How did the network start?
The network was inspired by the National Plan of Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation framework whose Strategical Health Action establishes as one of its objectives “to increase the number and quality of human resources for health R&D&i”. The National Network of Biostatistics was first presented in April 2010 to the Education Ministry as a complementary action of scientific-technical nature.
In September 2010, after a selection process and in an advertising, objectivity and evaluation regime, this thematic network was established and called BIOSTATNET .
Hoy en día BIOSTATNET cuenta en su estructura organizativa con 8 nodos, que integran varias comunidades autónomas:
- Nodo GALICIA
- Nodo CATALUNYA – BIO
- Nodo CATALUNYA – SEA
- Nodo VALENCIA – VABAR
- Nodo MADRID
- Nodo GRANADA
- Nodo CASTILLA – LA MANCHA – OED
- Nodo PAÍS VASCO
Resumen de distribución de los miembros.
Los nodos involucran investigadores de universidades nacionales, universidades extranjeras e instituciones biomédicas, conformando un total de 270 Members.
The general objectives of the National Network of Biostatistics are:
- Promoting biostatistical research in excelence in Spain and facilitating collaboration among the different nodes of the network.
- Proposing new forms of organisation, both modern and effectives/efficients that will allow the creation of sinergies between national biostatisticians.
- Promoting advances in knowledge by means of coordination between the different nodes and members.
- Increasing the interaction between groups that will allow for joint proposals with other countries from outside and within the EU.
- Creating new links between the members of the network and researchers of other countries mainly Portugal and Latin America.
- Promoting different groups´members professional development especially that of those who are still in a learning stage.
- Finding a common framework for the integral professional development of future biostatisticians.
- Increasing relevance of groups working in biostatistics related matters.
- Proposing models for the creation of consulting teams for the assessment and consulting of biostatistics topics.
- Identifying other national biostatistics groups especially those related to the Spanish Society of Biometry (SEB)
- Coordinating actions in the SEB framework.
- Promoting biostatistics in several areas of society i.e. secondary education, companies – mainly pharmaceuticals-, public sector organisations and universities.
The following specific objectives have been established:
- Developing forums and structures of strategical nature that will allow for biostatistics research to be improved and get optimised.
- Organising development programmes in order to avoid professional isolation and get in common both knowledge and new techniques developed within the biostatistics context.
- Defining the path required for the integral professional development of biostatisticians.
- Enabling the connection between researchers in biostatistics and other professionals from different areas of research : doctors, epidemiologists, biologists, vets, chemists…
- Fostering collaboration with companies from the biotechnological, biopharmaceutical and biomedical areas.
- Facilitating the connection between national and international biostatistics researchers.
Achieving these objectives will add value to the R&D&i system as follows:
- It will optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of biostatistics research and teaching.
- It will allow for new lines of research in biostatistics that will ensure its competiveness according to society needs.
- It will focus and improve research in the European Research Area framework, developing European biostatistics projects both leading them and collaborating with other countries’ teams.
- It will promote intergroup abilities for the update and transfer of knowledge. By this means biostatistics will be promoted in the R&D&i system.
- It will shorten time distance between biostatistical research and its application, helping this way to promote translational biomedical research.
- It will show the value of biostatistical researchers´ role within the mathematical, medical and epidemiological communities.