Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)
Instituto de Salud "Carlos III", leaded by Fernando Martín Sánchez, is the scientific-technological support body of the Spanish Health System, with competences in public health, biomedical research coordination, health technology assessment, postgraduate education and new health technologies. The Department of Medical Bioinformatics was created in 1998, and currently consists of a multidisciplinary team that includes biologists, pharmacists, physicians and chemists. The general objective of this group is to facilitate the knowledge of new technologies for the processing of genetic information and their application in biomedical research, public health and clinical practice. BIOTIC has participated in several European Projects, including the BIOINFOMED study that produced a White Paper proposing an agenda for Biomedical Informatics in Europe by promoting the synergy between medical informatics and bioinformatics. BIOTIC has also participated in numerous genomic-related activities and coordinated the Spanish thematic research network on Biomedical informatics. Its main task relies in facilitating the knowledge of new technologies for the processing of genetic information and their application in biomedical research and clinical practice. ISCIII provides a group of experts in biomedical informatics and clinical applications of genomics. The unit carries out research in: heterogeneous database integration, ontologies in biomedicine, biomedical scientific knowledge representation, scientific information services on Internet and diagnostic microarrays.
Fernando Martín-Sánchez, PhD. Dr. Martin-Sanchez holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a MSc in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University Hospital-Georgia Institute of Technology Joint Research Program in Biomedical Informatics (USA). Dr. Martin-Sanchez serves currently as Head of the Medical Bioinformatics Department of the Instituto de Salud "Carlos III" in Madrid, Spain.