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Luis Serrano
Luis SerranoCenter for Genomic Regulation
James Sharpe
James SharpeCenter for Genomic Regulation
Jordi García-Ojalvo
Jordi García-OjalvoPompeu Fabra University

The International Society for Systems Biology (ISSB) is a newly-formed society aimed at advancing world-wide systems biology research by providing a forum for scientific discussions and various academic services. The annual International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) serves as the main meeting for the society; in addition, ISSB will serve to organize and endorse a series of symposiums, workshops, and educational programs; and finally, it will soon be allied with an official society journal. The ISSB helps coordinate researchers to form alliances for meeting the unique needs of multidisciplinary and international systems biology research.

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The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in December 2000. It is a non-profit foundation funded by the Catalan Government through the Departments of Economy & Knowledge and Health, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, and includes the participation of Pompeu Fabra University.

The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity.

The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the groundbreaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases.

The CRG is a unique centre in Spain, based in an innovative organization research model. Group leaders at the CRG are recruited internationally and receive support from the centre to set up and run their groups. An external Scientific Advisory Board, made up of 13 world leaders in the different areas, evaluates them. The result of evaluations conditions the future of the CRG scientists, no matter whether they have open-ended or time-limited contracts. This ensures the mobility and the renewal of the workforce.

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UPF is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just twenty-five years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. Awarded with a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the University also figures in different international rankings.

Global indicators:

  • International Excellence Campus (Spanish Ministry of Education, 2010).
  • Highest rate of performance in the Spanish system: 89% (2014-2015 academic year).
  • •One of the twenty European universities with the most projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC, 2015).
  • Most productive university in Spain (U-ranking, by BBVA Foundation and Ivie, 2015).
  • High satisfaction rate (90%) and job placements (83%) among graduates (AQU Catalunya, 2014).


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