Biostatnet Network

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 MADRID
  • Nodo GRANADA

Resumen de distribución de los miembros.

Los nodos involucran investigadores de universidades nacionales, universidades extranjeras e instituciones biomédicas, conformando un total de 253 Members.

NODE MEMBERS OF NODE Universidades Nacionales Universidades Extranjeras Instituciones Biomédicas
CATALUNYA - BIO 40 25 2 10
CATALUNYA - SEA 22 12 1 4
GALICIA 61 31 13 15
GRANADA 10 10 0 0
MADRID 27 22 2 3
PAÍS VASCO 32 12 10 6
VALENCIA - VABAR 28 21 1 3
Universidad de Almería1
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid2
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid11
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha10
Universidad CEU-Cardenal Herrera1
Universidad Complutense de Madrid2
Universidad de Granada10
Universidad de la Laguna3
Universidad Miguel Hernandez1
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia0
Universidad del País Vasco12
Universidad Pública de Navarra2
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos1
Universidad de Salamanca6
Universidad de Zaragoza1
Universidade da Coruña5
Universidade de Vigo4
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona10
Universitat de Barcelona8
Universitat de Girona0
Universitat de Lleida2
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya14
Universitat de València14
Universitat de Vic0
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela22
Universidad de Extremadura8
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)1
Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial de Toledo2
Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya3
Universidad de Navarra2
Erasmus Medical Center2
Hardvard School of Public Health0
Hasselt University3
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven1
National Technical University of Athens1
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile0
The City University of New York1
The University of Iowa2
Universidad Nacional de Colombia1
Universidad Veracruzana1
Universidade do Minho2
Universidade Nova de Lisboa1
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa1
Université de Liège0
University of Athens1
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)0
University of Cyprus1
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez1
University of Sheffield1
Universidad Nacional del Noroeste de la provincia de Buenos Aires (UNNOBA)1
Universidade de Coimbra1
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen1
Universidade de Lisboa1
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla1
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez1
University of Edinburgh1
Humboldt University of Berlin2
Centre Tecnològic de Nutrició i Salut0
Centro de Investigación del Cáncer (CIC-IBMCC)1
Centro Nacional de Epidemiología. Instituto de salud Carlos III1
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO)1
Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública2
Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña (CHUAC)4
Complejo Hospitalario Universitario Ourense (CHUO)1
Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago (CHUS)6
Dirección Xeral de Innovación e Xestión da Saúde Pública de la Xunta de Galicia4
ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A.0
Fundació Dr Ferrán, Hospital de Tortosa Verge de la Cinta0
Fundación Privada Instituto de Neurorrehabilitación Guttmann1
Fundación Vasca de Innovación e Investigación Sanitarias (BIOEF)0
Hospital Alto Deba2
Hospital Clinic de Barcelona1
Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo2
Hospital General Universitario de Ciudad Real (HGUCR)1
Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol3
Institut Catalá d'Oncología2
Institut d'Investigació Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL)1
Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)5
Institut de Recerca de la Sida (IRSICAIXA)0
Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Alimentación (IMDEA)1
Institut de Salut Global Barcelona (ISGlobal)0
Hospital Universitario de Basurto2
Hospital Clínico San Carlos1
Vall d’Hebron Institut d’Oncologia1
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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.