biomina (biomedical informatics research network Antwerp) is an interdisciplinary research network for biomedical informatics and established by the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp University Hospital as part of the Clinical Research Center Antwerp (CRC Antwerp).
Both biological sciences and clinical medicine are currently overwhelmed by vast amounts of complex data, thereby being increasingly dependent on information technology to handle and interpret these datasets. To address these growing needs and to enable new interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, a single research and expertise center was established at the intersection of bioinformatics, medical informatics and translational medicine.
The core research activity is the application of computational techniques for integration and analysis of clinical and 'omics data. Through its embedding in the University Hospital and by combining fundamental research with innovative prototyping of clinical applications, biomina occupies a unique position within Flanders. The center aims in general to facilitate research and to foster synergies among research groups by offering infrastructure and services within the University of Antwerp / Antwerp University Hospital and to external partners. biomina operates in a dual model through direct participation in research projects and by offering consultancy to research groups for research prototyping, bioinformatics and medical informatics.
Ongoing research activities are focused on two overlapping key areas:
Both key areas are supported within the center through a unified ICT research platform.