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EC Funds EBI 550,000 Euros to Study Relationship Between Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Commission will pay the European Bioinformatics Institute €550,000 ($675,000) to spearhead a project that studies the relationship between bioinformatics and medical informatics, the group said yesterday.


More broadly, the EC hopes the project, called SYMBiomatics, will improve Europe's funding decisions and develop better life-science tools, EBI said in a statement.


EBI will work over the next 15 months with researchers from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and the Netherlandsto "document the state of the art in biomedical informatics" in Europe.


The researchers will "identify areas of maximum opportunity, by systematically collecting insights from experts in the field and by analyzing the scientific literature. Areas of opportunity will then be documented and prioritized," EBI said.


The group's findings will be presented at a meeting in early summer 2006, and EBI said it plans to issue a White Paper.

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