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30/10/2015

CRG: Spain joins the European Consortium ELIXIR for managing and analysing biological data

CRG: Spain joins the European Consortium ELIXIR for managing and analysing biological data


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At their meeting in Hinxton (UK), the ELIXIR Board unanimously accepted Spain and France as full members of ELIXIR, the largest infrastructure of life science data in Europe. ELIXIR’s aim is to manage, exploit, and distribute the massive amounts of information generated currently by biomedical research. Entering this partnership will allow Spain to strengthen its ties with Europe and to lead large-scale projects in biomedicine, such as those related to human genomic diseases.

Until now, Spain had participated in the ELIXIR preparatory phase as an Observer country. Spain is represented within ELIXIR by the National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCII), under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The National Bioinformatics Institute (INB), which acts as the Spanish scientific node, will coordinate the Spanish scientific partner institutions. These comprise top-level institutions such as the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)—which includes the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG)-, the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center–Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS).

ELIXIR is a distributed infrastructure managed as a special project of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), organized as a central device to share a data network (hub) over distributed nodes. These operate and manage in the broadest sense an interlinked collection of biological data resources and scientific tools.

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