Collaborations and International Networks

Medical systems biology research combines various disciplines, technologies and experts. Current regional collaboration partners include the Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), Freie Universität Berlin (FU), the DFG research center for applied Mathematics MATHEON, the German Center for Rheumatology Research (DRFZ), the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG) and others. BIMSB is part of the Integrative Research Institute for Life Sciences (IRI-LS) of the HU, supporting many collaborations between the local research institutions and educational activities in the field of systems biology.

The scientific concept of BIMSB includes medical systems approaches as well as basic questions of gene regulation and collaborations with translational and clinical academic partners are in place. This includes the integrative approaches funded by the Berlin Institute of Health. With the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have joined forces to build a research space for  translational research and overarching systems medicine approaches to bridge the gap between basic research and clinical application. BIMSB will be a strong collaborating partner for BIH groups and projects as well as for all academic partners mentioned above. 

At the national level, BIMSB participates in the German Epigenome Programm (DEEP) as part of the IHEC (International Human Epigenome Consortium). Also, BIMSB will be a key hub in the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure for RNA Biology (de.NBI, funded by the BMBF), to be established in 2015.

BIMSB is fostering and maintaining institutional collaborations with national and international research institutes, universities, and other organizations to facilitate joint research projects, staff exchange, access to cutting-edge technologies, and development of joint training activities. Close collaboration exists e.g. with the New York University for the PhD-Student exchange program as well as with the MRC CSC London. Individual PIs hold multiple collaborations and grants with other European and international institutes and groups.

At the European level, BIMSB is involved in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ESFRI is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. It supports a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe, and facilitates multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of research infrastructures, at EU and international level. BIMSB is currently partner in the ESFRI initiative ISBE (Infrastructure for Systems Biology in Europe), aiming to build a distributed infrastructure of interconnected systems biology centres providing resources and services to all European life scientists.

For more information on ESFRI or other European activities please contact  Christian Popp.