Leading nanomedicine and biomedical informatics experts to meet at Madrid on 16 and 17 March

12 March 2009

Bioinforsalud 2009, co-organized by the UPM’s School of Computing, will tackle the challenges facing biomedical informatics and Grid computing, and their applications in nanomedicine

9 March 2009. On 16 March next, the International Symposium on Research in Grid/Nano/Bio/Medical Informatics, called Bioinforsalud 2009, is to be held in Madrid. The symposium is organized by ACTION-Grid, the first European Commission-funded initiative to analyse and link three fields: biomedical informatics, Grid Technologies and nanoinformatics.

The Bioinforsalud 2009 organizing committee is chaired by Víctor Maojo, Director of the School of Computing’s Biomedical Informatics Group at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and by Fernando Martín Sánchez, Director of the Medical Bioinformatics Area of Madrid’s Carlos III Health Institute.

The goal of ACTION-Grid is to exchange results and encourage cooperation in these scientific areas between Spain, Latin America, the Balkans and North Africa. One of ACTION-Grid’s fields of interest is nanoinformatics in medicine. In actual fact, ACTION-Grid is the first European Commission-funded project to address the field of nanoinformatics, a new computing discipline, and its applications to (nano)medicine.

Bioinforsalud 2009 is part of the implementation of ACTION-Grid and will bring together some twenty experts from different regions of the world to discuss nanotechnology, the personalization of medicine and other issues.

The invited speakers include Peter Ghazal, Chair of the Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine Department at the University of Edinburgh; Fernando Danilo Gonzalez-Nilo, Head of the Centre for Bioinformatics and Molecular Simulation at the University of Talca; Rada Hussein, of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies; Gordon Clapworthy, Director of the Centre for Computer Graphics and Visualization at the UK’s Institute for Research in Applicable Computing, and Josipa Kern, Director of the HMIG at University of Zagreb’s Medical School.

Other experts that will be speaking at the symposium are:

  • Sabine Koch, Director of the Health Informatics Centre at Stockholm’s Karolinska Insitute;
  • Casimir Kulikowski, Board of Governors and Professor of Computer Science of the University of Rutgers;
  • Yannick Legré, President of HEALTHGRID;
  • Luciano Milanesi, of the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Biomedical Technologies;
  • Joyce Mitchell, Geneticist and Chair of the Biomedical Informatics Department at the University of Utah;
  • Paula Otero, Faculty Member of Paediatrics and Medical Informatics Department at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires;
  •  Martin Fritts, Principal Scientist of the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotechnology Characterization Lab (USA), Ferran Sanz Carreras, Director of the Biomedical Informatics Group at the Municipal Medical Research Institute;
  • Tomas Pérez-Acle, Director of Bioinformatics Centre at the Universidad Catolica de Chile; and
  • George Potamias, Senior Researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas.

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