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Bioinformatics as a driver, not a passenger, of translational biomedical research: Perspectives from the 6th Benelux bioinformatics conference

Francisco J Azuaje1*, Michaël Heymann2, Anne-Marie Ternes3, Anke Wienecke-Baldacchino4, Daniel Struck3, Danièle Moes5 and Reinhard Schneider6

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Public Research Centre for Health (CRP-Santé), 1150 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2 Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL), 1210 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

3 Laboratory of Retrovirology, Public Research Centre for Health (CRP-Santé), 1526 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

4 Life Sciences Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, 1511 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

5 Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, Public Research Centre for Health (CRP-Santé), 1526 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

6 Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), University of Luxembourg, 4362 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

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Journal of Clinical Bioinformatics 2012, 2:7  doi:10.1186/2043-9113-2-7

Published: 13 March 2012

Abstract

The 6th Benelux Bioinformatics Conference (BBC11) held in Luxembourg on 12 and 13 December 2011 attracted around 200 participants, including internationally-renowned guest speakers and more than 100 peer-reviewed submissions from 3 continents. Researchers from the public and private sectors convened at BBC11 to discuss advances and challenges in a wide spectrum of application areas. A key theme of the conference was the contribution of bioinformatics to enable and accelerate translational and clinical research. The BBC11 stressed the need for stronger collaborating efforts across disciplines and institutions. The demonstration of the clinical relevance of systems approaches and of next-generation sequencing-based measurement technologies are among the existing opportunities for increasing impact in translational research. Translational bioinformatics will benefit from research models that strike a balance between the importance of protecting intellectual property and the need to openly access scientific and technological advances. The full conference proceedings are freely available at http://www.bbc11.lu webcite.

Keywords:
Translational bioinformatics; Clinical bioinformatics; Translational research; Systems biology; Next-generation sequencing; Bioinformatic infrastructure