26-02-2014

A BSC, CRG, and IRB collaboration agreement will promote Barcelona as a world leader in computational biology

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) launch a Joint BSC-CRG-IRB Programme in Computational Biology for a period of five years and renewable every three years. These three institutes are Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence and nodes of the Spanish Bioinformatics Network. Their long-term expertise and research quality will turn Barcelona into one of the most outstanding clusters worldwide.

The programme is headed by Modesto Orozco (IRB), with Roderic Guigó (CRG) and David Torrents (BSC) as associate directors, and comprises 10 research groups from these three centres

The goals of this joint programme are to retain the critical mass of researchers, to attract talent, and to boost computational biology

IRB and CRG will offer 10 scientific platforms, including the Experimental Laboratory hosted by IRB, and will provide the link to experimental biologists. BSC offers access to computing resources, such as the MareNostrum supercomputer, one of the most powerful machines in Europe and part of the PRACE Research Infrastructure

Elena Escubedo (Universitat de Barcelona)

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