. Biochim Biophys Acta, 2017. PMID: 28215712 . DOI: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2017.02.004.

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