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TransBioNet: A distributed bottom-up effort to organise bioinformatics activities around the Spanish National Health System


TransBioNet is the Translational Bioinformatics Network impulsed and coordinated by the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) as a reference network of 35+ bioinformatics support units working at health care settings including Health Research Institutes (IIS) certified by the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), and bioinformatics core facilities from biomedical research institutions. TransBioNet is an Excellence Thematic Network (Red de Excelencia Temática) recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The main purpose of TransBioNet is to create an expert forum where bioinformaticians working in healthcare can share best practices and working experiences, have early access to the latest technological developments and guidelines by international organizations and initiatives such as ELIXIR (European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information) and GA4GH (Global Alliance for Genomics and Health), and benefit from access to the computational infrastructures provided by the INB and ELIXIR.

The commitment of INB includes logistic and economic support for TransBioNet activities, e.g. training, including the periodic workshops held at different sites. Given the highly collaborative nature of TransBioNet, it is open to bioinformatics units working in healthcare settings and/or bioinformatics core facilities at biomedical research institutions.

Currently, TransBioNet is organising its activities around three working groups and a task force to answer the identified needs and opportunities in the following areas: Standards and Benchmarking, Sustainability models, Training, and a report about the translational bioinformatics landscape in Spain.


Acronym TransBioNet member
GENYO  Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research
IBIMA  Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga
IBiS  Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla
IMIBIC  Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Cordoba
IACS  Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud
IIS Aragón  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón
ISPA  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Principado de Asturias
IBSAL  Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Salamanca
CRG  Centre for Genomic Regulation
IDIBAPS  Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi y Sunyer
IDIBELL  Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Bellvitge
IGTP  Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute
IRB Barcelona  Institute for Research in Biomedicine Barcelona
IRBLleida  Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida
IRSJD  Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu
PSMAR-IMIM  Parque de Salud MAR (PSMAR) / Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas (IMIM)
VHIR  Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca
CIPF  Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe
INCLIVA  Institut d'Investigació Sanitària INCLIVA
IDIS / FPGMX  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Santiago de Compostela / Fundación Pública Galega de Medicina Xenómica
IdISBa  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Islas Baleares
i+12  Instituto de Investigación Hospital 12 de Octubre
IdiPaz  Instituto de Investigación Hospital Universitario La Paz
IDIPHIM  IIS Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Puerta de Hierro
IdISSC  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Hospital Clínico San Carlos
IIS-FJD  IIS-Fundación Jiménez Díaz
IiSGM  Gregorio Marañón Health Research Institute
IISPrincesa  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Hospital de la Princesa
IMDEA  Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados
IRYCIS  Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria
ISCIII  Instituto de Salud Carlos III
IMIB  Instituto Murciano de Investigación Biosanitaria
IDISNA  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Navarra
IISBiodonostia  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria BioDonostia
ibs.GRANADA  Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria de Granada
IDIVAL  Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Marqués de Valdecillas
CNIC  Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares
IIB Sant Pau  Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica de Sant Pau