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Future Needs for Research Infrastructures in Biomedical Sciences



Report based upon a Workshop held in Brussels, Belgium on 16 March 2005, and organized by the European Commission, Research Directorate General, Directorate B (unit B3 "Research Infrastructures") in collaboration with Directorate F (Health)
This workshop was intended to encourage discussions on the needs for biomedical Research Infrastructures (RI) in Europe. The discussions aimed at identifying these needs, understanding the appropriate size and nature of infrastructures for responding to these needs, and leading to some guidance on how to implement the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), i.e. help in identifying the most efficient ways for supporting the identified needs.
The workshop was structured with individual presentations around seven general types of research infrastructures relevant to Biomedical Sciences:
- Bio-banks, living organism resources, molecular tools and reagents
- Protein structure facilities
- High throughput genome, genotype and proteome phenotype, sequence and interaction measurement facilities
- Bioinformatics, databases, software, resources and Grid-linked services
- Imaging living systems capabilities
- Ion and radiation therapy research facilities
- Clinical research infrastructures
For each general type, presentations described the current status, identified needs for the future and expressed specific requirements in terms of support and funding. Three additional presentations covered the European Science Foundation and Commission Surveys on existing and/or needs for new research infrastructures, as well as the work of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

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