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The advent of the Human Genome Project has generated a mass of exciting biological data and has also increased the complexity of the research questions we seek to answer. Maintaining the success of biological research in Wales will hinge on our ability to meet these challenges. For this reason the University of Wales College of Medicine has established a specialised unit for bioinformatic and biostatistical research (BB Unit), to work at the cutting edge of biological science.

This £1.5m project focuses on complex statistical analysis and the development of sophisticated informatic systems to access and integrate biological data. This state of the art facility will help scientists throughout Wales understand the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cancer, Huntington's disease and depression.

The BB Unit has created 13 new posts and will share expertise throughout Wales. The Unit is headed by Professor Julie Williams from the University of Wales College of Medicine and involves scientists from Cardiff and Aberystwyth Universities. It has won the backing of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales with a £1.5 million grant through the Research Capacity Development Fund. The Unit also supports bioinformatic and biostatistical training through the development of a variety of postgraduate courses, to include MSc, Diploma and Certificate qualifications.

Forthcoming Events

The European Mathematical Genetics Meeting (EMGM) 2006 will be held on April 5-7 (registration on April 5) in Cardiff.

The Wales Bioinformatics Meeting 2006 (AWBW) will be held on April 4-5 in Cardiff.


The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit benefits from the support of a combined group of Organisations. Working in partnership these organisations are driving the future direction of this vital initiative

Cardiff University    University of Wales Aberystwyth

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